Collect Status Miles With Air Canada

Air Canada the Miles & More  loyalty program allowing to collect status miles. This how to helps you to maximize millage collection, which enables you achieve a Miles & More status (e.g. Frequent Traveller) more effective. The status you can achive include Frequent Traveller, Senator or HON Circle. 

Collect Status Miles With Air Canada

Collect Status Miles With Air Canada


Index Of How To Collect Status Miles With Air Canada


Collecting Miles & More status miles with Air Canada is simple. You basically book a flight and while booking it you enter your Miles & More number. If you missed to enter it whilst booking, you still can do it at check in or request the miles after the flight. 

The devil is however in the detail! Not all flights give you the same amount of status miles. This means, if you do not care whilst booking, you certainly will collect your status miles, but it potentially with some little research could have been more.

This How To helps you to max out the amount of status miles you can collect with Air Canada!

How To Collect Status Miles With Air Canada

Basically collecting Miles & More status miles with Air Canada is simple. Every flight (as long you deposit your Miles & More account number) will provide you with status miles. However, not all of them with the same amount.

In this how to I help you to understand how you can tune or max the amount of status miles the you can collect with Air Canada. The good message is, it’s totally transparent, but there are certain thing you need to know.

Booking Class

Booking classes define that business class not always equals business class, or economy not always equals economy. This at least if it comes to collecting status miles. This means, that the assumption of booking business class provides you with more status maile than for example premium economy is maybe wrong. For example, if with Air Canada you book Business Class in the booking class P, then you will earn less miles than by booking in the most likely cheaper booking class premium economy call O or A. Why this?

Simply because if it comes to status miles, there is a key behind each of the booking classes. Some of the classes give you 0,25 x the distance, some of them up to 2,0 times. Same is for the minimum, some booking cases give you only 250 status miles whilst others give you as a minimum 1000 status miles.

The good news is, this information is fully transparent available on the Miles and More website. Note, the below may changes over time and you like to double check the Miles and More website before booking. 

Air Canada Miles & More Booking Classes

Air Canada Miles & More Booking Classes

*** Information as of August 2023.

Booking Class Optimization

Knowing the above information about booking classes, you know now that you need to find the right booking class when you book a flight. These steps help you to do so. There are three great tools that allow you to understand the booking classes. One is the Air Canada Website itself, the other other one that I frequently use is and finally, there is the official Miles & More Milage Calculator. These three tools help already a lot in order to max out the collection of status miles. 

The below helps you to learn in simple steps how to do it. The tutorial assumes you like to fly from Montreal to Zurich, Switzerland. They both, the Canadian and the Swiss love ice hockey. Of course, any different routing and destination. Nothing is impossible…

So let’s see what Air Canada tells me if I am asking it for a trip to Switzerland, let’s say to watch ice hockey. 

Miles and More with Air Canada to Zurich

Miles and More with Air Canada to Zurich

As you can see in the above, what is missing, is the booking class information. We can see is, that business class – and that’s less a surprise –  is far more expensive than Economy and Premium Economy. In order to get the booking class, and that’s very painful with Air Canada, we have for each of the flights to click all the way thru. Only once you are at the final step, you get the booking class which in this example looks like the below example. Said that, United Airlines is far more transparent with the booking classes. Check out this great how to for United

Booking Class Air Canada

Booking Class Air Canada

However, with this information in the pocket and the information you found in the above Booking Class chapter, you have now the amount of status miles you like to collect in your hands! You found out, that this trip will be Booking Class P and Booking Class P (see above) brings you only 1x the distance. The CA$ 8754.05 are about 6450 US $ (As of August 2023). This flight is a pretty expensive deal with a very bad status miles package. On top, which makes it even worse, the cheapest flight is a direct flight with no additional stop. That means even more less status miles!

Now, let’s check, as for sure it gives us more price options, incl. the booking classes. is very transparent with booking classes. So lets check what it says:

Air Canada with Expedia to Zurich

Air Canada with Expedia to Zurich

You will immediately observe, that offers different options for cheaper prices, but also with Air Canada (I selected Air Canada on the left). Same time, you see that the flights consist of stop overs and that’s actually amazing. This allows us to collect additional status miles! Finally, the prices are cheaper than the one’s from the Air Canada website! Remember, we were at CA$ 4383 and now it offers CA$ 4257. Let’s check the Booking Class. To do so, you select the flight you prefer. A new window will pop up in which you click (Show Details):

In this case, you can see, that this one is Booking class D too! That means, whilst saving 587 Dollars, you can get Booking class D that is 2x the distance of the flight. Now, we can further optimise! OK, it’s gona to be a bit more painful if you do not like to change flights, but it’s possible.  There is in the above picture an option at 5:05 pm. That flight makes a stop in Newark, but it’s the same price. Lets see the booking class:

Montreal To Zurich with Two Stops

Montreal To Zurich with Two Stops

When you look at the above picture, you will observe, that there are 2 stops included and the booking classes are P and J. That means, because you fly first to Boston, you will get additional status miles. the same will happen on the other site of the ocean, when you jump from Copenhagen to Zurich. Perfect. With this flight, you can optimise!

  • compered to Air Canada turns into a cheaper flight with more status miles
  • you added for a lower price 2 stops that are actually easy (you go to the lounge (for free))
  • you maximized status miles with a low pain level

Lets get better…. offers you actually something interesting! There is Swiss International Air Lines and this airline is core member of Miles & More. Furthermore, the flight with them seems even cheaper! Let’s check this out!

Miles and More selecting Swiss instead of Air Canada

Miles and More selecting Swiss instead of Air Canada


This flight is actually amazing as it brings me from CAD $ 4383 USD ti CAD $ 4313 with two additional stops (opportunities to collect status miles). Compared to the Air Canada offer, I would reduce my costs whilst maximise the miles I can earn!

Of course, this now you can try in which ever circumstance you prefer and what suits you most. This works also for Economy and Premium Economy!

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