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Altitude Program Ties Earning Elite Level Status to Spend with Altitude Qualifying Dollars Starting in 2016

Earning elite level status in the Altitude frequent flier loyalty program starting in 2017 will be tied to how much you spend annually on eligible Air Canada flights with the introduction on Friday, January 1, 2016 of Altitude Qualifying Dollars — which will represent the monetary value associated with an eligible ticket — and they will be combined with the number of either Altitude Qualifying Miles or Altitude Qualifying Segments you earn over the course of a year to determine which level of elite status you earned.

The introduction of Altitude Qualifying Dollars also…

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Minimum Flight Requirements Increasing for Air Canada Altitude Elite Status for 2015; Other Updates Announced

“These changes are being introduced following a thorough benchmarking exercise in order to competitively position Air Canada alongside the world’s leading carriers”, according to this announcement that a number of changes have been announced pertaining to Altitude by Air Canada for 2015. “Air Canada remains committed to offering one of the world’s best frequent flyer programs.”

In order to qualify for Altitude elite level status on Air Canada in 2016, the following minimum flight requirements will need to be met, as they will increase…

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Supplementary Payment For Upgrades Introduced by Air Canada Altitude; Other Major Changes Announced

As if its frequent flier loyalty program was not already complicated enough, Air Canada has introduced more changes to Altitude — including eUpgrade Add-ons and more Altitude qualifying miles with many airfares. In addition to the required number of eUpgrade Credits which will apply, the eUpgrade Add-ons are a supplementary payment to be imposed upon certain members of the Altitude frequent flier loyalty program as of March of 2014, as illustrated in the chart below…

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One Lesson on How NOT to Treat Your Frequent Flier Customers

Many FlyerTalk members are furious regarding the timing of an announcement posted this morning by FlyerTalk member Air Canada Top Tier — who also officially represents Air Canada on FlyerTalk — pertaining to the launch of Altitude, which is the new name for the Top Tier frequent flier loyalty program of Air Canada effective as of March 1, 2013. The four items in the announcement are listed as follows…

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Air Canada to Gain Altitude in 2013

Altitude — the new name for the Top Tier frequent flier loyalty program of Air Canada — becomes effective as of March 1, 2013. According to FlyerTalk member Air Canada Top Tier — who also officially represents Air Canada on FlyerTalk — Air Canada Altitude will feature two new elite status levels versus the 2012 Air Canada Top Tier frequent flier loyalty program — and it has been redesigned to supposedly better recognize and reward customers of Air Canada in line with their travel frequency. The elite status levels are as follows…

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