Sporting equipment

Because suitcases aren't the only things you may want to pack, it's best to be aware that sporting equipment will count as a piece of checked baggage. Below you'll find what you need to know about bringing everything from surfboards to ski boots to soccer balls.

Sporting equipment overview

  • Sporting equipment is subject to all applicable baggage fees. Fees are combinable where applicable - if an item is overweight, oversized and a second item, all three fees apply. A handling fee of $50 CAD will be charged on firearms and select sporting equipment.
  • 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 with one of our airline partners? Be sure to familiarize yourself with the fees for your journey by visiting our airline partners page. Fees are collected on a one-way basis by the airline operating the first flight for each direction of your journey.


Limits of liability

For domestic travel only, WestJet's maximum liability as a result of damage and/or loss is 1,288 Special Drawing Rights per bag (approximately $2,300 CAD subject to currency exchange rates). For international travel, WestJet's liability will be limited by either the Montreal Convention or the Warsaw Convention, as applicable. In most cases, the limitation amount will be 1,288 Special Drawing Rights. If you have purchased excess valuation ‑ which is available at the airport, prior to departure, for a fee ‑ the maximum liability is $3,000 CAD (which includes the standard 1288 SDRs).

In the event that a bag is lost, guests will be reimbursed for their baggage fee in addition to settlement for the loss of baggage.

You may wish to consider the purchase of travel insurance for items valued exceeding WestJet's maximum liability.

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