WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard holders treated to unmatched benefits

Companion voucher now good for travel across airline's network

CALGARY, Mar. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - WestJet announced today that cardholders of the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard can now redeem their companion voucher for travel anywhere in the WestJet network, including Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Europe. The first checked bag at no charge benefit has also been extended to include the entire network.

"This upgraded benefit confirms WestJet's commitment to our WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard holders who asked for access to our entire network when using their companion voucher," said Marshall Wilmot, WestJet Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Digital. "We are thrilled to now offer unrestricted access to the WestJet network without requiring a minimum annual card spend or high annual fees. This companion benefit along with the first checked bag at no charge is unmatched in the travel rewards credit card market in Canada."

The companion voucher is part of the welcome bonus and annual renewal award available to new and existing WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard holders. This offer allows the primary cardholder to take a companion on a round trip on the same itinerary for $99 (Canada and contiguous U.S.), $299 (sun destinations including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean), or $399 (U.K. and Ireland), plus taxes, fees and charges on any WestJet-marketed and operated flight anywhere in the WestJet network.

"The WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard provides choice, flexibility and convenience for our clients who travel with WestJet. With the new changes to the annual companion voucher, clients have even more choice," said Glenn DeSouza, Vice-President, Retail Cards, RBC. "In partnership with WestJet, we're pleased to offer our clients a suite of premium benefits through the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard."

Ranked the number one travel rewards card for three years in a row by MoneySense, the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard also allows cardholders to earn up to 1.5 per cent back in WestJet dollars for everyday purchases and up to two per cent back on WestJet flights or WestJet vacation packages. WestJet dollars act as cash and can be redeemed anywhere WestJet flies, at any time. In addition to the companion voucher, the card also offers a welcome bonus of 250 WestJet dollars, the first checked bag at no charge for the primary cardholder as well as up to eight additional guests travelling on the same reservation.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.  

Recent recognition includes:
2015/2011/2010/2008/2007/2006/2005 Canada's Most Admired Corporate Culture (Waterstone Human Capital)
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)
2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (MoneySense magazine)
2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in the Canada's Choice ranking (RewardsCanada.ca)
2014 Interbrand Canada's Best Canadian Brands (Rank #20)
2014 Brands of the Year (Strategy magazine)
2014 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Ipsos)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2014/2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2014/2013/2012/2011 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)

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About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada's largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have over 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 37 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.‎

RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2015, we contributed more than $100 million to causes around the world.


For further information: Media contacts: To contact WestJet media relations, please email media@westjet.com; Heather Colquhoun, RBC, heather.colquhoun@rbc.com


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