Air Canada Extends Refund Deadline; 92% Already Processed

air canadaEligible Air Canada customers now have one extra month – until July 12, 2021 –  to submit a refund request for unused tickets.

Air Canada announced Thursday a 30-day extension of its COVID-19 refund policy.

The policy allows eligible customers who purchased a non-refundable ticket before April 13, 2021 for travel on or after February 1, 2020, but who did not fly for any reason, to submit their request for a refund online or with their travel agent.

The COVID-19 refund policy covering tickets and Air Canada Vacations packages purchased for flights cancelled either by the airline or by the customer for any reason was initially due to expire June 12, 2021.

As of April 13, 2021 (the day on which the COVID-19 refund policy came into effect), Air Canada had a total of 1.8 million of its customer bookings eligible for a refund. To date, approximately 40% of these eligible customers have requested a refund, and 92% of those who have submitted requests have had their refund processed.

Air Canada customers also have the option of accepting a fully transferrable Air Canada Travel Voucher (ACTV) with no expiry date or converting the value of their ticket to Aeroplan points with a 65% bonus. Customers who have already accepted an ACTV or Aeroplan points also have the option to exchange these for a refund to the original form of payment, including for the unused portion of any ACTV issued or in cases where a partial refund was provided.

“The number of customers who have requested a refund is lower than anticipated and most have kept their travel credit, Air Canada Travel Voucher or Aeroplan points, which we are pleased to see as it is an indication they plan on travelling in the future. We also take this as a vote of confidence from our customers that they intend to fly with us on their next trip, and we are looking forward to welcoming them back onboard,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.

Customers who booked an Air Canada flight or Air Canada Vacations package through a travel agency must contact their agent directly. In support of its travel agency partners, Air Canada is not recalling agency sales commissions on refunded tickets that they process.

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