WestJet Offering Status Match Challenge

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WestJet has just introduced a pretty widely available status challenge opportunity, for anyone who may be planning flights with them soon. Let’s take a look at how it works.

WestJet Status Match Challenge

With this offer, WestJet is letting you status match to Gold or Silver status in the WestJet Rewards program. Then with qualifying activity you can potentially renew your status all the way through June 30, 2021.

Benefits include complimentary upgrades, priority services, and lounge access. Let’s take a look at how this works.

What Programs Is WestJet Status Matching?

WestJet is matching the following elite tiers to Silver status:

  • Altitude: 25K
  • VIPorter Passport
  • Alaska Mileage Plan MVP
  • United MileagePlus Premier Silver
  • British Airways Executive Club Bronze or Silver

WestJet is matching the following elite tiers to Gold status:

  • Altitude: 35K, 50K, 75K and 100K
  • VIPorter Priority
  • AAdvantage: Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum and Gold
  • United MileagePlus: Premier Gold, Premier Platinum and Premier 1K
  • Alaska Mileage Plan: MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75K and Million Mile Flyer Status
  • British Airways: Executive Club Gold

WestJet Status Challenge: Part 1 (Status Through March 30, 2020)

There are three parts to this WestJet status match challenge. To qualify for the first part, you need to submit the request form between November 15 and December 15, 2019, with the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your 9-digit WestJet Rewards ID (provided to you upon joining WestJet Rewards)
  • Email and phone number on your WestJet Rewards account
  • A scanned copy or photo of your top-tier membership card from Altitude, VIPorter, AAdvantage, United MileagePlus, Alaska Mileage Plan or British Airways Executive Club showing your name, current 2019 status valid through to a minimum December 31, 2019

This will give you the status for about four months, through March 30, 2020.

WestJet 787-9

WestJet Status Challenge: Part 2 (Status Through June 30, 2020)

In order to extend your status by a further few months, you have to complete a second part of the challenge by taking a minimum of one flight between November 15, 2019, and March 31, 2020:

  • Air Canada Altitude and Porter members must take a minimum of one WestJet flight anywhere
  • American, Alaska, and United members must take a minimum of one US transborder flight
  • British Airways members must take a minimum of one transatlantic flight

If you complete this then you’ll maintain status through June 30, 2020.

WestJet Status Challenge: Part 3 (Status Through June 30, 2021)

If you want to maintain status all the way through June 30, 2021, then you need to complete part three of challenge:

  • Gold members with a minimum qualifying spend of $3,000 between the date of upgrade in Challenge 1 and June 30, 2020 will retain Gold status for another year, until June 30, 2021
  • Silver members that have a minimum qualifying spend of $1,500 between the date of upgrade in Challenge 1 and June 30, 2020 will retain Silver status for another year until June 30, 2021

What Are The Benefits Of WestJet Status?

If you partake in this challenge, what kind of benefits can you expect?

WestJet Silver members receive the following (status usually requires $3,000 of spending):

  • Eligibility for complimentary upgrade to Premium with EconoFlex fares
  • Advance seat selection access
  • Airport lounge access
  • First and second checked bags free
  • Priority check-in

WestJet Gold members receive the following (status usually requires $5,000 of spending):

  • Eligibility for complimentary upgrade to Premium with EconoFlex fares
  • Early access to purchase an upgrade to Premium or Business
  • Advance seat selection vouchers
  • Unlimited airport lounge access
  • No fee for same-day flight changes at check-in
  • First and second checked bags free
  • A range of priority services

WestJet’s 787-9 business class

Bottom Line

While WestJet Rewards doesn’t have the most valuable elite program out there, this is a pretty solid status match and challenge opportunity. You can get status upfront for several months, and then with qualifying activity can extend that status by either a few months, or for more than a year.

Do you plan on taking part in this WestJet status match challenge?

(Tip of the hat to Frequent Flyer Bonuses)

Comments
  1. @Bill Janssen– Not sure why they would? WN doesn’t fly transborder (as much as I wish they would for competition’s sake). Their and WS’s O&D markets are pretty much mutually exclusive. Lots of Canadians in the Toronto catchment area drive to BUF to fly WN, but there’s not much WS could bring to the table for BUF-based WN flyers.

    As for DL, obviously they’re not on here due to the JV and coming reciprocal benefits. But the JV rollout is frustratingly slow. I’m flying DL and WS on a WS ticket this week and they barely feel like competent codeshare partners (several schedule changes needing escalation to resolve, ongoing display errors within the PNRs on both sides, plus the usual limitations on seats and mileage earning).

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