Over the last couple of years, WestJet Rewards has improved its loyalty program. This is a clear attempt to lure people away from Air Canada, but that’s easier said than done. When Air Canada announced its revamped Aeroplan, WestJet responded with more promos and perks for its members.
Today, WestJet has announced even more rewards offers. Some of these new offers are quite exciting since Member Exclusive Fares are back and there are some new benefits coming to WestJet Rewards.
Member Exclusive fares are back
A few months ago, Member Exclusive fares were disabled and WestJet Rewards members freaked out. For some reason, many people thought this was a permanent change even though WestJet said it was temporary. I’m not sure why it took so long but, Member Exclusive fares are back.
You can now book premium and business cabin seats as part of Member Exclusive fares. In addition, more seats will be available. This is significant because the old Member Exclusive fares had limited seats available. It should now be easier to find seats on more routes, but note that Member Exclusive fares are not available for Basic, EconoFlex, PremiumFlex and BusinessFlex. Note that Member Exclusive fares require the full payment of the base fare in WestJet dollars.
Although these new fare should have people excited, WestJet dropped the old fixed fares for one way flights. Essentially, this is a devaluation as the one sweet-spot with the program is gone.
Partner redemptions aren’t available at this time, but WestJet is hoping to have them available sometime in 2021.
Up to 35% off Member Exclusive fares
As part of the launch, Member Exclusive fares will be up to 35% off when you book by December 31, 2020. This promo would also allow more people to book Member Exclusive fares since you would need fewer dollars to pay the entire base fare which is required for Member Exclusive fares.
While this promo is advertised of up to 35% off fares, I personally have not found any routes anywhere near that. I did a few quick searches and the most I got off was 8%.
With this promo, travel must be completed by June 27, 2021. WestJet is still operating to quite a few destinations in Canada and the Caribbean, so it’s worth checking out this promo to see what’s available.
Share your companion voucher
If you’re a WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard or WestJet RBC Mastercard holder and still have your companion voucher, you can gift it for a limited time. From November 5-11, 2020, you can use your voucher for two other guests. There’s no need for you to travel with them. Since you own the voucher, you will be required to sign in to your account and make the reservation for the travellers.
The usual conditions apply e.g. travellers must be booked on the same reservation. With companion vouchers, there are no blackout dates so you can travel any time. Since companion vouchers expire on January 31, 2021, this is a good opportunity to use any vouchers that you may have left.
New benefits coming
WestJet also announced that you’ll be able to gift one-time Gold status to someone for a round-trip flight that they can take on their own (applies to a $6,000 milestone award and at $8K and every $2k after that). This benefit only applies to Gold and Platinum members.
In addition, you’ll soon be able to exchange your WestJet RBC World Elite companion voucher for lounge access.