Baggage allowance questions

You'll find answers to our most popular baggage questions for WestJet and WestJet Encore flights. Find out if you're eligible for Priority baggage.

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

You are allowed to check 2 to 4 bags on a WestJet flight, except with WestJet Encore, where you are allowed 2 to 3 bags. The number of bags allowed over 2, and baggage fees required, depend on your fare bundle and WestJet Rewards tier benefits.

Only 2 bags are allowed if you’re flying to Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago.

To travel with more than the standard number of bags allowed, you can ship additional luggage through WestJet Cargo.  

Learn about baggage allowance

Learn about carry-on bags 

How much a bag costs depends on your fare bundle and your WestJet Rewards tier:

  • 1st bag: $30 - $36 CAD/USD
  • 2nd bag: $50 - $59 CAD/USD
  • Excess bags (3rd and 4th bag): $100 - $118 CAD/USD
  • Oversized baggage (63-80 in. / 158-203 cm): $100 - $118 CAD/USD
  • Overweight baggage (51-100 lb. / 24-45 kg): $100 - $118 CAD/USD  

 

When is my baggage fee included?

First bags are included for WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard primary cardholders, EconoFlex, Premium, and Business guests, as well as Silver, Gold, and Platinum Rewards members.

Second bags are included for Premium and Business guests, as well as Silver, Gold, and Platinum Rewards members

Excess bags are included for Platinum Rewards members.

Handling fees for firearms and sports equipment

Except for Business or BusinessFlex fare bundles, guests will be charged a baggage handling fee of $50 to $59 CAD/USD at the airport when checking in one or more of the following items:

  • Firearms
  • Bicycle
  • Surfboard, paddleboard, kiteboard, wakeboard and wave skis

 

See all baggage fees

You can add baggage to your flight when you check in:

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

The size of checked baggage must be within 157 total cm (62 total in.) and not weighing more than 23 kg (50 lb.).

Oversized luggage exceeds 157 cm (62 in.) in total combined dimension (length + width + height), but less than 203 cm (80 in.).

Overweight luggage exceeds 23 kg (50 lb.), but no more than 45 kg (100 lb.).

Baggage exceeding the accepted number, weight or dimensions must be shipped through WestJet Cargo.

Learn about checked baggage allowance

We are big fans of sport and are happy to take you to your next big win. From golf clubs to surfboards, find what you need to get your gear to the game. Applicable baggage fees apply.

We recognize that your sport may be as unique as you, so if you don’t find your sport listed, search What can I bring?. For packing instructions, more detail on restrictions or other information related to sporting equipment, please contact us at: 1-888-937-8538 (1-888-WESTJET).

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. Effective March 11, 2019 a handling fee of $50 CAD/USD for select sporting equipment.

See all baggage fees

Travelling without your sporting equipment, or does it not meet our size guidelines?

WestJet Cargo may be a good option for you.

Travelling with a child under 2

When you travel with a child on your lap, you can check 2 pieces of infant equipment (e.g. car seat, bassinet or stroller), in addition to your checked baggage allowance, free of charge.

Travelling with a child over 2

A child or infant travelling in a paid seat, you can check one piece of child/infant equipment (e.g. car seat, playpen or stroller), in addition to their checked baggage allowance, free of charge. 

Guidelines for infant equipment

Priority baggage means your bags will be tagged so they are among the first to the arrival carousel.​

Eligible guests include​

  • Platinum and Gold members and their travel companions on the same reservation1
  • Guests seated in Business or Premium​

PLEASE NOTE: If using a self-serve bag drop station, please be sure to see a WestJet agent to have a yellow priority indicator tag added to your baggage tag(s) prior to drop off.​

Become a WestJet Rewards member or upgrade your seat.​

1Not available for companions when travelling on a group reservation

If you feel like travelling a little lighter, carry-on baggage is the way to go. Here are some of the top questions about what you can carry on your WestJet flight.

Guests can bring 1 item of carry-on baggage and 1 personal item for no fee on WestJet and WestJet Encore flights, provided they meet the following size requirements:

  • Max size for carry-on bag: 53 cm x 23 cm x 38cm (21 in. x 9 in. x 13 in.)
  • Max size for personal item: 41 cm x 15 cm x 33 cm (16 in. x 6 in. x 13 in.)

 

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

 

Items that do not fit into the sizing device or exceed our carry-on allowance will be placed in checked baggage and applicable baggage fees may be collected.

Learn more about carry-on baggage

Each guest can bring one piece of carry-on luggage and one personal item.

Carry-ons must fit in the overhead bin, for example, a backpack or small suitcase. Smaller, personal items need to fit underneath the seat in front of you, like a purse, sports ball or laptop.

In addition to the carry-on baggage allowance, other items are also allowed in the cabin, regarding they can be properly stowed. For more information, and to view a full list of items that are accepted, see additional items.

Your carry-on and personal items should not exceed the following size restrictions:

  • Carry-on bag: 53 cm x 23 cm x 38cm (21 in. x 9 in. x 13 in.)
  • Personal item: 41 cm x 15 cm x 33 cm (16 in. x 6 in. x 13 in.)

 

 

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.)

 

Items which do not fit into the sizing device or exceed our carry-on allowance will be placed in checked baggage and applicable baggage fees may be collected. Learn more about carry-on baggage

What you are allowed to bring in your carry on luggage depends on where you are going and what is allowed through security. Check out the link below to see what you can carry-on, or what’s best kept in your checked baggage.

What can I bring?

No, WestJet and WestJet Encore do not require this information prior to your flight departure.

In a word: no. Guests can bring a diaper bag in addition to the 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item allowed, as long as it contains items for an infant only. See additional items See additional items

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