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Virgin Atlantic announces a codeshare flight deal with WestJet

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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.

WestJet Virgin Atlantic codeshare

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 Boeing 787 flat bed business class London Gatwick Calgary

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.


HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2021)

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, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

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:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn 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.)

Comments (184)

  • Shoestring says:

    EasyJet FY2019 is out this morning, I was interested by what they had to say about the EJ Holidays new focus, what with the purchase of the TC slots etc – turns out it is early days but worth watching for hotel opps I guess:
    Before Christmas
    Website launch in UK, followed by marketing
    campaign
    > 6th Jan
    First holiday customers depart
    > Spring 2020
    Winter 20/21 holidays on sale
    > Spring 2020
    Summer 21 holidays on sale
    > 2020
    Rollout to next market

    • The Original David says:

      Also saw that they plan to carbon-offset all their flights, which I really don’t understand. If they think customers want fares to be “unbundled” to get cheaper headline prices, why would they want to pay for carbon-offsetting as part of their ticket? I’d rather have a free cup of coffee…

      • pauldb says:

        They’ve decided the carbon offsetting cost is £25m, which is all of 25p per flight!
        – You’re not going to flinch at the extra ticket cost
        – It wouldn’t get you a coffee instead
        – Who are they trying to kid?!!!

        • The Original David says:

          Err, 25p per person, not per flight. If Easyjet can’t deliver a hot drink for a marginal cost of less than 25p, I’m amazed they can run a successful airline! The marginal cost of a cup of tea should be about 7 pence…

          • pauldb says:

            The cost to them of free coffee would be £2.50 lost for every coffee currently sold, or other drink traded out for a free coffee. Plus yes the marginal cost of extra coffees.

    • Lady London says:

      Wondering why Easyjet would be going towards holidays, with the number of collapses over the years in that business.

      • Shoestring says:

        massive market with the big incumbent just stopped being a player? probably easy enough to put together convincing numbers

        but I bet Stelios would have said όχι γαμημένο τρόπο!

  • Craig says:

    OT: It’s just taken Mrs S 30 minutes to cancel an Amex Plat, real hard sell from Amex to make her stay.

    • Anna says:

      Hopefully they are seeing the effect of the new sign up rules, though the received wisdom seems to be that HFP readers are only a tiny % of their business!

    • BigSi says:

      @Craig, did they offer any incentive to stay?

      • Craig says:

        They intimated that they would, but to be honest we only kept both Plat’s going to give lounge access and car hire insurance for 6 people on a big family holiday. They would have had to offer a lot to make it worth turning down £300 refund on the fee.

        • BigSi says:

          @Craig, thanks. Was just interested to hear what they might have offered. I’m holding on to my Plat for now but the fee is getting a little excessive as I’m not using any of the new benefits.

        • Craig says:

          I’m holding onto mine, with travel insurance included for the 4 kids and lounge access for the odd time I’m not flying in business I can just about make it work. It’s things like Addison Lee that I find frustrating, utterly useless for those of us that live in an area without coverage.

      • the_real_a says:

        @BigSi – You really have to ask for what you want…

  • Brian says:

    OT – Rob, you may have covered this already, but are you aware that, until December 31, you can redeem 1000 Accor points for 20 euros off hotels? Normally, the minimum is of course 2000 points.

    • Rob says:

      Saw it, not covered it!

    • RussellH says:

      They did not offer me that last night!

    • Reader M says:

      Hi Brian, could you share details? Hoping to take advantage but can’t find details online. Thanks!

      • Brian says:

        It was simply a footnote in an email I got last night, so I don’t know any more details than that – haven’t actually done it myself. Sorry. Rob may well have more information – sounds like the sort of thing that should be in ‘Bits’, since it’s actually quite useful if it’s generally available and not targetted.

  • Dawn says:

    We’ve actually got the BA 1000 points offer on my husband’s card – we usually never get the offers for some reason. Annoyingly we booked last week to go to Barbados (first leg of 2-4-1).
    Can it be used on car rental?

    • Alex says:

      It will count on anything which charges to BA directly and not a 3rd party. So car rental via the BA website i believe does count. Also If you have a holiday package paying some of it off will count, seat reservations(my go to), also taxes so for the next leg of 2-4-1?

      Note that buying avios does not count!

  • Harry T says:

    Might be time for me to buy Hyatt points for the Park Hyatt in Sydney!

    • Lady London says:

      Got a feeling that hotel got some less than favorable reviews recently? May have just been about lack of status recognition but believe more négative than a few years back.

      • Harry T says:

        Thanks, will research thoroughly with that in mind.

        • Lyn says:

          It was lovely the only time we stayed, about three years ago, just for two nights. They gave us a room with a view of the harbour even though we booked using points.

  • ayearinmx says:

    typical….. Amex offer doesn’t show up for me

  • B says:

    OT- finally got £0.5m limit on curve. This is a bit of a game Changer as I’ll actually be able to use it for day to day spend rather than saving the limit for HMRC etc. It will also make it the 2nd most lucrative point opportunity per year.

    • Bs says:

      I’m stuck on £10k. What do you do to increase?

      • B says:

        I’ve held the card for about 18 months and legacy black. I use it almost exclusively for HMRC and foreign transactions. I was sitting at about 90k after my last limit increase back in May. Not sure what the reasoning for the increase was.

    • Harry T says:

      2nd most? What’s the first?

    • John says:

      Any tips for how you managed? I’m stuck at 50k – they told me they wouldn’t increase it because they needed to see more varied spend (i.e. not just HMRC!), so started using it for day-to-day, but now they’ve said that they can’t because I’m not butting up against the limit. I pointed out that I would be if my limits were higher – the £3,750 daily cap means there are spends I can’t put on it. Still waiting to hear…

      In the meantime I have some HMRC to pay, but don’t know whether paying it now would help or hinder my case…

      • Freddy says:

        I used mine abroad for a week and asked for an increase as was nearing the limit. Previously was using for HMRC. Was upped from 10 to 100k.

    • Benylin says:

      0.5 holy cow – that’s big, what was your spend Vs limit (assume 100k before)?

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Sort of Catch22 for me. At 50k annual. Any day-to-day spend reduces the amount of HMRC spend I can put through before I hit my limit – so if I shove a load through on the off chance of a raise and they still refuse to raise it from 50k I’ve just lost a load of points for nothing. Any advice on how much time/volume of everyday spend gets that sort of limit increase?

      • B says:

        I started spending normally on it a couple of weeks ago as I only had 10k left of my limit so not much to lose if I hit the limit and didn’t get an increase.

        • Anna says:

          Have you got Revolut? I got an account a few months ago when I hit my Curve limit in order to carry on spending on points earning CCs. The only drawback is that a lot of my spending is on IHG and there’s a low daily limit for “cash like” (seems to be £200 for me, though I think some have reported £300), regardless of whether you’re using Revolut or Curve.

          • Benilyn says:

            careful, revolut might not like you doing that. Plus i struggle to pay bills with revolut card, do you?

          • B says:

            Yes, I’ve got revolut and monese, both of which are OK but not amazing. I’ve been source of funds checked 5 times by Revolut and it’s a bit tiresome, and they’ve also reduced my top up limit from £9k to 3 which is annoying. On the plus side they will refund the top up while they’re doing the checks so its not trapped money.

          • Anna says:

            Benilyn, they might not like me doing what? I top it up by the permitted IHG amount each week, is that not ok?

  • Paul says:

    Woo hoo, finally an offer I might actually be able to use……

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