Virgin Atlantic has launched a codeshare deal with Canadian airline WestJet.
From today, you can book WestJet flights from London Gatwick via the Virgin Atlantic website.
WestJet flies year-round from Gatwick to Calgary and Toronto. During the Summer it also flies to Halifax and Vancouver. The Virgin Atlantic codeshare also covers 28 connecting destinations such as Montreal, Quebec, Edmonton and Deer Lake.
The press release I was sent made absolutely no mention of frequent flyer benefits. I don’t know:
whether you earn Virgin Flying Club miles when flying WestJet under a Virgin Atlantic flight number
whether you earn Virgin Flying Club tier points when flying WestJet under a Virgin Atlantic flight number
whether it will be possible to redeem Virgin Flying Club miles for seats on WestJet
The latter would be a very welcome option, as WestJet is not in any major airline alliance. However, you can credit flights to Delta SkyMiles, Flying Blue (Air France / KLM) and Qantas, as well as WestJet Rewards. I have asked Flying Club for clarification and will let you know when they respond.
WestJet is surprisingly impressive to fly. Earlier this year it launched a new fully flat Business Class service on its London Gatwick to Calgary and Toronto routes. This uses new Boeing 787-9 aircraft which WestJet is currently receiving.
If the seat looks familiar, it is because it is the same one that Qatar Airways uses on its Boeing 787 and A380 fleets in Business Class. It certainly isn’t the sort of seat you’d expect a budget airline to be using. See the photos above.
The one thing that differentiates WestJet from a legacy airline is the size of the Business Class cabin. There will be just 16 seats on each aircraft.
British Airways has stopped flying to Calgary in the Winter so this new WestJet deal offers a good incentive to try them instead of Air Canada on your next trip.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (February 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
(Want to earn more Virgin Points? Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)