Have you ever noticed the option to select the WestJet companion voucher on their website? It’s right there on the main page above where you choose your destinations for flights. Some people may have ignored that checkbox since they don’t have a WestJet companion voucher, but wouldn’t it be nice if you did?

To use the companion voucher, guests need to purchase one ticket on a flight operated by WestJet. The second guest would then pay $119 CAD, $199 CAD or $399 CAD plus the taxes, fees and charges. This is clearly a great way to save money, but how do you get the voucher and what are the conditions?

How to get a WestJet companion voucher

There’s really no secret to getting a WestJet companion voucher, you get one annually as a WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard holder.  That’s right, every year you get a free companion voucher which is easily worth more than the $119 annual fee that comes with the card. In addition, you get the following benefits:

  • $350 WestJet Dollars sign up bonus after your first purchase (until March 31, 2020)
  • Earn 2% back in WestJet dollars on WestJet flights or WestJet Vacations packages
  • Earn 1.5% back in WestJet dollars on everyday purchases
  • Save 3¢/L on fuel and always earn 20% more Petro-Points when you link your WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard
  • Free first checked bags for the primary cardholder (up to 8 bags on the same reservation)
  • Some travel insurance included
  • Auto rental collision/loss damage insurance
  • Hotel/motel burglary insurance
  • Purchase security and extended warranty insurance

As you can see, beyond the companion voucher, you’re getting some incredible benefits. You’ll get $350 in WestJet dollars after your first purchase and you get your first checked bag free for up to 8 people on the same itinerary. Remember, it costs $30 each-way to check a bag within North America now so a family of 4 could save $240 on every flight. Read my WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard review now for the full details.

WestJet RBC Mastercard holders also get a companion voucher but it’s slightly modified. You only get access to an annual round-trip companion voucher within Canada for $199 plus taxes, fees, and charges. Although it’s not as generous as the companion voucher that comes with the World Elite card, it’s still pretty good considering the credit card has an annual fee of just $39. For reference, here’s what you get with the WestJet RBC Mastercard.

  • $39 annual fee
  • $50 WestJet Dollars sign up bonus after your first purchase
  • Earn 1.5% back in WestJet dollars on WestJet flights or WestJet Vacations packages
  • Earn 1% back in WestJet dollars on everyday purchases
  • Receive an annual round-trip companion voucher within Canada for $199 plus taxes, fees, and charges
  • Save 3¢/L on fuel and always earn 20% more Petro-Points when you link your WestJet RBC MasterCard
  • Travel accident insurance
  • Auto rental collision/loss damage insurance
  • Hotel/motel burglary insurance
  • Purchase security and extended warranty insurance

WestJet companion voucher cost

The WestJet companion voucher is given to you free every year if you hold the WestJet RBC Mastercard or the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard but there are a few fees you need to pay on top of the fare for the first ticket purchased.

  • $119 for round-trip travel in Canada and the continental U.S.
  • $199 for round-trip travel within Canada (WestJet RBC Mastercard version)
  • $399 for round-trip travel to/from the rest of the WestJet network
  • Taxes, fees and charges

WestJet companion voucher conditions

Now that you understand the fees, there are a few other conditions that come with the WestJet companion voucher that you should be aware of:

  • No blackout dates
  • Valid for one round-trip flight for the primary cardholder and a companion of their choice travelling on the same itinerary
  • Reservations must be made before the date shown on your voucher but travel can happen after that date
  • It’s only valid on new reservations
  • Valid on all published Basic, Econo, EconoFlex, Premium, and PremiumFlex fares wholly marketed and operated by WestJet, including seat sales
  • Not eligible for Business Class or Member Exclusive fares
  • You can’t use the companion voucher when making a reservation through a travel agent or third-party online booking site
  • You can’t transfer the voucher
  • Unused vouchers will automatically be cancelled when your WestJet RBC World EliteMastercard account is closed

You can’t use your companion voucher on one-way trips, but multi-city destinations (where you fly into one city and out of another) are possible. To use your companion voucher for a multi-city trip, you need to call WestJet to make your reservation. A slight surcharge may be applied depending on your itinerary.

How much you’ll save with a WestJet companion voucher

The amount of money you’ll save depends on the cost of your ticket. The most important thing to remember is that you still need to pay for any taxes, fees and surcharges so the value comes from redeeming a ticket with a high base fare or Air Transportation Charges (ATC) as WestJet likes to call it. Let’s take a look at this flight to Florida below as an example.

As you can see, the ATC cost is $727.97 and the taxes are $162.55 which gives you a total ticket cost of $890.52. The primary cardholder would pay that, but the second passenger would only pay $119 + $162.55 for a total of $281.55. That works out to a savings of $608.97. Mind you, this is summer pricing on a popular route which is why there’s a potential for such big savings.

Since the voucher only discounts the ATC, you need to always check to see if it’s valuable to use your WestJet companion voucher. If you’re flying to Europe, quite often the ATC is not much more than the $399 you need to pay to use your companion voucher so it may make more sense to hold onto your voucher for WestJet flights in the future.

The nice thing about the WestJet companion voucher is that it’ll tell you online if it’s cheaper to simply just book a regular price ticket as opposed to using your voucher. This has only happened to me a handful of times when I’m booking international flights where the companion voucher cost starts at $399. That said, on those same flights, if I booked premium instead of economy, I would have saved $1,000+. In other words, the WestJet companion voucher is a great deal when you’re looking for seats in premium.

Save even more with the WestJet credit card

What many people forget is that the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard also gives you free checked baggage. For flights within North America, that’s a savings of $30 each way. Let’s say you have a family of four and you plan on taking a flight to Orlando. Based on my itinerary above, you would save $261.55 if you had a companion voucher. However, if each parent got the WestJet credit card, then you’d have two vouchers which ends up saving you $523.10.

Of course, we also need to factor in checked baggage. Let’s assume you’re checking 4 bags, that’s another $240 you’re saving by having the WestJet credit card which brings your total saved up to $763.10. Oh wait, we also need to include the $250 welcome bonus that comes with the card, that’s another $500 you’d be saving. All-in, you would save $1263.10 which is a lot more than the $238 you’d be paying in annual fees for the credit card. In the end, you’d come out ahead by $1025.10.

It’s easy to see why the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard is on my list of the best travel credit cards in Canada. The benefits you get are simply incredible which makes it a must-have card for anyone who flies WestJet on a regular basis. Read my full review of the WestJet World Elite Mastercard if you want to learn more or apply now and start saving on your next flight.

WestJet Companion Voucher Explained

89 Comments

  1. […] easily offsets the $39 fee. Another benefit that’s just been introduced is the annual round-trip companion voucher within Canada for $199 plus taxes, fees, and charges. This is incredible since it allows a pair […]

    • Stephen on October 1, 2019 at 7:24 am

      Can you combine a west jet gold companion voucher and a westjet elite companion ticket in the same booking ?

      Thank you

      • Barry Choi on October 1, 2019 at 7:51 am

        I believe you can only use one on the same booking so you’d have to make multiple reservations if you have more than one voucher.

  2. Kathern Maes on August 9, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    can a westjet companion voucher be extended beyond the expiry date?

    • Barry Choi on August 9, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      No, but you can use it for travel booked past the expiration date. E.g. if your voucher expires in May, you can make a reservation before then with the travel taking place later.

  3. Jen on August 30, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Does the 399 voucher include Australia?

    • Barry Choi on August 30, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Jen,

      No, as WestJet does not fly to Australia.

  4. Lucie on September 6, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Cruises often leave from one port and a end at another. Can you use your companion flight if you are not returning from same airport?

    • Barry Choi on September 6, 2019 at 8:57 pm

      Lucie,

      As long as WestJet flies to the the two destinations with their planes, you can use it.

  5. Paul Cunnington on September 10, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Why are there two different charges for the companion fare within Canada? 99.00 and 199.0

    • Barry Choi on September 10, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      Paul,

      If you have the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard, the companion voucher starts at $99. If you have the basic WestJet RBC Mastercard, it’s $199.

      • Lisa on November 14, 2019 at 1:36 am

        Is Alaska included in Continental US?
        Also, when a companion voucher is issued, how long before it expires?

        • Barry Choi on November 14, 2019 at 9:33 am

          Lisa,

          Yes, Alaska should count. Your companion voucher lasts one year.

  6. tammy bachmeier on September 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    do you get free checked baggage when flying to Mexico with the elite mastercard?

  7. Jean Kowalski on September 16, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Can I use campion voucher on one way flights?

    • Barry Choi on September 16, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      I’m assuming you can, but I’m not 100% sure.

  8. Jay on September 16, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Hey Barry, do you know where WestJet flies that has a high value ATC to tax ratio? As you mentioned European trips might not be worthwhile. Thanks!

    • Barry Choi on September 17, 2019 at 6:03 am

      Jay,

      I only really looked into Europe. I should play around with destinations to see what gives you a good value.

  9. Joyce on September 26, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Can you use the companion voucher for travel one way only?

    • Barry Choi on September 27, 2019 at 7:48 am

      I believe it’s for return flights only

  10. Harold Brief on October 1, 2019 at 7:40 am

    What would be the cost for a companion voucher for a premium economy booking within Canada with the World Elite Card?

    • Barry Choi on October 1, 2019 at 7:54 am

      Harold,

      The companion voucher is $99 plus taxes on Basic, Econo, EconoFlex, Premium, and PremiumFlex fares wholly marketed and operated by WestJet for round-trip travel in Canada and the continental U.S.

      • Harold Brief on October 1, 2019 at 8:04 am

        Thanks for this information.

      • Nicolas on July 9, 2020 at 11:23 am

        Can one person with the world elite use the voucher on another person with another world elite card and vice versa? Say a couple using the vouchers on each other? Thanks.

  11. Pat Kirby on October 8, 2019 at 9:49 am

    You can’t use the multi city booking feature when using the Companion Flight. My concern is what happens to my Companion Flight if we have to change or cancel our Econo Flex (changes allowed without a fee on regular ticketing)?

    • Barry Choi on October 8, 2019 at 11:13 am

      Pat,

      I’ve heard that you lose your companion voucher if you cancel a flight where you used it. I haven’t personally confirmed that though.

      • Lucian Lechovolea on February 12, 2020 at 1:29 am

        You will not loose the companion voucher if you cancel your flight.
        I canceled my Hawaii trip and the voucher became available again

        • Barry Choi on February 12, 2020 at 4:12 am

          Lucian,

          Ahh good to know, I was under the impression that you lose it.

  12. Kathy Klomp on October 18, 2019 at 2:36 am

    I did not use my companion fare so it expired. When is my new companion fare given?

    • Barry Choi on October 18, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Kathy,

      It usually appears in your account a few weeks after your anniversary date.

  13. rebecca on October 18, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    can I book flights for my two friends with companion fare? I will not be flying this year however I know they will be does it matter that the names wont match the card?

    • Barry Choi on October 18, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Rebecca,

      My earlier comment was wrong so I deleted it. I looked at the terms and conditions and it states the following: Valid for one (1) round-trip for the primary cardholder and a companion of their choice travelling on the same itinerary; these vouchers are non-transferable.

  14. Pat Kirby on October 18, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    I am under the impression that You had to be flying with your travelling companion when using your companion flight reward

    • Barry Choi on October 18, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Pat,

      You’re right, I just looked at the terms and conditions and it clearly states the following: Valid for one (1) round-trip for the primary cardholder and a companion of their choice travelling on the same itinerary; these vouchers are non-transferable.

  15. Mike on October 31, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I understand the vouchers can’t be used for multi-city travel, but if I wanted to fly Toronto-Calgary-Vancouver-Toronto, could I use the companion fare to go Toronto -> Calgary and then return flight of Vancouver->Toronto, and book separately for Calgary -> Vancouver?

    • Barry Choi on November 1, 2019 at 9:04 am

      Mike,

      That’s a multi-city ticket so you can’t use your companion voucher.

      • Vince on November 13, 2019 at 11:05 am

        You can use a companion voucher multi-city but you have to phone in to it. In August my wife and I flew from Toronto to San Francisco, then we toured around for a week or so by car and flew back Los Angeles to Toronto. I paid regular price for my ticket and $99 plus taxes for her ticket.

        • Barry Choi on November 13, 2019 at 3:13 pm

          Vince,

          I had no idea, thanks for letting me know!

      • Cindy White on December 3, 2019 at 8:15 am

        Barry , you can use your voucher on a multi-city trip; you just have to pay a slight surcharge.

        • Barry Choi on December 3, 2019 at 8:20 am

          Cindy,

          Another reader pointed that out to me, thanks for confirming. I’m going to update my article.

  16. Peters Harry on November 4, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Do you have to wait a year after you get your credit card before you get your first companion voucher?

    • Barry Choi on November 4, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      No, you get it 8-10 weeks after opening your account.

  17. Ina on November 5, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    If I am booking a one way flight can I use my companion voucher?

  18. Sherry Oleniuk on November 17, 2019 at 10:27 am

    What is the minimum amount I have to spend annually, on my credit card to qualify for a companion flights?

    • Barry Choi on November 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Sherry,

      There is no minimum spend required to get the companion voucher.

  19. Vic on November 18, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Hi Barry,
    How long does it take for the westjet dollar credit to appear? Can I pay with the westjet credit card before I receive the dollars and then call RBC to have my card credited?

    • Barry Choi on November 19, 2019 at 6:52 am

      Vic,

      The sign up bonus typically posts after your first statement assuming you’ve made a purchase. You can not redeem WestJet dollars after the fact. You must have the dollars in your account to use them.

  20. Robyn on November 24, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    How long after getting the credit card until the companion fare is added to your account?

    • Barry Choi on November 24, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      Robyn,

      It takes about 4-6 weeks for the voucher to post

      • Jane on November 30, 2019 at 10:41 pm

        So when it expires (companion voucher) does it take 4-6 for the new to show up on your account ?

        • Barry Choi on December 1, 2019 at 12:26 pm

          Jane,

          The companion voucher expires 12 months after you get it. That said, you can use your voucher for a travel date after your voucher expires and it would still work. I honestly am not sure when your anniversary companion voucher shows up in your account as I’m still in my first year of having the card.

  21. Jeremy on November 26, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Can the voucher be used for an all inclusive trip through WestJet vacations?

  22. Brodie Lefaivre on December 3, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Do we have to book through WestJet vacations to use the companion voucher if we are wanting to go to an all inclusive in Mexico? Also are there travel agents we can call to help book this through WestJet?

    • Barry Choi on December 4, 2019 at 7:57 am

      Brodie,

      The companion voucher is not valid for vacation packages.

  23. Laura on December 28, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    I received my first annual voucher when I applied and paid my annual due. The expiration on my World Elite R bank Westjet is 11/22. When do I receive my second voucher? When do I pay my annual due? I have received nothing in November nor December.. I don’t understand why I have not.
    Thank you

    • Barry Choi on December 29, 2019 at 8:13 am

      Laura,

      Your companion voucher is deposited 30 days after your card renewal date each year.

  24. Laura on January 18, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Do you know if you can pay for the amount of the companion voucher using Westjet Dollars or a Westjet Travel bank?

    • Barry Choi on January 18, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      Hi Laura,

      Yes, you can use your WJD to pay for your companion voucher.

  25. Glenn on January 21, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    If travelling with kids, their ticket fare is less than adult fare. Can I use the companion voucher for my spouse (adult fare) or would the companion voucher have to be applied to the lowest priced fare on the reservation (one of the children)?

    • Barry Choi on January 21, 2020 at 8:29 pm

      Glenn,

      As far as I know, WestJet doesn’t charge lower fares for children so it wouldn’t matter.

  26. Diana on January 28, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Barry, I am thinking travel in October and considering changing my current credit card provider. Is there a way to check a specific itinerary to see what the cost could be if i had a companion voucher? Thanks in advance!

    • Barry Choi on January 28, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      Hey Diana,

      Since the companion voucher just covers the base ticket fare, you can actually just do the math yourself to see how much you would save. The voucher costs the following:

      $99 for round-trip travel in Canada and the continental U.S.
      $299 for round-trip travel to/from Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Hawaii
      $399 for round-trip travel to/from the rest of the WestJet network

      So say you’re looking to fly within Canada or the continental U.S. and the base fare is $400. Subtract the companion voucher cost of $99 and you’re saving $301. There will be times where it’s cheaper to simply pay regular price. If that’s the case, WestJet automatically withdraws your voucher so you don’t waste it.

  27. Allison Blum on February 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Hello,
    I am a single traveller so my companion voucher usually goes to waste. Do you of any way to get some compensation for it?

    • Barry Choi on February 15, 2020 at 10:10 am

      Allison,

      The companion voucher has no monetary value.

  28. Rose on February 23, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    If there are 2 people on the credit card- both my husband and I, does the primary card holder have to go on the trip to use the companion voucher or can the secondary card holder go with a companion?

    • Barry Choi on February 24, 2020 at 6:23 am

      Rose,

      The primary cardholder must be travelling for you to use the companion voucher.

  29. Ron on February 29, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Does the free 1st checked baggage when using my W Jet Elite card still apply when booking a companion ticket?

    • Barry Choi on February 29, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Yes as the companion would be on the same itinerary as the primary cardholder. The primary cardholder gets their first bag checked free just for having the card.

  30. Randy Sauder on March 1, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    If I book a premium ticket (aka fully refundable) for the primary and use the voucher to purchase a regular flight for my guest, can I then:
    a). Cancel or change the flight for the primary traveler only (receiving refund or credit) and
    b). maintain the ‘companion’ guest’s flight original booking / date (e.g. the ‘companion’ travels on his own as per original itinerary without the primary)

    * let’s say in the case where the primary must cancel or change his flight BUT the companion must stay on the original flight as he doesn’t have the option to change

    • Barry Choi on March 1, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      Randy,

      You can only buy the same class of fare when using the companion voucher so you can’t buy a refundable ticket for the primary cardholder and a regular one for the companion.

      • Randy Sauder on March 1, 2020 at 4:29 pm

        Hi Barry- thanks for being so quick. Ok, so same question but with same class of ticket for both.

        • Barry Choi on March 1, 2020 at 7:14 pm

          Randy,

          Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer to that question.

  31. Fay Anderson on March 1, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Can I use the westjet companion discount if the flight is charged to a different credit card?

    • Barry Choi on March 1, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Fay,

      Yes, you can pay with any credit card when using your companion voucher.

  32. Marie on March 7, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Am using elite card to fly Calgary Barcelona on primary class and wife will be on companion pass.
    We r taking cruise from Barcelona to Montreal and must fly Montreal to Calgary. Do we have to treat this leg as new booking using another companion pass? OR
    Being as reservation for both legs done same time can first companion pass still be honoured on montreal to Calgary leg?

    • Barry Choi on March 7, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      Marie,

      If you’re booking the entire segment as one ticket, you should be able to use the voucher.

  33. David Selby on March 12, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    We’ve booked a Companion Trip from YVR to Gatwick for August (returning in September) 2020 to go on a European River Cruise. We are contemplating deferring the cruise until September 2021. Will WestJet allow us to defer this flight until 2021? Are there any fees?

  34. George on March 12, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Good afternoon, how do we use our companion voucher if we want to go on an all inclusive trip? Would we have to purchase the flight and pay for the hotel sperate ? We are thinking of cuba? We always book all inclusive, so maybe we should have did a little more research before getting the RBC Westjet elite card. If we can’t use it that is.

    Thank you,

    • Barry Choi on March 12, 2020 at 7:55 pm

      George,

      The companion voucher does not apply to WestJet Vacations packages

  35. Leslie on March 13, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    I have a current reservation made using a companion fare for travel in March. If I cancel my trip due to the current travel advisory will I be able to use my companion fare to rebook in the future? The original booking was before the expiration period of the voucher, but rebooking will be after expiration.

    • Barry Choi on March 14, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      Leslie,

      You would get the voucher back. As long as you book a trip before the expiry date, you’re fine. It doesn’t matter if the travel date goes past the expiry date.

  36. Linda Byerley on March 16, 2020 at 3:20 am

    Is the companion fare still valid if l need to change return flight and return home early due to corona virus recommendations.

  37. William on May 1, 2020 at 5:10 am

    I have the westjet world elite I have westjet dollars and travel voucher can I use all my westjet dollars and my companion voucher than cancel my credit card even if my travel date is in a later date ?

  38. Amira on June 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Can you use your companion voucher AND West Jet Dollars at the same time? The online booking doesn’t seem to allow both. It seems to be one or the other. Thanks!

    • Barry.Choi on June 24, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      Amira,

      Yes you can, but not with WestJet Member Exclusive Fares.

      If you’re booking a regular fare, you can use your companion voucher and your WestJet dollars.

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