Want To Fly From Canada To Europe For Less Than $100?
*DISCLAIMER - Unfortunately this post contains information that is valuable to Canadian citizens or those of you flying with WestJet. IF you will be travelling within Canada or flying with WestJet, option #1 is available to you. Shortly I will be posting another one for European citizens.
As we all know, when planning a trip and booking, the flights are almost always the MOST expensive part.
Of course, we all love a GREAT deal when it comes to flying.
We search for months, days, hours trying to find the BEST deal.
I do it as well, I’ll admit it. However, over the past few years, I have learnt some great tricks to score an even better deal on flights.
What if I told you there was a way to accumulate some form of points and spend them on future flights.
Or, that there is a FREE account you can make that will track your flights and reward you with money to spend on your next trip.
WELL, read on, because I am about the share with you some of the best methods I've used to fly for almost free (sometimes actually free).
I haven't paid full price for a flight since 2014. And now that I’ve gotten used to never paying a full price for a ticket, it would be challenging for me to have to do it in the future.
To this date, the BEST price I ever managed to swing was last April.
Last April I flew from Calgary direct to London UK and paid less than $100 Canadian.
I paid $64.91 Canadian to be exact.
You may be wondering, “HOW THE HELL DID SHE PULL THIS OFF!”.
If you are a Canadian (which I hope you are because I really want to help you fly for cheap), you are well aware of WestJet.
WestJet is a Canadian company that has been around since 1996. It is the second largest Canadian airline. WestJet offers flights within Canada, to the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central American and the Caribbean.
I have ALWAYS loved WestJet. They are a great airline in my opinion.
Another huge reason why I love them is because of their incredible customer service, and their reward programs are just marvellous.
If you are a Canadian and travel, you will 100% fly with WestJet at some point and time, there is no way around it.
There are two different ways to accumulate points with WestJet. I use both of them.
1.) WestJet Rewards account - ANYONE can sign up for this rewards program. Even if you are not a Canadian, it is no problem. If you will be flying with WestJet at ANY point I highly suggest creating a rewards account.
This is an entirely free account you can create here.
With your WestJet Rewards account, you earn “WestJet Dollars” on EVERYTHING you purchase with the airline (flights, packages, and more.)
You can then redeem these points at any time, there are absolutely no black out dates.
With a WestJet rewards account, you will also receive updates on seat sales and any special offers they have going on.
WestJet ALWAYS has a seat sale going on. Their website is super user-friendly and easy to navigate around deals.
Here is where you can find all their low fare flights.
When it comes to redeeming your points, you can choose how many WestJet dollars you want to put towards the final price.
The points will begin to add up without even realizing. Even if you are booking a WestJet flight with a 3rd party site, you will still be given the opportunity to enter your rewards number and collect the points.
I highly recommend signing up for a WestJet reward account because it is completely free and the rewards are incredible.
2.) WestJet RBC® Mastercard
Unfortunately for this one, if you are not currently banking with RBC, you need to go through them to obtain this card. I do not bank with RBC. However, it was no problem and very easy to apply for this credit card.
There are currently two different tiers with this card, I have the second tier card.
If I imagined my DREAM credit card, this one has it ALL.
Whenever I have a conversation with a fellow traveller regarding credit cards, I always receive mixed reviews. Some are all for having a credit card for the many benefits it can provide. Others are decidedly against them as they don't want to be tied down to a bank or ever owe any money. I can ultimately see both sides and you know, to each their own.
If you are on the "pro-credit card" side, read on.
When you receive this card, you are given 250 WestJet welcome dollars as a gift ($250 to go towards a flight right away). *For the WestJet RBC® World Elite MasterCard.
A month after I received my card I flew from Calgary to Vancouver for FREE using the welcome dollars.
Right away you will earn 2% back in WestJet dollars on all WestJet purchases.
On everyday purchases, you will earn 1.5% back.
Another HUGE plus is NEVER having to pay for your luggage. With this card you get your 1st bag checked free, and all the other guests on your same reservation also get their 1st bag checked for free (up to 8 additional guests).
I can remember 5 years or so back when paying for your luggage wasn't even a thing. It is insane how much money we have to spend on transporting luggage in today's travel world.
If you guys are like me, you sometimes opt out of travel insurance when taking off on an adventure. I have insurance that always covers me for a 30-day trip, but past the 30-day mark, I wasn't covered before.
With this credit card, you can also enjoy AMAZING travel insurance benefits.
I have utilized these insurance benefits many times, and without this credit card, I would have been screwed.
It covers emergency medical insurance both inside your country AND outside the country.
It even covers flight delays. If anything was to happen and you would have to stay overnight at a hotel due to a flight delay, they will have you covered.
You can check out all the other incredible benefits here.
Of course, all of these are HUGE pros, but the absolute number one selling factor for me is the annual round-trip companion voucher.
Any cardholder is granted one a year, and this can be used ANYTIME and ANYWHERE WestJet flies.
Here is this breakdown.
As you can tell, I am just overall a DIE HARD WestJet fan.
They have saved my ass way too many times to count.
I have never had a bad experience with them, and they have always treated me incredibly.
Two years ago I was flying back to Canada from Costa Rica with a stop over in Toronto.
Due to some technical issues, our flight leaving Costa Rica was delayed by about an hour resulting in us missing our connecting flight over to Calgary.
When we had arrived in Toronto, the WestJet staff had already prepared a whole package for us to compensate for our missed connecting flight.
There was 4 of us travelling together. We each received a $40 dinner voucher, 2 beautiful hotel rooms for the night, a breakfast voucher for the morning, AND FIRST CLASS SEATS on the first flight out the next morning.
Can it get any better than that?
HOW I FLEW FOR $64.91 LAST YEAR FROM CALGARY TO LONDON, UK
Take a look at my receipt here.
Because I have a WestJet rewards account, I receive great emails whenever they are having a seat sale.
I already knew when I wanted to fly to Europe but was holding off for a better price.
One morning in January I woke up with an email from WestJet notifying me of a seat sale for flights to Europe.
I took a look on the website, and the sale was unbelievable.
The seat sale price was $310 Canadian for a direct flight from Calgary to London.
I was shocked. That is THE BEST deal I have ever seen for that flight.
I went ahead and took the flight then also had the option to apply my WestJet dollars to the final price.
At this point, I had only had the MasterCard for 4 months and was not using it very frequently.
The points I had already accumulated at this point was enough to put towards the final price and bring it down to ONLY $64.91
Other than flying for FREE, this is the second best price I have ever achieved.
I was raving about my flight find to ALL of my friends and family and too much of my surprise, almost all of them DID NOT have a WestJet rewards membership and fly with WestJet all the time. Most of them were just unaware there was a program like this available.
Many people complain to me that they cannot afford to travel, which I completely understand, it is expensive.
However, with a few simple steps and some basic knowledge, I have been able to fly everywhere I have wanted to for the past 4 years without ever having to pay a full price for a flight.
TO SUM IT ALL UP
If you are a Canadian, and love to travel, and ever fly with WestJet, PLEASE click here and create a FREE rewards membership.
If you are currently searching around for a new credit card, I HIGHLY recommend looking into the WestJet RBC® World Elite MasterCard.
If you have ANY questions, please comment below or send me a message here.
My passion is helping others travel the world and showing them that it is possible & achievable.
Are you planning an upcoming trip? Where are you heading to?
I would LOVE to help you with any planning and finding the BEST flights for you.
I hope this article was helpful and provided you with some useful tips for getting a better a deal with flights. Like I mentioned at the beginning, I will be posting the European version shortly as I have ALSO discovered a way to fly for less than 50€ almost ANYWHERE within Europe.
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