This WestJet Premium Economy post has been updated in April 2020. For the latest details see the Update 2020 section below!
When checking in for a return flight from Ottawa to Vancouver Erin and I snapped up $99 upgrades to WestJet Premium Economy. With the promise of extra legroom, included meals, and drinks, I also sought out to see if WestJet Premium Economy is worth it. After checking out Norwegian Airlines premium product I have wondered how Canada’s favourite not-a-discount airline compares. Let’s find out.
How Do I Book WestJet Premium Economy?
Officially called WestJet Plus, this Premium Economy service is available at the time of booking but for an over-inflated price. I checked at the time of my booking and it was over $250 more per ticket.
At the time of check-in (within 24 hours of flight), however, it dropped to $99. ?Compare prices on Westjet Premium flights with Skyscanner
Route: Ottawa to Vancouver
Aircraft: Boeing 737
Highlights: Open bar
Low lights: Tablecloth
WestJet Plus seats are no different than those found in economy aside from a little more legroom (36 inches). What really sets them apart is the middle seat or lack of one. Much like I found on my Turkish Airline short-haul business class review, WestJet Premium Economy blocks out the middle seat for extra comfort.READ MORE: Is Air Canada Premium Economy Worth It?
What Is Service Like On Westjet Plus?
Service on WestJet Premium Economy, although better than Economy, is hard to call it “Premium.” Upon boarding you will find a small bottle of water at your seat along with a menu highlighting the meal and drinks service – the latter I will circle back to.
Besides that, the only extra would be the oversize napkin of a “tablecloth“ that optionally is placed for meal service.
Also when considering if WestJet Premium Economy is worth it, I should note that it does not get you lounge access. I wouldn’t normally think it would, however, Norwegian Airlines Premium Economy got me access to the OneWorld Lounge at LAX so I have questioned other airlines since.
What Is The Food Like on WestJet Plus?
The “premium“ service continues with the boxed lunch. Although similar (if not the same) options are available in Economy, the box lunch is included with a WestJet Premium Economy ticket. As is that beautiful tablecloth 🙂
With a five-hour flight that had us arriving early evening on a Saturday, Erin and I shifted our focus to making WestJet Premium Economy worth it through the bar.
Although there are no notable craft beers beyond Granville Island (which is owned by a beer conglomerate), they were plentiful. After a Caesar (Canada’s cocktail) then several Pale Ales, we noticed the attendant was less frequent with her rounds. Then she actually brought us a beer to split rather than each our own. I didn’t think of it much until Erin ordered us a couple of Gin and Tonics and was questioned whether we were driving once we landed or not! ?
To celebrate Westjet’s inaugural 787 Dreamliner they have added a craft brew to their menu! Thanks to a partnership with Big Rock you can now order Dream Craft, an “All Canadian Ale,” for a limited time.
What Is The In-Flight Entertainment Like on WestJet Plus?
The in-flight entertainment system in WestJet premium economy is the same self-service as found in Economy. No extra points here.
Through the WestJet app, you also have access to plenty of free movies and TV shows to watch using your own device.
Overall Impressions of WestJet Plus?
So, is WestJet premium economy worth it? If you asked the two giggling adults that stumbled their way to a taxi stand that day in Vancouver, WestJet Premium Economy is worth it for sure.
If you don’t plan on making up the value in drinks as we did then I would say only upgrade at the day of rate and if it is a long flight. $100 for an included meal (snack), plenty of drinks, and extra-legroom is a great deal. An extra $250 at the time of booking, not at all.
I have flow WestJet Plus a few times since this post and would like to update a few things here. Thanks all for the emails and comments! Keep them coming!
Since my first post, WestJet Plus food and drink service are now much better. Gone are the paper towel table clothes and generic menu. There are now hot meal items available that are “off-menu” as well as craft beer. There’s also a nice snack box handed out as well as some Canadiana in their dessert offering.
That said, is it still worth the upgrade fee? This is a much-needed update to WestJet’s Premium Economy offering, however, it is not enough to push me over the top with their initial sticker price.
On that note, I have had a couple of flights now where, despite seats being available when inquiring at the gate, my ticket class would not allow for an upgrade. This happens if you buy the absolute lowest value option when purchasing seats. Unfortunate and hard to get around if you book seat sales and try and upgrade later!
What say you?
Is WestJet Premium Economy Worth the Upgrade to you?
Let’s hear it!