Flight Loads: How To Check Airport Standby Position for Air Canada (AC)

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Air Canada Standby: How To Check Airport Standby Position

A few airlines allow you to check your position on the standby list using, an App, their Web site and/or airport gate flight displays. This series will highlight these in order to ensure that you have a better standby experience.

 

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There are a few options that you can use here:

 

The Web site (View Available Seats)

 

 

This is the most unreliable as it just shows assigned and unassigned seats and with Basic Economy fares, its even harder to tell these days since seats are assigned at the airport, usually at the gate.  I say its unreliable as the unassigned seats may already be booked and will be assigned as the flight’s departure time draws closer.

 

Remember that the fact that a seat is open does not really tell you that the flight is open or not; just that the seat is not assigned. The closer it gets to departure though, its pretty accurate as people are being assigned seats and checking in and receiving seats.

 

Here’s how to access it for what it’s worth.

 

 

To use this functionality, head to https://www.aircanada.com/us/en/aco/home.html or navigate to it by first going to aircanada.com > Book. Enter the details of your flight, From, To and Departure Date.

 

You will get a page similar to this one below:

 

Flight Loads - Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Search

Flight Loads – Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Search

 

 

Flight Loads - Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Search Preview Seats

Flight Loads – Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Search Preview Seats

 

 

Click on the “Preview seats” link, then you will see a page similar to the one below. I must say that sometimes the seat map may not load though; sorry.

 

Flight Loads - Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Search Preview Seats Seatmaps Economy Class

Flight Loads – Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Search Preview Seats Seatmaps Economy Class

 

 

Flight Loads - Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Search Preview Seats Seatmaps Business Class

Flight Loads – Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Search Preview Seats Seatmaps Business Class

 

 

 

Flight Status

 

Looking at the Flight Status page online is another way that you may be able to see the seats assigned or the standby list. However, Air Canada does not show this information. But here is what their flight status page looks like.

 

Flight Loads – Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Status

 

 

Flight Loads - Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Status Results

Flight Loads – Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Status Results

 

 

 

Flight Loads - Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Status Results Details

Flight Loads – Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 December Flight Status Results Details

 

The Air Canada App

 

 

First, download the Air Canada App: Apple IOS | Android. This page explains all the functionality of the mobile App. You can also start at AirCanada.com and navigate to Fly > Air Canada Mobile App.

 

Let’s take a look at the App’s functionality:

 

Upgrade Standby List

 

 

First choose Flight Status from the bottom right hand side of the App and enter your city pairs and dates. You will then see a screen like the one below:

 

 

Flight Loads Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 Dec App flight status

Flight Loads Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 Dec App flight status

 

 

Flight Loads Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 Dec App Flight Status Results

Flight Loads Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 Dec App Flight Status Results

 

Once you click on the flight in which you’re interested, you will see the Standby list.

 

 

Flight Loads Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 Dec App Flight Status Results Standby List

 

Swiping left, will show you the Upgrade List.

 

 

Flight Loads Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 Dec App Flight Status Results Upgrade List

Flight Loads Air Canada SFO to YYZ 12 Dec App Flight Status Results Upgrade List

 

 

At the Airport

 

I’m still working on this part; I did not take any photos of the screens. If you know what is shown at the airport, please let me know.

 

 

 

If you like this information please share with your fellow passriders as well as leave a note below and let me know what you think.

 

 

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