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Air Canada To Offer Free Inflight Messaging Wi-Fi to Aeroplan Members

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Air Canada is the latest carrier to join a growing group to offer free messaging Wi-Fi on its flights.

Thanks to a partnership between the airline and Canadian telecom company Bell, members of Air Canada’s Aeroplan program will be able to access free messaging Wi-Fi across all of the carrier’s Wi-Fi-equipped planes as of May 15, 2023.

“This multi-faceted partnership with Bell will allow Air Canada customers to keep in touch with friends, family, or colleagues wherever they travel. What’s more, we’re elated that Bell will be joining as the latest Aeroplan partner, creating another way for members to travel more, and travel better,” said Mark Nasr, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital, and President of Aeroplan at Air Canada.

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Free Messaging Wi-Fi Coming to Air Canada Flights

Air Canada Aeroplan members will soon get free inflight messaging Wi-Fi. Image Credit: Air Canada

Air Canada Aeroplan members will soon be able to access free messaging Wi-Fi across the airline’s entire fleet of aircraft equipped with onboard Wi-Fi. This includes Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express aircraft.

This will allow flyers to stay connected during their flights over messaging services including iMessage, WhatsApp, Messenger, Messages by Google, and more.

Even better, the offering is extended to key partners of the Aeroplan program, which means members of the United MileagePlus, Lufthansa Miles & More, and Emirates Skywards programs will be able to access the free messaging Wi-Fi when they attach their eligible program number to their reservation.

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This latest enhancement from Air Canada comes just months after the airline announced it would be rolling out live TV and sports programming to select flights later this summer.

But Wait, There’s More

The good news for Air Canada doesn’t stop at free messaging Wi-Fi. In addition, the carrier will provide flyers with free SIM cards on “select inbound international flights” that can be activated while in flight, ensuring passengers can stay connected from the minute they take off through their entire stay in Canada.

Final Thoughts

It’s great to see Air Canada continue to invest in the customer experience. It joins a growing list of carriers that now offer free messaging Wi-Fi to flyers, though it stops short of offering complimentary “complete” Wi-Fi like we’ve seen from Delta Air Lines here in the U.S.

Regardless, Aeroplan members — and those of its close partners — will be happy to access messaging Wi-Fi free of charge on upcoming flights as of May 15.

About Nick Ellis

Nick’s passion for points began as a hobby and became a career. He worked for over 5 years at The Points Guy and has contributed to Business Insider and CNN. He has 14 credit cards and continues to leverage the perks of each.


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