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Nov 17th, 2022 10:24 pm
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Homer88
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Nov 17th, 2022 10:24 pm

Anyone know if preferred/exit row seats become free during check in? This is for a trans-pacific flight.

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Nov 17th, 2022 10:30 pm
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Nov 17th, 2022 10:30 pm

Homer88 wrote: Anyone know if preferred/exit row seats become free during check in? This is for a trans-pacific flight.

Nope. But if you haven't selected a seat yet, then you might get assigned one for free. My sister refuses to pay for seat selection and just got a preferred seat (15F) yesterday LAX-YVR, the MAX has 34" seat pitch if you're forward of the exit row.

But given that you're going to be in one of the widebodies, and not a MAX (where they're a third of the economy seats), there's very few preferred seats, so your chances are super small.

Good luck!

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Nov 18th, 2022 8:03 pm
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GraemeS267274
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Nov 18th, 2022 8:03 pm

Looks like their "black friday" sale is up... absolutely shocking lack of deals.

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Nov 18th, 2022 8:16 pm
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Nov 18th, 2022 8:16 pm

GraemeS267274 wrote: Looks like their "black friday" sale is up... absolutely shocking lack of deals.

Usually airlines will have "week-long" Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, which are very underwhelming.

I would expect a 15-20% off code (and potentially limited codes offering better) to appear at some point in the next week for a few days, in addition to the current offerings.

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Nov 20th, 2022 9:28 am
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bjwcg7tf
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Nov 20th, 2022 9:28 am

I used the following Travel Ready Hub page on Air Canada site:

https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/hom ... id-19.html#/

To find country specific covid entry restriction (from Sherpa)

I am wondering if Air Canada staff use different rules??

The reason I asked: For example, Hong Kong allows self-administered rapid tests and require passengers to upload the results to their health declaration portal.

However, I heard that Air Canada still asked for 'certified' rapid test results (like from SDM) for flights to Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific does not do that.

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Nov 20th, 2022 12:28 pm
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Nov 20th, 2022 12:28 pm

Rxman wrote: Zone 2 also with black cards, Amex or TD, regardless of status.

The number of people in zone 2 for any given flight is ridiculous. On an international flight yesterday the zone 2s were all obviously CC holders who hardly ever travel and simple have zone 2 status because of the card they hold. The number of them who couldn’t figure out where their seat was (wrong row, not a window, etc) was ridiculous. I had one insist that I was in their seat despite trying to explain to them that seat “C” wasn’t a window seat. Zone 2 now usually slows down the entire boarding process.

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Nov 20th, 2022 1:09 pm
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Gpiron
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Nov 20th, 2022 1:09 pm

Got an air canada voucher for a canceled flight this summer going to the rockies but wasn’t clear if this could be used on aircanada vacations or only on air canada. Anyone knows?

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Nov 20th, 2022 1:21 pm
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Nov 20th, 2022 1:21 pm

Did online check in for flight to US. It only asked me to attest to my vaccination status but didn't ask me to upload my vaccination record. Does this mean I'll have to show it to them at the airport?

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Nov 20th, 2022 1:27 pm
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VWDriver
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Nov 20th, 2022 1:27 pm

I would bring proof of vaccination regardless of my online check-in’s success.

You can also download to Apple Wallet if you have an iphone.

yesnomaybe wrote: Did online check in for flight to US. It only asked me to attest to my vaccination status but didn't ask me to upload my vaccination record. Does this mean I'll have to show it to them at the airport?

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Nov 20th, 2022 1:54 pm
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Nov 20th, 2022 1:54 pm

yesnomaybe wrote: Did online check in for flight to US. It only asked me to attest to my vaccination status but didn't ask me to upload my vaccination record. Does this mean I'll have to show it to them at the airport?

If, at the time of travel, the US still has a vaccination requirement for inbound tourists, you will almost certainly be required to show proof at check-in. Reason being, the airline is responsible for ensuring inbound passengers adhere to entry requirements of the country.

Gpiron wrote: Got an air canada voucher for a canceled flight this summer going to the rockies but wasn’t clear if this could be used on aircanada vacations or only on air canada. Anyone knows?

Air Canada's website knows: https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/hom ... chers.html#/

Typhoonz wrote: The number of people in zone 2 for any given flight is ridiculous. On an international flight yesterday the zone 2s were all obviously CC holders who hardly ever travel and simple have zone 2 status because of the card they hold. The number of them who couldn’t figure out where their seat was (wrong row, not a window, etc) was ridiculous. I had one insist that I was in their seat despite trying to explain to them that seat “C” wasn’t a window seat. Zone 2 now usually slows down the entire boarding process.

The boarding time is likely the same overall, with more relative time spent in Zone 2 at the expense of later zones. This has been studied before. Despite attempts at making boarding more orderly with many systems (i.e. back to front, window to aisle, etc.), it ultimately makes little meaningful. difference in boarding speed/efficiency.

People are unfortunately too selfish, stupid, and oblivious for any system to work efficiently.

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Nov 20th, 2022 2:10 pm
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Nov 20th, 2022 2:10 pm

Phonophoresis wrote: If, at the time of travel, the US still has a vaccination requirement for inbound tourists, you will almost certainly be required to show proof at check-in. Reason being, the airline is responsible for ensuring inbound passengers adhere to entry requirements of the country.

I've already received my boarding pass though. I've gone back to the check in page and don't see anywhere I can upload my documents. As far as I can tell, proof of vaccination is still required to enter the US. Has anyone flown to the US recently and was able to upload proof of vaccination online?

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Nov 20th, 2022 2:18 pm
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Nov 20th, 2022 2:18 pm

yesnomaybe wrote: I've already received my boarding pass though. I've gone back to the check in page and don't see anywhere I can upload my documents. As far as I can tell, proof of vaccination is still required to enter the US. Has anyone flown to the US recently and was able to upload proof of vaccination online?

Receiving your boarding pass is irrelevant. For example, many people receive their boarding passes and don't have their passports screened until the gate. Take a look when you wait for your flight, the gate agent will call up several people via last name to the counter for document verification. COVID vaccine verification is no different.

Does your boarding pass show "ADOC" under remarks? If it's still required, you won't be allowed to board, and you will be flagged at the gate.

I haven't flown AC to the US of A recently, so cannot confirm with 100% certainty. Regardless, I don't understand why you care so much. Just bring your vaccination proof on your phone, and show if asked. If not asked, then continue onwards. Unless you're not vaxxed... then that's your problem.

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Nov 20th, 2022 2:20 pm
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dolfan1980
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Nov 20th, 2022 2:20 pm

yesnomaybe wrote: I've already received my boarding pass though. I've gone back to the check in page and don't see anywhere I can upload my documents. As far as I can tell, proof of vaccination is still required to enter the US. Has anyone flown to the US recently and was able to upload proof of vaccination online?

As far as I know, only an attestation at check in is now required, they don't need the documents anymore. I could be wrong as mine are already on file, but I think this is the case.

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Nov 20th, 2022 2:26 pm
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yesnomaybe
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Nov 20th, 2022 2:26 pm

Phonophoresis wrote: Receiving your boarding pass is irrelevant. For example, many people receive their boarding passes and don't have their passports screened until the gate. Take a look when you wait for your flight, the gate agent will call up several people via last name to the counter for document verification. COVID vaccine verification is no different.

Does your boarding pass show "ADOC" under remarks? If it's still required, you won't be allowed to board, and you will be flagged at the gate.

I haven't flown AC to the US of A recently, so cannot confirm with 100% certainty. Regardless, I don't understand why you care so much. Just bring your vaccination proof on your phone, and show if asked. If not asked, then continue onwards. Unless you're not vaxxed... then that's your problem.

It shows ATTS under remarks. I don't know what that means. I care because I don't want to waste time at the airport. I would prefer to get it out of the way now.

dolfan1980 wrote: As far as I know, only an attestation at check in is now required, they don't need the documents anymore. I could be wrong as mine are already on file, but I think this is the case.

Thanks. I wish AC would update the info on their website. Anyway I'll still bring my documents just in case

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Nov 20th, 2022 2:40 pm
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Gpiron
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Nov 20th, 2022 2:40 pm

Air canada e-coupon cannot be used:

To purchase an Air Canada Vacations package (excluding flight-inclusive packages to Mexico and the Caribbean only)

So if understand the terms of use i could use my ecoupon to buy a all included to mexico or carribean and that would work.

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Nov 20th, 2022 3:45 pm
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Phonophoresis
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Nov 20th, 2022 3:45 pm

yesnomaybe wrote: It shows ATTS under remarks. I don't know what that means. I care because I don't want to waste time at the airport. I would prefer to get it out of the way now.

ATTS means you've completed the attestation. Unfortunately, doesn't tell us anything we don't already know Ask me anything about flying with Air Canada - Page 50 - RedFlagDeals.com Forums (4).

ADOC was what was previously used when I flew with them last a few months ago, meaning all documents (passport/NEXUS, etc.) were approved/processed. I did not have to show my proof of vaccination, but had I believe my vaccination document was already saved on file from a previous flight, so much like dolfan, probably not much help unless you fall under the same circ*mstances.

Good luck.

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Nov 20th, 2022 6:33 pm
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Rxman
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Nov 20th, 2022 6:33 pm

Typhoonz wrote: The number of people in zone 2 for any given flight is ridiculous. On an international flight yesterday the zone 2s were all obviously CC holders who hardly ever travel and simple have zone 2 status because of the card they hold. The number of them who couldn’t figure out where their seat was (wrong row, not a window, etc) was ridiculous. I had one insist that I was in their seat despite trying to explain to them that seat “C” wasn’t a window seat. Zone 2 now usually slows down the entire boarding process.

Yeah and when I go to the grocery store, the line i think is shortest ends up being longest, cause the person at the front can't figure out how to pay with their credit or debit card and wants to price match everything.

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Nov 21st, 2022 12:36 pm
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yesnomaybe
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Nov 21st, 2022 12:36 pm

Update: On the plane now. Confirmed that proof of vaccination is not required for flights to US. Just the attestation at check in

PS: Pearson was a ghost town this morning

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Nov 21st, 2022 3:35 pm
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Nov 21st, 2022 3:35 pm

yesnomaybe wrote: Did online check in for flight to US. It only asked me to attest to my vaccination status but didn't ask me to upload my vaccination record. Does this mean I'll have to show it to them at the airport?

yesnomaybe wrote: I've already received my boarding pass though. I've gone back to the check in page and don't see anywhere I can upload my documents. As far as I can tell, proof of vaccination is still required to enter the US. Has anyone flown to the US recently and was able to upload proof of vaccination online?

I flew air Canada Vancouver to Seattle in mid September. I made the attestation and proceeding directly to us customs nexus line. I was not asked.

However I flew when vaccines were required to fly domestically or internationally and fly often with air Canada. I believe I uploaded my proof then. I flew to usa from Mexico with united and I uploaded my proof of vax. Went to check in just kuz well it’s Mexico better safe then someone bugging you later.

Def carry proof. If you have an iPhone you can scan your QR code and it will be added to your wallet. Very handy! Not a bad idea to have a paper copy too.

Edit I see you already flew. Well good info for the next

Autocorrect sucks

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Nov 23rd, 2022 9:21 pm
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i6s1
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Nov 23rd, 2022 9:21 pm

Flying YVR-YUL-FLL on Friday. Are they actually making us fill out vaccination forms still?

https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/NCEZ ... ng-508.pdf

AC's site has it listed but I hear a lot about American immigration officers not caring about the rules. Don't want to waste my time printing and filling out 20 pages of forms if they're not going to look at them. TIA.

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