We have great news for Air Canada’s customers! The Canadian carrier has recently announced new partnerships that will benefit members of the loyalty program Aeroplan, which is already considered to have one of the best travel reward programs.
Through a press release, Air Canada confirmed that their new codeshare cooperation with the airline Emirates is active, and customers can now enjoy amazing connectivities to destinations in Africa, The Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.
And just a few days ago, another partnership with the Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways has also been announced, giving travelers the possibility to get even more benefits and travel options to Southeast Asia.
Besides expanding its network and adding more flights to the US, the Caribbean, and other international destinations, Air Canada is building strong alliances to compete with the new Canadian airlines that are rapidly expanding and gaining popularity. Here’s what travelers can expect from the new alliances.
Emirates Alliance: The Benefits For Travelers
Air Canada’s customers will now have more connectivity to 46 markets on three continents! According to the information shared, there are already codeshare tickets available for 35 markets for travel starting on December 1.
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A few of the new exciting connections destinations for Canadian travelers are:
- Bangkok, Thailand.
- Hanoi, Vietnam.
- Phuket, Thailand.
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- Islamabad, Pakistan.
- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
- Muscat, Oman.
- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
For certain destinations, travelers will probably make stops at international airports like Frankfurt, but check-in and baggage transfers will be smooth and stress-free with just one ticket.
Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada, said: “This exciting new partnership with Emirates will allow Air Canada to meaningfully broaden the choice of flight options for our customers. It will create easier connections between Canada and destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. As well, it will allow us to draw more connecting traffic through our Toronto global hub and expand our presence in these dynamic regions where demand for global travel is expected to grow.”
Members of Aeroplan and Skywards—Emirates frequent flyer program— will also be able to redeem points from flights operated by both airlines, as well as access to both carriers’ lounges and benefits. The details will be shared at a later date.
Are you an Aeroplan member? Maybe it’s time to redeem those points and start traveling to these new amazing destinations.
Bamboo Airways’s Alliance: The Benefits For Travelers
Air Canada’s newest partner is Bamboo Airways, and now members of Aeroplan will get even more benefits as a result of this new alliance. According to the information shared by One Mile At A Time, it is now possible to redeem points to travel on Bamboo Airways.
The Vietnamese carrier is relatively new but has a great network in Asia and also offers long-haul flights to destinations like Frankfurt, London, Taipei, Seoul, and Bangkok, which can now be traveled and enjoyed with points by Air Canada’s frequent flyers.
To redeem Aeroplan points, travelers must consider the award chart and bear in mind the distances. Economy tickets to enjoy this new partnership start at 8,000 Aeroplan points for the first 1,000 miles; considering that Bamboo Airlines has great connectivity, this could be a flight from Hanoi to Bangkok, allowing travelers to get great benefits within Southeast Asia.
Bamboo Airlines currently offers 16 international flights, and it is expected to expand to 50 routes by 2025. Their domestic network includes 61 routes and expects to reach 80 by 2025. So more routes will be added to the network!
Vietnam officially removed all entry requirements related to COVID-19, and now travelers have even more options to explore this fascinating country. From the beautiful Halong Bay to the fascinating city of Ho Chi Minh, there’s so much to explore and enjoy in this country.
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