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Prestige 25K LGA-YYZ standby for earlier flight?

Prestige 25K LGA-YYZ standby for earlier flight?

Old Sep 5, 19, 3:16 pm
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Prestige 25K LGA-YYZ standby for earlier flight?

Hi all,

Apologies if my questions has been answered before somewhere (if so I can't track it down). I find AC to be super vague on upgrades, and an agent I once asked was evasive and vague. So: I am Prestige 25K flying regularly between YYZ and LGA. Can I go on standby for an earlier flight from LGA to YYZ at the airport without paying the change fee?

Thank you!
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:20 pm
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What is your fare type? I don't believe P25K allows same-day stand-by, but it really depends on the agent.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:25 pm
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Hi thanks for your reply!

Fare type is consistently economy-standard. I thought for some reason that flights between LGA and YYZ were eligible for stand-by regardless of status. I guess I was dreaming in technicolor...!
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:30 pm
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No, you weren't, same day standby is available YYS to/from LGA: https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/...to-the-us.html

As long as you are not on a basic fare you can same day standby. Your status will help determine standby priority, that's it.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:32 pm
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You can also standby for YYZ-EWR on a YYZ-LGA ticket and vice-versa, which can be handy sometimes.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Flying Academic View Post
Hi thanks for your reply!

Fare type is consistently economy-standard. I thought for some reason that flights between LGA and YYZ were eligible for stand-by regardless of status. I guess I was dreaming in technicolor...!
@RatherBeInYOW has it right! I wasn't sure if LGA was included in the "triangle" that allows same-day standby.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 4:56 pm
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Thank you everyone for your input and help! So kind of you all.

One last question: do I talk to the agents at the check-in desk outside security, or do I just let the gate agents know?
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Old Sep 5, 19, 5:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Flying Academic View Post
Thank you everyone for your input and help! So kind of you all.

One last question: do I talk to the agents at the check-in desk outside security, or do I just let the gate agents know?
The TA outside security. You'll be added to the list then, and can see it on the app. The gate agent would actually process the list, later.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 5:53 pm
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Thank you everyone! This made my day
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Old Sep 6, 19, 7:51 am
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Originally Posted by Flying Academic View Post
I find AC to be super vague on upgrades, and an agent I once asked was evasive and vague.
I really do think this is from a lack of training on ACs part. I often get the feeling when talking with an agent that I know the rules better than they do. But that cannot be - they work at the airport right?
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Old Sep 6, 19, 9:53 am
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Originally Posted by Flying Academic View Post
Thank you everyone for your input and help! So kind of you all.

One last question: do I talk to the agents at the check-in desk outside security, or do I just let the gate agents know?
Originally Posted by RangerNS View Post
The TA outside security. You'll be added to the list then, and can see it on the app. The gate agent would actually process the list, later.
Not sure about YYZ but YUL to LGA this weekend I was able to standby (though the confirmation was immediate due to an equipment upgauge on the desired flight) with no charge on a regular economy ticket. I did it at customer service by the gate area, past security and US customs without informing checkin agents or anyone else. No status and no checked bags.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 10:00 am
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Originally Posted by restrictonthehanger View Post
Not sure about YYZ but YUL to LGA this weekend I was able to standby (though the confirmation was immediate due to an equipment upgauge on the desired flight) with no charge on a regular economy ticket. I did it at customer service by the gate area, past security and US customs without informing checkin agents or anyone else. No status and no checked bags.
You can make the standby request when you check in online, landside, airside ... that doesn't really matter.

As per the link I posted above "For flights between Toronto Pearson and JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports" ... so YUL is not supposed to allow a free standby.

That being said I frequently see agents bend things a bit when it makes sense for Air Canada. Rapidair free standby for example applies YYZ-YOW and YYZ-YUL but technically not YUL-YOW ... but I've never had an issue standing by on an earlier flight on fares that would normally not allow it.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 3:41 pm
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Originally Posted by RatherBeInYOW View Post
You can make the standby request when you check in online, landside, airside ... that doesn't really matter.

As per the link I posted above "For flights between Toronto Pearson and JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports" ... so YUL is not supposed to allow a free standby.

That being said I frequently see agents bend things a bit when it makes sense for Air Canada. Rapidair free standby for example applies YYZ-YOW and YYZ-YUL but technically not YUL-YOW ... but I've never had an issue standing by on an earlier flight on fares that would normally not allow it.
When looking at my confirmation that I received upon booking, I see the following. It was also shown in the AC app for my booking. Perhaps the site needs to be updated or there was a change after I booked.

Same-day standby at the airport is available: on flights between Toronto and Montréal or Ottawa, on flights between
Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, as well as on flights between Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and LaGuardia (LGA), John F.
Kennedy (JFK) or Newark (EWR) airports (connecting flights excluded).
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