Air Canada: 8 things to know before you fly

The largest airline in Canada and the fifth largest (by passengers carried) in North America, Air Canada launched in 1937 after the federal government chartered it as Trans-Canada Airlines. It was renamed Air Canada in the mid-1960s and has been flying high ever since.
The Montreal, Quebec-based carrier has been focusing on expansion and amenities lately. It launched 25 new routes just year and introduced Air Canada Signature Service for North American premium fliers. The airline also began offering Wi-Fi on its wide-body international fleet.
Air Canada is known for having the some of the most transparent airfare fees in the airline industry. The carrier lays out all of the taxes, fees, charges and surcharges attached to your airfare so you know exactly what you’re paying when you by your ticket. That makes for one of the most upfront and trustworthy booking experiences you could ask for — but more on that later.

If you just go to and start searching for a flight to buy a plane ticket, you may be in for a shock: You may be on the Canadian version of the website. Sure, you’ll notice if everything’s in French, but even its English site has special offers that may not be available to U.S. customers. You’ll see a box (shown below) that you’ll need to check to see whether you qualify for a deal or not.

Ever book an airfare for a great price only to see fees balloon the total at checkout? Well, Air Canada’s one-way airfares you see online typically have all the fees included. That means you pay what you see, since the fares are tax-inclusive. Here are the fees you’ll typically expect to pay on an Air Canada international airfare:
If your plane ticket includes a stopover in Toronto or 15 other select international airports, you may be able to take advantage of the amenities of a Maple Leaf Lounge, a premiere leisure space for elite travelers. In addition to complimentary snacks and beverages, the lounges have a no-cell phone zone, as well as business centers. Among other ways, you may qualify for Maple Leaf Lounge access if you’re a business traveler or have an American Express AeroplanPlus credit card.

Make sure your travel documents are in order before leaving the United States, that includes making sure your passport is not expired or close to it. You’re dealing with another country so your travel documents will need to be correct. Your name on your identification documents must perfectly match the name on your ticket.