Air Canada status match now posting, choose Select Benefits now

Oct 3, 2021

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Last week, Air Canada announced a status match program for U.S. residents. This status match lets those with existing U.S. airline status match to an equivalent status on Air Canada through Dec. 31, 2021, with the option to extend by taking a single round-trip flight with Air Canada by Jan. 15, 2022.

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As a refresher, Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue and Southwest elite members are eligible for this status match.

Air Canada elite status match chart
(Screenshot courtesy of

Status matches aren’t taking long either. Those who initiated status matches are seeing Air Canada elite status applied to their accounts starting yesterday, Oct. 2, 2021. Members received a standard elite status qualification email that states the airline is sending a physical elite status card and bag tag in “the coming weeks”, though the status match FAQ says these haven’t been sent yet.

Air Canada elite match confirmation
(Screenshot courtesy of Air Canada)

Matched elites can, however, choose their Select Benefits immediately. This includes additional eUpgrade certificates, bonus mileage earning and reduced qualification requirements, among other options. These are essentially ways to let you personalize your Air Canada elite status experience. Other benefits of status include Star Alliance lounge access — including the United Club — at the 50K elite level and upgrade certificates.

Still waiting on your status match? Air Canada’s status match FAQ page notes that members will receive confirmation of their status match within three days of applying and see their new airline status within five days of applying.

If you haven’t already, you can apply for a status match by filling out this form on Air Canada’s Status Matcher page. Note that you can only apply for an Air Canada status match once every two years. The promotion ends Dec. 31, 2021, but there are a limited number of complimentary status matches available, so act quickly if you want to take advantage of it.

Related: Sweet Spot Sunday: Booking low-cost flights to and around Canada with Aeroplan

Bottom line

It’s great to see Air Canada’s status match post so quickly, especially given that travelers only have three-and-a-half months to book and fly to a recently reopened Canada.

Air Canada status can yield great value for U.S.-based travelers, like United Club access and eUpgrades good for use on most Air Canada flights. Even if you’re not traveling to Canada by Jan. 15, 2022, it may be worth matching for United Club access through the end of the year.

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