Air Canada Promotions: Thousands of Miles, and Extended Upgrade Window — But…
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
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Penticton, British Columbia
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Terrace, British Columbia
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 canadiancowstates 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…