I just got an email concerning changes with Air Canada and Aeroplan. There are a number of significant changes, but the most significant is:
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Today’s Sunday Reader Question is: I have a flight to catch, but to connect there, I need to fly Air Canada. I don’t want to pay the Aeroplan fees that are charged with Air Canada. What do I do?
Air India has now officially joined the Star Alliance, and as of today, Air India flights are bookable with Aeroplan. Taking a quick peek at the inventory, there is considerable inventory in First and Business class. Even better, Aeroplan is not charging YQ on Air India flights! Normally to get to India from Canada, the most convenient routing was with Lufthansa, which charges a huge YQ fee, or on the direct with United, which was hard to find availability on. With AI joining the circus, we can get to India without paying extraordinary fees!
This is a list of all international routes that go to Central/South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania that are available to Aeroplan members for booking low YQ (fee) award tickets going to either Canada or the USA. This list can be quite helpful when you’re trying to build a low YQ Aeroplan award ticket. To learn more about YQ on Aeroplan and tips on how to built a great award ticket, read: How to Avoid Aeroplan Booking Fees.
Anybody who has ever tried to book an Aeroplan award ticket knows about the huge cost of associated fees (colloquially known as ‘scamcharges’).