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Westjet is one of Canada’s top airlines that services North America and sunny Caribbean destinations. Post-pandemic, most airlines have changed their baggage fee policy and structure, and it can be pretty complicated to navigate. Check out this detailed article on Westjets baggage policy so you know what to pack before you arrive at the airport!

On Westjet domestic, international, and U.S. flights, passengers may bring one personal item and one carry-on bag for free. Holders of Basic and Econo/ Member Exclusive level tickets need to pay for checked bags. EconoFlex level tickets have no charge for the first checked bag, and Premium and Business level tickets are free for the first two checked bags. The fees for each ticket level and bag vary based on destination.

Learn everything you need to know about Westjet’s baggage policy and fee structure, so you’re fully prepared for your next trip!

Westjet Ticket Structure

Weather tickets are structured in a similar way to other airlines. Here are the five ticket types:

  • Basic
  • Econo/ Member Exclusive 
  • EconoFlex
  • Premium
  • Business

Your baggage allowance and how much your fee will be depends on what ticket you hold and where your destination is. Generally, the higher-class tickets will have fewer associated fees.

Carry-on Weight and Size Allowance

Every Westjet ticket holder is allowed to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item. Your carry-on bag cannot be larger than 53 cm x 23 cm x 38 cm (21 in. x 9 in. x 15 in.) There is no weight restriction within reason. Examples of common carry-on bags would be a small suitcase, backpack, or small duffel bag.

Passengers are also allowed to bring one personal item onboard, like a purse, briefcase, or laptop bag. Your personal item has no weight restrictions but can’t exceed 41 cm x 15 cm x 33 cm (16 in. x 6 in. x 13 in).

WestJet Checked Baggage Allowance (1st Bag)

Your checked bag allowance will depend on which ticket you hold and your destination. Here is the breakdown for the checked bag allowance.

Basic

Basic ticket holders don’t get a checked bag included in their ticket. When traveling within Canada, the USA, Mexico, or the Caribbean, you can add a checked bag to a basic-level ticket at the time of purchase for $30-$36. If you decide to add a bag when checking in online, the fee is $40-$48, and at the airport, it’s $50-$59.

When traveling to Europe or Asia, the fees are higher. When purchasing your ticket, checked bags are $70-$83. When checking in online, the fee is $80-$95, and at the airport, it’s $90-$107.

Econo/ Member Exclusive 

Econo or Member Exclusive level ticket holders don’t have a checked bag included in their ticket. When traveling in Canada, the USA, Mexico, or the Caribbean, you can add a checked bag for $30-$36 at the time of purchase. If you decide to add a bag when checking in online, the fee is $40-$48, and at the airport, it’s $50-$59.

When traveling to Europe, checked bags are $70-$83 at the time of purchase. When checking in online, the fee is $80-$95, and at the airport, it’s $90-$107. When traveling to Asia, the first checked bag is free

All Other Tickets

EconoFlex, Business, and Premium level ticket holders have no fee for the first checked bag, regardless of the destination. 

Military Personnel

If you’re a Canadian military personnel, you get to check up to 4 luggages for free.

Extra Checked Bags (2nd Bag and So On)

Extra checked bag fees apply to almost all tickets, depending on the ticket and destination. All checked bags must adhere to the size restrictions, being 157 linear cm (62 linear inches) in total and weighing less than 23 kg (50 lbs). Here’s a breakdown of the extra checked bag fees.

Basic and Econo/Member Exclusive

When traveling within Canada and the USA, the second checked bag can be pre-paid online for $50-$59, at the self-serve check-in for $60-$71, or at the airport check-in for $70-$83. A third and fourth bags are only available for purchase when at the self-check-in or airport check-in for $100-$118 and $110-$130.

When traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, or Asia, the fee for the second bag is $50-$59, at the self-serve check-in for $60-$71, or at the airport check-in for $70-$83. A third and fourth bags are only available for purchase when at the self-check-in or airport check-in for $150-$177 and $160-$189.

EconoFlex

When traveling within Canada or the USA, the second checked bag can be bought at the time of purchase for $50-$59, at the self-serve check-in for $60-$71, or at the airport check-in for $70-$83. A third and fourth bags are only available for purchase when at the self-check-in or airport check-in for $100-$118 and $110-$130.

When traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, or Asia, the fee for the second bag is $50-$59, at the self-serve check-in for $60-$71, or at the airport check-in for $70-$83. A third or fourth bag can be added at check-in (online or at the airport) for $150-$177 and $160-$189.

Premium and Business

When traveling within Canada or the USA, the second checked bag is included with your ticket. A third and fourth bag can be purchased for $100-$118 and $110-$130.

A second bag is also included when traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, or Asia. A third and fourth bag can be purchased for $150-$177 and $160-$189.

Oversized/Overweight Items

Westjet will charge a $50 fee on any bag that is over the size or weight restrictions.

  • Oversize: over the maximum dimensions of 157 linear cm (62 linear in) but can’t exceed 203 cm (80 in).
  • Overweight: over the max of 23kg (50 lbs) but can’t exceed 45 kg (100 lbs).

Sports equipment and firearms will also incur this fee. If you’re traveling with sports equipment like golf clubs, learn everything you need about traveling with golf clubs on Westjet.

Pet Policy 

Pets can travel in the cabin for a fee, assuming they meet the requirements. Pets must be able to stand and sit in their kennel, and guests may be restricted to one pet per person and placed in a window seat. The kennel must be soft-sided, airline-approved, and well-ventilated. Guests can bring cats, birds, rabbits, and small dogs onboard, with special exceptions for working dogs. 

Traveling within Canada and the U.S., the fee is $50 – $59. Traveling to all other destinations, the fees are $100 – $118. You could also place your pet in the cargo hold for a different fee. For travelling within Canada and the U.S., the fee is $100 – $118. For traveling to all other destinations, the fee is $200 – $236.

Traveling with Kids

Traveling with kids gives me a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Special items like strollers and car seats have special rules and requirements depending on what airline you’re flying with. Before you get to the airport, check out the full Westjet car seat and stroller policies, so you’re fully prepared for your family vacation.

Traveling with Unique Items

Traveling with unique items, like musical instruments, other sporting equipment, hunting equipment, or medical items, may be associated with overweight or excess baggage fees. It’s best to contact WestJet directly to inquire about these items before coming to the airport.

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