How the WestJet Rewards Program Works

Alyssa Furtado
by Alyssa Furtado February 13, 2015 / No Comments

Founded in 1996, WestJet is the second-largest airline in Canada and eight-largest airline in North America. The airline’s loyalty rewards program – WestJet Rewards – lets members (“guests”) earn free WestJet Dollars with every travel expense booked through WestJet’s website, which can later be used towards the cost of future travel expenses. While you can get a basic membership for free, WestJet has also teamed up with RBC to give its travel rewards credit card users the chance to earn even more WestJet Dollars on regular day-to-day purchases.

How to Earn WestJet Dollars

RBC offers two WestJet credit cards in Canada. With the standard WestJet RBC MasterCard, you earn 1% back in WestJet Dollars on all purchases and 1.5% back in WestJet Dollars when you book WestJet flights or vacation packages. This card has a $39 annual fee, but comes with a sign-up bonus of 50 WestJet Dollars after you make your first transaction.

The premium WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard helps you earn even more WestJet Dollars. With it, you’ll earn 1.5% back in WestJet Dollars on all purchases and 2% back when you book WestJet flights or vacation packages. This card has a $99 annual fee, but comes with a sign-up bonus of 250 WestJet Dollars + a $99 companion flight each year.

When you enter your WestJet ID number, you’ll also earn additional WestJet Dollars each time you book a travel expense through the WestJet website. The more you spend on WestJet travel expenses, the quicker you’ll move up tiers in their program. Here’s what the tiered WestJet Rewards program offers:

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You can use your WestJet credit card + WestJet ID to maximize your return. For example, if your WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard already helped you earn 2% back in WestJet Dollars for booking a flight through the WestJet website, you’d earn an additional 1-3% back in WestJet Dollars, if you were a “Teal” member and entered your WestJet ID. And if you were a “Silver” or “Gold” member, you could earn as much as 7% back (total) when booking flights through the WestJet website.

Earn WestJet Dollars with Delta Airlines

In November 2014, WestJet and Delta Airlines partnered up to give WestJet Rewards members another opportunity to earn even more WestJet Dollars. If you need to travel with Delta, simply book through their site and remember to enter your WestJet ID. The number of WestJet Dollars you earn is based on the distance flown, class of service and fare classification. You can read more about this on the WestJet website. (And again, don’t forget to pay with your WestJet credit card to earn even more WestJet Dollars!) 

How to Redeem WestJet Dollars

WestJet makes redemption easy. Every 1 WestJet Dollar is treated as 1 Canadian dollar and can be used to book flights and vacation packages with WestJet. There are no redemption tiers or region categories. The only two restrictions are that (1) you must redeem a minimum of $25 WestJet Dollars and (2) WestJet Dollars cannot be used to pay for taxes, fees and other charges (you must pay for those yourself). In order to redeem, simply book your flight through this page on the WestJet website.

The Value of WestJet Dollars

Since 1 WestJet Dollar = 1 Canadian dollar, it’s easy to calculate your return when redeeming them. For example, if you have 371 WestJet Dollars, you can wipe out $371 off the base fare of a WestJet flight or vacation package. Even though you’ll need to pay whatever amount is leftover + the taxes/fares/charges, that’s still a perfect conversion rate from WestJet Dollars to Canadian dollars. No calculations necessary.

If you want to earn WestJet Dollars for every $1 you spend, here are more details on the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard:

WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard

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  • Get a sign-up bonus of 250 WestJet Dollars when you make your first purchase with the card.
  • Earn 1.5% in WestJet Dollars for every $1 spent on the card.
  • Earn 2% in WestJet Dollars for every $1 spent on the card for WestJet flights or WestJet Vacations packages.
  • Every WestJet dollar is worth $1 Canadian toward travel with WestJet or WestJet Vacations (not including taxes and fees).
  • No blackout periods.
  • No seat restrictions.
  • $99 annual fee.
  • Annual interest rate 19.99% on purchases and 21.99% on cash advances.