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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)

  • Zara says:

    OT but urgent. Anyone know of any travel insurance that is immediately effective and whilst abroad ? I have flex plus but my sister and her family forgot to do theirs in the midst of everything. They may need some medical assistance for their 6 month old baby…. I know not the wisest move but they are where they are and would obv want to limit their cost exposure. TIA

    • Cat says:

      I’m no expert in this field, but I think that’s why insurance providers insist on buying a policy before you’ve left, to avoid people only buying one when they already need it.
      I’m so sorry your family are in this position, and that I can’t give any helpful advice, other than they just need to get medical assistance. Their exposure is far, far less important.

    • Anna says:

      Where are you on holiday? (I’m assuming not covered by EHIC). As Cat says, I doubt any insurance company would cover them once the trip has started, and definitely not if they already require treatment. I hope the baby is ok.

  • neil says:

    i have the 1000 Avios offer. I today purchased 2 bags for £40 each for a flight next month. That is £80, leaving me £20 short (duh). I could purchase 1000 Avios (+ 500 bonus Avios) for £31, and this would then presumably trigger my 1000 extra.

    Does this seem like a good plan?

  • LT says:

    Sadly the park Hyatt Kyoto is not available for points reward on April

    • Rob says:

      It was a few weeks ago. Unsurprisingly the rooms will have been booked up now given the £2,000 cash alternative!

  • Andrew says:

    Any sign of news re FC credit for WestJet codeshares?

    • Rob says:

      No. Emailed Oli Byers but had no reply yet.

      • Andrew says:

        Thanks…it seems odd that they hadn’t got earring rates ready for the codeshare launch.

        • Andrew says:

          I’ve had a response from Virgin that simply says they aren’t eligible for any mileage/TP credit at the moment. Seems a wasted opportunity…

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