Bonuses & Fees
Currently, there’s an elevated signup offer on the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard of 450 WestJet Dollars (WSD). 250 WSD is awarded upon first purchase and the remainder 200 WSD is awarded after spending $5,000 in the first three months after applying. There is an annual fee of $119 on this card.
What exactly are WestJet Dollars? Well, 450 WSD can be applied as a $450 credit to the base fare of any WestJet booking. Therefore, as long as you fly with WestJet once a year to the tune of at least $450, the signup bonus is as good as cash in your pocket.
WestJet Rewards allows you to redeem WSD towards the cost of any WestJet flight, so there’s no need to worry about “award availability” or anything like that. As long as there’s a seat available for purchase, you can use your WSD towards it.
The 450 WSD bonus doesn’t have to be used up all in one go either. You’re free to earn the bonus, wait for one of WestJet’s great deals to pop up on a route you’re interested in, and then apply the bonus towards your booking.
Additionally, new cardholders who apply by January 5, 2022 will receive a promotional companion voucher for their first year with the card. This one-time voucher is good for no co-pay on a companion ticket in economy class, for travel to Canada, the US, Mexico, or the Caribbean. Normally, the companion voucher charges a base fare of $399 for these sun destinations, or $119 closer to home.
With the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard, you’ll earn 2% back in WSD per dollar spent on WestJet flights and vacations, and 1.5% back in WSD per dollar spent on all other purchases.
As a promotional benefit, new cardholders who apply by June 30, 2021 will earn double WestJet Dollars (3% back in WSD) on groceries, restaurants, and food delivery for three months.
Perks & Benefits
The most significant of these benefits is the free checked bag benefit on WestJet flights for the primary cardholder and up to eight other passengers on the same booking.
Checked baggage normally costs $30–35.40 on WestJet, so this benefit alone could be worth up to $100 per trip if travelling as a family of four, or potentially even more if you’re travelling as a larger group.
Other benefits include the ability to save 3¢/L on fuel at PetroCanada whilst earning 20% more PetroPoints, access to airport lounges as part of MasterCard LoungeKey (although fees do apply), and access to the MasterCard Concierge Services for last-minute restaurant and event bookings.
The other major selling point of this card is an annual companion voucher for travel on WestJet. This companion voucher can be redeemed in one of the following ways:
$119 base fare for travel within Canada or the Contiguous U.S.,
$399 base fare for travel to the rest of WestJet’s network in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, or Europe
Since it’s a companion voucher, you have to be booking an itinerary for at least two people – the first passenger would pay full price, while the second passenger would enjoy the companion voucher’s promotional price.
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The vouchers are valid for round-trip tickets in economy or premium class (not business class). You’ll also have to pay taxes and fees on the companion ticket, in addition to the discounted base fare.
Taking into account the 350 WSD signup bonus and the potential savings of the companion voucher, the $119 annual fee is a relatively small price to pay.
As a World Elite product, this credit card comes with comprehensive premium travel insurance, including:
Emergency medical insurance for the first 15 consecutive days of any out-of-province trips
Trip interruption insurance of up to $5,000 per covered person
Auto rental damage and theft insurance, which can help you save on the insurance fees that rental companies like to impose
Hotel burglary insurance of up to $2,500 in total
Travel accident insurance of up to $500,000 against accidental death or dismemberment
You’ll also enjoy top-drawer purchase protection benefits, including an extended warranty that doubles the original manufacturer’s warranty for up to one year, and coverage against accidental loss or damage of personal property for up to 90 days from the date of purchase.