Air Canada Booking Classes

Jan 24, 2017
Air Canada Booking Classes
  • As of January 2017, the current description of booking classes is posted at https://www3.aeroplan.com/static/pdf/air_reward_chart/Aeroplan-Air_Canada_Chart_EN.pdf , dated 24/09/2013.

    By January 2017, other Star Alliance partners had announced fares without carry-on baggage -- Basic Economy (i.e. United Airlines) and Economy Light (i.e. Lufthansa) -- but Air Canada had not. See "U.S. airlines offer low-cost fares banning carry-on bags. Will Canada follow?" | Jan. 20, 2017 | CBC News at http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/basic-economy-air-fares-no-carry-on-1.3943808

    The content written below was last updated 2011, and is obsolete.


    WebSaver Fare Alerts(top)

    If you are looking for a lower fare, you can try to take advantage of the WebSaver Fare Alerts.

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    Domestic & Transborder (including Hawaii)(top)


    Executive Flexible(top)

    • Booked in J booking class.
    • 100% Aeroplan status miles + 50% class of service premium
    • Bookable as one way
    • No change fee (fare difference only)
    • Refundable
    • Standby permitted
    • MLL access permitted
    • Free Sports Equipment check in
    • Free seat selection
    • 3 pieces of checked luggage
    • Access to concierge services
    Note: "R" class will be used for upgrades on all Air Canada operated flights and earn 100% status miles.

    Executive Lowest(top)

    • Booked in C, D, or Z booking class.
    • 100% Aeroplan status miles + 50% class of service premium
    • Bookable as one way
    • Charge fee applicable ($50 within Canada, $150 Transborder)
    • Non-refundable
    • Standby permitted
    • MLL access permitted
    • Free Sports Equipment check in
    • Free advance seat selection
    • 3 pieces of checked luggage
    • Access to concierge services

    Latitude(top)

    • Booked in Y or B booking class.
    • 100% Aeroplan status miles
    • Bookable as one way
    • No change fee (fare difference only)
    • Refundable
    • Standby permitted
    • Upgradeable at time of booking using Air Canada E-Upgrades
    • Maple Leaf lounge access for $30 (at departing & connecting cities where MLL available).
    • Free Sports Equipment check in
    • Complimentary meal on Buy on Board flights.
    • Free advance seat selection
    • 1 piece of checked luggage

    Tango Plus(top)

    • Booked in M, U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, L, or K booking class
    • 100% Aeroplan status miles
    • Bookable as one way
    • Charge fee applicable ($50 within Canada, $150 Transborder)
    • Non-refundable
    • Day of flight changes for $75 (as long desired flight is not oversold)
    • Upgradeable 7/4 days before flight using Air Canada E-Upgrades depending on status
    • Maple Leaf lounge access for $35 (at departing & connecting cities where MLL available).
    • Option to purchase an Onboard Cafe voucher (value $9) for $7 (must be chosen at time of booking)
    • Free advance seat selection
    • 1 piece of checked luggage

    Tango(top)

    • Booked in N, G, P, E or A booking class.
    • 100% Aeroplan non-status miles
    • Bookable as one way
    • Charge fee applicable ($150 for both Canada and Transborder)
    • Non-refundable
    • Day of flight changes for $150 (as long desired flight is not oversold)
    • Non-upgradeable
    • Maple Leaf lounge access for $45 (at departing & connecting cities where MLL available).
    • Nofree advance seat selections. Available for the following fees (each way):
      • $15CAD (0-350 miles)
      • $17CAD (351 – 1000 miles)
      • $22CAD (> 1001 miles)
    • Option to save $3 if you choose not to earn Aeroplan miles (must be chosen at time of booking )
    • Option to purchase an Onboard Cafe voucher (value $9) for $7 (must be chosen at time of booking).
    • 1 piece of checked luggage

    Other(top)

    • X class - Air Canada Vacations class. Same properties as Tango.

    Caribbean/Sun destinations: Barbados, Bermuda, Bahamas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Venezuela and Mexico(top)


    Executive(top)

    • Booked in J, C, Z booking class.
    • Earn 100% Aeroplan status miles + 50% class of service premium
    • Bookable as one way.
    • Free changes; refundable and Standby permitted.
    • MLL access with one guest permitted ($15 prior to 11am or $25 after 11am for guest)
    • C is the least expensive within this category.
    • 1 Aeroplan miles per $1 spent when purchased on AC's website.
    • Free seat selection.
    Note: "I" class will be used for upgrades on all Air Canada operated flights and earn 100% status miles.

    LatitudePlus(top)

    • Booked in Y booking class.
    • Earn 100% Aeroplan status miles and do count towards your status (re)qualification.
    • Free changes; refundable and Standby permitted.
    • Bookable as one way.
    • Even though this is an Economy class fare, you can check in at J class counters and get priority baggage tags.
    • MLL access with one guest permitted ($10 or $20 for guest depending on time of day)
    • Upgradeable at time of booking for all tiers with SWU or SSWU.
    • Complimentary sandwich on Buy on Board flights.
    • 1 Aeroplan miles per $1 spent when purchased on AC's website.
    • Free seat selection.

    Latitude(top)

    • Booked in M,U booking class.
    • Earn 100% Aeroplan miles and do count towards your status (re)qualification.
    • Free changes; refundable and Standby permitted.
    • Bookable as one way.
    • Upgradeable with SWU or SSWU.
    • U is the least expensive and M is the most expensive within this category.
    • Complimentary sandwich on Buy on Board flights.
    • 1 Aeroplan miles per $1 spent when purchased on AC's website.
    • Free seat selection.

    Tango Plus(top)

    • Booked in B, H booking class.
    • Earn 100% Aeroplan miles and do count towards your status (re)qualification.
    • Change fee is $40CAD (+ fare difference).
    • Bookable as one way.
    • No standby permitted.
    • Changes can be made on the day of departure at the airport for $50CAD if flight is not oversold (Original booking class doesn't have to be available)
    • NON-refundable.
    • Upgradeable with Special Systemwides.
    • 1 Aeroplan miles per $2 spent when purchased on AC's website.
    • Free seat selection.

    Relax & Return(top)

    • Booked in V, Q, L, A, S booking class.
    • Earn 50% Aeroplan miles and do count towards your status (re)qualification.
    • Change fee is CAD$80 (+ fare difference)
    • Bookable as return only (Min stay may apply, max stay 30 days).
    • No standby permitted.
    • Changes can be made on the day of departure at the airport for $50CAD without additional fare difference collection if flight is not oversold (Original booking class doesn't have to be available).
    • Free advance seat selections.
    • NON-refundable.
    • Upgradeable with Special Systemwides only.
    • 1 Aeroplan miles per $3 spent when purchased on AC's website.

    Other(top)

    • X, K class - AC Vacations booking class; earns 50% of miles flown and does count towards status.

    UK, France, Italy, Ireland and Israel(top)


    Executive(top)

    • These are booked in J, C or Z booking class.
    • They earn 100% Aeroplan status miles + 25% class of service premium except 50% class of service premium for U.K.
    • Bookable as one way.
    • Free changes (+ fare difference); refundable and Standby permitted.
    • MLL access with one guest permitted ($15 prior to 11am or $25 after 11am for guest
    • Up to 1000 bonus Aeroplan miles per one way when purchased on AC's website.
    • Free seat selection.
    Note: "I" class will be used for upgrades on all Air Canada operated flights and earn 100% status miles.

    Latitude Plus(top)

    • Booked in Y, M & U booking class.
    • Earn 100% Aeroplan status miles and do count towards your status (re)qualification.
    • Free changes (+ fare difference); refundable and Standby permitted.
    • Bookable as one way.
    • Upgradeable at time of booking for all tiers with SWU or SSWU.
    • Up to 750 bonus Aeroplan miles per one way when purchased on AC's website.
    • Free seat selection.

    Leisure(top)

    • Booked in A, B, H, V, Q, L, S booking class.
    • Earn 100% Aeroplan miles and do count towards your status (re)qualification.
    • Change fee is $200 (+ fare difference).
    • Bookable as one way.
    • No standby permitted.
    • Changes can be made on the day of departure at the airport for $100CAD if flight is not oversold (Original booking class doesn't have to be available)
    • NON-refundable.
    • Upgradeable with Special Systemwides only.[/b]
    • Up to 500 bonus Aeroplan miles per roundtrip when purchased on AC's website.
    • Free seat selection.

    Tourist(top)

    • Booked in R, K, N, G, P booking class.
    • Earn 0 Aeroplan miles.
    • NON-refundable, no changes permitted.
    • Bookable as roundtrips only.
    • No standby permitted.
    • Non-upgradeable.
    • Up to 500 bonus Aeroplan miles per roundtrip when purchased on AC's website.
    • Free seat selection.

    Germany, India & Switzerland (India - Jet Airways codeshare only(top)


    Executive First(top)

    • Booked in J, C, Z.
    • Earn 100% Aeroplan miles + 25& class of service bonus.
    • Upgrades booked in I class, earn 100% Aeroplan miles.
    • MLL access
    • Free seat selection

    Economy(top)

    • Booked in Y, M, U, B, H, V, Q, L, A, S, R, G, N, K, P, T, E.
    • Earn 100% Aeroplan miles.
    • Free seat selection.
    [courtesy of Andrew Yiu/AC]

    Star Alliance Booking Class Alignment(top)


    When booking travel on Star Alliance partners it is useful to understand the booking class alignments between the partners. This chart helps. The Star Alliance FAQ (PDF File) is also a good reference in general.
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