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WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard

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WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard

Hey everyone! Any thoughts on this card. It shows that:

https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/westjet/in ... rcard.html
Receive a welcome bonus of $250 WestJet dollars and an annual round-trip companion flight for $99 with your first purchase^.

Take a look at the WestJet route map to see all the destinations your WestJet dollars can take you to.


Only with the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard you will:
  • Earn 1.5% back in WestJet dollars on every purchase you make with your card˜.
  • Earn 2% back in WestJet dollars when you purchase WestJet flights or WestJet Vacations packages with your card˜.
    Receive an annual round-trip companion flight for $99 on a WestJet marketed and operated flight in Canada and the continental US (excludes Hawaii and Puerto Rico).
  • Receive a Premium Suite of Insurance coverages including Trip Interruption Insurance(1), Out-of-Country/Province Emergency Medical coverage(1) and more.
  • Enjoy privileged access to MasterCard Experiences and Offers such as hotel discounts and upgrades, golf and spa savings, and more.
  • Redeem any amount of WestJet dollars, at any time. One WestJet dollar earned is worth one Canadian dollar when redeemed for travel with WestJet or WestJet Vacations.
  • Simply fly to any WestJet destination in Canada, the U.S., Mexico or the Caribbean. Travel whenever you want with no blackout periods or seat restrictions.
I like WestJet, but I am wondering if the sign-up bonus is worth it?
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I've been considering this card as well, mainly because it doesn't appear to have an annual fee. For someone that flies WestJet all the time, or even most of the time, this could prove to be a pretty good card. I fly WestJet whenever I can when going back home for a visit because they fly into Hamilton, where AC does not. However from Oct to May WestJet has removed the winter service from Winnipeg to Hamilton, which are times I'm most likely to visit the family (Christmas). So that forces me to fly into Toronto instead. And most times, I find AC's flight times are more convenient than WestJet's, and AC has seat back power plugs which is really convenient. I'm still on the fence on this one, but the sign up bonus is pretty enticing.
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wayne74 wrote:
Dec 6th, 2012 11:24 am
I've been considering this card as well, mainly because it doesn't appear to have an annual fee. For someone that flies WestJet all the time, or even most of the time, this could prove to be a pretty good card. I fly WestJet whenever I can when going back home for a visit because they fly into Hamilton, where AC does not. However from Oct to May WestJet has removed the winter service from Winnipeg to Hamilton, which are times I'm most likely to visit the family (Christmas). So that forces me to fly into Toronto instead. And most times, I find AC's flight times are more convenient than WestJet's, and AC has seat back power plugs which is really convenient. I'm still on the fence on this one, but the sign up bonus is pretty enticing.
See this: https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/westjet/in ... cards.html

It's $99 per year to get the $250 bonus and the companion fare.

Maybe it makes your decision easier.
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ShopperfiendTO wrote:
Dec 6th, 2012 11:45 am
See this: https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/westjet/in ... cards.html

It's $99 per year to get the $250 bonus and the companion fare.

Maybe it makes your decision easier.
Ahh I knew it was too good to be true :)
I guess it's still not a bad deal if you use the Companion flight every year.
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I find it interesting how when you follow the apply link from WestJet's website, it takes you to the app on rbc website and there's no mention of an annual fee other than reading the agreement that states the interest rate etc...
I wonder how many people were caught with that (not reading the agreement to find out there's an annual fee)
Can you believe it? They sent my income tax return forms back to me! In response to question # 4, "Do you have any dependants?" I replied - "2.1 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million crack heads, 4.4 million unemployable people, 901 thousand people in over 85 prisons, and 650 idiots in Parliament.
Apparently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.

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for a while they offered $350. My partner & I both signed up so had $700 credit. Note that it only applies to base cost, not taxes etc. We're heading to vegas in spring from YVR for $125 + the $80 annual fee = $205 each, not bad. I originally planned to cancel the card after claiming the points, but now we think we'll keep it another year or two to take advantage of their "jet away" bonus (believe this is: - Spend $6000 get $230 WestJet Dollars + International Jet Away reward: 1 Complimentary Companion Ticket anywhere WestJet flies, 4 advance seat selection vouchers and two lounge passes)

Or, since you can transfer WJ$ to another account holder for $20, I guess you could just sell your WJ$
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Awesome deal - I saved over $500 on my companion flight with this card. Remember though it is continental US/Canada (at least when I signed up).

If you aren't going to fly, or aren't going to fly during peak seasons, then it really isn't anything special. But if you fly with Westjet (especially cross-continent) it's a smoking deal in my opinion.
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Will pass. There are so many cards offering first year fee waived, and get the bonus points.
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I needed a flight to Vancouver and saw this card. I've got it and am just waiting for the voucher and points to hit my account to book. For anybody needing to fly cross-continent as TrevorK mentioned, this card is a very hot deal.
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Annual fees are not so bad if you can get a good ROI. I really like WestJet Customer Service, so that is the reason why I would get this card as well. Always a pleasure to fly with.
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FYI. I got the $250 bonus sign up points and the companion flight voucher within the first 3 weeks of having this card.
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So this card has a $99 annual fee. Is this in addition to the Companion Fair of $99? Or does paying the Companion fare take care of the annual fee? I plan to fly out to Chicago in the spring (from Ottawa). I wouldn't mind signing up for this for the $250 Westjet dollars and $99 companion fare.

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djino wrote:
Dec 17th, 2012 6:03 pm
So this card has a $99 annual fee. Is this in addition to the Companion Fair of $99? Or does paying the Companion fare take care of the annual fee? I plan to fly out to Chicago in the spring (from Ottawa). I wouldn't mind signing up for this for the $250 Westjet dollars and $99 companion fare.
No. Paying RBC $99 for the annual fee then entitles you to pay WestJet an additional $99 (plus taxes and presumably airport/security/landing fees, etc.) for a companion ticket.
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Any new feedback on this card? Considering it again...
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This card actually doesn't seem too bad, but im still confused between another few.

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