Air Canada Altitude Program In 2020 (Aeroplan’s Fate Still Unclear)

Air Canada has released a beneficial PDF that lays out the benefits and requirements for each Altitude (status) levels.

Air Canada Altitude 2020

The PDF still offers no more information about what will come of the Aeroplan program in 2020 that is used to earn and redeem miles. Altitude program is only elite recognition one.

You can access Air Canada’s website here.

Here’s the PDF of the benefits:

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Here are the Air Canada Altitude benefits in 2020:

AIR CANADA ALTITUDE

Air Canada Altitude is designed to elevate the travel experiences of our most frequent flyers. You’ve chosen to fly the world with us, and we want to celebrate your loyalty.

EXCLUSIVE PRIVILEGES

As an Altitude member, a world of privileges is waiting – designed for you, while you’re on the go – to help maximize your travel experience. These privileges include:

Priority Contacts

Enjoy priority access to the Air Canada and Aeroplan Call Centres for all your travel needs.

Priority Airport Services

For ease of travel from curb to gate, enjoy Priority Check-in and a Complimentary Checked Baggage allowance, along with a range of additional services as you reach a higher Altitude status. These include Priority Boarding and our personalized Concierge Service.

Lounge Access

Relax and take in the comfort of complimentary access to one of our Maple Leaf Lounges for Altitude Elite 35K members and above, along with Maple Leaf Lounge One-Time Guest Passes as a Select Privilege for Altitude Prestige 25K members.

eUpgrades

Elevate your travel experience with our premium cabins when you use your eUpgrade Credits. Earn additional eUpgrade Credits at certain Altitude Qualifying Mile or Altitude Qualifying Segment levels. Select Privileges Choose the benefits that mean the most to you.

Select Privileges allow you to customize the benefits that meet your travel needs, including Bonus Aeroplan Miles, eUpgrade Credits, Altitude status for a friend and more.

Star Alliance Recognition

Access many of the privileges you enjoy when travelling with Air Canada on more than 25 Star Alliance member airlines around the world.

AIR CANADA ALTITUDE AND AEROPLAN

You may recall that in January 2019, Air Canada acquired Aeroplan as part of its efforts to deliver a best in class loyalty program to you. Next year, Aeroplan will improve with new benefits and status qualification options – in addition to the more flexible reward ticket and refund features that we’ve already introduced. Stay tuned for further updates and details of what’s to come in 2020. Learn more

REACHING ALTITUDE STATUS IN 2021

You can reach Air Canada Altitude status based on the number of Altitude Qualifying Miles or Altitude Qualifying Segments earned on eligible flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Canada Rouge and Star Alliance member airlines between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

Note that you will also need to complete the Altitude Qualifying Dollar (AQD) requirement. Following the conclusion of the qualification period, your status will be valid for the next benefit year after you have been invited to choose your Select Privileges.

Conclusion

Not sure if there have been any major changes as I am not personally vested in this program (unlike with many other Star Alliance ones). The various status requirements and benefits look very straightforward on this presentation.

It is unclear what Air Canada’s plans are in regards to Aeroplan. They communicated earlier that they would be launching a new program before the purchase of Aeroplan from Aimia. It is only 20 days to 2020 and no information?

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