Airline Fares

Travelling isn’t always so cut and dry – especially when it comes to air travel. In light of this, we decided to decipher Air Canada’s fare classes and let you know the perks that come with each for the next time you travel.


What is an airline fare class?


Fare classes are an airline’s way of promoting their brand and gaining customer loyalty. They often refer to a specific section of seating within the airplane cabin and the amenities, such as cancellation options or meals, that come along with it.

Air Canada has three main airline fare classes, however each primary fare class has multiple sub-classes. For example, one of Air Canada’s primary categories is Economy. But within the Economy class there are four sub-classes: Economy Basic, Economy Tango, Economy Flex, and Economy Latitude.


Amenities of each flight class


If you’re flying within Canada, Air Canada’s airline fares offer many different perks and amenities. However, they can sometimes come at a cost.


While an Economy Basic fare has a very nice price tag, it has no perks or added amenities. An Economy Basic fare is non-refundable and doesn’t allow for advance or same-day changes. Also, this airline fare does not come with any Aeroplan or Altitude Qualifying Miles. And with an Economy Basic fare, passengers must pay $25 to check their first bag and $35 for the second. Lastly, advance seat selection costs between $20 – $100, making it expensive to have peace of mind.

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With an Economy Tango and Economy Flex fare, passengers have a few more perks. While these fares aren’t refundable, there is the possibility of receiving credit for future travel. As well, any-time changes can be made, however a fee will apply. As well, same-day changes can be made with an Economy Tango fare for a fee of $100 – $150; Economy Flex passengers can make same-day changes for a fee of $75. Also, these airline fares allow for loyalty point accumulation. Tango passengers accrue 25% Aeroplan and Altitude Qualifying Miles, and Flex passengers amass 100%. When it comes to checked baggage, Tango passengers pay the same fees as an Economy Basic fare while Flex members only need pay a $35 fee for their second checked baggage.

The last airline fare in this category is Economy Latitude. Latitude passengers have the most perks of all the Economy classes. These passengers have total ticket refundability and same-day changes. As well, if a Latitude passenger wishes to make advance ticket changes, they need only pay the fare difference. Latitude passengers also accumulate 125% Aeroplan and Altitude Qualifying Miles. As well, Latitude passengers receive priority baggage check-in and boarding, and can access the Maple Leaf lounge for an additional $25. Lastly, passengers with a Latitude ticket are able to check two bags at no cost and can also select their seat in advance at no extra charge.


Premium Economy features two types of airline fares: Lowest and Flexible.

These two airline fares have many similarities. Both fares enable passengers to accrue 125% Aeroplan and Altitude Qualifying Miles. And, much like Economy Latitude, passengers receive priority baggage check-in and boarding, and can also access the Maple Leaf lounge for a $25 fee. As well, they’re able to check two bags at no cost. Finally, with Premium Economy fares, passengers receive a complimentary meal.

While Premium Economy Lowest and Flexible fares share many perks, they also differ on three main points. Firstly, Premium Economy Lowest passengers are unable to refund their ticket, while Flexible passenger are easily able to do so. Lowest passengers must also pay fees for advance or same-day changes, while Flexible passengers are only required to pay the fare difference for advance changes.

Business Class 

Much like Premium Economy, Business Class has two different airlines fares: Lowest and Flexible. Business Class fares are usually the most expensive, however they come with many added perks.

Business Class Lowest and Flexible airline fares share many similar features, such as: complimentary meals, advance seat selection, and two free checked bags. Passengers of these fares are also granted priority check-in and boarding, as well as free same-day ticket changes and access to the Maple Leaf lounge.

Lowest and Flexible fares differ in terms of refundability. Lowest passengers are unable to refund their ticket (though they have the possibility of accumulating travel credits) while Flexible passengers are fully able to refund their ticket. And lastly, Lowest passengers pay a fee for any advanced changes and Flexible passengers only need to pay the fare difference.


Which airline fare is best?


After all of this, you might be wondering which airline fare is best when it comes to business travel.

The answer to this question really comes down to your organization and their travel policy. Some organizations choose to focus on booking the lowest costing airfare, while others place a priority on traveller comfort. It’s important to find a happy medium between these two types of travel; choose a fare that follows your organization’s travel policy and also grants you access certain necessary amenities, whether free or at a cost.

Most importantly, always keep away from any Basic Economy fares: the cons far outweigh the attractive price tag!

Which of Air Canada’s airline fares do you most commonly book?



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