April 5, 2018
Air Canada is Segmenting Economy into Five Tiers
Air Canada initially segmented Economy Class fares a few months ago when it introduced Basic Economy on domestic routes. This came with standard Basic Economy restrictions like no earning frequent flyer miles, no ticket changes, no ticket cancellations, no upgrades, etc. The airline is now taking this one step further by segmenting Economy Class into five tiers across North American flights.
We have Basic Economy as the lowest tier. This comes with the restrictions mentioned above. Note that Basic Economy is only available on select routes booked directly through Air Canada. Customers can choose to pay extra for seat assignments, checked bags, and food.
Ticket changes are permitted for a fee. 50% Aeroplan miles accrual for international flights and 25% Aeroplan miles accrual for domestic (Canadian) flights.
Ticket changes are permitted for a fee. Customers receive complimentary advanced seat selection, checked bag, and 100% Aeroplan miles accrual. Maple Leaf lounges can be accessed for a fee.
Same-day standby changes are permitted. Customers receive complimentary Preferred Seats (when available), alcoholic beverages, checked bag, priority boarding, and 115% Aeroplan miles accrual. Maple Leaf lounges can be access for a fee.
The ticket is fully refundable. Customers receive the above perks plus priority check-in, two complimentary checked bags, a complimentary Air Canada Bistro voucher, same-day changes, and 125% Aeroplan miles accrual. Maple Leaf lounges can be access for a fee.
Air Canada is segmenting its tickets as much as possible to capture as much incremental revenue as it can. There’s pretty much a different price point for every amenity you want to purchase in Economy. Just make sure you read exactly what you’re getting when you buy one of these tickets.
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