Canadian airline WestJet tries its best to become meaningful competition to other Canadian airlines. With it comes the implementation of a long haul travel and a shiny new business class. To promote the product, West currently sells discounted premium tickets for its thrice weekly nonstop service between Dublin and Calgary.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Flights are operated by WestJet’s new Boeing 787-9 aircraft. They feature a contemporary business class cabin in a 1-2-1 seating pattern. Reviews of the product have been extraordinarily good.
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The fare rules state that this offer remains valid until February 2, 2021. No minimum stay is mentioned. You can find tickets on the lowest fare between May and October 2021 for almost every scheduled departure. Westjet’s flights leave Dublin on Sunday, Monday and Thursday each week. The return from Calgary leaves a day earlier.
WestJet issues these tickets in booking class D. Since the airline is not part of any airline alliance, your earning opportunities are severely limited:
- 12,280 on FlyingBlue
- 8,180 on Delta SkyMiles
Information & Tips for Canada
The North American country of Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of surface area. In Canada, English and French are the official languages. Tourists visit Canada because of its many natural attractions and large cities, and the flight prices vary between the east and west coasts. Flights to the east coast e.g. to Toronto or Montreal regularly cost less than 400€. For flights to the west coast, e.g. to Vancouver or Calgary, prices are closer to 400€ – 600€. Other destinations are mostly only reachable with an additional domestic flight. Just like in the USA, most airlines now only offer cheap fares that do not include checked baggage. For checked baggage you should budget an additional 50€ per direction.
Best Time to Travel
Canada is a huge country with many varying climate conditions, but it is safe to say that the winters (November to March) are very cold and snowy in most regions. Summers are relatively mild and partly rainy.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 6 months. However, an electronic travel waiver (eTA) must be applied for, similar to the ESTA required for entry into the USA. This costs about 5€ and is valid for up to 5 years.
Canada’s national currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). One euro is approximately $1.50 CAD. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee of up to 2% to pay in CAD.
Transfer from Canada to the USA
Canada is located north of the USA and is the only other country apart from Mexico that shares a border with it (2 borders, actually: Alaska borders Canada in the southeast!) At many airports in Canada US immigration is already done before departure, so you arrive in the USA as a “domestic” passenger in the domestic terminal which can potentially save you lots of time since you do not have to stand in line at customs upon arriving. By land the same entry formalities take place as at the airport or by train at the station in Canada. Most EU citizens don’t need a visa and can instead make use of the digital ESTA procedure.
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