Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 21 Update: Air Canada introducing Economy Basic fares, Cobalt multipliers updated and a new look for WestJet coming next week?

Air Canada is introducing Economy Basic fares for their flights within Canada. We've seen this trend in the U.S. with major U.S. airlines starting basic economy fares to compete with Ultra Low Cost Carriers and this is pretty much evident here with this latest move from AC. These are bare bones fares where you have to pay more fees for extras, get absolutely no refunds, don't earn Aeroplan miles etc. This can be seen as a preemptive move against airlines like Flair Airlines, WestJet's Swoop and the upcoming Canada Jetlines. Find out more about Economy Basic fares here.

A week from today there is going to be an announcement from WestJet. All signs are pointing towards a livery update and possibly even more of a refresh. When we flew WestJet earlier in the week there were no menus in the seat pockets and the flight attendant mentioned they were going through a revamp - even though they just did a few months ago when they switched to offering Chopped Leaf items. Based on various forums and posts, the guess is that the new livery will be introduced on the Boeing 787 aircraft. You can see it, sort of, in the blurred image below that is making its rounds on the Internet right now:

The American Express Cobalt confirmed multipliers page has once again been updated with even more Canadian and U.S. locations! You can access the feature here. Feel free to provide comments on that page to help build the list of Canadian and global locations that you have used the card at and received 5x, 2x or 1x points. Many of the U.S. updates came from our recent trip and am loving how quickly the points are racking up on the food purchases! Of note is that Uber Eats in Canada appears to award 5x points while Uber Eats in the states only award 2x points.

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