A reader sent me an email about a glitch he’s been having searching for flights on Aeroplan (and I got his permission to post about it). It seems that if there’s a Premium Economy segment on one end, and a Business segment on the other, the entire itinerary prices as a Premium Economy redemption. Now, there’s not a whole lot of benefit out of this, although if there’s an affected routing that you were considering booking anyways, this can save you points.
Under a normal award construction, the entire round-trip itinerary would price out at the rate for the highest cabin booked (here, it’d be business). In the below example, that’s a savings of 25,000 points. Note that the email I receive had business on BOTH the outbound and inbound, with Premium Economy on the return, however, I couldn’t replicate it.
It’s a little challenging to replicate. There has to be an Air Canada Premium Economy leg on either the inbound or outbound. There can also be a business class flight with it. The other has to include a business class flight.
Considering this glitch exists, it’s wholly possible that something more exciting is lurking out there!