When Air Canada explained why they’re doing this, they pretty much said it was because everyone else was doing it. This excuse might not have worked with your parents, but it works for them and we’re not really surprised. Honestly, they’ve been missing out on the extra revenue that the competition has continued to collect over the last few weeks, months and years.
If you’re headed back and forth between Canada and the United States there are some other options if you just need to check a bag for free. WestJet and Porter Airlines are still allowing passengers to check one checked bag for free. If you’re not crossing any borders and are just staying in the nifty fifty, of course there are still free bag options on carriers like Southwest and JetBlue. Now more than ever, it’s probably a good idea to invest in a solid carry-on!