RBC Rewards is once again offering a 15% transfer bonus to WestJet between February 1, 2018 and February 28, 2018, so we are already halfway through the promotion. We have seen 25% transfer bonuses before, but I highly doubt we will see those generous days any time soon. For WestJet, 15% seems to be the bonus for the foreseeable future. At this point, I am just glad that there is even a bonus offer.
If you were planning to take advantage of this offer and want to optimize the bonus, then I would wait until your next credit card statement closes (assuming it is before February 28) so that you have more RBC points available for the transfer (if you plan to top up your account).
Note that there is an unfortunately catch to the transfer bonus, the bonus WestJet dollars will expire 1 year from the transfer. Which means, you will want to book a trip within the next 12 months, before you will not be able to bank these bonus WestJet dollars.
A minimum of 1,000 RBC points must be converted. Every 100 RBC points is worth 1 WestJet dollar, so with this offer, you will get $1.15 WestJet dollar for every 100 points.
If you fly frequently with WestJet, I would recommend having the RBC WestJet World Elite MasterCard, which offers an annual companion voucher. The annual round-trip companion voucher (not including taxes, fees and charges) has the following choices:
- $99 for Canada and the Continental United States
- $299 for Hawaii, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
- $399 for Europe
Since you have to pay for the companion voucher anyway, this would be a good time to top up your WestJet Dollars account to fund the cost of the voucher.