Articles tagged “air canada”

Air Canada Solicits Bank Partners for $1.6 Billion Loyalty Program

Air Canada Solicits Bank Partners for $1.6 Billion Loyalty Program

Frederic Tomesco and Doug Alexander, Bloomberg

Air Canada is looking for a credit card partner to tap into revenue that the airline has long left on the table. Banks are tripping over themselves trying to get in on the new loyalty opportunity.

2 days ago

NTSB Probes How Air Canada Plane Nearly Landed on Taxiway

NTSB Probes How Air Canada Plane Nearly Landed on Taxiway

David Koenig, Associated Press

We've seen before how incidents such as this and actual crashes have led to healthy air-safety reforms so hopefully something positive will emerge from the Air Canada near-miss, as well.

2 months ago

Air Canada’s Decision to Go It Alone on Loyalty Leaves Aeroplan in Crisis Mode

Air Canada’s Decision to Go It Alone on Loyalty Leaves Aeroplan in Crisis Mode

Kristine Owram, Bloomberg

Air Canada's decision could have a larger ripple effect on how consumers earn and redeem loyalty both in Canada and other regions where Star Alliance loyalty has a traditional stronghold.

4 months ago

Canada’s New Passenger Bill of Rights Bans Removal in Cases of Overbooking

Canada’s New Passenger Bill of Rights Bans Removal in Cases of Overbooking

Rob Gillies, Associated Press

U.S. lawmakers rarely enact airline regulations anymore. But that's not so in Canada, where Transportation Minister Marc Garneau likes to take action to protect consumers.

4 months ago

Air Canada’s Gain Is Aimia’s Loss as the Airline Plans a New Loyalty Program

Air Canada’s Gain Is Aimia’s Loss as the Airline Plans a New Loyalty Program

Scott Deveau, Bloomberg

As Skift reported Thursday, Canada's largest airline wants to control its frequent flier program. As Bloomberg reports here, that's bad news for Aimia, which will lose its contract in 2020.

4 months ago

Alaska Airlines Now Lets New Parents Keep Elite Status for an Extra Year

Alaska Airlines Now Lets New Parents Keep Elite Status for an Extra Year

Brian Sumers, Skift

This makes perfect sense, and can't cost Alaska Airlines much in revenue. Why don't other U.S. carriers do the same thing?

4 months ago

Years After Spinning Off Its Loyalty Program, Air Canada Will Create a New One

Years After Spinning Off Its Loyalty Program, Air Canada Will Create a New One

Brian Sumers, Skift

It was a big deal when Air Canada spun off its frequent flyer program. And it was probably a good idea for the time because Air Canada needed the cash. But times are different now, and Air Canada is in stronger shape. It makes sense it wants to control its own program.

4 months ago

Air Canada CEO Prefers Trump to Trudeau When it Comes to Aviation Policy

Air Canada CEO Prefers Trump to Trudeau When it Comes to Aviation Policy

Frederic Tomesco and Greg Quinn, Bloomberg

The headline here is politics, but for frequent flyers, that's probably not the most interesting part. There are some good nuggets about Air Canada's fiscal relationship with Aeroplan, its independent frequent flyer program. It sounds like it may change in 2020.

6 months ago

What’s the Next Step for Airline Premium Economy?

What’s the Next Step for Airline Premium Economy?

Brian Sumers, Skift

A surprising number of airlines held out against adding premium economy as long as they could. But now most big airlines have added it or plan to. That's good news for passengers who want a little bit more space at a reasonable price.

7 months ago

Why Some Airlines Are Investing Big in Food for Their Best Passengers

Why Some Airlines Are Investing Big in Food for Their Best Passengers

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's little comfort to the average coach customer, but airlines are spending big money to improve food for higher-value customers. Just remember, it's still airline food, reheated in a tiny galley, so it may never be award-winning cuisine.

7 months ago

Air Canada Wants to Fly More U.S. Travelers Through Canada and Overseas

Air Canada Wants to Fly More U.S. Travelers Through Canada and Overseas

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Air Canada may face questions from investment analysts who seek reassurance that it is resisting its old instinct to redistribute profits to its customers by adding flights.

7 months ago

Air Canada and United May Try Again for U.S.-Canada Anti-Trust Immunity

Air Canada and United May Try Again for U.S.-Canada Anti-Trust Immunity

Brian Sumers, Skift

Air Canada and United still dominate the majority of U.S.-Canada routes, so it's hard to see how anti-trust immunity helps consumers. But it certainly would make the airlines more formidable competitors.

7 months ago