Air Canada has made changes to its Aeroplan-program after taking it back inhouse (and Altitude is long gone).
Now, the airline is officially rolling out a Status Pass that allows members to share benefits with other flyers 2 to 4 times a year.
You can access Air Canada’s page for elite benefits here.
Here’s the elite benefit matrix:
Here’s the announcement from Air Canada:
Following the exciting relaunch of the Aeroplan program last year, we are excited to formally rollout Status Pass, one of the new program features that we communicated to our members in 2020. Air Canada is the first airline to bring this concept to market, and it underscores our commitment to enabling our frequent flyers to share their benefits, a request which we heard consistently as we were redesigning Aeroplan.
Status Pass enables members with Aeroplan 50K Status and above to share the following benefits with their friends and family members, when they’re not traveling with them:
- Complimentary Checked Baggage – 3 bags, up to 32kg/70lb each
- Priority Check-in – when departing on AC flights
- Priority Baggage Handling –when checking in with AC
- Priority Security Clearance – at select airports, when departing on AC flights
- Maple Leaf Lounge access
- Priority Airport Standby
- Priority Boarding – Zone 2 boarding
For certainty, Status Pass does not confer benefits, such as Star Alliance Gold recognition, when traveling with our airline partners.
Earning Status Passes
Since January, eligible Aeroplan Elite Status members have been able to choose Status Pass as one of their Select Benefits:
- 50K members can choose 2 passes
- 75K members can choose 3 passes
- Super Elite members can choose 4 passes
Super Elite members also receive 2 Status Passes as a core benefit each year, above and beyond those they can choose as one of their Select Benefits. By extension, exclusively for 2021, we are awarding a single Status Pass to all Aeroplan 50K and 75K members, and 2 for Aeroplan Super Elite members.
These members will find their additional Status Passes deposited into their Aeroplan account over the course of the next week.
Redeeming Status Passes
Now, members can apply their Status Pass to Air Canada reservations for future travel. What’s more, when customers retrieve a reservation to which a Status Pass has been applied, this will be clearly presented to them. All of this can be done seamlessly via aircanada.com, or the Air Canada App.
Status Passes can be applied on any reservation, including flight rewards, so long as at least one flight is operated by Air Canada, Air Canada rouge, or Air Canada Express. Benefits will apply to all travelers on the reservation, for all directions of travel.
Status Passes will be considered used as soon as one Air Canada flight on the reservation has been flown. However, in advance of that, members have significant flexibility:
- The member can “revoke” an unused status pass that has been awarded, so long as it is done at least six hours prior to travel. It will automatically be returned to the member’s account.
- If a reservation including a Status Pass is changed, the Status Pass will continue to apply so long as at least one Air Canada-operated segment remains on the reservation. Otherwise, assuming travel has not commenced, it will automatically be returned to the member’s account.
- If a reservation including a Status Pass is cancelled, the Status Pass will be returned, unless travel has already commenced. If travel has not commenced, it will automatically be returned to the member’s account.
More information under the status pass tab can be found here: https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/aeroplan/status/benefits.html#/status_pass_anch
These benefits don’t apply to partner Star Alliance flights, only those flights that Air Canada or its express partners operate.
I would say that these benefits are useful for non-status members that can access the Maple Leaf-lounges and airport priority benefits such as elite check-in, extra luggage allowance, and priority boarding.