Right now there are two RBC credit card welcome bonus offers that provide the potential to come out
with at least 700 WestJet dollars for as little as $240 in annual fees
and purchases. The two cards are the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard
and the RBC Avion Visa Infinite card.
350 dollars from the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard
The WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard
currently has a 350 WestJet dollar welcome bonus until the end of June. That bonus is awarded on your first purchase which means you
could choose to only spend $1 on the card in addition to the $119 annual
fee to score the 350 WestJet dollars. Also if you apply by June 30 you’ll earn 2x WestJet dollars on Grocery, Restaurant and Food Delivery purchases for the first three months of having the card. On top of that if you apply by June 30 you’ll get a $0 companion fare to anywhere WestJet flies except for their transatlantic flights.
350 or more dollars from the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card
Next up is the RBC Avion Visa Infinite card, it has a 35,000 RBC Rewards Point welcome bonus that is awarded upon
approval. That’s right – no spend required. You do however have to pay
the $120 annual fee on the card and you must apply by July 26. RBC
Rewards Points convert to WestJet dollars at a rate of 100 points to 1
dollar which means this sign up bonus is worth 350 WestJet dollars. And
if you don’t need the dollars right away you can await one of RBC’s transfer bonuses to WestJet. As of late it has only been
10% but that could mean you would actually get 385 WestJet dollars for
the 35,000 points.
350 WestJet dollars is easy, 700 will depend on future offers
Now the tough part here is that you have to wait 90 days between applications with RBC. 90 days is beyond both of these card’s offer end dates. That means you may have to pick one right now to go for and then wait and see or hope that the offers are extended or show up again in the near future. Of course if you have one of these cards already then your choice is easy – go for the one you don’t have! Honestly if I was to pick one right now I would go for the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card since there is a bit more flexibility in the points. The bonus is awarded as RBC Rewards points so you don’t have to lock them into WestJet. You can hold on to them and choose to redeem via the Avion air redemption chart, for gift cards, RBC financial products or convert them to WestJet, British Airways or other RBC Rewards partners. Technically you’re doing a bit of hedging by going with the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card.
Wrapping it up
Let’s quickly recap the spend you would have to complete if one or both of the offers are extended* and you do go for both cards over the next three months or so. You have at minimum a $1 purchase and the $119 annual fee on the
WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard and $120 annual fee for the RBC Visa
Infinite Avion card. All told that is $240 you dole out to get 700
WestJet dollars. Not a bad deal at all!
WestJet dollars work just like cash – that is 700 WestJet dollars equals
700 towards flights you purchase with WestJet. You could buy two $350
tickets (before taxes and fees as WestJet dollars don’t cover those) or
one $700 or even buy a business class ticket on the Dreamliner for
several thousand dollars and redeem 700 towards it so you aren’t
spending as much. There are lots of options to choose from and use your
WestJet dollars for and if you can get 700 of them for only $240 it’s definitely one of the
better reward options in our market right now.
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* I would place my bets on the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard over the RBC as to being extended but that’s strictly a guess.