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They’ve arrived – WestJet’s 2018 Rewards tier enhancements are here.
New Platinum tier boasts highest earn rates and benefits, while Gold and Silver members benefit from new enhancements as of Dec.12,2018.
WestJet announced its newest WestJet Rewards tier Platinum and enhancements to the Rewards program and they are here in time for the holidays.
WestJet Rewards Platinum, Gold and Silver tiers will make it easier for members to get even more value from WestJet’s frequent flyer program.
Milestone awards will be issued more frequently, and WestJet Vacations packages will also be added towards qualifying spend.
The WestJet Rewards program is fully transparent and provides members with more benefits, flexibility and certainty than ever before.
As they go global with their new Boeing 787 Dreamliners and introduce two-by-two premium seating, they’re making it easier for their loyal frequent flyer guests to experience the elite benefits and privileges through enhancements to their Rewards program.
By reaching Platinum, WestJet guests will enjoy the highest earn rates and benefits. Starting at $8,000 in annual qualifying spend, Platinum members benefit from an eight per cent earn rate on WestJet flights, with an additional two per cent incentive when booking with a WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard. Platinum members also benefit from priority services, lounge access along with priority for complimentary upgrades to our Premium cabin with the purchase of EconoFlex fares.
Frequent flyers now have access to the Gold tier with a $5,000 spend requirement. Members will receive two additional advance seat selection vouchers and have early access to purchase Premium upgrades 48 hours prior to departure. Additionally, Gold members are eligible for complimentary upgrades to our Premium cabin with the purchase of EconoFlex fares.
By spending $3,000 Silver tier members will benefit from enhancements including an additional free checked bag, access to priority check-in and bag drop, along with Zone 2 boarding. Silver members are also eligible for complimentary upgrades to our Premium cabin with the purchase of EconoFlex fares.
Also milestone awards will be issued more frequently. Top-tier members will receive their first WestJet-wide companion voucher starting at $4,000 qualifying spend and will receive an additional voucher at every $2,000 spend thereafter. All milestone awards will be valid for travel in Economy or Premium.
Additionally, WestJet Vacations packages will now count toward qualifying spend to help WestJet Rewards members reach elite tier status faster.
Future enhancements to WestJet Rewards are anticipated throughout 2019, including enhanced lounge benefits, additional priority services, the introduction of a comprehensive upgrade program, improved self-serve automation features, as well as reciprocal tier benefits with their joint venture partner, Delta Air Lines, subject to regulatory approval.
------------------------------------Air Canada Increases Flights From YVR.
Melbourne service increases to four times weekly.Year-round
Summer seasonal service to Zurich increases to five weekly flights
Air Canada also announced enhancements to four international routes from Vancouver, including increasing service to Delhi with daily flights on a year-round basis starting June 2, 2019.
In addition, Air Canada is increasing its non-stop Melbourne service to four times weekly year-round.
Summer seasonal service to Zurich will increase to five flights a week.
YVR-Osaka (Kansai) flights will be five times weekly from June to October next summer.
All flights will be operated with Air Canada's flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
All routes are timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada's Vancouver hub to and from the airline's extensive network across North America.
All Australia flights are timed to connect to and from Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and to Tasmania with codeshare partner Virgin Australia.
Additionally, Air Canada's Vancouver-Zurich flights will connect to and from destinations in Europe and Africa.
Air Canada's Boeing 787 Dreamliner features three cabins of service with high-definition individual on-demand entertainment offering a wide range of movies, short films, TV programs and audio selections at every seat throughout the aircraft.
All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, access to Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.
This month, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) served its 25-millionth annual passenger, two years ahead of forecast. This accelerated growth can be attributed to a strong B.C. economy and an impressive three years of air service development due to ConnectYVR—YVR’s five year aeronautical rates and charges program. ConnectYVR rewards airlines for growing their services at YVR as a means to create more jobs, increase access to global destinations and open additional markets for B.C. goods.