WestJet Rewards Gift Of Gold & Voucher Changes Now Active

WestJet Rewards late last year announced several initiatives to help its frequent flyers put their Milestone Awards and Companion Vouchers into good use rather than letting them expire.

Gold & Platinum WestJet Rewards members can now exchange their Milestone Rewards to Gift of Gold-vouchers and exchange Companion Vouchers to lounge ones.

You can access these offers on WestJet’s website here and here.

Give the gift of Gold:

Platinum and Gold members can now do more with their milestone awards. By exchanging a milestone award—such as a companion voucher—earned at $6,000 or more1, you can give two gifts of Gold status to friends or family members that can each be used on a round-trip flight2. Now your friends and family can also get more out of their experience when they fly.

Benefit summary:

  • With Gift of Gold vouchers, you can give Gold status to another member so they can travel like a Gold member on one round-trip flight, even when not travelling with you.
  • Gift of Gold vouchers will be added as a milestone award option later this year, but you can get started now by exchanging available milestone awards you’ve already earned for two (2) Gift of Gold vouchers. The following are eligible for exchange:
    • A WestJet-wide companion voucher earned at $6,000 in qualifying spend.
    • A milestone award (which includes a choice of WestJet-wide companion voucher, four guest lounge vouchers, or six guest advance seat selection vouchers) earned at $8,000 or higher.
    • Until May 31, 2021, members who have already selected their award for a milestone award earned at $8,000 or higher but have not used the selected voucher(s) may also exchange the applicable voucher(s) for two Gift of Gold vouchers. In the case of lounge or seat selection vouchers, all vouchers must have been associated to the same milestone award when selected and must not have been redeemed.
  • All requests to gift Gold status (whether made at the time of exchanging your award or later) must be submitted a minimum of 14 days prior to the recipient’s planned date of travel.
  • Gift of Gold vouchers and upgrades to Gold will have the same expiry date as the award exchanged. If you have multiple awards of the same type, the first to expire will be exchanged.
  • The recipient must take their round-trip flight before their Gold status expires. Once the upgrade is processed, the benefits will automatically apply to the member’s next round-trip flight and when travel is completed they’ll return to their former tier.
  • Please make sure you and your Gift of Gold recipients are familiar with the terms and conditions of exchanging an award and gifting and use of Gold status (including details on eligible travel). You can come back to this page anytime by visiting westjet.com/giftofgold.

Companion Vouchers to Lounge Ones:

Your companion voucher can do more.

Looking to relax in comfort the next time you fly? WestJet RBC® World Elite Mastercard‡ holders now have the option to exchange their companion voucher for 4 lounge vouchers.* You can use these lounge vouchers for yourself or treat your guests to the WestJet airport lounge experience.

Conclusion

It is good that WestJet Rewards gives options to use expiring Milestone Rewards and Companion Vouchers rather than just letting them expire. Another option would have been to extend them by another 12 to 24 months.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

1 Terms and conditions to exchange a milestone award

  • Applicable to Platinum and Gold WestJet Rewards members with an available milestone award for achieving $6,000 or more in qualifying spend during a qualifying year.
  • Member may exchange one (1) of the following milestone awards for two (2) one-time use Gift of Gold vouchers:
    • A WestJet-wide companion voucher earned at $6,000 in qualifying spend, or
    • A milestone award (which includes a choice of WestJet-wide companion voucher, four guest lounge vouchers, or six guest advance seat selection vouchers) earned at $8,000 and every $2,000 in qualifying spend thereafter.
    • Until May 31, 2021, members who have already selected their award for a milestone award earned at $8,000 or higher but have not used the selected voucher(s) may also exchange the applicable voucher(s) for two Gift of Gold vouchers. In the case of lounge or seat selection vouchers, all vouchers must have been associated to the same milestone award when selected and must not have been redeemed.
  • All requests to exchange a milestone award for Gift of Gold vouchers and gift Gold status to another member must be submitted at westjet.com/giftofgold. Members may exchange an award and use their Gift of Gold vouchers in the same request, or they may choose to exchange a milestone award and return later to redeem their vouchers to gift Gold status. Members will be able to view Gift of Gold vouchers and their expiry date(s) within the Vouchers section of their account.
  • All requests to give the gift of Gold to a recipient (whether done at the initial time of award exchange, or later) must be submitted a minimum of 14 days prior to the recipient’s planned date of travel.
  • Gift of Gold vouchers and the resulting upgrades to Gold status will have the same expiry date as the award used for the exchange. If you have multiple awards of the same type, the first to expire will be exchanged. Sign in to see available milestone awards and vouchers.
  • All eligible travel taken by the member receiving Gold status must be completed prior to the expiry of their Gold status, which will be the same date as the milestone award used for the exchange.
  • There is no limit on the number of available milestone awards that may be exchanged for Gift of Gold vouchers.
  • Once a member has submitted a request to exchange a milestone award and/or redeem a Gift of Gold voucher to gift status to another member, the request will be considered final and cannot be cancelled or reversed.
  • May only be used as described, has no monetary or other exchange value and is non-transferable.
  • Terms and conditions of this benefit are subject to the Program Terms and Conditions at the time of redemption.

2. Terms and conditions for recipient of Gold status

  • A Gift of Gold voucher may be redeemed by a Platinum or Gold member to temporarily award WestJet Rewards Gold status and benefits to another WestJet Rewards member currently holding Teal or Silver status; members with current status of Gold or higher are not eligible. If the recipient is not already a member, they must join the program at westjet.com/rewards prior to the submission of the request.

  • The request to redeem Gift of Gold vouchers must be submitted at westjet.com/giftofgold by the Platinum or Gold member who holds the vouchers. To redeem a voucher, the member must provide their own account details, along with the first name, last name, 9-digit WestJet Rewards ID and current tier of each recipient receiving Gold status.  Please allow up to 14 days for the request to be validated and processed.

  • Once the upgrade is approved and processed, the recipient will become a Gold member with the expiry of their Gold status (known as their tier end date) set to the same date as the milestone award used to obtain the Gift of Gold voucher. For greater clarity, if the milestone award used to obtain the Gift of Gold voucher expires on December 31, 2021, the recipient’s tier end date will also be set to December 31, 2021. The recipient will have until the tier end date specified on their account to use the Gold status and benefits on one round-trip flight (as defined below). All travel must be taken and completed by the tier end date and, once completed, the member will return to the applicable tier based on their current qualifying spend.

  • The recipient of Gift of Gold will be eligible to experience Gold status and benefits on one round-trip WestJet flight, with the following conditions:

    1. All travel must be on a single reservation/passenger name record (PNR).
    2. Reservation must be a round trip from a single origin to a single destination, which may consist of two non-stop flights or up to a maximum of four segments when connecting flights are required (maximum two segments on the outbound and two segments on the return).
    3. All travel must be completed within 30 days of the first flight listed on the reservation/PNR. A reservation will be considered completed once a second flight date has occurred within 30 days of the first flight date (connecting flights that cross over two calendar days will not be considered as separate flight dates).
    4. All flights on the reservation must be marketed by WestJet, which are flights with a WS carrier code preceding the flight number. Not valid on partner-marketed itineraries, regardless if WestJet is the operating carrier.
    5. Member’s 9-digit WestJet Rewards ID must be on the reservation prior to travel. A reservation made prior to the upgrade to the Gold will be considered eligible, as long as the WestJet Rewards ID is on the booking.
    6. Once an upgrade is processed, the Gold benefits will automatically be applied to the member’s next reservation meeting these conditions.  Should a member have more than one upcoming reservation, Gold benefits will be only be applicable to the first reservation; member cannot select a specific reservation.
  • Gold status will be retained until one round-trip flight (as defined above) has been completed or the tier end date is reached, whichever is earlier.

  • If the member cancels their first flight and none of the segments on the reservation have been flown, they will retain their Gold status until their next eligible reservation (as defined above) or until the tier end date is reached, whichever is earlier. If one or more segments are flown, they will return to the applicable tier based on their current qualifying spend.

  • If the member changes their reservation and none of the segments on the reservation are flown, they will retain their Gold status until their next eligible reservation (as defined above) or until the tier end date is reached, whichever is earlier. If one or more segments are flown, they will retain Gold status until satisfying the conditions of a round-trip flight (as defined above) or until the tier end date is reached, whichever is earlier.

  • While holding Gold status, the recipient will have access to Gold earn rates and flight benefits, subject to the terms and conditions of each benefit found at westjet.com/gold, but will not receive a Gold welcome kit or personalized bag tags. In some cases (for example, baggage allowance and priority services) the benefit will be automatically extended to others travelling on the same reservation as the recipient, as specified at westjet.com/gold.

  • Once a member has requested to redeem a Gift of Gold voucher to gift status to another member, the request will be considered final and cannot be cancelled or reversed.

  • May only be used as described, has no monetary or other exchange value and is non-transferable.

  • Terms and conditions of this benefit are subject to the Program Terms and Conditions at the time of redemption.

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