Air Canada Promotions: Thousands of Miles, and Extended Upgrade Window — But…

A Boeing 777-300ER aircraft operated by Air Canada sits on the tarmac at a gate at the international airport in Montréal as it awaits its passengers to travel to Vancouver in 2012. Photograph by FlyerTalk member gabdusch. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by gabdusch.

Air Canada has two promotions now in effect for the summer.
The first promotion — for which you must first register before participating — proclaims that you can earn “thousands” of bonus Aeroplan frequent flier loyalty program miles every time you are a passenger on a flight operated by Air Canada whose origination and destination is at one of the following eligible airports within Canada:

  • Castlegar, British Columbia
  • Cranbrook, British Columbia
  • Fort St. John, British Columbia
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Grande Prairie, Alberta
  • Lethbridge, Alberta
  • Medicine Hat, Alberta
  • Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • Penticton, British Columbia
  • Prince Rupert, British Columbia
  • Sarnia, Ontario
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Sudbury, Ontario
  • Terrace, British Columbia
  • Timmins, Ontario
  • Victoria, British Columbia

To be more specific, you will earn 500 bonus Aeroplan frequent flier loyalty program miles on any airfare.
To qualify, you must travel on the flight segments in the eligible fare options — or booking classes — indicated below:

  • Tango: N, G, P, E and A
  • Flex: M, U, H, Q, V, W, S, K, L and T
  • Latitude: Y and B
  • Executive Class Lowest: D and Z
  • Executive Class Flexible: J and C

You must book your reservation anytime between now through September 2, 2013 for travel by October 6, 2013.
Amongst the terms and conditions of this promotion is the stipulation that it may be targeted — “Offer intended for the recipient of this email and must be a valid Aeroplan Member” — but FlyerTalk members have given no indication of being denied their participation in this promotion…
…not that they are exactly clamoring to participate in the first place. FlyerTalk member canadiancow states that this promotion is “Good if you were already going to book travel, but not good enough to entice any new travel from me.” Still, you may want to attempt to register for this promotion if you believe that it will benefit you and you have not received the e-mail message, as you have nothing to lose.
The second summer promotion for 2013 by Air Canada — whose title of the discussion on FlyerTalk includes the words “prepare to be disappointed” — is that there is now an upgrade window two weeks out for a limited time when you book M class for your flight.
There is at least one example where a flight between San Francisco and Toronto costs $1,395.00 for an M fare; whereas the W airfare for the same flight costs only $357.00.
I suppose that if you are willing to pay up to four times more money for an economy class airfare which offers you the opportunity to upgrade two weeks before your flight, then this promotion is for you.
It was a tough choice for me, but I have decided that I will not participate in either promotion…

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