It had been a few weeks since I had a really good cause to hate Air Canada. And since I will be flying with them on Friday, I was obviously concerned. I figured for certain that meant something horrific was going to happen with the flight.
And something may well happen, but Air Canada has, in the meantime, offered up something else for me to grumble about. Some of you may recall how annoyed I was that the airline was going to stop allowing pets to be carried on the plane. This was going to prove to be a nuisance not only to me, but to many Canadians who happen to be pet owners.
So once again the Air Canada has stepped up and found another way to make things inconvenient by reducing the amount of points they offer on Tango flights. It’s a way of reducing costs although their reasoning is absolutely nonsensical to me.
As might be expected, people are deeply in love with Air Canada's latest brilliant business decision. Not that I expect them to pay attention or anything.
The plan myself and Cathy have is this. We are currently locked into Air Canada and Aeroplan because of the amount of miles we have. However, as we plan on burning off most of those miles on a pair of first class tickets to Australia in 2009 we feel that will be as good a time as any to get out of both Air Canada and Aeroplan.
We’ll switch credit cards to one that awards miles, but we can use them with any airline we want. We’ll fly Air Canada as little as humanly possible. And when we do fly internationally, as we did last year to San Francisco, we’ll try and fly on Air Canada partner airlines rather than the mothership itself.
Banning pets from travelling was the final straw. Cutting the points – not to mention the time limits they put on their usage earlier – is just a bit more salt in the wound.