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[Westjet] 15% more Westjet dollars when you buy at least $1000

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  • Aug 14th, 2017 6:35 pm
Newbie
Nov 30, 2016
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crazycoward wrote:
Jul 18th, 2017 5:32 pm
yeah westjet has a member exclusive deals which can only be seen if you're paying 100% in WS dollars. Same goes for international flights, you can buy international flights to asia or whatnot through westjet only if you pay the entire balance using westjet dollars
Bit of a gamble though. I'm looking to fly to LGW later this year from Calgary, so I wonder if they have special prices for paying in WJ dollars.
Member
Oct 3, 2013
219 posts
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BC
alanbrenton wrote:
Jul 18th, 2017 3:54 pm
Is this true for other airlines too, especially on foreign billing addresses and credit cards?

It seems HST only applies to airport improvement fees, at least with Air Canada?
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/air-can ... taxes.html

Actually, it applies to the $25.00 SQ charge (Airport Improvement Fee). $25 x 13% = $3.25
I believe you are confusing the tax I was referring to in my post. The tax I spoke of was with regards to the purchase of the actual WSDs, and has nothing to do with taxes & fees at the time of ticket purchase.
seagull1987 wrote:
Jul 18th, 2017 5:54 pm
Bit of a gamble though. I'm looking to fly to LGW later this year from Calgary, so I wonder if they have special prices for paying in WJ dollars.
They have member exclusive fares out to LGW, but they are no where near as good in terms of value compares to trans-Canada flights, at least so far. Easy way to check is to fish around for dates online and see for yourself.
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Nov 30, 2016
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Phonophoresis wrote:
Jul 18th, 2017 6:25 pm

They have member exclusive fares out to LGW, but they are no where near as good in terms of value compares to trans-Canada flights, at least so far. Easy way to check is to fish around for dates online and see for yourself.
But you can't see the fares unless you already purchased the Westjet dollars right?
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Oct 3, 2013
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BC
seagull1987 wrote:
Jul 18th, 2017 6:36 pm
But you can't see the fares unless you already purchased the Westjet dollars right?
You can. Go their website and follow the instructions as if you were going to book with WSD. Fares are listed, just may be greyed out depending if you meet the amount or not.
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Nov 30, 2016
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Phonophoresis wrote:
Jul 18th, 2017 6:46 pm
You can. Go their website and follow the instructions as if you were going to book with WSD. Fares are listed, just may be greyed out depending if you meet the amount or not.
I see, thank you. Doesn't look like there are any for the dates I'm looking at though.
Newbie
Mar 30, 2010
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Calgary
Phonophoresis wrote:
Jul 18th, 2017 3:42 pm
Tax is there once you input your billing information.

You are incorrect. WS Rewards is no different than any points program. Just because they are called "dollars", and are rated at 1 CAD, they have no actual monetary value and are eligible to be taxed as a product of some sort.
Are you sure it's tax and not just the Points.com fee?
When I buy $1000 WJD, it charges me 5% ($1050)
When I buy $2000 WJD, it charges me 3.75% ($2075)
When I buy $3000 WJD, it charges me 3.33% ($3100)
So really you are getting an extra 10-11.67% of westjet dollars, not 15%, depending on how many you buy.
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Oct 3, 2013
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crazycoward wrote:
Jul 18th, 2017 3:40 pm
Didn't know about the tax thing. Definitely would kill the deal for me as I'm in Vancouver
Only GST is charged IIRC, so you are in fact subject to the lowest taxation on WSDs in the country. Hardly "kills" the deal, just makes it less sweet. Our friends in Ontario, for example, are stuck paying HST, which is significantly more.
gingersb wrote:
Jul 18th, 2017 8:07 pm
Are you sure it's tax and not just the Points.com fee?
When I buy $1000 WJD, it charges me 5% ($1050)
When I buy $2000 WJD, it charges me 3.75% ($2075)
When I buy $3000 WJD, it charges me 3.33% ($3100)
So really you are getting an extra 10-11.67% of westjet dollars, not 15%, depending on how many you buy.
Yes, I am sure. Read the fine print beside your total that states taxes will be added based upon your address. Even better yet, enter your billing information's province and watch your dreams get whisked away. Again, WSD is no different from Aeroplan in the sense that you are buying some sort of points, these points just happen to be named "WestJet Dollars". WSD is not a gift card stored for later use, nor does it hold any monetary value. Therefore you are BUYING a product of sorts = tax, tax, tax!!!
Newbie
Mar 30, 2010
80 posts
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Calgary
Phonophoresis wrote:
Jul 18th, 2017 8:28 pm
Only GST is charged IIRC, so you are in fact subject to the lowest taxation on WSDs in the country. Hardly "kills" the deal, just makes it less sweet. Our friends in Ontario, for example, are stuck paying HST, which is significantly more.



Yes, I am sure. Read the fine print beside your total that states taxes will be added based upon your address. Even better yet, enter your billing information's province and watch your dreams get whisked away. Again, WSD is no different from Aeroplan in the sense that you are buying some sort of points, these points just happen to be named "WestJet Dollars". WSD is not a gift card stored for later use, nor does it hold any monetary value. Therefore you are BUYING a product of sorts = tax, tax, tax!!!
I stand corrected. This is not terrible if you live in Alberta, but if you live in a high HST province you pay more than the WJD are worth!

If you live in Ontario, you are paying $1186 for 1150 WJD.
My order

Number of WestJet dollars 1,000
Bonus WestJet dollars 150
Total WestJet dollars 1,150
Cost of WestJet dollars$1,050.00
Subtotal$1,050.00
GST/HST$136.50
Total charge $1,186.50
Sr. Member
Oct 8, 2012
841 posts
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Vic
Wow glad I read this thread. Pretty easy to be duped into thinking this is a better deal than it actually is.
Member
Feb 5, 2007
206 posts
59 upvotes
Calgary
On my CC I have an alternate billing address in Montana with 0% tax. I wonder if it will work given the primary address is in AB and if the bonus is just dependent on simply making a transaction over $1000.

EDIT - Tried going into my account to see what it will do and I received an error: "Sorry, some features are currently unavailable. Please check back again soon. "
Newbie
Nov 30, 2016
73 posts
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Not a great deal in the end, unless you have a specific Westjet trip coming up. With tax, you're only gaining $48 if you load $1000 (even worse if you're in provinces with higher taxes).

Number of WestJet dollars 1,000
Bonus WestJet dollars 150
Total WestJet dollars 1,150
Cost of WestJet dollars$1,050.00
Subtotal$1,050.00
GST/HST$52.50
Total charge
Taxes will be calculated based on the purchaser's billing address.$1,102.50
Sr. Member
Jan 11, 2007
945 posts
45 upvotes
Edmonton
Dang!
I just booked a flight for 2 from London UK.
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Apr 4, 2007
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Montreal
uglyguy wrote:
Jul 28th, 2017 6:22 pm
Dang!
I just booked a flight for 2 from London UK.
I believe you can cancel without penalty if you booked less than 24 hours ago ...
Newbie
Mar 30, 2010
80 posts
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Calgary
WestJet pulled this offer. I wonder why? Because it's not actually a deal for their customers?

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