FREE FLIGHT – Get big travel bonuses with the new WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard available to RBC customers. I’ve traveled using Aeroplan and Air Miles points I’ve collected from credit card offers like this that entice with generous signup benefits. Usually, these offers are good for the equivalent of a free flight minus the usual flight fees and taxes. This one is a little different in that the offer of a $119 round trip flight anywhere in Canada or the US and a $399 international flight is renewable every year after the annual fee is paid. The annual fee of $119 is waived the first year with this offer, which amounts to a free flight except for the usual flight fees. Other benefits include first checked bags free for the primary cardholder and up to eight additional guests on the same reservation, fairly comprehensive travel insurance and WestJet dollars after your first purchase. All of this adds up to big savings on a flight in the first year and a great discount every year after, as long as the flight you choose is a long haul that’s usually priced higher than these discounted amounts. In other words, signing up is worth it in the first year because the fee is waived, but there’s no point in keeping the card after the first year if you’re going to use it to fly from Toronto to Montreal.
This card is good for other travel savings as well. WestJet has something called a Status Lift program as well. Those WestJet dollars you accumulate eventually get you lounge passes, priority boarding, advance seat selection and Boingo Wi-Fi in airports, if those are things you care about. Certainly the seat selection is a benefit I would use, and it’s a money saver.
Here’s more about the travel insurance you get with this card…
-Out-of-Province/Country Emergency Medical Insurance.
-Trip Interruption Insurance
-Flight Delay Insurance
-Travel Accident Insurance
-Auto Rental Collision/Loss Damage Insurance
-Emergency Purchases Insurance
-Hotel/Motel Burglary Insurance
-Purchase Security and Extended Warranty Insurance