Amazing Deal Alert: Free Upgrades and Lounge Pass With Air Canada Business Program

by on April 16, 2012 · 19 comments

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Business frequent flyer programs allow companies to earn perks such as free travel, lounge passes and other amenities in addition to the miles individual employees accrue. I’ve written before about the US airlines that offer such programs, but it turns out that Air Canada’s Aeroplan also has a Rewards for Small Businesses program, which you can join here and if you do it before May 31, 2012 you’ll receive:

- Two eUpgrade Credits that can be used on a designated employee’s travel. These credits can be used for an upgrade to Executive Class or Executive First on eligible flights and based on the fare class purchases, as well as seat availability. For more information on eUpgrades and what fares are eligible, check out the T&C.
- A special deal with Avis where you get one Avis reward day for every 10 qualifying rental days for the first year when you also join the Avis Corporate Awards Program (it looks like you usually have to have accrue 15 rental days for a free day).

These perks are in addition to the regular sign-up goodies:

-One-time Maple Leaf Lounge access for an employee that can be selected automatically during the online ticket purchase process.

-A one-time 15% flight booking discount made online at on Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Jazz flights on one-way, roundtrip or multi-city itineraries. The promo code is good for 3 months from your date of enrollment, and flights must be completed within 12 months of enrollment. A maximum of 9 passengers per booking is permitted. This could be huge savings if you’re flying a bunch of employees on the same itinerary.

-Up to a 10% discount on Maple Leaf Club memberships—though the discount varies based on the number of memberships purchased. Between 1-4 memberships qualify for a 5% discount, and 5 or earns a 10% discount.

-Five prepaid OnBoard Café vouchers that can be selected automatically during the online ticket purchase process. Each voucher includes one meal item and one snack item.

The Rewards for Small Business promo page on

While this program is geared towards Canadian business, per FAQ page any North American company can join provided it does not have an Air Canada preferred carrier/corporate agreement. I just signed up using my EIN and was instantly approved.  I do not know if this will work for sole proprietors by using your Social Security Number, but it can’t hurt to try since it’s free anyway.

Hat tip TPG reader Scott!

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  • JW

    What if you have a Aeroplan FF# with Air Canada as an individual?

  • thepointsguy

    This is a separate program from Aeroplan. They didn’t even ask for my Aeroplan number during sign-up. Flights booked through this program still earn miles in the individual flyers account.

  • Jk

    What is the best/easiest way to take advantage of the eUpgrade credits?

  • Anonymous

    SSN worked

  • sara

    Can the eUpgrade credits be applied to tickets purchased on third party site or travel agents?

  • Sean

    wouldn’t that be great if the 15% off and upgrade cert work on the current PEK fare!

  • Marzman77

    How do I find my “customer identification number” after I sign up? I need to email this to them to credit my eupgrade certificates. Thanks!

  • Yi

    Same thing here, what is the CIN?

  • Yi

    I send out the email, taking the number on the upper right corner shown as “account number” as the CIN.

  • Dov

    Don’t be over excited 2 eUpgrade credits could only be used for a round trip between USA and Canada 1500 mi Between USA and Canada for a one way and the fare you will need to purchase is a Latitute Y,B otherwise TangoPlus U, H, Q, V, W, S, K, L, T you will need 6 eUpgrades for <1500 mi one way

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  • Dov

    Brian this program has nothing to do with Aeroplan it is handled by Air Canada only
    Air canada and Aeroplan are 2 separate entities

  • Marzman77

    I decided to send the email without it, but what you said also makes sense. Hopefully they can figure it out, though I’m sure they’re inundated with emails at the moment…

  • thepointsguy

    Correct.. which is what I said

  • Dov

    You mentioned in your blog that “Air Canada’s Aeroplan also has a Rewards for Small Businesses”, it’s sounded like the program had something to do with Aeroplan

  • Marli

    just noticed that two identical searches on their main site vs. business search site showed lower fares for the business site for the exact same flight and class on the regular site (and without using the 15% promo code)

  • Rowergirl7531

    I tried to sign up, but kept receiving an error message because it requires a Government Tax ID number which looks like a Canadian number? Any suggestions to work around this? Thanks!

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