September 27 Update: Meet Swoop, WestJet’s Ultra Low Cost Carrier, Diners Club redemption to BA with a 50% bonus & more

WestJet revealed more details on their Ultra Low Cost Carrier today. The big news is the name, the new ULCC airline will be called Swoop.
Takes me back to the days of Zip and Tango! The airline is set to start
selling tickets in early 2018 and will take on Flair Airlines, Canada
Jetlines and potentially FlyToo. (Source WestJet or should we say Swoop?)

“The name Swoop denotes exactly what we plan to do,” said Bob
Cummings WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy and the executive
member responsible for the launch of Swoop. “It’s a powerful verb that
demonstrates we plan to swoop in to the Canadian market with a new
business model that will provide lower fares and greater opportunity for
more Canadians to travel.” 

It’s too early to tell whether Swoop will be participating in the
WestJet Rewards program. Stay tuned as more news comes out on Swoop I’m
sure we’ll learn what if any participation the airline will have in the
program. Either way you can always look at a proprietary credit card rewards program
that allows you to book travel with whomever you want and then redeem
the points against that charge. Think about, you have a Swoop ticket
that costs $100, with a card like the new American Express Cobalt card that’s only $2,000 in food and drink purchases to get that flight…..

A little over a month ago we brought you the details of the Diners Club to
British Airways conversion bonus of 50%. Normally it costs 1,250 Club
Rewards Points to get 1,000 Avios but with the bonus it is 1,250 points
to get 1,500 Avios.  I bit the bullet today and converted 50,000 Club
Rewards points to BA which means I’ll get 60,000 Avios. The online
redemption process was painless and while it says it can take a few
weeks for the Avios to show up in my account it should only be a few
days based on past experiences with Diners. If you are still one of
those who holds onto the card like we do (it has the best CDW out of all
cards and that’s the main reason I keep it now) you have 3 days left to
take advantage of this bonus. Read more about the bonus here.

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