eUpgrade Terms and Conditions

eUpgrade eligibility

  • eUpgrade requests are valid on eligible Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada rouge flights which offer a Business Class, Premium Economy or Premium rouge cabin, when a ticket is issued in an eligible paid booking class.
  • eUpgrade Credits are calculated based on the requested eUpgrade cabin (Business Class and Premium Economy), and on one way travel from origin to destination on a single reservation, including connections. Itineraries booked on different reservations will require that separate upgrade requests be made.
  • Upgrades are subject to space availability for the number of upgrades permitted per flight.
  • eUpgrade Credits are removed from the member's account as soon as the upgrade is requested. However, if the flight is not upgraded, the credits are returned to the member's account. For itineraries with connections where only certain flights received confirmed upgrades, members may be entitled to a refund. In those cases, a portion of the credits related to the non-upgraded segments will be returned to the member's account.
  • Upgrades may not be used in conjunction with reward travel tickets, promotional pass travel, or travel industry discount fares, unless otherwise indicated.
  • eUpgrade Credits are non-transferable.

eUpgrade Add-ons

If an eUpgrade Add-on applies to your booking, you will be asked to provide your credit card information. eUpgrade Add-ons are non-refundable, are charged in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and include all applicable taxes. A foreign merchant transaction fee may be charged by your credit card issuing bank at time of billing. Note that your credit card will only be charged if you are upgraded to the Business Class cabin, and a receipt will be issued by email.

Fare rules

Although you will be seated in the Business Class or Premium Economy cabin when your upgrade is confirmed, your booking will remain subject to the fare rules and restrictions of the booking class you originally purchased. These rules include, but are not limited to, mileage accumulation, change and cancellation fees, access to airport lounges and baggage allowance.

Account discrepancies

Please note that there is a minimum processing delay of 3 days. In the event that a discrepancy occurs with your eUpgrade account, please allow at least 96 hours from your flight departure time before contacting Air Canada. We are unable to process requests made within this timeframe.

Cancelling upgrade requests

  • Waitlisted upgrade requests may be cancelled at any time prior to flight departure.
  • Confirmed upgrades cannot be cancelled online. For assistance with a confirmed upgrade, please contact Air Canada Reservations or see an Air Canada airport agent. If you choose to cancel your upgrade and your originally purchased Economy or Premium Economy booking class is no longer available, you may need to pay an applicable fare difference.
  • In the event that courtesy upgrades are given at time of departure due to irregular operations, customers with a previously requested upgrade will not be eligible for eUpgrade Credit refunds.
  • Customers travelling on a Latitude Flight Pass may cancel their confirmed eUpgrade, subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Flight Pass.

Special needs and services

Customers whose travel includes provisions for certain special needs or services may not have access to some Business Class or Premium Economy cabins, and are therefore asked to contact Air Canada Reservations for information regarding possible upgrades.

Special needs or services with cabin restrictions include but are not limited to:
  • Travel with an attendant: Passengers who are not self-reliant and are severely physically disabled (paraplegic or quadriplegic) so as to require an attendant to assist in getting in and out of a seat usually cannot be accommodated in the International Business Class cabin equipped with fully-lie flat beds. Exceptionally, on a case-by-case basis, authorization can be obtained from the Air Canada Medical Assistance Desk if, on fact-based evidence, it determines that the attendant accompanying the non-self-reliant passenger is physically capable of taking full responsibility for transferring the passenger in and out of the personal seating area.
  • Extra seating: It may not always be possible to accommodate passengers who require extra seating because they are disabled by obesity or because they must accommodate another disability in the Business Class or Premium Economy cabins.
  • Travel with an infant or child: Child restraint devices are not permitted in International Business Class.
  • Travel with a pet: Pets are not permitted in International Business Class because of cabin configuration.

    Please note that passengers travelling with a service animal such as a seeing-eye dog may be seated in the International Business Class cabin provided the animal travels under the seatís footstool and/or seat at all times.
  • Travel with a Medipak: Passengers with respiratory conditions who require a Medipak must be seated in the last row of the Business Class cabin. If such seating is not available, please see an Air Canada airport agent upon check-in.
  • Allergies: It may not always be possible to accommodate passengers with severe allergies in the Business Class or Premium Economy cabins. For example, your upgrade may be refused if:
    • you are severely allergic to cats and there is already a passenger seated in Business Class or Premium Economy who is travelling with a cat as part of their carry-on baggage,
      or
    • you are travelling with a cat as part of your carry-on baggage and there is already a passenger seated in Business Class or Premium Economy who is severely allergic to cats.

eUpgrade requirements

Air Canada reserves the right to increase or decrease the number of eUpgrade Credits or Add-on required for an upgrade, but will endeavour not to penalize customers in such circumstances, subject to certain system limitations.

Airports

Upgrade requests for flights departing from certain airports must be completed at least 12 hours prior to departure using this online tool or by contacting Air Canada Reservations. They cannot be made at the airport or via Web Check-in.

Meal service

For airport standby upgrade requests on flights within North America, we will do our utmost, but cannot guarantee to provide you with Business Class or Premium Economy meal service (where available).

Additional rules

  • eUpgrade Credits are not redeemable for cash or other consideration and may not be bartered or sold.
  • Air Canada will consider void any eUpgrade Credits that have been bartered or sold. Air Canada reserves the right to terminate the Air Canada Altitude privileges of members who sell or barter their eUpgrade Credits, or who repeatedly fail to pay eUpgrade Add-ons.
  • eUpgrade Credits are the property of Air Canada.
  • Air Canada reserves the right to, without notice, (a) modify the terms and conditions related to eUpgrade Credit usage and eUpgrade Add-ons, (b) add, modify, or delete eligible booking classes, and (c) cancel any upgrade request made in violation of the terms and conditions listed here, and (d) change upgrade priority rules. Upgrades are never guaranteed, and awarding of upgrades is subject to operational considerations which are at Air Canada’s sole discretion.
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