Air Canada Introduces Complimentary Premium Snacks, Beer, and Wine for Economy Passengers

As we head into the busy summer travel season (and beyond), Air Canada has announced that all economy passengers will be treated to some extra perks in the skies.

As of June 5, 2024, all Air Canada passengers travelling in economy will enjoy free premium snacks from its recent updated offerings, as well as complimentary beer and wine on domestic and transborder flights.

Air Canada Introduces Complimentary Snacks, Beer, and Wine for Economy Passengers

Air Canada has introduced some enhancements to the economy experience for passengers on all flights through to the end of 2024.

Beginning June 5, 2024, passengers travelling in economy will enjoy complimentary premium snacks from its recently revamped offering. 

The airline is showcasing Canadian producers with its updated snack menu, which includes buttery herb and garlic pretzels from Alberta-based and female-led TWIGZ, as well as the Célébration cookie from Quebec.

Furthermore, Air Canada will extend its complimentary beer and wine offering to economy passengers on domestic and transborder routes; however, beer, wine, and spirits will remain for purchase on economy flights to and from the Caribbean and Mexico.

Eligible Air Canada economy passengers can select from a variety of beer and wine offerings, including the recently introduced Hop Valley and Creemore Springs beers, as well as French sines from Paul Mas.

If you’d prefer a cocktail instead, you’ll enjoy a cost of $5 (CAD) for the following spirits: Baileys Original Irish Cream, Canadian Club rye, Bacardi Superior rum, Bombay Sapphire gin, Smirnoff vodka, Tromba Tequila Blanco, or Campari.

As with the complimentary premium snacks, the complimentary beer and wine on eligible routes will remain in effect through to the end of the year.

Further information about this update can be found on the Air Canada website.

Air Canada Elevates Economy Experience through 2024

By introducing complimentary beer, wine, and premium snacks to economy passengers on domestic and transborder routes, Air Canada is elevating part of its passenger experience, which happens to closely resemble that of Porter Airlines.

Recall that Porter Airlines has long served complimentary beer and wine in glassware, and offers passengers in-flight snacks on every one of its all-economy flights. 

With Porter’s ongoing expansion across North America as it continues to expand its fleet of Embraer E195-E2 jets, it has positioned itself as offering an elevated economy flying experience compared to other Canadian and North American carriers.

While Air Canada can’t offer the guarantee of no middle seats on all of its flights, it’s now matching part of what has made Porter Airlines unique by providing passengers in economy with complimentary beer, wine, and premium snacks on domestic and transborder routes, including Hawaii and Alaska.

Air Canada is now offering complimentary beer, wine, and premium snacks to passengers in economy through to the end of 2024

Air Canada has been adding to its in-flight food, beverage, and entertainment offerings in the recent past, and it’s nice to see the experience being enhanced for passengers in economy, too. 


Air Canada has announced that passengers in economy on domestic and transborder routes will now enjoy complimentary premium snacks, beer, and wine.

The enhanced economy experience begins on June 5, 2024, and is available on all eligible routes through to the end of 2024.

If you’re flying with Air Canada in economy this summer, be sure to check out the new options onboard and raise a glass to your elevated travels.

  1. May

    Will SE still get offerings of premium drink and snack item from bistro menu in economy?

  2. Jack

    Only until the end of the year folks. Then back to regular programming Jan 1.

  3. Jim

    Is this also a sign that Aeroplan isn’t giving AC a competitive advantage over Porter? The combo of low earning for lower economy fares and high Aeroplan points prices through dynamic pricing may be making AC less attractive versus Porter.

  4. CB

    I gotta say, between these new economy offerings, and rolling back of the announced seat selection fees, Air Canada has been making some smart customer-forward choices lately. I hope the trend continues.
    Westjet on the other hand seems to have brainstormed ideas for squeezing every last nickel out of flyers, and it putting them all into practice as fast as possible…

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