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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May 6 Update: WestJet enhances Plus product on 737s, 120% Bonus on buying LifeMiles, Air Canada Mother's Day Seat Sale

A nice mix of information in today's update!
News, Tips & Tricks
WestJet announced yesterday further changes to their Plus product on the 737s they fly. Beginning this September WestJet will block the middle seats in the Plus section of the 737s so that travellers have more space. If you have ever flown business class on a European airline within Europe you should be very familiar with this method of adding room. Here are excerpts from the WestJet press release:
This option is available for booking starting May 6, 2015, for travel beginning September 14, 2015...Guests in WestJet's Plus seating will enjoy more personal space and comfort. Middle seats in Plus on WestJet's Boeing Next Generation 737s will be outfitted with a new tray table between the aisle and window seat, giving guests a guaranteed empty middle seat for more space to work or relax during their flight
At this time it does not appear that Plus fares are increasing to make up for the lost revenue of that middle seat. Perhaps Plus has not been selling as well as WestJet had hoped and this might be the perk that sells more of those seats?
Sep 13 YYC-YXE Seat Map
Sep 14 YYC-YXE Seat Map

WestJet also announced further codeshare routes with Delta Airlines. This time for more of DL's flights out of Seattle (Source Airlineroute.net) Since these flights carry actual WestJet codes you can use your WestJet Dollars to redeem on them if you have a connecting flight out of Canada. The latest codeshares are as follows:
Seattle – Anchorage
Seattle – Boise
Seattle – Denver
Seattle – Fairbanks
Seattle – Juneau
Seattle – Sacramento
Seattle – Spokane

Aeroplan members posting Air India flights to their accounts should note that as of May 15 booking class P from Air India will no longer accrue miles. (Source Aeroplan)

And finally, if you can't or don't want to take advantage of the LifeMiles offer we posted earlier today (see link right below this) the Air Canada example between Calgary and Tokyo in business class is also available via Aeroplan for 75,000 Miles + ~$143.

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Air Canada
has launched a Mother's Day seat sale to virtually all their destinations Worldwide. Simply book by May 7. Find out more here.

Bonus Offers

Air New Zealand Airpoints
- 50 Airpoints Dollars when you stay at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa or DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown. More... Book by May 31 for stays Jun 1 - Sep 30, 15

Avianca LifeMiles
- Earn up to 120% Bonus LifeMiles when you buy LifeMiles online. You must be a LifeMiles member as of May 4 to purchase. More...Until May 29, 15

Emirates Skywards
- Triple Skywards Miles for stays at any one of nine Coral Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East. More... Book by Aug 31 for stays until Sep 30, 15
- Double Skywards Miles on Europcar rentals in the UK, France, and Germany. More... Until Jun 30, 15
- 1,000 Bonus Skywards Miles when you join Heathrow Rewards and make a qualifying spend of £25 or more in one day (bonus awarded as 1000 Heathrow Rewards points). More... Until Feb 28, 16

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 5,000 HawaiianMiles for stays at select Prince Resorts in Hawaii. More... Until Sep 30, 15
- Triple HawaiianMiles and up to 30% off for stays at Starwood Hotels in Hawaii. More... Until Dec 31, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at Pullman & Sofitel hotels in the Middle-East. More... Until Sep 30, 15

Miles & More
- Double Miles & More Miles on Hertz car rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More... Book by May 31 for rentals until Jun 30, 15
- 50,000 Bonus Miles & More Miles when you apply for and receive the Miles & More® Premier World MasterCard®. More... Until ?. Residents of the U.S. only

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- Triple Miles&Smiles Miles for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Turkey. More... Until Jun 1, 15
- Double Miles&Smiles Miles for stays at the Dedeman Park Izmailovo Moscow. More... Until Jun 30, 15
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Miles&Smiles Miles for rentals at all participating Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations in Turkey More... Until Jun 30, 15

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 3,000 Bonus Flying ClubMiles on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Book by Jul 31, 15

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