Air Canada Altitude is designed to enhance the travel experiences of our most frequent flyers. Open to world travellers, businesspeople, adventurers, dreamers, doers and curious people like you, Altitude is your ticket to an ever-growing world of experiences.

How to qualify

Reach Air Canada Altitude status based on the number of Altitude Qualifying Miles (AQM) or Altitude Qualifying Segments (AQS) earned on eligible flights operated by Air Canada and the Star Alliance member airlines between January 1 and December 31.

Note that you will also need to complete the Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement ...Of course, this should be breeze for a jetsetter like you.

Earning AQM & AQS

Travel to over 1,200 destinations worldwide.

For every eligible flight operated by Air Canada and the Star Alliance member airlines, you'll earn AQM and AQS that will help you reach a higher Altitude status. Of course, the AQM you earn are also Aeroplan Miles, which can be redeemed for a range of Aeroplan Rewards. To learn more about the number of AQM and AQS you'll earn when flying, visit


Early Recognition

Sometimes you arrive sooner than expected.

When you reach a higher 2015 Altitude status prior to October 15, you will be invited to choose your Select Privileges and will enjoy that status immediately for the rest of the benefit year. Note that, this year, with the introduction of the revised Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement, you will be required to reach the new published criteria in order to secure status in 2016. Early Recognition is offered as of Elite 35K status.

Qualification Requirement

See the chart below for the number of AQM or AQS required to reach Altitude status. Remember, as part of this, you'll have to meet the Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement as outlined above in order to reach any Altitude status.

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Altitude Qualifying Miles (AQM) 25,000 35,000 50,000 75,000 100,000
Altitude Qualifying Segments (AQS) 25 35 50 75 95
Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement* (AQM) 12,500 17,500 25,000 37,500 50,000
Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement* (AQS) 12 17 25 37 47

* As part of the number of AQM or AQS required in order to reach Air Canada Altitude status, a minimum number of these AQM or AQS must be earned on eligible flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express or Air Canada rouge. AQM earned in conjunction with the purchase of an Unlimited FlightPass also count towards this Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement.

For non-Canadian residents, the Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement will be 50% lower than the published Minimum Air Canada Flight Requirement.

Altitude Privileges

As an Altitude member, you'll enjoy exclusive privileges and offers from Air Canada and its partners, including:

  • Priority reservation and airport services
  • Complimentary access to the Maple Leaf Lounge
  • Upgrades to Business Class
  • Complimentary checked baggage allowance
  • Star Alliance recognition with over 25 Star Alliance member airlines worldwide
  • Select Privileges to further personalize your Altitude status
  • Exclusive Altitude Partner Offers
  • And much more

... And that's not all!

With Altitude Threshold Rewards, Altitude members earn additional eUpgrade Credits at certain AQM or AQS levels. Additionally, reach certain AQM or AQS thresholds, and you'll be able to choose from a selection of Threshold Gifts, including:

  • Gift Certificates
  • Bonus Aeroplan Miles
  • Stays at exclusive hotel properties
  • Complimentary Flight Passes
  • And much more
Altitude Partner Offers

Altitude members enjoy exclusive partner offers – so exclusive, we can't tell you any more than that. With partners including those listed, you could be on your way to more discounts, more bonus miles and even more recognition.


Partners: AVIS, Fairmount Hotels and Resorts