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How to use the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass

To the point Here's our ultimate guide to making the most of the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass available on select Aeroplan credit cards.

The Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass is different from the Air Canada Buddy Pass; it allows you to travel with a guest at a discounted price anywhere in the world, unlike the Air Canada Buddy Pass which is limited to North America (including Hawaii and Mexico).

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How does the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass work?

You must purchase an economy class ticket (one-way or round-trip) for yourself.

Then, you can bring a guest with you at a fixed base fare between $99 and $599 depending on the destination. However, you must pay taxes and other surcharges on the second ticket.

To qualify for the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass, all flight segments must be operated by Air Canada (and its Rouge and Jazz subsidiaries). In addition, it only applies to flights paid for with cash and not with Aeroplan points.

The cost of the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass depends on your destination:

  • $99 for Canada or the continental United States (Hawaii excluded),
  • $299 for Hawaii, Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean,
  • $499 for South America, Europe, Middle East or Africa,
  • $599 for Asia, Australia or New Zealand.
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The two types of Air Canada Companion Pass

To better understand how the Air Canada Buddy Pass and the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass work, here is an illustration of how to use both passes for a trip to Disney World during spring break:

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Air Canada Buddy Pass:

Person Cost of ticket Taxes
You $482.98 $162.89
Your companion free of charge $162.89
Total $808.76 (or $404 per person)

In this case, you save $483 with the Buddy Pass.

Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass:

Person Cost of ticket Taxes
You $482.98 $162.89
Your companion $99 $162.89
Total $907.76 (or $454 per person)

You save $384 with the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass.

So, we can easily see that if we have an Air Canada Buddy Pass and an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass, it is not advantageous to use the latter for this trip to Disney World or North America (+ Hawaii and Mexico).

Actually, the Buddy Pass allows the second passenger to travel free of charge, while the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass charges a base fare between $99 and $299 for these regions.

The best use for an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass will be on the “world” side.

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How do I get an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

Before we get into the analysis of where to best use it, let’s first look at how to get it.

You can receive the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass after making $25,000 in net purchases (not including annual fees) on select “premium” credit cards. These purchases must be made before the anniversary date of your Card membership.

The terms and conditions state that this pass will be deposited into the Aeroplan account 8 to 10 weeks after the anniversary date of the Card membership. Therefore, you must pay the annual fee for the second year to receive this Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass. Indeed, it is a retention offer.

The credit cards that offer the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass are:

There are no restrictions on when it can be used, and it is valid for one year after the deposit to the account. Bookings can be made beyond the expiry date of the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass, so you have a 2-year window to use it after purchase.

In addition, the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass is linked to the credit card from which you earned it; if you no longer hold that card, you lose your pass.

At American Express, the net purchase amount is displayed on each statement. With TD and CIBC, you have to do the counting yourself to determine whether or not you have met the threshold.

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Some lucky people have reported that the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass was deposited into their account sooner (during the current year and after reaching the $25,000 in expenses), but this is not the norm under the terms and conditions, and you cannot request to receive it sooner.

How to use the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

The steps to make a reservation with your Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass are as follows:

  • Log in to your Aeroplan account
  • Search for a destination served by Air Canada with a minimum of 2 passengers
  • Click on “select a companion pass” on the search results page
  • Proceed to payment

How to maximize the use of the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

The basic principle of the Air Canada Buddy Pass and the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass is the same: the higher the cost of the ticket for the first passenger, the more you will save on the cost of the second ticket.

Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass usage by region

First of all, we need to know which routes Air Canada flies worldwide to facilitate our research. The best tool to proceed is Flight Connections where we can see their flights on a map.

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North America and Hawaii

As demonstrated earlier in this article, we skip the North America and Hawaii area if you have an alternative payment method with the Air Canada Buddy Pass.

Otherwise, you can always use your Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass to go to New York for a weekend for example, but it will not be the most “cost-effective” although money saved is money that could be used or invested elsewhere if that is your goal with this travel hacking.

New York
Person Cost of ticket Taxes
You $290 $153.59
Your companion $99 $153.59
Total $696.18 (or $348 per person)
Savings $191

And for Hawaii, using a companion pass is more advantageous (if you have one), as the guest travels without paying the base fare.

Hawaii
Person Cost of ticket Taxes
You $697.99 $151.95
Your companion $299 $151.95
Total $1,300.89 (or $650 per person)
Savings $399

Europe

It is not uncommon to find cash deals on flights to Europe. Indeed, a fare between $600 and $1000 (taxes and fees included) is very realistic to go there, especially during less busy periods.

In these cases, the use of an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass is not very optimal as you will not save a lot of money after paying the base fare of $499.

Indeed, don’t forget that you can use Google Flights to find the best flights to the Old Continent. Then, the combination with a low-cost airline is often very advantageous to travel cheaper. Here is an example with Italy.

Europe
Person Cost of ticket Taxes
You $668 $119.15
Your companion $499 $119.15
Total $1,405.30 (or $703 per person)
Savings $169

However, since everything depends on the base fare of the first ticket; obviously, you will not deliberately choose to pay more.

However, if you are restricted to travelling only during spring break, construction holidays or during winter holidays, the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass can be very useful to save on the family vacation budget!

Likewise, if you’re the type of person who doesn’t book in advance, the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass can come to your rescue and help you avoid the exorbitant costs of last-minute travel.

Last minute
Person Cost of ticket Taxes
You $2,000 $119.15
Your companion $499 $119.15
Total $2,737.30 (or $1,369 per person)
Savings $1,501

The argument for using the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass for travel during busy periods and for last-minute vacations applies to all destinations.

Central America and the Caribbean

In this region, base fares range from $500 to $1,000 (excluding taxes and fees); paying a base fare of $299 will save you between $200 and $700 with the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass.

An excellent tool to view prices quickly is Google Flights; you can apply filters so that only Air Canada flights are displayed.

You will see the total price (base rate + taxes and fees), but it can give you an idea. For example, we can see here that it will be more profitable to use the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass to travel to Mexico than to Costa Rica.

Apercu Google Flights

Then, you can go to the Air Canada website afterwards to find out the exact amount of taxes to calculate the real price for two people travelling with an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass.

You can do this exercise with Google Flights on all destinations to determine the best place to use your Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass.

South America

When we look at the possible savings on the South American side, still on Google Flights, we can save about $400 to $700 depending on the ticket price, which varies between $900 and $1,200.

For example, the fares for Lima can be around $600 while those for Buenos Aires are more than around $1,200. So, I would not use the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass to go to Colombia since it would be more interesting to go to Patagonia via Santiago or Buenos Aires.

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The Middle East and Africa

Africa is vast, but Air Canada only serves Morocco and Egypt. However, it is not uncommon to find low fares to these destinations in the $900 and $1,200 range.

So again, taking into consideration the base fare of the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass at $499, we are talking about savings of between $400 and $700.

Similarly, the base fares to Dubai and Tel Aviv are in the same price range. Therefore, the savings remain around $400 and $700 with the use of an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass.

All of these savings of $400 to $700 are far from negligible! Then, in times when it’s more expensive… you’ll simply save more like in the following screenshot!

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Asia

On the Asian side, the savings with an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass is very variable since prices also fluctuate greatly depending on the destination and dates.

To get to Japan in the middle of the Sakura season, I found base fare tickets at $1,100 on a direct flight!

Tokyo
Person Cost of ticket Taxes
You $1,103 $100,25
Your companion $599 $100.25
Total $1,902.50 (or $951 per person)
Savings $504

While in Bangkok, the gateway to SoutheastAsia, prices are significantly more expensive. Therefore, the pass becomes more advantageous.

Bangkok
Person Cost of ticket Taxes
You $2,081 $94.05
Your companion $599 $94.05
Total $2,868.10 (or $1,434 per person)
Savings $1,482

When looking at the above options, one could say that using a pass to go to Tokyo is not that cost-effective since it saves us only $500 compared to $1500 if we go to Bangkok.

However, keep in mind that to save $1,500 with the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass, you will also be paying more out of pocket. Finally, one must also ask oneself: where do I really want to go during my vacation? Going to see the Sakura in bloom in Japan with a direct flight for $950 per person is not bad even if you only save $500.

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India

Then, for Asia, there is India which is a very good choice to use an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass. Indeed, Air Canada flights are generally over $2,000 per person to India. Then, the taxes and fees are extremely low. Therefore, it is a sweetspot.

Moyenne de prix Inde
Inde
Person Cost of ticket Taxes
You $2,304 $88.35
Your companion $599 $88.35
Total $3,079.70 (or $1,540 per person)
Savings $1,705

Of course, there are other airlines that sell tickets for around $1,200 to $1,500 to India, but keep in mind that the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass only applies to flights operated by Air Canada. Then, $1,600 per person for a direct flight on the 787 to that area is still sweet.

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Australia and New Zealand

Finally, the Oceania region is also a good destination to use an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass, as the cost is around $1,600 per person in the end.

Australie
Person Cost of ticket Taxes
You $2,140 $176.45
Your companion $599 $176.45
Total $3,091.9 (or $1,546 per person)
Savings $1,541

Since the resurgence of travel and the rise of Revenge Travel, I’ve noticed that prices are at least around $2,000 if you’re lucky, with several connections. So, the pass allows you to get to Australia via the fastest route (1 stopover) and in a much more affordable way!

If you plan to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sydney, the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass will definitely save you a lot of money, as prices are very expensive during this period! Then, you don’t want to go solo anyway!

Tendance Australie
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The race for Aeroplan Elite status

The Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass can be used to book tickets in Standard, Comfort, Flex and Latitude class; it cannot be used for the Premium Economy and Business cabins.

The advantage of doing this is when chasing Aeroplan Elite status; earning more Status Qualifying Dollars (SQD) at a higher base fare status.

Then, both passengers could move closer to status and earn more Aeroplan points in the process. However, the second passenger will receive fewer Status Qualifying Dollars (SQD) since his or her base fare paid is lower.

Use of eUpgrade credits

Then, you can use the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass at the Latitude Economy fare and use eUpgrade credits to business class. The benefits of an Aeroplan Elite status apply; for example, if both passengers have a 25K status, they could have immediate confirmation of the upgrade.

Companion pass cannot be used with premium cabin fares

Aeroplan Elite status benefits and upgrades apply if the traveller holds the appropriate status and the fare purchased allows it.

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Since the dynamic pricing of tickets in Aeroplan points, prices have skyrocketed and this can be hard on the wallet when travelling together. So always calculate the value of the points before booking.

The Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass can be a great alternative to get business class tickets at a lower cost, although a latitude economy ticket can still represent several thousand dollars.

Here is an example between Montreal and Lisbon for a trip to Portugal in latitude:

Tarif latitude
Person Cost of ticket Taxes
You $3,317 $108.35
Your companion $499 $108.35
Total $4,032.70 (or $2,016 per person)

Then you will need to use 44 eUpgrade credits (11 credits per segment, per person) in this case to upgrade to business class.

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Using the famous technique of booking an award ticket in Economy Latitude and eUpgrade credits, we would still need 145,400 Aeroplan points per person.

Latitude Aeroplan

And 360,000 Aeroplan points in business class per person when we are well ahead of schedule! Ideally, we hope to find availability directly in business class with a partner with ExpertFlyer to have a fixed fare of 120,000 Aeroplan points!

When comparing prices, we can see here that business class costs $5,548 per person for the same trip on the same dates.

Tarif affaires

So the choices to get to two business class tickets in this situation are:

  • use of an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass + $4,033 + 44 eUpgrade credits
  • 290,800 Aeroplan points in latitude economy + $216 + 44 eUpgrade credits
  • pay 760,000 Aeroplan points in business class + $216 in taxes and fees
  • pay $11,096 for business class in cash

The cheapest way to get the pass is to use the same credit cards that offer the possibility of earning eUpgrade credits.

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Is it worth it to unlock the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

The Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass can be a great tool for saving money when travelling together; with potential savings of $200 to $1,500 based on the examples in this article, there are situations that really advocate its use.

Since you need to make $25,000 in net purchases on your card to unlock it, a savings of $1,500 equals a 6% return on top of the rewards points on your purchases. Keep in mind that you are already earning Aeroplan points on this amount and that the savings generated by the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass are added to your “investment”.

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Credit cards that offer this benefit are “premium” cards. So, they initially cater to people with a higher-than-average volume of purchases. For someone who has “only” $25,000 in annual purchases, I would instead suggest splitting your purchases across multiple credit cards as a strategy to give you the best return with your one $25,000.

On the other hand, if you have a huge amount of annual spending, it definitely makes sense to throw a small $25,000 (mostly “other” category) on a card like the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege* Credit Card.

This amount will also be used to achieve Aeroplan Elite status! In this situation, you have so many expenses that it will be easy to divide the rest on other cards and maximize the various categories.

Then, in addition to granting an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass, there are a multitude of benefits for the cardholder and their tribe, including priority clearance at Canadian airport security checkpoints and priority boarding in Zone 2 to ensure you have a seat for your carry-on luggage..

Then, with the rush in the airports, there is nothing better than having a drink in a Maple Leaf Lounge away from the crowd! These days, these benefits are highly coveted.

Plus, to get you started, these cards have generous welcome bonuses if you’re not yet convinced of their many benefits.

Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass or Aeroplan points?

In any case, we must look at and compare all our opportunities.

Is it better to use an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass or Aeroplan points?

In the Hawaii example earlier in this article, it was determined that the total amount for two people is $1,300.89 with the use of the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass. Following a search to find the same flights in Aeroplan points, we can see that the cost would be 59,200 points + $190.74 tax for two.

comparatif avec Aeroplan

Therefore, we can calculate the valuation of the points as follows:

($1,300.89 – $190.74) ÷ 59,200 Aeroplan points x 100 = 1.8 cents

With the use of the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass, one Aeroplan point comes under the Milesopedia valuation of 2 cents versus the amount of money that will come out of our pocket. Therefore, it will be better to pay in cash with the pass and use Aeroplan points at a higher value.

In the case of Australia, two people will pay $3091.9 with the pass compared to 195,600 Aeroplan points + $352.90 in taxes.

Australie Aeroplan

($3,091.90 – $352.90) ÷ 195,600 Aeroplan points x 100 = 1.4 cents

Similarly, as long as I’m using my Aeroplan points at a 1.4 cent/point value, I prefer to save them for another situation. Then I would use the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass.

On the other hand, one must also look at the opportunity cost, both for the pass and for the Aeroplan points; one must ask oneself if it is worth it versus a different, more profitable context.

If you have no other intended use for the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass, use it! If you have plenty of Aeroplan points and no other projects, help yourself!

Conclusion

There is no doubt that an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass is a good card to play in certain circumstances. To know what is best for you, as in all other situations in the world of travel hacking… get your calculators!

Frequent questions

What is an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

The Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass is a pass that allows you to bring a guest on a trip at a low fixed price.

How to get an Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

A minimum of $25,000 in net purchases must be spent on certain premium credit cards.

When will I receive my Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

The Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass is deposited to the account until 10 weeks after the credit card anniversary date.

Do I have to pay the annual fee twice to get the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

Yes, because it is a retention offer and the pass is deposited until 10 weeks after the credit card anniversary date.

Is the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass valid on a round-trip ticket?

Yes, it can be used on a round-trip or one-way ticket. In the case of a one-way ticket, there is no compensation for using it on a cheaper ticket.

Is it cheaper if I use the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass on a one-way ticket?

No, the base fare will be the same.

How much does it cost to use the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

The first traveller pays full price and the guest pays a fixed base fare + taxes. The base fare is between $99 and $599 depending on the destination.

Can I use the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass with Aeroplan points?

No, payment must be made in cash.

Can I book a business class flight with the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

No, you can’t use the pass for premium cabins. However, eUpgrade credits can be used for business class travel.

Can I use eUpgrade credits with the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

Yes, it is possible to do so depending on the fare options of the tickets purchased.

Does the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass have an expiry date?

Yes, it is valid for one year after the deposit to the account.

Can I book beyond the expiration date of the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

Yes, the trip can be made after the pass has expired.

Can the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass be transferred to another person?

No, it is not transferable and you must be one of the two people travelling.

What happens if I cancel a reservation with the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

The fare class cancellation policy applies, and the pass will be returned to the account; the original expiry date takes precedence, and the pass will not be returned if the expiry date has passed.

Can I change a ticket with the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

Yes, according to your fare conditions and changes must be made for both passengers at the same time.

Do I earn Aeroplan points with the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass?

Yes, according to your tariff conditions.

Do we lose the Air Canada Annual Worldwide Companion Pass if we cancel the credit card?

Yes, because the pass is linked to your card.

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