Posted on: 15 September 2014 by Mark Howells
From 29 October onwards, WestJet passengers flying within Canada or between Canada and the US on an ‘Econo’ fare will have to pay $25 for their first checked bag on journeys.
The airline predicts this change will affect only 1 in 5 WestJet customers, as passengers travelling internationally and those who select a ‘Flex’ fare still receive a first checked bag at no additional charge, and ‘Plus’ fare holders receive two checked bags as well as other benefits.
The launch of WestJet’s tiered rewards system also allows passengers the opportunity to check in their first piece of baggage at no extra cost. The tiers are divided into Teal, Silver and Gold, with Silver WestJet customers getting one bag for free and Gold members receiving two.
Signing up to WestJet’s RBC World Elite MasterCard credit card programme also offers passengers their first piece of baggage at no cost as a reward.
Baggage allowances for military personnel (with identification), infant and child equipment, mobility devices and codeshare and interline customers will not change.