[b]We’ve flown SunWing, CanJet and WestJet lately. Have flown AT years ago but at the time I can’t recall “ClubClass” even being an option, so can’t comment, but lately we usually “pay the piper” for the exit row seats in the last few years for the needed legroom on the airlines mentioned. We used to take our chances and get to the airport early for those seats, but now that they are being sold “ahead of time”, we don’t want to risk not having them.
We usually pack a snack, or protein bars for flight down, if needed… and depending on the timing of the flight, seem to make it ok until we get to the destination, for lunch, as we usually book early 6-7am flights down.
I can understand not wanting to use the credit for consumables in your daily life, but we consider the days used for “flight & travel” as part of our vacation, so we “see how we feel” ~ whether or not to buy a meal at the airport, on flight, or book VIP upon return to “fill up” at the airport lounge.
WestJet offers a pre-purchase menu, which we just found out about, so may use it for our next flight down: