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Tropical storm Darby - Hawaii
Travel advisory: Tropical storm Darby - Hawaii
A tropical storm warning has been announced for:
This may cause delays or cancellations.
We advise all guests travelling to or from this region between July 23 and July 25, 2016 to check the status of their flights prior to leaving for the airport.
Additional updates will be posted as they are available.
WestJet (air only) guests who wish to make alternate flight arrangements may do so without penalty (based on availability) by calling 1-888-937-8538 (1-888-WESTJET).
WestJet Vacations guests who wish to make alternate travel arrangements should be directed to contact WestJet Vacations by calling 1-877-737-7001.
Forest fire - Fort McMurray, Alta.
The forest fire risk to Fort McMurray has subsided, and WestJet has returned to regularly scheduled flights in and out of the city. Please note, booking exceptions implemented during the evacuation will remain in place until July 31, 2016. As per usual, we encourage all guests to check their flight status prior to heading to the airport.
All baggage fees will be waived up until July 31, 2016 for local residents travelling to/from Fort McMurray. However, regular baggage limits apply.
Transport Canada has granted a relaxation of the requirement to present government-issued ID for guests affected by the evacuation when travelling to/from Fort McMurray. You will be able to travel from any domestic airport to Fort McMurray without proper identification; however, please be advised that you may experience a longer screening process at the airport, and should leave sufficient time for clearing security.
If you're travelling in or out of Fort McMurray, fees will be waived for your pet until July 31, 2016. However, for the safety of our guests and furry friends, all pets travelling in the cabin of the aircraft must be in kennels that meet the size requirements as stated on westjet.com. Also, there are limits in place for the number of kennels – both in cabin and checked – that we can allow in our aircraft. And these limits vary by aircraft type. If you are looking to purchase or obtain a kennel, please visit a nearby pet store or local support agency for assistance.
Comox airport screening delays
If you're flying out of Comox Valley Airport, from now until the end of the summer, we strongly encourage you to arrive at the airport a minimum of two hours prior to your scheduled departure, to ensure that you do not miss your flight. Due to a higher than expected volume of guests travelling, there has been an increase in security wait times.
Travel to Canada – Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). If you are a foreign traveller who used to travel to Canada without a visa, you are now expected to apply online for an eTA prior to travelling to Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and any travellers who currently hold a valid visa.
The application process is affordable, doesn’t take long to complete, and in most cases the eTA will be granted within minutes of applying. Until the end of September 2016, if you require, but do not have an eTA, you will still be able to board a flight to Canada as long as you are holding valid travel documents, such as a passport. To apply and find out more, visit Canada.ca/eTA.
U.S. airport screening delays
If you're flying out of a U.S. airport, from now until the end of the summer, we strongly encourage you to arrive at the airport a minimum of two hours prior to your scheduled departure, to ensure that you do not miss your flight. Due to a higher than expected volume of guests travelling, and current U.S. Transportation Security Agency (TSA) staffing, excessive security wait times are expected.
Allergy notification for all WestJet flights on our Boeing 767-series aircraft
We kindly ask that any guest allergic to nuts or peanuts, nut products or tree nuts, self identifies at the time of booking, at check-in and notifies inflight crew upon boarding any of our aircraft. WestJet cannot guarantee an allergen-free environment. Currently, some of our food service providers for our 767 aircraft process food in a facility that also processes nuts or peanuts, nut products or tree nuts.
Cancun International Airport - WestJet moving to Terminal 3
Please note, WestJet will be moving to Terminal 3 from Terminal 2 at the Cancun International Airport. This transition should not impact your travel day. Our new location in terminal 3 is only a few minutes' walk from terminal 2. Check-in counters are located on the ground floor, with departure gates on the second floor. Terminal 3 also gives WestJet guests access to 70 self-serve kiosks.
ID requirements for travel within Canada
You must have valid (not expired) identification to take any flight within Canada. Adhering to the Secure Air Travel Regulations, WestJet will not allow you to fly if you do not have proper, valid ID. In addition, the name on your identification must match the name on your airline reservation or boarding pass. Public Safety Canada has information available on its Documents Needed for Air Travel webpage. For more information on all ID requirements please visit WestJet.
Travel advisory instructions for travel agents
If your client needs to change their flight as the result of a WestJet travel advisory:
- Enter "TRVL ADV DDMMMYY"** into the endorsement field if completing an exchange. No waiver code is required.
- The penalties, restrictions and fare difference applicable are determined by the specific travel advisory.
- Unless otherwise specified in the travel advisory, if no penalties or fare difference apply, travel must be completed within seven days of the travel advisory date.
- **DDMMMYY is the travel date your client was impacted on**
- If the ticket remains open for future use and the exchange is completed outside the travel advisory specified date range, regular fees will apply.
Victoria - Baggage area renovation September 21, 2015 to January 2017
Please allow extra time when departing from Victoria International Airport, as its baggage screening system undergoes improvements. A temporary handling facility has been established at the east end of the terminal building where guests can drop off their tagged baggage. We encourage you to arrive with enough time to drop off your bags, as flights will depart at their regularly scheduled times. This renovation takes place through the period of September 21, 2015 to January 2017. The Victoria International Airport has more information available on their website.
Be on the lookout for fraudsters posing as legitimate WestJet representatives. If you feel that you have been the target of suspicious activity, please contact the RCMP Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 888 495 8501, or visit their website.
Email (phishing) and telephone scams are common methods used by criminals to lure people into disclosing personal information such as credit card numbers and account information. These scams intentionally impersonate trusted brands to leverage goodwill and avoid suspicion. They appear to be authentic and may go so far as to use logos and official sounding email addresses.
Phishing is the practice of sending phony email messages to trick recipients into sharing sensitive information. These scams often ask for personal information such as usernames, passwords and email addresses — WestJet will never ask you to share any of this information through an email. Phishing scams may also make a false claim that your account is in urgent need of attention. This sense of urgency drives the recipient to click a link to an authentic looking website which is actually a spoof site used to gather credit card information and account details. Avoid clicking on any attachments to these emails as they may contain viruses or spyware.
Key indicators of a phony email are:
- a false claim that a prize or flight has been awarded;
- a false claim that there is a problem with the recipients account that needs "fixing";
- the existence of typos or poor grammar, spellings such as "Westjet" instead of "WestJet";
- the sender's email address and any links in the document may appear authentic;
- other authentic looking material such as logos or company colours.
Fake Instagram accounts alert
Several fake WestJet Instagram accounts have recently been set up and are promising free flights or vacations to the first 25,000 followers. This common Instagram scam technique allows an individual to build a large following with the intention of selling the account. Although the fake account names are similar to ours and some use our logo, they are not associated with WestJet.
We recommend guests do not follow these accounts and avoid sharing them on Instagram. The official WestJet Instagram account is called "WestJet" and can be found at http://instagram.com/westjet.
Online survey scam
Internet marketers are falsely claiming to represent WestJet Airlines Limited using online pop-up surveys. The scam offers discounts or products in exchange for answering a questionnaire. We are always happy to hear how your experience with us was, but we do not use pop-ups or offer non-WestJet products as an incentive.
Phone scam alert
Telephone scammers are impersonating WestJet in an attempt to steal your personal information. WestJet does not use telemarketers or share guests' personal information. If you receive a call indicating that you've won "WestJet points/miles" or are a "preferred customer" please hang up. Visit http://www.antifraudcentre.ca/ for more info on this and other types of scams.
Automated phone recordings are used to target a large range of phone numbers including private unlisted numbers and office extensions. These calls will often state that you are a valued guest and are eligible for a prize, attempting to claim the prize will put you in contact with a live operator. This operator may attempt to gain access to your personal information such as credit card numbers or account details and may become quite persistent. WestJet DOES NOT participate in any form of phone promotion or solicitation.
Numerous guests attempting to reach WestJet by phone have found themselves in the ‘Misdial Trap’ – a scheme used by fraudsters and telemarketing companies to profit from misdial traffic.
There are many active toll-free numbers created intentionally close to WestJet phone numbers in an attempt to catch guests who misdial to harvest their personal information and credit card details. This marketing strategy relies on clumsy dialing and high-pressure tactics. These types of scams are rapidly increasing. Please dial carefully and remember, the toll free phone number for WestJet is 1-888- WESTJET.
As a Canadian registered air carrier, WestJet is required by several countries to spray insecticide in the flight deck and guest cabin prior to traveling to those countries. This is a preventative measure against the importation of foreign insects that may carry disease or damage crops.
WestJet uses Permethrin #216, an insecticide approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for application onboard commercial aircraft. According to the WHO, short-term exposure when spraying this insecticide has not been found to cause any adverse health effects.
More information on disinsection can be found on the Transport Canada website at:
or at the U.S. Department of Transportation website at:
Be your best guest
You can help create a great experience for everyone on board by consuming liquor responsibly.
It is our duty to let you know that it is unlawful to consume your own alcohol in the airport prior to departure and onboard any WestJet flight. If you would like to enjoy a drink on board, our aircraft are licensed to serve alcohol. To ensure the safety of all guests and crew, if you are believed to be impaired by alcohol or drugs, before your flight, our crew has the right to deny you boarding.
Canadian Aviation Regulations prohibit us from allowing any guest to board our aircraft when there are reasonable grounds to believe the person's faculties are so impaired by alcohol or a drug that they may present a hazard to the aircraft or to guests.