Now There Are Five: AC ‘Redesigns’ Economy Fares

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Air Canada has unveiled an expanded range of North America Economy fares, including a new ‘Comfort’ economy fare type. Along with the recently launched ‘Basic’ bare-bones fare, AC also offers ‘Standard,’ ‘Flex’ and ‘Latitude’ economy fare types.

Each offers various features included in the fare – and ever-expanding options to purchase other amenities.

“Air Canada recognizes that people have different requirements when they travel, so we are expanding the range of choice for our Economy customers with our new suite of fares,” said Lucie Guillemette, EVP and Chief Commercial Officer. 

“Each fare type offers customers specific attributes as well as options to purchase additional benefits and amenities that vary based on the type selected, such as extra legroom, upgrade eligibility, or lounge access.”

Here are the five Economy fare types and what they do and don’t include:

Latitude - Fully refundable ticket; Priority check-in; two complimentary checked bags; advance seat selection and access to Preferred Seats when available; complimentary Air Canada Bistro Voucher; same-day changes; 125 per cent Aeroplan Miles accrual; and Maple Leaf Lounge access for purchase.

Comfort -  Same-day standby (previously only available with Latitude); advance seat selection and access to Preferred Seats when available; complimentary alcoholic beverage; complimentary checked bag; early boarding; 115 per cent Aeroplan Miles accrual; and Maple Leaf Lounge access for purchase.

Flex - Ticket changes permitted for a fee; advance seat selection; complimentary checked bag; 100 per cent Aeroplan Miles accrual; and Maple Leaf Lounge access for purchase.

Standard - Ticket changes permitted for a fee; 50 per cent Aeroplan Miles accrual for transborder flights and 25 per cent Aeroplan Miles accrual for domestic flights. 

Basic - Air Canada’s most restrictive fare option will be available only for select routes and flights and for booking exclusively through Air Canada channels.  These low fares do not permit changes, are not eligible for upgrades, and do not earn Aeroplan Miles. Customers have the option to pay for checked bags, advance seat selection, and food and alcohol on board.

The new range of economy fare types are available now across the Air Canada fleet, including Air Canada Rouge, for flights within North America. You can find more details here

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.




Comments

Steve Goodfellow - April 5, 2018 @ 16:04
Hi Richard.
For now, Basic fares are only on 4 routes: YEGYVR, YLWYVR, YEGYWG & YOWYWG.
The classes vary depending on the OD but range from just K-class to L, A & K class.
These are always subject to change.

Richard - April 5, 2018 @ 11:04
Does anyone know which routes the basic fare applies....
Also what inventory is this booked in ?

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