Air Canada’s new Aeroplan frequent flyer program is now live (read about it here). I logged in to see if award pricing met expectations and I was pleasantly surprised to find that awards booked on Air Canada itself (as opposed to partner airlines) were often cheaper than expected based on Aeroplan’s new award charts.
For example, as you can see above, Air Canada flights within North America under 500 miles should cost between 6,000 and 10,000 points for economy or between 15,000 and 25,000 points for business class. In practice, I’m seeing that awards operated by Air Canada are often cheaper than advertised. One example is the short flight from Toronto to the NYC area where you can book economy for as low as 4,800 points and business as low as 11,600 points:
I searched many destinations flown by Air Canada and found the same pattern in almost all of them: award prices are frequently lower than expected. Here’s a table showing cheaper than expected awards. Lower than expected awards are bolded and underlined.
|From Toronto To||Distance (Miles)||Economy Expected||Economy Observed||Business Expected||Business Observed|
- As expected, award prices flying Air Canada are not consistent (that’s why they show a range in the award chart). I expect that I could find lower than expected pricing on all of the above flights if I tried different dates.
- In all cases that I checked, partner awards priced correctly according to the award chart.
- Award pricing for mixed awards with Air Canada and a partner were inconsistent. Often they priced according to the partner award chart, but in a few examples I found lower than expected pricing like above. It didn’t seem to matter whether Air Canada flew the shorter or longer leg.