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You are planning to travel with WestJet Airlines. It’s important to familiarize yourself with WestJet Airlines baggage policy to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey. We will walk you through all the essential details of WestJet’s baggage allowances, fees, restrictions, and exemptions. Whether you’re wondering about carry-on dimensions, checked baggage weight limits, or any special considerations, we’ve got you covered.

WestJet Carry-on Allowance

When it comes to carry-on baggage, WestJet allows passengers to bring both a personal item and a standard carry-on bag at no additional cost. The personal item should measure 16 x 13 x 6 inches (41 x 33 x 15 cm), while the standard carry-on bag should not exceed 21 x 15 x 9 inches (53 x 38 x 23 cm) in size. WestJet does not specify any weight restrictions for carry-on items; however, they should be light enough for passengers to lift into the overhead compartment without assistance.

If you’re traveling with an infant, you are permitted to bring a diaper bag and an approved restraint system car seat on board. Additionally, WestJet allows passengers to check strollers and car seats at the gate.

WestJet Checked Baggage Allowance

Checked baggage is subject to specific weight and size restrictions on WestJet Airlines flights. The maximum weight for each checked bag is 50 pounds (23 kg), and the linear dimensions should not exceed 62 inches (157 cm). Depending on your fare type, the first or second checked bag may be included for free. However, some fare types may incur additional fees.

For bookings made on or after April 27, 2022, for travel on or after June 1, 2022, the following baggage fees apply to according to WestJet Airlines Baggage Policy:

Fare TypePrepaid First BagCheck-in First BagPrepaid Second BagCheck-in Second BagPrepaid Third or Fourth Bag
Basic, Econo, or Member Exclusive$30 to $35.40$40 to $47.20$50 to $59$60 to $71$100 to $118 each
EconoFlexNo fee
Premium or PremiumFlexNo fee
Business or BusinessFlex

For travel to/from Europe, the baggage fees vary according to the fare type:

Fare TypePrepaid First BagCheck-in First BagPrepaid Second BagCheck-in Second BagPrepaid Third or Fourth Bag
Basic$60 to $71$70 to $82.60$90 to $107$100 to $118$100 to $118 each
Econo or Member Exclusive$30 to $35.40$40 to $47.20$50 to $59
EconoFlexNo fee
Premium or PremiumFlexNo fee
Business or BusinessFlex

It’s important to note that fees are charged in either CAD or USD, depending on the departure country, and additional goods and service tax is applied to all itineraries originating in Canada.

Excess Baggage Fees for WestJet Airlines Baggage Policy

If your checked bag exceeds the weight or size limits specified by WestJet, additional fees will apply. For oversized bags measuring 62 to 80 inches (158 to 203 cm), the fee ranges from $100 to $118. Overweight bags weighing between 50 to 100 pounds (23 to 45 kg) incur a fee of $100 to $118. However, for WestJet flights to/from Europe, the maximum weight must not exceed 70 pounds (32 kg).

To transport bags exceeding the weight limits, passengers can contact WestJet Cargo at 866-952-2746. For special luggage such as sporting equipment or musical instruments, please refer to WestJet’s specific policies. It’s worth noting that WestJet charges a $50 handling fee for transporting select sporting equipment and firearms.

Exclusions and Waivers

Certain passengers are eligible for free checked bag benefits as part of WestJet’s policy. WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard holders are entitled to one free checked bag. WestJet Rewards Members receive the following benefits based on their tier:

  • Silver tier: 2 free checked bags
  • Gold tier: 2 free checked bags
  • Platinum tier: 3 free checked bags

These free bag benefits apply to the eligible passenger and up to 8 companions on the same reservation. However, WestJet groups and WestJet Vacations group bookings are excluded. To avail of these benefits, the WestJet Rewards ID must be included in the reservation at the time of check-in.

Active or Veteran Military Personnel

WestJet extends special baggage benefits to active or veteran military personnel. Business or pleasure travelers who fall into this category are permitted to bring 4 bags for free. The limit is reduced to 3 bags for those traveling on WestJet Encore. Overweight and oversize charges are also waived, provided they do not exceed the maximum excess allowance.

This benefit applies to Canadian military personnel and active military personnel from other countries who present valid military identification. However, certain restrictions may apply, so it’s advisable to review WestJet’s official policy.

Humanitarian Aid

WestJet allows passengers carrying humanitarian aid to check one bag for free, as long as it adheres to the standard size and weight allowances. This policy enables individuals involved in humanitarian efforts to transport essential supplies without incurring additional baggage fees.

Prepaying for Baggage

To streamline your travel experience and potentially save on baggage fees, WestJet encourages passengers to prepay for their first two pieces of baggage. You can do this during the booking process or anytime up to 24 hours before your flight departure. Prepaying offers the advantage of a discounted rate, whereas checked baggage fees increase by $10 within 24 hours of departure or while checking in at the airport.

There are two convenient ways to prepay for baggage:

  1. Log in to your booking from the Check-in tab on the WestJet website
  2. Use one of the airport kiosks

Please note that adding baggage through WestJet’s contact center is not permitted.

Credit Cards That Reimburse Baggage Fees

If you hold one of the Capital One credit cards listed below, you can potentially offset WestJet’s baggage fees:

  1. Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
  2. Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card
  3. Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card

By using your Capital One miles to pay for travel statement charges, such as baggage fees, within 90 days of purchase, you can redeem them at a rate of 1 cent per mile. This can be a valuable option for frequent travelers looking to minimize their out-of-pocket expenses.

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