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MONTREAL — Air Canada is taking on competition from ultra low-cost carriers with its new Economy Basic fare.
Now available on select routes and flights within Canada, the new fare class is billed as Air Canada’s lowest fare. The airline says the new Economy Basic is a restricted fare for Economy Class passengers looking for the lowest price, but with fewer options than Economy Tango fares (https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/book/fare-options-and-fees/economy-basic.html).
Here’s a quick look at Economy Basic:
Complimentary carry-on baggage only
No changes are permitted.
Flights can only be used in sequence from the place of departure specified on the itinerary.
Tickets are non-refundable and are non-transferable.
Economy Basic fares do not allow for the accumulation of Aeroplan Miles, Altitude Qualifying Miles, Altitude Qualifying Segments or Altitude Qualifying Dollars, or for the accumulation of miles/points with other partner frequent flyer programs.
eUpgrades, Last-Minute Upgrades and AC Bid Upgrades are not permitted on Economy Basic fares.
Air Canada’s domestic fares now include: Economy Basic, Economy Tango, Economy Flex, Economy Latitude, Premium Economy (lowest), Premium Economy (flexible), Business Class (lowest) and Business Class (flexible).
Several airlines have launched basic no-frills fares within the past couple of years, including British Airways, Air France KLM, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.