Now that we’ve arrived at July 2022, if you’re an Aeroplan Elite Status member, you can now optimally choose your 2022 Select Benefits in the member portal upon logging into your Aeroplan account.
Since eUpgrade credits earned in July of any given year are valid through the following calendar year, you can now start hunting down eUpgrade space and applying the “Latitude Attitude” to upgrade into business class for Air Canada flights that take place in 2023.
Choose Your 2022 Select Benefits
Aeroplan Elite Status benefits are divided into Core Benefits and Select Benefits.
All members receive the Core Benefits associated with their status levels automatically as of the turn of the year, and also have the option to choose from two separate bundles of Select Benefits, based on which enhancements to the travel experience might matter to them the most.
As an Aeroplan Elite Status member, you can choose your Select Benefits for 2022 via the “Choose benefits” option under the “Benefits” tab of your dashboard.
The Select Benefits bundles available to each Aeroplan Elite Status level are summarized as below:
(Bundle 1 of benefits is the more meaningful set for most travellers. Bundle 2 offers either eUpgrades or Status Qualifying Miles in exchange for purchasing flights using Air Canada Flight Passes, so it won’t be relevant if you don’t typically travel using a Flight Pass.)
Which Select Benefits Should You Choose?
Among the Select Benefit choices, I’d certainly recommend choosing the allotment of extra eUpgrade credits as one of your benefits (or your only benefit as an Aeroplan 35K member).
It’s very valuable to collect more eUpgrades, since the “Latitude Attitude” strategy allows you to redeem Aeroplan points for an Economy Latitude ticket and upgrade instantly into business class.
With direct bookings in business class often pricing out at dynamically high levels, the Latitude Attitude can be an invaluable strategy.
Meanwhile, picking the second Select Benefit for Aeroplan 25K, 50K, 75K, and Super Elite members will depend on your own preferences as a traveller.
Someone who frequently takes paid flights might value the bonus Aeroplan points on Air Canada flights, someone who wants to share their benefits with their loved ones might like the Status Passes or the status gifts, etc.
Earn eUpgrades Valid Through 2023!
It’s been possible to choose your Select Benefits ever since January 1 of this year. So why is it more advantageous to do so right now, starting on July 1?
Well, the validity period of eUpgrades is determined as follows:
- Any eUpgrades earned between January and June of a given year have a validity period within that year itself.
- Any eUpgrades earned between July and December of a given year have a validity period through the following year.
What does this mean in practice? Well, choosing eUpgrades as your Select Benefits as of today, July 1, 2022, means that those eUpgrades would arrive into your account with an expiry date of January 16, 2024, rather than January 16, 2023!
And remember: travel must take place within eUpgrade credits’ validity period for those eUpgrades to be applied.
So if you’d like to use the Latitude Attitude to confirm upgrades into business class for any trips that take place in 2023, then you’d need those precious valid-through-2023 eUpgrades in order to do it.
Effectively, by delaying your Select Benefit decision until now in July 2022, you’ve gotten yourself a valuable head start on snagging the coveted “R” space and confirming your instant upgrades across Air Canada’s 2023 business class flights.
Upon locking in your choice of Select Benefits, the extra eUpgrade credits may take a few days to show up. Once they do, you’ll be able to go forth and plan out your 2023 travels in Air Canada business class with the “Latitude Attitude” in mind.
Now that it’s July 2022, Aeroplan Elite Status members can choose their Select Benefit bundles in an optimized fashion, securing an allotment of valuable eUpgrades that are valid through all of 2023 and into January 2024.
Personally, I’ve waited until now to pick my Select Benefits for this exact reason, so as to earn eUpgrade credits that are valid for instantly confirmed upgrades from Latitude Economy into business class throughout the next 18 months.
Remember: once the Select Benefit bundles are chosen, they cannot be changed, so it’s important to take some time to think through your decision before you lock it in.