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Air Canada and Emirates have been planning to partner with each other since July 2022 but as of November 1, 2022, the two companies have finally consummated the partnership.
The merge was a low-key event, so that’s probably why most people haven’t heard about it (except for us points enthusiasts). However, we do have some information on what their partnership entails so let’s get into it.
The Basics: Air Canada & Emirates Partnership
The main goal of the Air Canada and Emirates partnership is to create more codeshare flights between them, or in simpler terms, enhance the flight routes between Air Canada and the UAE. The codeshare agreement is valid for bookings from November 1 – December 1, 2022.
Travelers of both carriers can now book single-ticket flights with a seamless check-in and baggage transfer procedure to about 46 destinations across North America, Asia, the Middle East, and Asia.
Apart from that, frequent flyers can also expect reciprocal points earning, redemptions, elite benefits, and lounge access between the two carriers.
Bottomline: What Makes This Partnership Interesting?
The Canadian government has always been very strict when it comes to foreign airline competitors as it wants to protect Air Canada’s market share.
Emirates never had access to other cities other than Toronto so passengers from Dubai would need to book two separate flights if they want to go to other Canadian cities. It’s also the same case for Air Canada passengers because they didn’t have access to other UAE cities other than Dubai.
That’s why this partnership is quite interesting because more flight routes will finally open giving passengers cheaper and seamless flight options in the future.
Apart from that, Aeroplan frequent flyers might just have the opportunity to book Emirates business class award flights with their Aeroplan points in the future (fingers crossed). While we can’t expect Emirates to allow first-class award availability, but still, its Emirates business class that we’re talking about here!
This would be a great benefit to have since Aeroplan has already partnered with other Middle Eastern airlines such as Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, and Oman Air.
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