Friday, January 18, 2019

January 18 Update: New coalition credit card comparison chart, WestJet takes delivery of their first 787, Air Canada reveals possible A220 routes

We've added a new credit card comparison chart to our list of charts! This one ties in to the new category we added to our Top Travel Rewards Credit Card rankings last year and that is the Coalition Card category. What is a coalition card you may ask? A coalition program credit card earns points or miles directly into a single program that has lots of earning and redemption options. In Canada these are programs like Aeroplan, AIR MILES, More Rewards, and Scene (the latter will be added to the chart soon!) You can view the chart here.

 WestJet took delivery of their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner yesterday. The plane flew in the late afternoon from Everett-Paine field to cold and snowy Calgary! Here is a video WestJet posted just shortly after it landed with WestJet's VP of Communications giving a quick tour of the plane! Rewards Canada will be at the official unveiling event in a couple of weeks so we will be able to provide our own take on the plane and what it provides! Apparently the plane will fly from Calgary to Toronto today where it will be for a couple weeks for crew training, familiarization and so forth (due to the fact the 787 hanger in YYC isn't ready yet)

Source: Skyscraperpages
Air Canada revealed possible routes for their new Airbus A220-300 aircraft (Bombardier CS300) that will begin revenue service around this time next year! Granted a lot of times when these route possibilities are revealed, that's all they are, possibilities. Seeing that the aircraft will replace the E190 aircraft, they will first fly routes already being done so by the Embraer and older Airbus aircraft.

Rewards Canada contributor Bill W. notes this for us.

I find this interesting because it means they will be growing the available seats on the routes currently serviced by the E90’s by over 30%. E90 has 9/88 seats for total capacity of 97. The A220 has typical seating of 141 and max of 160 although it is believed AC will be in the 130 to 140 range. End result is that with higher capacity it could mean less frequency on flights typically served by the E90. Better for the airline, not so much for passengers. That being said however, there is nothing quite like that new aircraft smell…
Of course since Rewards Canada is Calgary based there is some excitement on our end about the two potential routes they show from YYC to BOS and IAD. Would be nice to have those flights! As well as replacing the A320 on the LAX route from YYC. Not leaving the rest of Canada out it is definitely exciting to see potential routes like Montreal to Seattle, Halifax to Vancouver, Vancouver to Washington, Toronto to San Jose and more! (Source Flight Global)

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