Air Canada Boeing 767-300 Business Class Overview

This review is part of a round-the-world holiday which kicked off on Air Canada between Sydney and Vancouver, followed by five nights at the Westin Whistler and two nights at the Sheraton Vancouver. My partner and I then flew onwards to Toronto.

Longer, transcontinental flights across the US in Business Class are good value through Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program – I used 20,000 KrisFlyer miles plus $50 in taxes per person.
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Case study: why you should call to confirm seats are available before transferring points

After reading the Point Hacks Air Canada redemption guide in early 2017, I started planning an epic, all-points round-the-world holiday with my partner over Christmas.

What I did not realise at the time was this was going to be the most complicated redemption that I had ever attempted, and that I was also about to learn a very important lesson—a lesson I wanted to share with our readers to ensure no one makes the same mistake. Continue reading…

Air Canada added as Asia Miles partner

Effective 19 January 2017, Air Canada has become an earn and redemption partner of Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles program.

This opens up a good opportunity to avoid having to pay cash for domestic flights within Canada, which tend to be relatively expensive due to the duopoly operated by Air Canada and its rival WestJet.

In this guide, we outline the eligible routes for earning and redeeming Asia Miles; redemption pricing; and earning Asia Miles on Air Canada flights. Continue reading…

Air Canada Business Class Vancouver to New York AC548 and Vancouver Business Class Maple Leaf Lounge Review

During a recent vacation with his family our Pointhacks founder Keith got to experience business class on Air Canada’s Vancouver to New York direct service. Given that Air Canada is a Star Alliance partner with Air NZ we thought it valuable to look at his experience, available booking options for the flight, along with possible connections from New Zealand.

After my stays at the Westins in Whistler and Vancouver Airport, it was time to head over to New York to visit family for a few weeks. For this flight I’d chosen Air Canada as our target – simply because it’s the only day flight on the route, and with flight time just a little over 5 hours, doing this as a red-eye with kids seemed like it would be no fun.

Air Canada operated this route with an Airbus A319 until recently, and now it’s using a much larger and more modern Boeing 787.

I’ll look at how I booked this flight using a mixture of KrisFlyer miles earned from my credit card spend, plus some purchased United Miles – alongside the lounge and service.
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