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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 (September 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 30,000 Points until 15th October 2021):

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

30,000 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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)

  • MinR says:

    OT – Would the Amex ShopSmall offer appear separately on a supplementary card?

    I recently got a Supplementary Platinum Amex for a family member, but the ShopSmall offer doesn’t appear in their offers tab. IIRC, the ShopSmall offer isn’t limited to the first X number of cardholders. Does it usually appear separately for supp. cardholders?

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      It will appear on the supplementary card. They have to register seperately.

      If it’s new it might appear in a few days. If not there after a week or so get them to go in live chat or ring them to have it added?

    • MinR says:

      I tried that on the first day by clicking the ‘Save to Card’ on that page. It redirects me to the Offers tab, and it says you don’t have any offers available.

      I’ll give it a couple of days, and then get onto Chat to see if they can push it to the card.

      • MD says:

        @MinR You generally need to have actually used the supplementary card for a real transaction to kick the offers into life. I had the exact same recently, my partner’s ARCC supplementary wasn’t showing any offers when I went looking for Shop Small. After a few days one offer did actually appear but not Shop Small. I then got her to use the card for a small transaction, and Shop Small plus a couple of other offers appeared the next day. Try that.

  • Rohini says:

    I just saved the 1000 avios offer to my card today. I purchased flights on BA yesterday, my card hasn’t yet been charged (or at least the payment hasn’t appeared on my statement). Do you think it might count as eligible spend?

    • Peter K says:

      You’ll have to hope but chances are it won’t count.

    • Annabel says:

      Don’t think so – this happened to me missed by one day. Charge didn’t go through until after I saved it but still didn’t get the bonus.

  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    Wildly OT for bits today.

    Can children earn Avios flying Biz on Qatar? The system doesn’t seem to accept their BAEC membership number, although it took the adults fine??

    • Charlieface says:

      Not sure but don’t see why not. Try adding the numbers via Finnair Manage Booking

  • Uzi says:

    FYI for those interested – unlocked the additional offer on Marriot Bonvoy, Unlock More (stay twice, 2k points, then additional offer).

    I’m getting: stay once, get 20k points. Stay period is 29-Oct-19 to 14-Jan-20.

    • Rob says:

      I know someone else with that. Not a bad one.

      • Alex W says:

        If that’s the standard then it’s a no brainer. What other offers have people had? If they’re usually rubbish then it’s not worth the risk.

  • Oh! Matron! says:

    I must be the only one excited about the west jet link up. Only the other day I resear5ched how to get my Mum over to Calgary with VS / Delta, and Via LAS with a Delta code share on west jet was the only way (From manchester, I have to add!). This is excellent news 🙂 It also opens up easier access to the Rockies too!

  • will says:

    OT and been covered before but whats are the best options for a 78 year old requiring travel insurance (medical) to UAE? No prior conditions.

    • Shoestring says:

      check out https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel-insurance/

      The Barclays Travel Plus Pack (an option if you open a free Barclays current account) goes up to 80 with its travel insurance (included in the pack, £18/ month)

    • Lady London says:

      Give them a supp on your Amex Platinum Business Card?

    • will says:

      Thanks for tips, he has a lloyds account and I was able to add insurance up to 80 as part of their platinum account for £19 a month.

      Barclays cheaper but has 6 month min whereas the lloyds doesn’t appear to have a min term. It also covers a spouse or partner as long as they are under 80 which I think is outstanding.

      Interestingly revolut will cover up to 84 years of age on a pay per day basis. Was £9.25 a day for a 78 year old added to my free revolut account capped at something like max £240 a year premium.
      An option for over 80’s!

  • Shoestring says:

    er…how exactly do I buy hotel rooms with Avios/ points on BAEC? Can’t seem to see the points route – did it with Avios from Iberia LY but there must be a way from BAEC, surely?

    I’m only seeing cash purchase

    • BJ says:

      On the left hand panel of your account page select pay with avios and click hotels, or is that what you’ve already tried?

    • RD says:

      You can do it at hotelsandcars.ba.com

      There is an option at the top of the screen to switch between earn points and spend points.

    • Shoestring says:

      got it – thanks both

  • Harry T says:

    OT:
    Can anyone confirm if the new 50p cancellation fees on short haul Avios bookings also apply to Australian domestic flights? I know they are changing this lower fee on cancellations of RFS, but wondered if it is applying to short haul internationally.

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