I am currently an Air Canada Aeroplan 75K member and have 40 eUpgrades left that expire in mid-January. It seems unlikely I will be able to use any of them, but want to make sure I am not missing anything obvious.
Should I Just Let My Air Canada eUpgrades Expire?
Air Canada has a fairly complex, yet intuitive, eUpgrade system. Elite members of Aeroplan are alloted a certain number of upgrades each year based on their status. One-way upgrades can run anywhere from 1 eUpgrade (when upgrading a shorthaul flight to premium economy) to as much as 26 (when upgrading from economy class to business class on a flight over 5,000 miles).
I am traveling to Germany before 20 eUpgrades expire on 15 January and 20 more on 16 January and I have not booked my ticket yet. But while that might have been the perfect solution, my family is traveling with me, I can only use the upgrades for myself, and I am not going to travel via Toronto or Montreal in economy class with my kids (since my wife would get the upgrade…) when I can travel nonstop on SWISS or potentially upgrade the whole family using PlusPoints on United Airlines.
And I won’t be back before that date so it is not like I can somehow take a quick mileage run when I return, as I did in January of this year.
Certainly, I have a couple of trips in mind.
I wanted to review Air Canada’s new Vancouver – Bangkok flight, with a flight time of 15 hours, 55 minutes traveling westbound, but there is no time for that. Plus, if I am going to fly out of Vancouver, I want to do it on a ticket that allows access to Air Canada’s Signature Suite.
So yeah…no time for even a trip to Toronto to review the Park Hyatt there Air Canada made clear it is not granting status or upgrade extensions this year.
It seems I am out of luck.
I let my American Airlines systemwide upgrades expire earlier this year then promptly needed them after. The same thing will probably occur here. But the mid-January expiration date makes it hard. Unless you see something or can suggest something that I have missed, it appears these will just expire.
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