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 for Air Canada Altitude status in 2021

Reach Air Canada Altitude status based on the number of Altitude Qualifying Miles (AQM) or Altitude Qualifying Segments (AQS) and Altitude Qualifying Dollars (AQD) earned on eligible flights operated by Air Canada and the Star Alliance member airlines between January 1 and December 31, 2020. All 2021 Air Canada Altitude statuses will be updated by March 01.

Earning AQM, AQS & AQD

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

You'll earn AQD for the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges on eligible flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge as well as on eligible flights operated by Star Alliance member airlines ticketed on Air Canada ticket stock (ticket numbers beginning with '014'). You will also earn AQD for eligible Flight Pass purchases and eUpgrade Add-ons, based on the monetary value of the purchase. To learn more about AQD.

Travelling more means greater recognition

When you fly more than 1 million lifetime Altitude Qualifying Miles on eligible flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express, you can look forward to an enhanced travel experience with us.

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Altitude Status Extension for Parental Leave

A unique privilege for new parents.

We understand that life brings changes, and as a result, your travel patterns change too. That's why we've introduced a unique privilege for new parents: Altitude Status Extension for Parental Leave.

If you are expecting a baby or welcoming a new child into your family and plan on taking a parental leave, you can request an Altitude Status Extension in order to continue enjoying the privileges of your Altitude status for a minimum of 12 months when you return to flying more frequently. Air Canada is proud to be the first airline in North America to offer this privilege.

To request your Altitude Status Extension, please send an email to and include a copy of proof of parental leave from your employer as well as a copy of the certificate of childbirth, adoption or fostering.

Terms & Conditions

Air Canada Altitude members who are on an extended leave of absence from work in order to spend time caring for/preparing for a child to join their family (including adoption and fostering) will be eligible for an Altitude Status Extension. In order to qualify for an Altitude Status Extension, eligible members will need to provide documentation proving their maternity or paternity leave, along with certification of childbirth, adoption or fostering. Following review, documentation provided will be destroyed. Upon commencing more frequent travel following their leave, the Altitude Status Extension will enable the member to enjoy the same status held prior to going on leave for a minimum 12 months. Note that Altitude members who hold Altitude status that was granted as a special offer or as part of the “Altitude status for a friend” Select Privilege are not eligible for Altitude Status Extension. Altitude Status Extension is a discretionary benefit, and Air Canada reserves the right to decline an application for, or to change the offer of, an Altitude Status Extension at any time, at its own discretion.


Early Recognition

Sometimes you arrive sooner than expected.

When you reach a higher 2020 Altitude status prior to October 31, 2020*, you will be invited to choose your Select Privileges** and will enjoy that status immediately for the rest of the benefit year. Early Recognition is offered for all tiers including Prestige 25K

*Please note that in order to be eligible for Early Recognition, your Altitude qualifying activity must be credited to your account in advance of October 31. Additionally, please keep in mind that flight activity will take a few days to be credited to your account.

**Note that if the Select Privileges for the lower Altitude status have not yet been selected, they will be chosen on the member's behalf prior to the awarding of the higher Altitude status. No changes will be permitted once defaulted. Members will have until October 31, 2020, to choose the Select Privileges for their new Altitude status.

Qualification Requirement to Reach Altitude Status in 2020

See the chart below for the number of AQM or AQS required to reach Altitude status. Remember, you will also need to meet the AQD requirement as outlined below in order to reach Altitude status.


  Prestige 25K Elite 35K Elite 50K Elite 75K Super Elite 100K

Altitude Qualifying
Miles (AQM)
Altitude Qualifying
Segments (AQS)

25,000 AQM
25 AQS

35,000 AQM
35 AQS

50,000 AQM
50 AQS

75,000 AQM
75 AQS

100,000 AQM
95 AQS

In addition to

Altitude Qualifying
Dollars (AQD)






Please Note: For non-Canadian residents, the Altitude Qualifying Dollars (AQD) will be 50% lower than the published amounts found in the chart above. Eligible members must update their residential address on their profile in order to apply non-Canadian resident AQD requirements. A proof of address may be requested.


*Altitude Qualifying Dollars (AQD) represent the monetary value associated to an eligible ticket and, combined with the number of AQM or AQS you fly, will determine your Altitude status. You'll earn AQD for the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges (Y,YQ and YR) on eligible flights flown operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge and on flights operated by Star Alliance member airlines ticketed on Air Canada ticket stock, as well as for eligible Flight Pass purchases and eUpgrade Add-ons. To learn more about AQD.

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 Cards
  • Bonus Aeroplan Miles
  • 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