Thursday, January 7, 2016

January 7 Update: WestJet London Gatwick service goes year round, newleaf - Canada's newest airline & Top 5 Credit Card offers

News, Tips & Tricks
WestJet
announced yesterday that their London Gatwick from Calgary and Toronto will be going to year round service. All the other cities will remain on summer seasonal service. The Calgary flights will operate 3x weekly over next Winter while Toronto will continue to have daily service. (Source WestJet)


If you were watching or listening to any Canadian news over the past 24 hours you should have learned about a new Canadian airline called newleaf. The ultra low cost carrier is slated to start service on February 12th. These guys came about really quick but in reality they fast tracked their service because the actual airline is Kelowna based Flair Air. Flair Air is a division of Kelowna Flightcraft, best known for their cargo services and also the being the airline that was Greyhound Air back in the 90s! The airline is going to be run much like Ireland's Ryanair and the U.S.'s Spirit Airlines by charging for just about everything. If you can fly with just a purse or laptop bag and check-in online and don't print a paper boarding pass you'll get their lowest fares. Outside of that you'll have to pay more. You can find all the details on this new airline at flynewleaf.ca
Seat Map - Courtesy Flair Air
Interior Cabin Shot - Courtesy Flair Air

Of course newleaf won't have a frequent flyer program but you should be able to use proprietary credit card reward program points and miles to redeem for flights on this airline. Heck if a flight is $89 you can pull up to 4 one way tickets at that price with some card's sign up bonuses alone! Learn more about Proprietary Credit Card programs here.

From Airlineroute.net here is the route network at the start. All flights operate twice weekly unless otherwise noted
eff 12FEB16 Hamilton – Halifax
eff 12FEB16 Saskatoon – Abbotsford
eff 12FEB16 Saskatoon – Hamilton
eff 12FEB16 Saskatoon – Kelowna
eff 13FEB16 Winnipeg – Hamilton
eff 13FEB16 Winnipeg – Kelowna
eff 14FEB16 Hamilton – Kelowna 1 weekly
eff 14FEB16 Regina – Kelowna 1 weekly until 13MAR16
eff 17FEB16 Saskatoon – Abbotsford 1 weekly (2 weekly from 14MAR16)
eff 18FEB16 Hamilton – Regina
eff 15MAR16 Regina – Abbotsford

Learn all about reward programs at the Canadian Points University on January 16th! You can save $20 off the ticket price when you use promo code REWARD20 ! Visit the site here.


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