Wednesday, December 12, 2018

WestJet Rewards Platinum Elite Status is officially here!

First hinted at in August, then revealed in October on the same day as the new 787 route announcements, WestJet's new top elite tier, Platinum is official as of today. This means if you have hit the qualification requirements already this year ($8,000 of spend on WestJet) you are officially a Platinum Status member. If this describes you, well congratulations! You can access all your Platinum benefits right away! To learn more about Platinum visit WestJet's page on Platinum status or read our overview:

To reach the new Platinum status level you will need to spend $8,000 (before taxes/fees) with WestJet during your 12 month qualification period which based on the day you joined WestJet Rewards. For example if you joined May 12, 2018 you would need to reach $8,000 in spending by May 12, 2019 to receive Platinum status for the remainder of your qualifying year and the entire next qualifying year.

The key benefits of the new Platinum tier are:

  • 8% earn rate on WestJet flights. That's a pretty big return that only gets bigger if you tie that in with the 2% earned on the WestJet World Elite Mastercard for a total return of 10%! 
  • Double the WestJet dollars on partner flights (Delta, Air France, KLM etc.)
  • 3 free checked bags
  • Unlimited advance seat selection
  • 10 lounge access vouchers (word is this will be changed to unlimited in the New Year for both Platinum and Gold)
  • Highest Priority for complimentary upgrades to Premium (not including Europe flights which is too bad!)
According to WestJet even more benefits will come in 2019:
"even more enhancements in 2019, including enhanced lounge benefits, additional priority services, the introduction of a comprehensive upgrade program, and more"
Keep an eye out on for all the details.

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