Westjet has become the latest carrier to extend status benefits within its frequent flyer programme, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Platinum, Gold and Silver status and tier benefits have been extended until the start of 2022, including lounge and seat selection vouchers.

In an email to programme members, Westjet’s vice president of loyalty programmes d’Arcy Monaghan said:

“We know that Covid-19 and ongoing travel restrictions might be impacting your ability to achieve tier status—Silver, Gold, or Platinum—in the Westjet Rewards programme, and we’d like to help.

“That’s why I am pleased to share with you today that your qualifying period will soon be extended to December 31, 2021, giving you more time to achieve a top tier. This change will be reflected in your account by October 31, 2020.

“You’ll now have the next 16 months to build your qualifying spend, and it’ll be added to the spend you’ve already earned in your current period so if you’ve travelled with us recently you may already be on your way.

“We will transition to a qualifying period based on the calendar year for all members, starting January 1, 2022. You can learn more at westjet.com/rewardsnews and watch for further enhancements and features in the coming months that we’re looking forward to sharing.”

Most of the major North American carriers have already extended loyalty programme status benefits, including Jetblue, Delta, United and American Airlines.

Westjet recently resumed transatlantic flights to London and Paris, as part of a revised schedule offering over 200 daily flights to 48 destinations.

Westjet to resume flights to London and Paris