Canadian Credit Cards Offering Companion Fares

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*This post is for entertainment purposes only, you should confirm that the terms and conditions of the card suit your needs before applying.

The Lawyer and I are planning a trip, by plane, to the US late this summer. I had a look in my wallet and I don’t have a card that offers me a companion fare (a low-cost fare 2nd ticket that can be purchased when traveling on the same itinerary as someone paying the full fare).

That’s going to have to change!

Since it is Canada Day I thought I’d do some research on Canadian credit cards. It appears that there are 3 cards in Canada that offer a companion fare. 2 of these require an annual income of $80,000 or more to apply, so because I don’t have an income of $80,000 it was an easy choice for me:

Alaska Airlines Platinum Plus® Mastercard®*

I went with this card because there was not an $80,000 income requirement, in fact, I don’t think there is any income requirement for this one.

If I spend $1,000 in the first 90 days I will get 20,000 bonus miles and a companion fare (from US$121).

You are able to use the companion fare once per year (it resets on your card anniversary date).

The car appears to offer some travel and rental car insurance protection.

Alaska only flies from select Canadian cities and offers no domestic routes and your companion fare can only be used on Alaska routes.

Earn 3 miles for every $1 charged to your Alaska Airlines Mastercard credit card on tickets, vacation packages, and cargo services from Alaska Airlines and 1 mile for every dollar on other purchases.

There is a $75 fee for this card.

Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard®*

This card is the same as the Alaska Airlines Platinum Plus® Mastercard®, except for the following differences:

  • The income minimum is $80,000 (or $150,000 family).
  • You get 30,000 bonus miles instead of 20,000 after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days.
  • One complimentary checked bag per passenger on the same qualifying reservation, up to a maximum of six passengers.
  • The annual fee is $99.

WestJet RBC® World Elite Mastercard*

Again this card has a minimum income requirement of $80,000 (or $150,000 family). The annual fee is $119, but there is a $250 Westjet dollar first-time cardholder bonus.

The annual companion fare is $99 (plus taxes, fees, and charges) for Canada and Continental US, from $299+ to Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean and $399+ everywhere else Westjet flies.

You get your first checked bag free on Westjet flights (for you and up to 8 additional guests).

You earn Westjet dollars at a rate of 1.5 percent on everyday purchases and 2.0 percent on Westjet flights and vacation packages.

Save 3 cents per liter at Petro Canada and earn additional Petro-Points.

Mastercard Airport Experiences provided by LoungeKey (fees apply) and Mastercard Concierge Services.

The card appears to offer some travel, travel medical, and rental car insurance.

Are there any other Canadian credit cards that offer a companion fare that I have missed?

Happy Canada Day!

UPDATE: WestJet RBC Mastercard

Thanks to Kiel for alerting me to the new $199 round trip companion voucher for travel within Canada offered by the WestJet RBC Mastercard (with no income threshold).

This card has a $39 annual fee and offers a sign-up bonus of 50 Westjet dollars after your first purchase.

You earn Westjet dollars at a rate of 1 percent on everyday purchases and 1.5 percent on Westjet flights and vacation packages. you also save 3 cents per liter of gas at Petro Canada and there is some insurance offered. You do not get free checked baggage, Mastercard Airport Experiences, or Mastercard Concierge Services.

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4 Comments

    1. Since we do travel a lot I think that once I get my income to the threshold it is very likely that I’m going to hold an Alaska card and a Westjet card.

  1. The RBC Westjet Mastercard (not World Elite one) now offers a $199 anywhere in Canada companion voucher (as of July 9th).

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