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How To Save Aeroplan Points For Business Class Flights With eUpgrades?

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Find out how to use your Air Canada eUpgrade Credits to redeem fewer Aeroplan points for Business Class flights.

How To Save Aeroplan Points For Business Class Flights With eUpgrades?

With the redesign of the Aeroplan program, Air Canada revised the procedure related to eUpgrade Credits. There is a way to use them to save Aeroplan points for Air Canada Business Class flights.

eUpgrade Credits

How to earn eUpgrade Credits

You can earn Air Canada eUpgrade credits with your Aeroplan Elite Status.

Several eUpgrade credits are awarded as Core Benefits. Others can be chosen as Select Benefits.

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Finally, you can also earn eUpgrade credits for every eligible Status Qualifying Mile (SQM) or Status Qualifying Segment (SQS) threshold you cross during the calendar year.

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Extension

These eUpgrade credits have an expiration date to watch for in your Aeroplan Dashboard.

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One additional passenger

Finally, you should know: these eUpgrade credits can be used for the Aeroplan account holder and another person travelling on the same booking.

However, if other people are on the booking, the eUpgrade credits cannot be used for them.

Save on Business Class Flights with eUpgrade Credits

One tip, shared by T.J. on Prince of Travel, is to use the Latitude Economy Fare of Aeroplan Flight Rewards; and use eUpgrade Credits to travel in Business Class using fewer Aeroplan points.

And the big advantage is that you can immediately confirm your upgrade from economy to business class thanks to the Latitude fare (most flexible). You will have to wait, for other fares, between 3 and 14 days before the departure date.

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I used this trick to book a round-trip flight between Montreal and Lyon for the end of 2021.

When searching, select the eUpgrade option within the filters.

Then select the Economy Fare.

In this example, you see 3 rates with 3 different options related to eUpgrade Credits.

Standard Flex Latitude
Points 32,300 points 37,300 points 45,800 points
Credits 21 18 11
Cash supplement $750 $500 $0

Here are the options for the return flight:

So I opted for the Latitude fare for 91,800 Aeroplan points and 22 eUpgrade credits. Instead of choosing Business Class directly at a cost of 111,100 Aeroplan points.

In other words, these 22 eUpgrade credits saved me 19,300 Aeroplan points.

By opting for the latitude fare, you also benefit from more flexibility (modification, cancellation) than the basic business class fare!

Conclusion

Previously, I found little use for Air Canada’s eUpgrade credits. With this trick, I can use all the eUpgrade credits I got from my Aeroplan Elite Status.

And this will certainly encourage me to earn more eUpgrade Credits or keep a premium Aeroplan credit card such as the American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card to extend the validity of these eUpgrade credits!

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