10 December 2019
One of the most frequently asked questions that travellers ask when booking the air portion of a holiday or business trip is “Is a cabin upgrade worth it?”
With different airlines a cabin upgrade varies so we asked Air Canada in Ireland what the difference was between their cabin products, in case you can decide if you fancy a little extra luxury on your next trip to Canada or the Americas.
All flights from Ireland include a complimentary bar service and include hot meals and on demand seat back TVs so you can be sure of a good standard in the Economy cabin.Most fares include one 23kg checked bag. Preferred seating can be added on for a fee for a little extra leg room, but preferred seats have the same cabin service as regular Economy class seats.
You can check in online 24 hours before the flight departure and if you have not pre purchased a seat number in advance you can choose a standard seat free of charge then. You can check in online, on the app or at the airport for no additional fee.
Premium Economy is available on all Dublin Air Canada services as well as the Air Canada Shannon-Toronto Service. Benefits include priority check-in, boarding and baggage and a baggage allowance of 2 x 23kg bags. The Premium Economy cabin is separate to the other cabins and you are offered a pre departure soft drink with a menu when you board. The seats have greater leg room, recline and personal space to the Economy cabin, a footrest and a small amenity kit and you can pre book your seat number.
Many leisure passengers choose this option for special occasions like honeymoons, special birthdays, retirements or anniversaries and Premium Economy is particularly popular on the Dublin-Vancouver flight with travellers flying to Vancouver for an Alaskan Cruise or the Rocky Mountaineer Railtour.
Signature Class is the name of Air Canada’s International Business class cabin and it is available on all of its Dublin routes to Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
The Signature Experience begins at the airport with priority checkin and greeting by the Air Canada Concierge. Your checked bags (2 x 32KG bags are allowed) are tagged as priority bags so they will arrive on the baggage belt at your end destination first. You have access to the lounge (Dublin Airport lounge at Dublin Airport and the Signature Suite in Toronto Pearson or various Maple Leaf lounges throughout the Air Canada network) pre flight and when you board you have access to pre board so you have time to settle into your pod seat and have a pre departure drink and browse the menu.
All Signature Classes on Air Canada have an individual pod with all aisle access and lie flat bed and you can choose your seat number in advance. Duvets, pillows and mattress pads are supplied for when you want to sleep and there is a full range of on demand visual and audio entertainment. Meals are served by course with a wide selection available and there are premium champagnes, spirits and wines on offer as well as the Signature Cocktail. Luxury amenity kits and noise reduction headsets are supplied.
Yes, you could go outbound in Signature Class and Back in Premium Economy or vice versa. Out in Economy and back in Premium Economy. If you want to start your holiday with a bit of luxury you might opt for an upgrade on the outbound and if you have an important meeting to attend on your return you might need to get a good night’s sleep on the return flight so Signature class with its lie flat pod beds and duvets might be a good solution.
If you’re ready to explore the world in luxury with Air Canada, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including a 24-hour duty office ready to support you before, during and even after your trip.