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- Signup bonus: 250 WestJet Dollars (WSD)
- Minimum spending: $0
- Annual fee: $119
- Earning rate:
- 2% back in WSD per dollar spent on WestJet flights and vacations
- 1.5% back in WSD per dollar spent on all other purchases
- Perks & benefits: Annual WestJet companion voucher, free checked bags on WestJet flights
- Insurance: Strong
The card is currently offering a signup bonus of 250 WestJet Dollars (WSD) upon first purchase. The annual fee of $119 is not waived for the first year.
What exactly are WestJet Dollars? Well, 250 WSD can be applied as a $250 credit to the base fare of any WestJet booking, so as long as you fly with WestJet once a year to the tune of at least $250, the signup bonus is as good as cash in your pocket.
Unlike programs such as Aeroplan or Alaska Mileage Plan that are based on an award chart, WestJet Rewards allows you to redeem WSD towards the cost of any WestJet flight, so there’s no need to worry about award availability. Of course, the flipside is that you can’t capture as spectacular value as you could with a geographic award chart – instead, the value of your signup bonus is limited to $250.
The 250 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.
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 three ways:
- $99 for travel within Canada or the Contiguous U.S.,
- $299 for travel to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, or
- $399 for travel to 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.
Taking into account the 250 WSD signup bonus and the potential savings of the companion voucher, the $119 annual fee is a relatively small price to pay.
Rewards & Benefits
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.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend using this card for everyday spending, since there are more valuable and flexible currencies out there to be earned. Instead, the WestJet MasterCard is more of a card that you apply for in order to obtain the signup bonus and then keep around for the benefits of being a cardmember.
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 $25 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.
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.
As with other World Elite cards, this card requires a minimum personal annual income of $80,000 or a household income of $150,000 to apply. Note that longstanding RBC clients may have success going in-branch to see if these requirements can be waived.
Click the below link (not a referral link) to get to the RBC landing page if you’re interested in applying. You may also want to consider product switching to this card from a different RBC card in order to preserve your credit account’s contribution to your overall credit history.
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