Air Canada Upgrades Now Easier To Use

Air Canada has today made changes in how its eUpgrades are processed, and to which fares Aeroplan members can apply them to.

Members can now request eUpgrades at any point after making their booking, and they are valid for all other than basic economy fares. Companion upgrades start clearing at the same window as the requester.

You can access Air Canada’s page for loyalty benefits here.

eUpgrade updates in detail:

  • Simplified eUpgrade Request Process – Beginning October 6, members or their travel agents can request upgrades when they book, or any time prior to check-in at aircanada.com or with Air Canada Reservations. When seats are available, members will clear automatically within their upgrade clearance window.
  • Simplified eUpgrade Requirements – Beginning today, all Air Canada fare options will be eligible for eUpgrades, with the exception of Economy Basic fares. Plus, members will be able to upgrade all Aeroplan flight rewards. What’s more, Air Canada has further simplified the eUpgrade requirements across its network, and in most cases reduced the credits and add-ons required for an upgrade.
  • eUpgrades for Companions – The transformed Aeroplan is built for families, with all-new features like Family Sharing and Status Pass. Our members told us how important it is to be able to share the experience of our premium cabins with their travel companions. With that in mind, beginning November 8, when seats are available, upgrade requests for companions traveling in the same reservation will clear with the priority of the member’s Altitude status – including at the airport.

Updated eUpgrade PDF:

Download (PDF, 589KB)

Conclusion

I am glad that Air Canada continues to make positive changes to its Aeroplan program that is “enhanced” in a month’s time.

Not sure why members previously were not able to requests upgrades at the time of ticketing but had to wait until their window opened? Now, Super Elite upgrades can automatically clear up to 14 days before departure.

It is also good that members can now upgrade their companions that can all clear at the same window.

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