To wrap up a visit to Australia, I flew from Sydney to Vancouver in Air Canada Signature Class, the airline’s flagship product. Given the distance between the two countries, having a direct flight is the most ideal circumstance, as you’d otherwise have to route through the United States, New Zealand, the Middle East, or Asia to get to Canada.
At the time, Air Canada had just reintroduced its Signature Class product, as it brought back many aspects of its service that had been curtailed due to the pandemic. This included pre-departure drinks, a new amenity kit, warm towels, and garment-hanging service.
While I’d flown this product many times before, this would be my first time experiencing Air Canada’s long-haul Signature Class service in full after the product was restored. Naturally, I was keen to see how it compared to previous experiences with the airline, as well as to other airlines who had long since returned to business as usual.
As we’ve reviewed Air Canada Signature Class many times before, this review will focus more on the soft product rather than the hard product.
Air Canada 777 Signature Class – Booking
I booked flights for my niece and myself long before Australia had fully reopened its borders to tourism. At the time, there was excellent eUpgrade availability on direct flights from Sydney to Vancouver.
My wife, sister, and younger niece flew from Sydney to Vancouver via Brisbane on the same day, and we were scheduled to arrive within an hour of each other. With my sister as my Super Elite eUpgrade nominee and my wife booking my younger niece with her, this was the only way we could all enjoy Air Canada Signature Class for flights back to Canada.
In total, we paid 65,000 Aeroplan points each on an Economy (Latitude) fare, which also included a flight from Vancouver to Victoria. I also parted ways with 26 eUpgrades for this flight, using 13 for each of us to instantly confirm an upgrade.
While it’s now more difficult to find eUpgrade availability or Signature Class flights that fall within the reasonable range of Air Canada’s dynamic pricing, it’s still possible. Be sure to book far in advance, or keep an eye on prices and make a change accordingly.
Otherwise, you can look to route via Asia or the Middle East to get to Australia, or book in premium economy with Air Canada to secure a spot at the top of the waitlist for business class.
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