WestJet, AA pen new FFP deal

WestJet has unveiled a new deal with American Airlines that allows WestJet Rewards members to earn WestJet dollars on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines and its affiliates, American Eagle and AmericanConnection. The new agreement provides WestJet Rewards members with the ability to accumulate WestJet dollars faster, especially those guests flying within American’s extensive worldwide network of destinations. Starting today, WestJet Rewards members will also earn WestJet dollars on any flight in American Airline’s global network, including North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific. Members can book flights directly with American Airlines or through their preferred travel agent and earn WestJet dollars when they add their WestJet Rewards identification number to the booking. Marshall Wilmot, WestJet’s vice-president, product and distribution, said: “This frequent flyer partnership, a first for WestJet, represents the continued evolution of WestJet Rewards. We’re pleased to offer a rewards program that’s easy, transparent and meets the needs of our guests. We’re confident our members will enjoy earning WestJet dollars even faster as they fly with WestJet and on American and throughout its extensive worldwide network.” Suzanne Rubin, president, AAdvantage Loyalty Program, commented: “Our expanded cooperation with WestJet offers even more opportunities for our AAdvantage members to earn miles on flights to more destinations. We look forward to continuing our relationship with WestJet and ensuring that our frequent fliers have valuable mileage earning – and eventually redemption – options wherever their travels take them.” The two airlines will continue to expand the relationship further, including the ability for WestJet Rewards members to redeem WestJet dollars on American Airlines flights. A date for redemption for American Airlines flights has not been determined.