Checked and excess baggage

Checked and excess baggage

From what to pack to how you can pack it, you'll find all you need to know about checked baggage right here. Looking for information on fees? Please see our service fees page.

Travelling with WestJet on our Boeing 737 aircraft

WestJet is happy to offer you your first checked bag free. Three additional pieces of checked baggage may be permitted; however additional fees may apply on all flights solely operated by WestJet, including domestic, U.S., international and chartered flights.

Travelling with WestJet Encore on our Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft

WestJet Encore allows you your first checked bag free. Two additional pieces of checked baggage may be permitted; however additional fees may apply.

Travelling with or transferring baggage to our airline partners

If you are travelling with one of our airline partners, be sure to familiarize yourself with their allowances and fees as they may be different from ours, and these differences depend on the airline partner you are travelling with.

  • If you are travelling on a WestJet ticket that includes one of our partners, the baggage allowance of our partner may be honoured.
  • Please check your ticket or contact the airline you booked with for the correct baggage allowance.

Booked with someone else?

If you booked your flight through a travel agent or online travel provider you may have a WestJet ticket but be flying with one of our partner airlines who have their own set of terms and conditions (you may see differences in baggage fees as well as other service charges). If this is the case, please contact your travel provider to ensure you are aware of all applicable fees and regulations for the appropriate airline.

Checked baggage allowance

WestJet and WestJet Encore accept bags up to 157 cm (62 in.) in combined dimension (length + width + height), and 23 kg (50 lb.).
Piece Details Fee Allowed on WestJet Boeing 737 Allowed on WestJet Encore Bombardier Q400
First Dimensions up to 157 cm (62 in.)

Weights up to 23 kg (50 lb.)
Second1 May apply

1The fee and the amount charged will be based on the fare level purchased and on the marketing carrier (the airline selling the seat).

2Third and fourth checked pieces are accepted to all destinations except Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago.

Oversized and overweight baggage

Any piece of baggage exceeding the size or weight allowance is subject to all applicable oversized weight and size restrictions and fees.

If you are bringing overweight or oversized baggage, we recommend that you arrive 30 minutes prior to the recommended check-in times to allow time for screening.
Piece Details Fee Allowed on WestJet Boeing 737 Allowed on WestJet Encore Bombardier Q400
Oversized3 158 cm – 203 cm (62 in. – 80 in.)
Overweight4 More than 23 kg (50 lb.) but not exceeding 45 kg (100lb.)5
Sporting equipment See our sporting equipment page for items accepted, packing instructions and restrictions. May apply

3Guests travelling to Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago are not permitted oversized baggage, with the exception of one golf bag that must contain golf clubs.

4Guests travelling to Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago are not permitted overweight items.

5For baggage over this weight, please contact WestJet Cargo at 1-866-952-2746 (1-866-WJCARGO).

Other items checked without fees

The following items are permitted at no charge when they meet the criteria below
Assistive devices
  • One medically required wheelchair will be carried per guest at no extra charge.
  • The device must be carried in the cargo compartment.
  • Braces, crutches, walkers and canes, along with other assistive devices, will also be permitted free of charge.
  • Please see assistive devices for more information.
Infant and child equipment

Lap-held infant

  • Two pieces of infant equipment (e.g. infant restraint system, playpen or stroller) are permitted at no charge.

Fare-paying child/infant

  • One piece of child/infant equipment (e.g. approved restraint system, playpen or stroller) will be permitted at no charge in addition to the checked baggage allowance.
  • WestJet only allows infant and child restraint systems approved by Transport Canada or the Federal Aviation Administration to be used on board the aircraft. For details on non-acceptable and acceptable infant and child restraint systems, please see approved restraint systems (car seats).
Humanitarian aid

WestJet will accept one piece of baggage containing humanitarian aid per guest with the following restrictions:

  • The flight must be departing from Canada;
  • The humanitarian aid items must be packed separately from your belongings;
  • The baggage item must not exceed the checked baggage allowance for the aircraft you will be travelling on, or exceed the amount permitted to your intended destination;
  • Baggage which exceeds the standard size and weight allowances will be charged the applicable overweight and oversized baggage fee(s);
  • Please note: some countries have restrictions on the types of aid permitted. It is your responsibility to contact the country's consulate or embassy to verify permitted items as well as the guidelines and procedures for importing the item(s).

Packing checklist

Do Do not
  • Pack fragile items carefully to prevent damage, breakage or spillage.
  • Tag your baggage with your name, address and phone number.
  • Use the name tags that are available at the airport if you don't have your own.
  • Write your name and contact information on the inside of your baggage or fill in our printable sheets and place it inside your baggage in the event that your baggage tag is damaged or is detached.
  • Ensure all items in your baggage are able to withstand shock, normal handling, vibration, changes in temperature and changes in atmospheric pressure.
  • Keep all loose handles, hooks and straps closed securely. These can catch on conveyors and belt loaders and cause damage to your baggage.
  • Make a list of items you've packed and their estimated value. If the value of your bag's contents exceeds WestJet's liability, you may wish to consider purchasing baggage insurance through your own insurance company prior to travel or purchasing excess valuation through WestJet.
  • Lock your baggage. All bags must be accessible for inspection.
  • Leave your baggage unattended at the airport. It could be subject to tampering and/or theft.
  • Pack identification, jewelry, keys, medication and mobile devices in your checked baggage. These items should be taken in your carry-on baggage in the rare event that your checked baggage is delayed or damaged.