Baggage information

Travelling is fun, and sometimes questions come up. We get that. That’s why we’ve put together some of the more popular questions that guests ask us about baggage, when flying on WestJet or WestJet Encore aircraft.

There are so many places to fly to, and so many questions about baggage. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

You can add baggage on applicable flights through online check in, 24 hours before your flight, or at an airport kiosk. Check in online now

Please note: we do not accept checked baggage fees via our contact centre, or prior to check-in times.

The number of bags that you are allowed to check, depend on the flight fare bundle and aircraft that you are booked on. Learn more

The cost for checked baggage depends on the following: which fare bundle you are booked on, and your WestJet Rewards tier. Learn more

When you book a Plus fare on a WestJet flight, your first and second bags are free. Compare our fare bundles

WestJet and WestJet Encore accept bags up to 157 cm (62 in.) in combined dimension (length + width + height) and 23 kilograms (50 pounds). Baggage exceeding the accepted number, weight or dimensions must be shipped through WesJet Cargo.

Oversize baggage: exceeding 157 cm (62 in.) in total combined dimension (length + width + height), but less than 203 cm (80 in.).

Overweight baggage: exceeding 23 kg (50 lb.), but no more than 45 kg (100 lb.).

The following are all the details you need to know when travelling with sporting equipment. Sporting equipment is subject to all applicable baggage fees. Fees are combinable where applicable. For example: if an item is overweight, oversized and is a second item, then all three fees apply.

WestJet accepts sporting equipment that meets the packing requirements, and weight and size restrictions for travel on domestic, international and chartered flights.

With the exception of vaulting poles, the maximum length accepted is 3 m (118 in.) for any sports item.

Travelling without your sporting equipment, or does it not meet our size guidelines? WestJet Cargo may be a good option for you. Learn more

If you are travelling with a lap-held infant, you can check two pieces of infant equipment (e.g. child restraint system, playpen or stroller), in addition to your checked baggage allowance, free of charge.

If you are travelling with a child or infant and are in a paid seat, you can check one piece of child/infant equipment (e.g. child restraint system, playpen or stroller), in addition to your checked baggage allowance, free of charge. Learn more

If you feel like travelling a little lighter, carry-on baggage is the way to go. Here are some of the top questions with regard to carry-on.

There is no fee on WestJet and WestJet Encore flights for carry-on or personal items, provided they meet the requirements below.

ItemMaximum sizeFee
One item of carry-on baggage

53 cm x 23 cm x 38 cm

(21 in. x 9 in. x 15 in.)

No fee

One personal item

41 cm x 15 cm x 33 cm

(16 in. x 6 in. x 13 in.)

No fee

All carry-on and personal items must be light enough to allow you to place the bag in the overhead compartment unaided. If you have difficulty doing so, assistance is available upon request.

ItemMaximum size
One item of carry-on baggage

53 cm x 23 cm x 38 cm

(21 in. x 9 in. x 15 in.)

One personal item

41 cm x 15 cm x 33 cm

(16 in. x 6 in. x 13 in.)

Please see carry-on allowances for examples of accepted items and allowances you’re allowed.

WestJet and WestJet Encore do not require this information prior to your flight departure.

In a word: no. In addition to the normal carry-on baggage allowance, a diaper bag is also permitted, as long as it contains items for an infant only. Learn more

What are the baggage guidelines if I am travelling on an airline partner?

Please be sure to check in with the airline that is operating your flight; or if you have connecting flights, the airline that is operating the first portion. The baggage policies of the other carrier may apply. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the fees and policies of the airline that is operating your flight.

More information about our airline partners

Infant equipment acceptance

Infant equipment acceptance

When travelling with an infant, you may check in a car seat and stroller at no additional charge. A playpen may be substituted for either a car seat or stroller.

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Baggage

Baggage

At WestJet, we care about your baggage too. From what to pack to how you can pack it, you'll find all you need to know right here.

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