Many frequent flyer programs have allowed you to earn miles or points on vacation packages and even redeem miles or points for vacation packages. However you have never been able to earn elite status qualification on vacation packages with these programs and in what we believe to be an industry first, WestJet rewards becomes one of the first programs to now award elite status qualification with the purchase of WestJet Vacations packages.
As of August 20, 2018, WestJet Rewards has added another way for members to achieve the Silver or Gold tiers by including twenty per cent of their individual spend on WestJet Vacations packages to the qualifying spend calculation (i.e. the amount used to track a member’s progress in achieving or maintaining a top tier). This means if you buy a $1,500 package (before taxes and fees) to an all inclusive resort in Mexico you’ll get $300 in qualifying spend towards Silver or Gold WestJet Rewards status. Here are the elite status qualifying requirements:
Unless you buy a lot of vacation packages (or buy really expensive ones – think Sandals or Beaches) chances are you won’t reach an elite status on them alone but they will definitely help build your qualification amount up if you do fly with WestJet regularly as well.
Also, effective August 20, 2018, Gold members will see an increase in the WestJet dollars they earn on WestJet Vacations packages. For all bookings made on or after August 20, 2018, members in the Gold tier will earn 1.5% back on their individual portion of the base package price of an eligible WestJet Vacations package. Members in the Teal and Silver tiers will continue to earn at 0.5% and 1% back, respectively.