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Air Canada Altitude status extended until end 2021 due to COVID-19 & adds incentives

Air Canada Altitude status extended until end 2021 due to COVID-19 & adds incentives

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Air Canada Announces the Extension of Altitude Status for all Members - April 6 2020

https://aircanada.mediaroom.com/2020...or-all-Members
https://www.newswire.ca/news-release...802890008.html
https://www.aeroplan.com/covid-19.do#/
https://altitude.aircanada.com/status/faq-help


For those coming here for the tl;dr redux version of what AC is doing, here is the latest and greatest.

On March 17, 2020, we received bonus eUgrade credits that are noted to expire on May 31, 2021:

S100K received 25 credits, E75K received 20 credits, E50K received 15 credits, etc.

And here is a recent update from jasdou regarding a statement from AC Altitude:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/32197689-post152.html

Originally Posted by jasdou View Post
I also just noticed this seemingly new entry in the FAQ on the Altitude website:





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Old Feb 25, 20, 5:37 am
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Air Canada Altitude status extended until end 2021 due to COVID-19 & adds incentives

My boss has just cancelled our meeting in VRN that was meant to happen in mid-March.

It's going to take me until autumn to re-qualify for SE at the pace I'm going.
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Old Feb 25, 20, 6:22 am
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Originally Posted by WaytoomuchEurope View Post
My boss has just cancelled our meeting in VRN that was meant to happen in mid-March.

It's going to take me until autumn to re-qualify for SE at the pace I'm going.
Perhaps AC would consider the world context in its decision to award status? or am I just dreaming?
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Old Feb 25, 20, 6:33 am
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You're probably dreaming. For me, it's fine, I'm confident I'll still re-qualify, but I might actually have to try.
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Old Feb 25, 20, 6:54 am
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Originally Posted by Wings100 View Post
Perhaps AC would consider the world context in its decision to award status? or am I just dreaming?
If I remember correctly, Air Canada did lower the qualification requirements in 2001 after the September 11 attacks in the US... many companies dramatically curtailed their flying for months after.

I dont remember anything similar for the SARS outbreak in 2003, but many curtailed travel at that time as well. Anyone else remember?
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Old Feb 25, 20, 7:28 am
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Air Canada called me yesterday regarding my round-trip from YYZ to PVG. Had to move the itinerary to September. I asked the agent due to the virus, it is affecting me to reach the qualification requirements for 2021 and could also affect other Altitude members. The agent said the Altitude team is currently looking into this and said if this virus drags on further they will most likely implement it.

I don't think they will as the agent used words like "most likely" so it is not certain.
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Old Feb 25, 20, 8:53 am
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Originally Posted by WaytoomuchEurope View Post
You're probably dreaming. For me, it's fine, I'm confident I'll still re-qualify, but I might actually have to try.
It probably depends on what the medium term ramifications are. I've had meetings in MXP and ICN that I was going to travel for in March canceled, and I should be at Mobile World Congress in BCN right now but it was canceled. I am presenting at a smaller conference in Europe at the end of March ... will it be canceled too?

I mean I don't mind being home, I'd RatherBeInYOW after all, but if things continue like this it is going to hammer both the airlines and travel patterns in a way not seen since 2001 ... and it will impact frequent flier status as well.
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Old Feb 25, 20, 8:57 am
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Status should be the last thing you worry about at this point.
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Old Feb 25, 20, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by YYT82 View Post
Status should be the last thing you worry about at this point.
Whoa hold it there. That's off-topic for this forum!
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Old Feb 25, 20, 11:31 am
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Originally Posted by WaytoomuchEurope View Post
My boss has just cancelled our meeting in VRN that was meant to happen in mid-March.

It's going to take me until autumn to re-qualify for SE at the pace I'm going.
Yeah, this problem affects people below SE much more than those who get a banked year every year

Originally Posted by Wings100 View Post
Perhaps AC would consider the world context in its decision to award status? or am I just dreaming?
I'd love a year where there are more VIPs than SEs

But they've done bonus AQM promotions in the past.

The last thing the loyalty team is going to want is to launch a new program with no one qualifying.
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Old Feb 27, 20, 8:56 am
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Air Canada status for 2021 changing due to COVID-19/Coronavirus?

Hi

I think everyone is starting to see that the coronavirus is a much bigger issue than we thought
and I sympathize with all the people and businesses affected.

On a personal note I am starting to reconsider a lot of trips I have planned china in june italy in july etc...

I am already half way to reachieving my SE status for 2021 but feel that unless the situation improves, I may be cancelling or having to cancel flights making the status for 2021 unachievable

Any thoughts or suggestions

I have seen Marriott considering retaining status for following year for their members
Maybe AC should consider similar...
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Old Feb 27, 20, 9:32 am
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In another thread someone mentioned that the Altitude team may be considering adapting to the situation. That said, I expect we are a long way from any kind of decision on their part.

You're certainly not alone, though, in considering significantly curtailing your travel plans. And, as I believe canadiancow pointed out, the last thing Air Canada wants is to launch their great new program in a year when there are few people to take advantage of it. So something is likely to happen if the virus continues to make a wide impact.
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Old Feb 27, 20, 9:52 am
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Agree that AC will likely (imperative word) do something if the situation continues or escalates (hopefully not)
Think we should be canvassing AC, concierges and alerting them to this constraint, will be a lot harder to do in Nov Dec when they can dictate terms etc....
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Old Feb 27, 20, 9:56 am
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Since almost all of my travel is TPAC or TATL for work, this year may be very tight for me hitting SE as well, mostly for AQD. But it's more dependent on how my employer / customers decide to react as opposed to anything AC themselves chooses to do. Or any other airline for that matter.

In the greater scheme of things it's mice nuts, but that's what a good percentage of our gripes / concerns are on FT. What AC decides to do or not to help me or anyone else is a matter of speculation at this point. But we're good at that on FT as well.
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Old Feb 27, 20, 10:00 am
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Originally Posted by ilneigetu View Post
Agree that AC will likely (imperative word) do something if the situation continues or escalates (hopefully not)
Think we should be canvassing AC, concierges and alerting them to this constraint, will be a lot harder to do in Nov Dec when they can dictate terms etc....
Alternatively, you could fly enough to get status.
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Old Feb 27, 20, 10:01 am
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How will those that meet the current rules feel about lowering the threshold?
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