Tuesday, May 12, 2020

May 12 Update: Avianca goes into bankruptcy protection, Pacific Coastal Airlines set to resume flights on June 1, Air Canada schedule update

We updated the entire Canadian airline and loyalty program section on our COVID-19 resource page. We'll continue the big update of this page with U.S. and International programs over the next few days.

B.C.'s Pacific Coastal Airlines announced they are going to resume service next month. The airline first announced a suspension of all flights until May 3 which was then extended to May 31. They have now announced on their website that they will be back in the air as planned on June 1 although with a reduced flight schedule. Learn more here.
Image via Pacific Coastal

Colombia's Avianca filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday citing the COVID-19 Pandemic. While Avianca themselves only flew to Toronto their loyalty program is extremely well known and popular in points and miles circles. Being a Star Alliance airline and loyalty program LifeMiles is famous for their frequent very valuable buy miles bonus offers and great redemption options on Star Alliance that didn't have fuel or carrier surcharges added on. Avianca reiterates they will return to the skies but most of you are probably more concerned about LifeMiles. The good news that LifeMiles are safe as the LifeMiles program is a separate company from Avianca and is actually not part of the bankruptcy process. The potential bad news for LifeMiles is if Avianca does not survive as the program would lose access to Star Alliance. This is exactly what we saw happen with India's Jet Airways. When they went under their separate loyalty program JetPrivilege lived on to become Intermiles. It was no longer associated with Star Alliance but did expand earning and redemption options for its members albeit at a more expensive cost on the latter. Learn more about Avianca's Bankruptcy plans here and learn more about LifeMiles plans here.
Image via Avianca

Airline Schedule Updates
This will now be a standard feature for the foreseeable future in our daily update posts as we summarize Canadian operations based on data from RoutesOnline and other sources. Remember that many of these route plans are subject to change and right now they are changing frequently!

Air Canada's provided a major schedule update on May 8. The airline looks to restart some service to the U.S on May 22 with flights from Toronto to Washington Dulles as well as Vancouver to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Two more flights will be added on May 25 and then a much broader U.S. schedule looks to be implemented on June 1. June also sees a planned increase with more international flights resuming See all the planned and suspended flights here

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