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Important updates to Air Canada Altitude in 2015

Important updates to Air Canada Altitude in 2015

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Important updates to Air Canada Altitude in 2015 23 October

This afternoon, we will be announcing changes to certain elements of Air Canada Altitude in 2015, as well as new features to the program.

Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement
The Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement to reach Altitude status for 2016 is increasing. To qualify for Altitude status in 2016, the following Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement will need to be met:
• Prestige 25K: 12,500 AQM /12 AQS
• Elite 35K: 17,500 AQM /17 AQS
• Elite 50K: 25,000 AQM /25 AQS
• Elite 75K: 37,500 AQM / 37 AQS
• Super Elite 100K: 50,000 AQM / 47 AQS
The new MFR will not impact qualification for Altitude 2015.

500 Mile Minimum
For travel as of March 1, 2015, mileage accrual will no longer be rounded up to a 500 Mile minimum. Miles earned will be based on the distance flown and the fare option purchased for flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Canada rouge and Star Alliance™ member airlines.

eUpgrades to Business Class
For eUpgrade requests made on or after March 1, 2015, the number of eUpgrade Credits required to upgrade is increasing. The number of eUpgrade Credits you can earn through the Threshold eUpgrades program is also changing. These changes were made following a thorough benchmarking of the upgrades practices of other major international airlines who often limit international upgrades solely to their highest membership tier, and often severely limit the number of upgrades a member may request over the course of a year.

We will also be expanding the “high Flex” eligibility category to include the “U” and “H” booking classes on the Domestic, Transborder and Sun markets, as well as the “U” booking class on International markets. The inclusion of these booking classes within the ‘higher Flex’ eligibility category actually decreases the number of credits required to upgrade flights on certain markets when compared to 2014.

For eUpgrade credit requirements as of March 1, 2015, visit: http://www.aircanada.com/en/aeroplan...e/updates.html

eUpgrades to Premium Economy
In early 2015, you will be able to access the comfort of Premium Economy using eUpgrade Credits, when upgrading from an eligible fare. eUpgrade Add-ons will not apply for these upgrades.

eUpgrade Nominees
Beginning March 1, 2015, Altitude Super Elite™ 100K members will be entitled to share their eUpgrade privileges with one eUpgrade Nominee. Members will maintain their ability to share their eUpgrade privileges with Travel Companions.

Priority Boarding
In early 2015, a new streamlined boarding process will be introduced to ensure that you get even more out of the Priority Boarding privilege.

Complimentary access to International Maple Leaf Lounges and Star Alliance Business Lounges
As lounge occupancy grows, many of our lounges are at capacity levels. And while we continue to invest in many lounge expansion projects, the reality is that in many locations, additional space is simply not available. At the same time, benchmarking shows us that our eligibility polices are still over-indexed as compared to many of our competitors. In particular, access to lounges is not a privilege offered by most international airlines at the 35,000 qualifying miles level. We have therefore modified our policy whereby Elite 35K members will continue to have access to Maple Leaf Lounges located in the domestic and trans-border departure zones, as well as those in Los Angeles and New York (LaGuardia). However access to International Maple Leaf Lounges or Star Alliance Business lounges will no longer be available as a Select Privilege. Instead, an option to purchase a Maple Leaf Club membership will be introduced with a 50% discount.

Priority Rewards
In order to maintain the integrity of the Priority Reward privilege for eligible Altitude members, Priority Rewards will be limited to ten (10) reservations (with up to 9 passengers each) per member per benefit period, beginning March 1, 2015. While a thorough analysis has indicated that this change will not impact the vast majority of members (over 95%), it will allow us to maintain a benefit which we know is widely appreciated.

Flight Rewards for Premium Economy
In early 2015, you will be able to redeem Aeroplan miles for seats in the Premium Economy cabin on Air Canada. Details will be coming soon.

Fuel Surcharge on Flight Rewards & Flight Reward change fee waivers
For reservations made as of March 1, 2015, the fuel surcharges on ClassicFlight rewards for travel within Canada and between Canada and the U.S. will be waived for all Altitude members (ie. 25K and higher) . This is applicable on flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada rouge.

At the same time, Aeroplan Flight Reward change fee waivers for Super Elite 100K members will no longer be available for changes made on or after March 1, 2015. However, the fuel surcharges on ClassicFlight Rewards for travel between Canada and international destinations will be waived for Super Elite 100K members on flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada rouge.

For a complete list of details regarding these changes, visit http://www.aircanada.com/en/aeroplan...e/updates.html

New REVISED REVISIONS to the Altitude Program (Oct 31 email)

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Last week, changes to Air Canada Altitude™ for 2015 were announced. As always, we’ve been listening to your feedback and will be adjusting certain elements of the program accordingly.

Threshold eUpgrades
The amount of eUpgrade Credits offered through the Threshold eUpgrade program will increase. As of 100,000 Altitude Qualifying Miles or 100 Altitude Qualifying Segments, 20 eUpgrade Credits will be awarded for every 40,000 AQM or 40 AQS flown.

eUpgrade Validity Date
eUpgrade Credits earned on or after November 7, 2014 will be valid until February 29, 2016.
Additionally, eUpgrade Credits earned on or after November 1, 2015 will be valid until February 28, 2017.

Mile Minimum
For travel from March 1, 2015 onwards, all Altitude members will earn a minimum of 250 miles on flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada rouge as well as Star Alliance™ member airlines.

Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement
For non-Canadian residents, the Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement needed to reach Altitude status in 2016 will be 50% lower than the recently published Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement.
These changes are representative of Air Canada’s focus on recognizing our most valued and important members. We remain committed to offering you one of the best frequent flyer programs in the industry.

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Old Dec 13, 14, 9:12 pm
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I also do the same thing many times. Yes it would be much easier if it was easily available on line.
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Old Dec 13, 14, 9:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Silvercity View Post
I also do the same thing many time. Yes it would be much easier if it was easily available on line.
After all, it does mean more revenue for AC so it should be a win win between customer and company
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Old Dec 13, 14, 9:15 pm
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Originally Posted by mendy7511 View Post
Following your logic, they need to get rid of LMU or raise the price to match J.
For that matter discounted D and Z fares cheapen the full J, they should get rid of those too.
I am simply giving an interpretation of the definition provided by Ken.
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Old Dec 13, 14, 9:44 pm
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Originally Posted by NoahVail View Post
...always stirring the pot. Don't you have your own Frequent Flyer Program to manage?
Great idea except I've never had a revenue passenger!
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Old Dec 13, 14, 9:44 pm
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Originally Posted by After Burner View Post
Great idea except I've never had a revenue passenger!
I'm so lost...
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Old Dec 13, 14, 9:50 pm
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Originally Posted by After Burner View Post
Great idea except I've never had a revenue passenger!
...good to know, that means lots of R space! ^
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Old Dec 14, 14, 12:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Lllahim View Post
I side with those who interpret cheapen as “to lower in esteem” because I believe that was what AC wanted to say and said it. It is consistent with “we are not a charity”. There is no need for AC to retract/apologize for being very clear on their aspiration. They want to reserve their premium cabin for top corporate executives such as bank presidents and vice presidents, top government officials like Ministers, deputy ministers and person of equivalent standing. Their ideal client is more the moneyed TLV pax. SQ, one of airlines AC wants to emulate, caters for the rich because Singapore has the most billionaires/Millionaires per capita in the world. When AC looks at the profile of its FF, they are probably not as impressed with their wealth and social standing. Sales people, consultants, repair men, IT vendors……are not exactly society elites in their book. They probably see them as ordinary people who just happen to travel a lot. I think it was Conrad Black who said something about making AC’s J cabins more exclusive. That is what they are doing. Good luck to them.
Given the choice when paying full fare in Business/First: Cathay, Singapore, Lufthansa, BA, Virgin, etc. are much better choices. I know this from experience and from friends/colleagues. When we get to spend full $$ AC isn't worth it. Plus their FF programs truly reward their top customs. Even Emirates upgrades a lot from what I'm told and they're the top of the pyramid.

EVERY airline covets their core business and uses the frequent flyer program as marketing to either retain or attract it. Making it harder to upgrade is like a casino taking away comps, nightclubs making regulars stand in line, restaurants not giving priority reservations to weekly clientele and many other examples. I guess AC doesn't need the $100K+/year the true frequent travellers like me bring them. Business travellers at all levels pay 2X+ more than casual passengers--that's a fact and also business that will look elsewhere. Travel nowadays is a pretty bad experience and getting worse--why stick with a supplier that doesn't work with you with so many other choices?
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Old Dec 14, 14, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by AC MMSE View Post
why stick with a supplier that doesn't work with you with so many other choices?
Because there are many cases where there are only 1 or 2 suppliers. (domestic travel where total value given by AC is still > WS). So you stick with the supplier which logically "gives" you the best overall return (AE miles, the 1-2 eups etc)
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Old Dec 15, 14, 6:48 am
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Originally Posted by superangrypenguin View Post
Because there are many cases where there are only 1 or 2 suppliers. (domestic travel where total value given by AC is still > WS). So you stick with the supplier which logically "gives" you the best overall return (AE miles, the 1-2 eups etc)
I hear you on domestic travel but keep an eye on what happens. WS looks like it's gearing up. Canada is a really small market so 2 players is about all it can sustain. Add an affiliation with Oneworld or Skyteam to the mix and things get more interesting and it looks like it's coming. Star Alliance seems to be experiencing the effects of the law of diminishing returns from their size. They've recently lost all partners in Latin America which is a huge gap for them in many ways. The others are digging in hard which is good for us.
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Old Dec 15, 14, 7:27 am
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Originally Posted by AC MMSE View Post
Star Alliance seems to be experiencing the effects of the law of diminishing returns from their size. They've recently lost all partners in Latin America which is a huge gap for them in many ways.
That would probably come as news to Avianca and Copa.
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Old Dec 15, 14, 9:08 am
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It's also not much of an alliance anymore when individual airlines can make you fly half your flights with them to attain status.
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Old Dec 15, 14, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by AC MMSE View Post
Given the choice when paying full fare in Business/First: Cathay, Singapore, Lufthansa, BA, Virgin, etc. are much better choices. I know this from experience and from friends/colleagues. When we get to spend full $$ AC isn't worth it. Plus their FF programs truly reward their top customs. Even Emirates upgrades a lot from what I'm told and they're the top of the pyramid.

EVERY airline covets their core business and uses the frequent flyer program as marketing to either retain or attract it. Making it harder to upgrade is like a casino taking away comps, nightclubs making regulars stand in line, restaurants not giving priority reservations to weekly clientele and many other examples. I guess AC doesn't need the $100K+/year the true frequent travellers like me bring them. Business travellers at all levels pay 2X+ more than casual passengers--that's a fact and also business that will look elsewhere. Travel nowadays is a pretty bad experience and getting worse--why stick with a supplier that doesn't work with you with so many other choices?
I would say LH J classes is not as good as AC. I fly LH J classes out of YVR a few times a year(2 return flights/year). Seats are well below AC, food and service about the same. I stopped using my LH FF on LH flights because their program is poor compared to AC.
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Old Dec 15, 14, 12:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Wpgjetse View Post
I would say LH J classes is not as good as AC. I fly LH J classes out of YVR a few times a year(2 return flights/year). Seats are well below AC, food and service about the same. I stopped using my LH FF on LH flights because their program is poor compared to AC.
really?
http://www.lufthansa.com/ca/en/Lufth...ng-haul-routes

FF program is geared to full J/F paying international passengers. Different crowd from us cheapskates.
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Old Dec 15, 14, 12:23 pm
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Originally Posted by Lllahim View Post
I side with those who interpret cheapen as “to lower in esteem” because I believe that was what AC wanted to say and said it. It is consistent with “we are not a charity”. There is no need for AC to retract/apologize for being very clear on their aspiration. They want to reserve their premium cabin for top corporate executives such as bank presidents and vice presidents, top government officials like Ministers, deputy ministers and person of equivalent standing. Their ideal client is more the moneyed TLV pax. SQ, one of airlines AC wants to emulate, caters for the rich because Singapore has the most billionaires/Millionaires per capita in the world. When AC looks at the profile of its FF, they are probably not as impressed with their wealth and social standing. Sales people, consultants, repair men, IT vendors……are not exactly society elites in their book. They probably see them as ordinary people who just happen to travel a lot. I think it was Conrad Black who said something about making AC’s J cabins more exclusive. That is what they are doing. Good luck to them.
You have a strange view on the world. I'm not a bank president, top government official, etc. I'm self employed and travel mostly for sales and think I'm AC target customer. By the way, most bank president or presidents of major companies fly on their corp. jets.
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Old Dec 15, 14, 12:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Allvest View Post
really?
http://www.lufthansa.com/ca/en/Lufth...ng-haul-routes

FF program is geared to full J/F paying international passengers. Different crowd from us cheapskates.
Yes really, their J class is below AC and I pay the LH J class fare. Looking at airline websites is not the same as flying their aircraft.
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