Who knew that writing WestJet reviews was so much fun? It’s been a few years since I’ve last flown this big little airline from the Canadian north, and I was quickly reminded of the fact that I’m not doing it often enough.
WestJet is making huge strides to become Canada’s national airline, but to me, whether or not they reach that lofty goal is irrelevant.
It’s been a lot of fun watching them try to knock the crown off Air Canada’s head over the past two years, and it’ll be interesting to see if they can do it without getting punched square in the face (and sent packin’).
Can y’all tell that I loves me a good airline rivalry?
Vancouver, BC (YVR) – Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
Friday, November 22, 2019
Duration: 2 hours 16 minutes
Seat: 6A (economy +)
My video review for this WestJet economy flight down to Los Angeles
Anyone new to my blog or YouTube channel knows that I’m no stranger to doing WestJet reviews. I made my first WestJet video way back in the fall of 2016, which feels like eons ago. That’s why I was especially excited to make another video with my new style of narration and editing.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a video review of a basic US or Canadian economy class product, and it was during the editing process that I realized once again how difficult it is. It’s not that WestJet was bad or anything, but It was really hard to make this video entertaining. Nothing exciting happened!
As always, I scored the soundtrack for this video from my buds over at Epidemic Sound. It’s a valuable resource that I highly recommend to all YouTubers who need music for their own videos.
Full transcript of my WestJet 737-800 economy video (with pics!)
Hey everyone, it’s Scott again, and I’m here freezing my butt off in Vancouver this morning because (oddly enough), one of the most common requests I got in 2019 was to do more WestJet reviews. You Canadians are proud of your airlines, and I’m happy to oblige, so let’s do this!
The check in process for WS1698 to Los Angeles
Checking in for this flight down to Los Angeles was a piece of cake. I’ve done a couple WestJet reviews already, and since this wasn’t my first rodeo, I knew exactly what the check in process was going to be like.
FYI, the interior of the Vancouver Airport is quite nice
You know, now that I think of it, I have a feeling that y’all probably wanted me to try the 787 on a long haul over to London and not a rinky-dink 737 down to Los Angeles. Dang it! Oh well. I am a master of misreading signals, and I do need to get home today, so a 737 review is all I’ve got for you.
The WestJet boarding process
There really isn’t much to say about the boarding process other than it being extremely efficient. The WestJet ground staff are sticklers for making sure nobody boards until their group has been called, so it was entertaining to hold back and watch them deny boarding to anyone who tried to jump the line.
So far, WestJet 737 economy seems as every bit as decent as it was when I first experienced it on the flight from San Diego to Calgary in 2016.
The departure out of YVR
I desperately wanted this to be one of the most picturesque WestJet reviews ever, so I was really biting my nails as the sun started dropping toward the horizon (as we were still parked at the gate). “Let’s go already!”
The part of the flight before the snack service (what is that called again?)
Do you ever sit back and wonder how the person piloting your plane got to be in that situation? Interestingly enough, one my Patrons (Pilot Wright) is a 41 year old private pilot who is just starting the process of getting his commercial license. Best of all, he’s going to document the journey on his YouTube channel. That’s gonna be fun to watch.
WestJet economy class food (yes, it exists)
It’s not like everyone else’s WestJet reviews are overflowing with food content, but I’ll admit I was hoping for a delicious surprise on this flight down to LA tonight. FYI, delicious surprises are the very best kind. Here’s how it all played out:
So I’ve got my nuts…on a 737…and I know! This video would be SO much better if I had cheese and crackers in WestJet 787-9 business class instead. Don’t worry. It’s coming!
WestJet in-flight entertainment
So I’ve got a question for you: when I do end up flying the WestJet 787, which would you rather see? An economy review? Or something that shows what the business class experience is like? Please say business class!
Also worth mentioning is that all video entertainment on this flight was of the streaming variety, accessible via the WestJet mobile app.
Arrival into Los Angeles
I do realize that WestJet reviews are a lot more fun when they end in a snowy North Pole-like destination. Today (unfortunately) it’s going to have to be the concrete jungle known as Los Angeles.
Well, let’s see here. What can I say about WestJet 737-800 economy class as we glide into 24R at LAX? I guess it was fine. Nothing special, though I do highly recommend spending a bit more for a seat with extra leg room.
I think you’d be a fool not to spring for the cheese and crackers as well…
Speaking of thanks, a big fat dose of love and support goes to all my Patrons, who so graciously support this channel to keep the content flowing. Lauren Kolligs, Joshua Bedel, and to everyone else: thanks so much!
Anyway, I appreciate you watching all the way through to the end. I’m so sorry that this wasn’t WestJet 787-9 business class…and…I’ll catch you in the next one.
How much did I pay for this flight to Los Angeles?
Finding a good deal on WestJet is generally not all that difficult. My first flights with them in 2016 from San Diego to Calgary (and then Calgary back to San Diego) were quite economical. This trip down to Los Angeles was no different.
I paid just US$274 for this one-way ticket – and that includes the price of spending $20 extra for an economy seat with extra legroom. A fair price to pay to be whisked down from Vancouver to LA in 2 1/2 hours in fairly decent comfort IMHO.
As always, I used my American Express Platinum Card to purchase the ticket, which always earns me 5X points for all airfare spend. That means I earned 1370 American Express Membership Rewards points for this flight (which can be transferred to a wide variety of other airlines). If you’re curious, I credited the miles earned on the distance flown to my Delta SkyMiles account.
- 100,000 welcome points (woo-hoo!)
- Earn 5x points on flights and prepaid hotels
- $200 hotel credit + $200 airline fee credit + $155 Walmart credit + $240 digital entertainment credit (and much more)
- Transfer points to a wide variety of global airline and hotel partners
Pros and cons of WestJet 737-800 economy class
When it comes to flying economy on most major airlines, there really isn’t all that much difference between them. There’s only so much they can do with the limited space they have, and it seems hardly any airline is courageous enough these days to go out on a limb and offer very unique service.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that WestJet is completely void of character. As a matter of fact, they’ve got their good points and bad points just like any other airline. What good is a WestJet review (or any flight review actually) if I can’t weigh the pros and cons?
- From what I’ve seen, WestJet economy class fares are generally quite reasonable, and they don’t seem to overprice for the product they offer.
- Even though they have an extensive buy-on-board food menu, they also still offer free drinks and snacks.
- The first few rows of economy (the rows with extra legroom) are quite nice and very spacious. See the pics below for an example of what I mean.
- The seat pitch (leg room) is far better that what you would get on Swoop Airlines (an ultra low cost airline owned by WestJet).
- Remember what I just said about WestJet economy not being all that different from all the other airlines? That’s kind of a negative I guess.
- This isn’t something related specifically to economy class, but it’s still worth noting: WestJet isn’t a particularly large airline, so you don’t get the benefit of a large network as you would if you were flying Air Canada. This is a big deal when flights get canceled due to weather or other such reasons and you need to get rebooked on another flight.
FAQs about flying WestJet 737-800 economy class
Hopefully all the pictures above answered all your questions about flying WestJet 737 800 economy. However, my primary goal is to make one of the most thorough WestJet reviews ever, so I do believe it’s necessary to take it a step further and include a list of answers to some frequently asked questions.
Please note that you can always ask additional questions in the comment section below. I’m always happy to help!
Where is the best place to get a good deal on WestJet economy class tickets?
I’d start by looking at Google Flights, since they show prices of several major booking agencies all in one place. If what you find there doesn’t satisfy you, I’d suggest taking a look at discounted booking agencies such as X or X.
Do they serve food in WestJet economy class?
As you saw in the pictures above, yes. They do. However, it’s very basic food and it’s not going to satisfy anyone with a big appetite. Don’t expect anything more than a beverage and a small cup and a bag of pretzels.
If you’re feeling spendy, note that their in-flight menu of food for purchase items is quite extensive. It’s also quite pricey, so you’re probably better off stocking up with food in the airport before the flight.
How does it compare with Air Canada?
In a nutshell, there isn’t much of a difference when flying economy class on both WestJet and Air Canada. However, as I discussed in my WestJet vs Air Canada comparison, Air Canada doesn’t give you complimentary snacks like WestJet does.
Is there anything truly unique about the WestJet economy class experience?
To be brutally honest, no. I know, WestJet reviews are a lot more exciting if the author is able to wax poetic about all the ways that the airline is the best ever, but I’m coming up blank on this one.
The WestJet economy experience is essentially like flying American Airlines but – all the announcements are in French. Seriously. That’s the only thing I can think of is when somebody asks me how WestJet is different from all the others (at least in North America).
Is it really worth it to pay extra for an economy seat with more legroom?
In my opinion, yes it is. The standard WestJet 737 economy class seat offers decent amount of space and comfort, but I could definitely see it becoming an issue yes you’re over 6 feet tall.
If you’re curious, check out the review of WestJet 737-700 basic economy from Calgary to San Diego that I wrote several years ago. That should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect in a standard seat on this airline.
What about video entertainment? is it any good?
I was actually quite impressed with the catalog of streaming video entertainment options on WestJet. Of course it’s not anywhere near as nice and extensive as a catalog you’re going to find on Cathay Pacific, but it’s perfectly adequate for any flight under three hours (which most WestJet flights are).
From what I could tell, the streaming quality was decent. I didn’t watch anything for longer than 10 minutes, but it never once skipped or buffered on me the entire time.
Do you (SANspotter) have any plans to write any more WestJet reviews?
If you couldn’t tell already, I am just a wee bit excited about trying the Westjet 787 in all three classes (economy, premium economy, and business class). You bet your bananas that there’s going to be more WestJet reviews on SANspotter.com in the coming year or two!