This Air Canada hack allows you to get a seat upgrade without paying full price

Have you always wanted to fly first class with an airline and enjoy all the benefits of luxury travel? With this lesser-known travel tip, you can get a seat upgrade on your flight without paying full price.

Air Canada offers passengers the chance to bid on a seat upgrade, meaning you can choose what you want to pay to upgrade your seat to a higher cabin class.

With the AC Bid Upgrade, when you purchase a flight in Air Canada’s economy or premium economy class, you can make an offer to upgrade to a higher class before your flight.

Following on from economy (the lowest class) and premium economy (a mid-range flight class), Air Canada also has business class and its luxurious Signature class cabins, where fliers can enjoy things like sun beds in personal pod-style seats, extra room and legroom, and priority services.

If your flight qualifies, you can place a bid on the Air Canada bid page for how much you’re willing to pay to upgrade.

Get an upgrade on an Air Canada flight

At least 48 hours before your flight’s departure, you can go to Air Canada’s bid upgrade page and enter your flight details (including your booking reference) to see if you qualify for an upgrade.

Once you’ve determined this, you can place your bid by moving the slider to select how much you want to pay for the upgrade and entering your payment details. It’s worth noting that your bid price does not include the original airfare.

You will only be charged if your offer is accepted. If your offer has not yet been confirmed, you can cancel it up to 48 hours before departure. If your offer is accepted, you will be notified about two days before your departure time.

Your offer includes all applicable taxes and fees, says Air Canada. To have the best chance of your offer being accepted, the airline recommends that you submit the highest price you are willing to pay

It will cost you nothing extra to make an offer. However, if your offer is accepted, you can say goodbye to a seriously luxurious trip.

Is it worth upgrading to business class on Air Canada?

Air Canada’s business class offers perks such as larger seats, access to the airline’s posh Maple Leaf Lounges and an all-inclusive meal tray on flights longer than two hours.

Passengers in this class can also benefit from priority services such as an exclusive check-in area, a dedicated boarding area and priority baggage handling.

In Signature Class, offered on select routes, passengers can enjoy pod-style reclining seats complete with a pillow, duvet and mattress protector, in addition to an amenity kit and a CleanCare+ kit.

They can also take advantage of concierge and chauffeur services, as well as enjoy complimentary meals and premium amenities such as Molton Brown skin care products in Air Canada’s exclusive Signature Suites.

While you might think Air Canada’s highest cabin class costs a pretty penny, on some flights the cost difference between premium economy and business isn’t very great, meaning it could be worth upgrading to the deluxe try cabin.

While not all flights are necessarily upgradeable, for example, a flight from Toronto to Vancouver in December with Air Canada could cost you $312 one-way in economy, while flying business class will only cost a few hundred dollars extra in total $849.

If you could bid on seats in this class, you might pay even less!

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