June 01, 2006 08:30 ET

WestJet Announces the Launch of WestJet Vacations Inc.

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - June 1, 2006) - Today, WestJet (TSX:WJA) announced the launch of its new subsidiary WestJet Vacations Inc., providing guests with affordable, reliable and easy-to-book travel packages to 33 destinations in North America.

"WestJet Vacations is an exciting initiative," commented Brenda Trockstad, General Manager WestJet Vacations. "We have partnered with trusted companies to offer products and services that will meet the needs of our guests and enhance their vacation experiences."

WestJet Vacations Inc. offers a wide selection of packaged air and hotel accommodations for all WestJet destinations in Canada and the U.S. Through its website, westjetvacations.com, guests can book vacation packages quickly and conveniently online. Packages can also be booked by calling WestJet Vacations, 1-877-737-7001, at no extra charge.

Trockstad added, "As we begin this new venture, guests can expect WestJet Vacations to provide the same outstanding and guest-friendly travel experiences they have come to expect from WestJet. We will continuously add new products and distribution channels for WestJet Vacations."

WestJet Vacations will launch nationally with travel available into all WestJet destinations. Packages can be purchased for outbound travel from all provinces excluding Quebec. As licensing details are addressed, packages out of Quebec will become available.

WestJet Vacations Inc., the wholly-owned subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd., specializes in custom-made air and hotel packages that will leverage WestJet's existing scheduled network to 33 cities across North America.

WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline. Named Canada's most respected corporation for customer service in 2005, WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

WestJet Vacations Inc. Backgrounder

1. What is WestJet Vacations Inc. (WVI)?

WestJet Vacations is a one-stop shop for affordable, reliable and easy-to-book air and hotel travel packages, for all of WestJet's destinations in Canada and the U.S. Guests can count on the same outstanding, customer-friendly, travel experience they've come to expect from our airline. We've partnered with well known and trusted companies, to offer products and services that will meet guests' needs and provide them with quality experiences.

2. What is the growth plan for WVI?

WestJet Vacations currently includes air and hotel accommodations for all of WestJet's scheduled destinations. As we continue to grow, we will add new features to the site, such as car rentals, attractions and insurance, as well as a separate travel agent website. WestJetters will be made aware of new additions as they become available.

3. How will guests book a WVI package?

Guests will be able to book their WestJet Vacations package online at westjetvacations.com or over the phone by calling 1-877-737-7001, at no extra change. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. MDT and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MDT.

4. Will WVI be available in Quebec?

In the future, we expect to add Quebec as an origin of sale for WestJet Vacations; however due to licensing requirements, we are unable at this time. Guests who live outside of Quebec can book WestJet Vacations to Montreal and the surrounding areas; however residents of Quebec cannot book WestJet Vacations leaving Montreal.

6. When is the first travel date?

Today, guests can begin booking their air and hotel package through WestJet's available schedule. Due to a minimum requirement of booking three days in advance, the first travel date could be as soon as June 4, 2006.

7. Will WVI be accessible from westjet.com?

Yes. A link to the WVI website is available on westjet.com directing guests and travel agents to the WestJet Vacations website for their air and hotel needs.

8. Can guests use web or self-serve check-in?

Guests will be able to use self-serve kiosks to check in for their WestJet Vacations flight, but not web check-in at this time.

9. Will guests earn AIR MILES reward miles or redeem BMO companion tickets and credits for WVI bookings?

No. These reward programs will not apply to WVI bookings at this time. WestJet and WestJet Vacations operate as two separate companies so reward miles and BMO companion tickets cannot be transferred between them.

10. Does the launch of WVI affect WestJet's charter business?

No. WestJet's charter business will continue to operate as usual. WVI will sell air and hotel packages on WestJet's scheduled flights only.

For Further information please visit westjetvacations.com

Contact Information

  • WestJet
    Media Relations
    Gillian Bentley
    (403) 444-2615
    Website: www.westjet.com