Many people have used this method in an opposite way, in order to avoid UA’s close-in booking fee, whom would book a flight far in the future, then call in and change to their desired departure date.
Aeroplan has fixed or ‘recovered’ the online searching feature. We will monitor closely and report back if anything changed. Also, though I do not want to conspire anything just yet, one of the FTers reported that the Aeroplan agent told him the ‘block’ was permanent.
Mr. Liu, was bumped off from his short haul flight from Winnipeg to Saskatoon on Saturday, May 13, 2017. At the time of this post, Air Canada has made no official announcement on this matter. Though, Pekflyer believes there is another side of the story, and did some investigations on this incident. We don’t take sides, but just try to recover what happened.