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Thursday, December 12, 2019

WestJet to launch summer seasonal service between Calgary and Boston



Two days after Air Canada announces it - WestJet announces today that they will also offer seasonal summer service between Calgary and Boston! This one makes a lot of sense since WestJet is a partner with Delta and Boston is a hub for the latter! Anyways, me thinks someone spilled the beans, most likely from WestJet to Air Canada but that's just a guess!

Here's an excerpt from WestJet's press release:
"Fantastic routes need fantastic schedules and WestJet is offering guests convenient flight times between our extensive hub out of Calgary and the capital of Massachusetts," said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. "While other carriers may fly the route, WestJet continues to build our schedule for the region's business and leisure travellers. It's never been easier to explore and do business in Calgary, Boston and beyond."
They definitely take a stab at Air Canada here and rightfully so. Air Canada's flight times aren't very ideal for the traveller flying out of Calgary as they have a late arrival into Boston and a very early departure from Boston on the return. WestJet's times are definitely more friendly to those flying out of or connecting via Calgary:

Route
Frequency
Departing
Arriving
Effective
Calgary-Boston
Daily
9:45 a.m.
4:15 p.m.
May 14, 2020
Boston-Calgary
Daily
5 p.m.
8:15 p.m.
May 14, 2020

 I like the fact that by having both airlines flying the route we should see some great price wars especially for the premium cabin. As I've mentioned before on the blog we see this on YYC-California routes where AC typically sells their business class for less than WestJet's premium cabin. In fact many times we've flown YYC to Los Angeles or San Francisco with Air Canada in Business Class for not much more than it was for economy! Hopefully we'll see the same thing for Boston!

Remember as well that right now you can score 350 WestJet Dollars with the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard when you apply for and receive the card. The bonus is awarded on your first purchase with the card so it doesn't take long before you can use those towards your Boston or any other WestJet flight (and pay no first checked bag fee as well!)

Image via WestJet

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