February 20, 2018
Air Canada Implements Basic Economy on Domestic Flights

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Air Canada is introducing Basic Economy fares on domestic routes within Canada. This seems to be where the airline industry is headed as Delta, American, and United all have the restrictive fare class as well. Air Canada has already published a full list of all its fare restrictions. Here are the highlights:

Fare Component

Basic Economy tickets are not refundable after 24 hours and no credit will be issued for future flights if canceled. Tickets can’t be changed at any time. This includes same-day airport changes.

Mileage Accrual and Altitude Benefits

Basic Economy tickets will accrue 0 Aeroplan miles and 0 Altitude Qualifying Miles.

Travel Experience

Advanced seat selection will cost between $40-$100 (wow that is steep). Passengers are not be eligible for upgrades.

The only bright point I can see is that Basic Economy passengers can still bring carry-ons without paying a fee. This isn’t exactly surprising but it’s disappointing nonetheless. As I’ve said in the past, I pretty much avoid Basic Economy unless there’s a significant discount over Economy.