United Airlines and Air Canada have entered into an agreement to make traveling between the U.S. and Canada much more effortless.
Here’s what you need to know.
Increased Flight Options, Rewards Benefits for Travelers
The agreement will allow U.S. and Canadian travelers to connect to 46 transborder codeshare destinations with more than 400 daily frequencies in 2022. The agreement also gives the option to add more codeshare destinations for domestic routes within Canada and the U.S.
Travelers will still be able to enjoy MileagePlus and Aeroplan loyalty program benefits and will see more flight options scheduled on both websites at more convenient times.
“With this new agreement, we are further strengthening our long-standing partnership with Air Canada,” Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances at United, said in a statement. “As international travel continues to recover, this expanded partnership will provide an enhanced experience for all transborder travel.”
Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada, said that the agreement between the 2 airlines would help to “optimize our hubs and schedules and to broaden our global network connectivity.” This will be critical to the passenger experience, especially as air travel recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the 2 airlines, the U.S.-Canada transborder market was the second-largest international passenger air transportation market in the world in 2019. It was also the largest international market for Canada and the U.S., as measured by seats.
Using Points and Miles To Fly to Canada
While you can learn more about the best ways to fly to Canada with points and miles in our detailed guide, let’s quickly review what award redemptions between the U.S. and Canada will cost you on both United and Air Canada.
When redeeming United MileagePlus miles for United flights between the U.S. and Canada, you can expect dynamic pricing in the following range:
|Cabin Class||United Miles Cost|
|Economy||From 12,500 miles|
|Business||From 27,500 miles|
The award chart for Air Canada’s Aeroplan program, however, is priced based on the flight distance of your itinerary:
|Flight Distance (Miles)||Economy Class Aeroplan Points Cost||Business Class Aeroplan Points Cost|
|0 to 500||6,000 to 10,000||15,000 to 25,000|
|501 to 1,500||10,000 to 15,000||20,000 to 35,000|
|1,501 to 2,750||12,500 to 17,500||25,000 to 60,000|
|2,751+||17,500 to 25,000||35,000 to 70,000|
Hot Tip: If you are paying for your flight with cash, consider a United-branded credit card to earn up to 4x miles on your United purchase or the Aeroplan® Credit Card to earn 3x points on Air Canada purchases.
Flying on Star Alliance airlines between the U.S. and Canada will become much easier with this new agreement. Travelers will have more flight options and better flight schedules and, most importantly, still enjoy MileagePlus and Aeroplan benefits.
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