• Your guide to connecting to the USA via Vancouver with Air Canada

    While many Australian travellers bound for US east coast cities like New York will default to flying via Los Angeles, Vancouver presents an interesting alternative, and can take some of the hassle out of the typical Stateside transit experience. For instance, when flying from Australia to the US...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2018 6 Comments

  • Air Canada aims to reboot Aeroplan as its own loyalty scheme in 2020

    Fifteen years after Air Canada sold off its Aeroplan frequent flyer scheme, the airline is gearing up to bring the program back under its own wing. The rewards scheme would launch in 2020 with a new name, although "all Aeroplan miles would transfer into the new Air Canada loyalty program in 2020...

    POSTED 26 Jul, 2018 0 Comments

  • Here are the best flights to New York which skip that LAX stopover

    When a business trip to New York beckons, most high flyers instinctively look for – and simultaneously dread – a connecting flight through LAX. Both reactions are understandable. The former, because Los Angeles is Australia's gateway to the US. Qantas, Virgin Australia, United, Amer...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2018 64 Comments

  • Air Canada debuts new Signature Class business class

    Air Canada is raising the business class bar with a rebranding of its premium cabins to Signature Class, and wrapping them in an 'end to end experience' known as Signature Service. It's a play similar to that of United Airlines' Polaris business class, although in the case of the Canucks th...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 21 Comments

  • Air Canada plans year-round Melbourne-Vancouver flights

    Star Alliance member Air Canada will launch year-round Melbourne-Vancouver flights in June 2018 using its Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The airline had already planned seasonal Melbourne-Vancouver flights between December 4 2017 and February 4 2018, with its mid-year return bringing three flights per w...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2017 21 Comments

  • Air Canada eyes cross-border venture with United

    Air Canada is eager to revive a revenue-sharing arrangement with United Airlines on cross-border routes, now that a bill in the Canadian Parliament has been introduced that could make such joint ventures easier to pass regulatory muster. “We’re definitely interested in pursuing a JV ...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2017 1 Comment

  • Air Canada business class upgrade guide

    When flying with Air Canada to Vancouver and beyond, why settle for economy class – or even premium economy – when you can upgrade yourself to business class instead? Air Canada allows travellers to upgrade using frequent flyer points, to bid for a better seat using money, to purchas...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2017 7 Comments

  • Air Canada to ditch Aeroplan, relaunch own frequent flyer scheme

    Air Canada will axe its Aeroplan frequent flyer program in favour of an all-new loyalty scheme to launch in 2020. The move will see the Star Alliance member take back control of its rewards scheme, which was spun out and then sold off to become a fully independent scheme by 2008 in order to help...

    POSTED 12 May, 2017 2 Comments

  • Air Canada to fly Melbourne-Vancouver from December

    Air Canada will begin direct flights between Vancouver and Melbourne from December 3 in a seasonal service stretching through to February 4, 2018. The Star Alliance member's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will run four flights a week on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: flight AC38 departs...

    POSTED 3 May, 2017 24 Comments

  • Virgin Australia enters codeshare partnership with Air Canada

    Virgin Australia will partner with Air Canada on flights to Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary from early 2017 under a new the 'strategic cooperation agreement' between the two airlines. But it's a two-stage process, with the first step covering only Air Canada's flights from Los Ange...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2016 24 Comments

  • Air Canada bumps Brisbane-Vancouver flights up to a Boeing 787-9

    Air Canada is getting bullish on Brisbane as the launch of its Brisbane-Vancouver service draws near. First up: the Star Alliance member airline is upgrading the new route to a Boeing 787-9 to boost capacity over the originally-slated Boeing 787-8. This larger version of the Dreamliner adds 10 ...

    POSTED 11 May, 2016 69 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Air Canada's revamped Boeing 777-200LRs

    Australian travellers are in for a treat next month with Air Canada's Boeing 777-200LRs sporting all-new business class seats on Sydney-Vancouver flights from May 16th. That's ahead of the airline's Boeing 787 debut on the Brisbane-Vancouver route come June, on which high flyers will also find t...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2016 1 Comment

  • The best new business class seats coming your way in 2016

    A new year is here, and it's one which will see some welcome improvements for business travellers perched at the pointy end of the plane. And it's true that the best of today's business class beats the previous generation of first class seats from as recently as the early 2000s. Goosed by the G...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2016 29 Comments

  • Air Canada boosts Sydney-Vancouver business class on Boeing 777

    Air Canada is giving a better ride to Vancouver-bound business travellers with the debut of its latest business class on fights from Sydney. From 17 May 2016 the Canadian flag-carrier’s daily direct service between Sydney and Vancouver will feature an upgraded Boeing 777-200LR jet sporting...

    POSTED 27 Aug, 2015 17 Comments

  • Qantas mounts up for more Sydney-Vancouver flights

    Qantas will continue flying between Sydney and Vancouver in 2015 following a successful trial of seasonal flights during December-January. The airline's "extended seasonal schedule" will see three flights a week during the US summer and winter periods on a three-class Boeing 747 fitted with A380...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2015 39 Comments

  • Thai Airways defers hike to Royal Orchid Plus redemption rates

    UPDATE | Thai Airways' drastic devaluation of its Royal Orchid Plus frequent flyer scheme has been deferred indefinitely, which comes as welcome news to rusted-on members of the program. The airline had originally planned to hike its redemption rates on September 1 for flights with both Thai Air...

    POSTED 30 Jul, 2014 2 Comments

  • Air Canada's new Maple Leaf lounge at London Heathrow T2

    Air Canada is the latest airline to move into London's Heathrow Terminal 2 – the new home for Star Alliance – and it's opened a new Maple Leaf Lounge as well. It's one of what will eventually be four Star Alliance lounges at T2 alongside United, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines. T...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2014 4 Comments

  • Photos, video: Inside Air Canada's new Boeing 787

    Air Canada is set to join the Boeing 787 club this month, with the first of 37 Dreamliners making a short delivery flight from Boeing's Seattle plant to Air Canada's Toronto base ahead of domestic flights to Montreal and Vancouver through to April. "There will be flights between Toront...

    POSTED 3 Mar, 2014 11 Comments

  • Air Canada maps out first Boeing 787 routes: Tokyo, Tel Aviv

    Air Canada has chosen Tokyo and Tel Aviv as the international launch routes for its Boeing 787, which begins overseas duty in July 2014 after making its debut in March on selected domestic and short-hop European routes as "proving missions” to bed down the aircraft and train up the cre...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2013 9 Comments

  • How should airlines manage flight delays?

    Delays are an inevitable and thus inescapable part of travel. They're especially galling when your trip is meant to dovetail into a connecting flight or an important meeting. So how should airlines handle these hiccups in a simple passenger-centric manner? There are several preflight strategies...

    POSTED 4 Apr, 2013 25 Comments

  • Air Canada unveils new business & premium economy seats

    Air Canada is changing its Executive First business class to a staggered layout, installing premium economy seats and squeezing an extra economy class passenger into every row on its newest jets. Business class passengers on board the airline's factory-fresh Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will see mo...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2013 15 Comments

  • Air Canada plots new Boeing 787 business class, premium economy

    Air Canada has big plans for the Boeing 787, with the next-gen jetliner a candidate to debut both a new Executive First international business class and the airline’s first premium economy cabin. The Dreamliner will also make it possible for Air Canada to introduce more non-stop flights be...

    POSTED 19 Dec, 2012 3 Comments

  • Why direct aisle access is so important for a business class seat

    Every so often when we review business class seats or put together one of our best seats guides for the pointy end of the plane, we get questions asking why we place such a premium on having direct aisle access. The answer revolves around an undisturbed flight: privacy, the ability to get out of...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2012 1 Comment

  • Photos: Star Alliance's slick new iPhone app

    Travellers with Star Alliance member airlines such as Air China, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Thai and United have scored a dedicated iPhone app this morning. As you would expect, "Star Alliance Navigator" makes it easy to find flights for any route with a Star Alliance airline, but also...

    POSTED 29 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • Get the points: free, instant silver status with Star Alliance

    This week in Get the Points, how to get Star Alliance Silver status instantly — and free of charge! Update: As of 0800 Sydney time on Tuesday 15 March, it appears BMI has pulled the deal and removed the signup page from its site. We'll keep the link in the article below in case the remov...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2011 5 Comments

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