Family seating

When flying as a family, we know that it’s important that you sit as a family.

Here’s everything you’ll need to know about sitting together when your family flies with WestJet:

All children under 14 will be seated with an adult, for no extra charge

You can select seats for your family when you book your flight to ensure that you will sit together. If you don’t see seats together on our seat map, don’t worry, it’s not too late.

If seats are limited, we’ll assign seats so children are next to at least 1 adult in your travel group.

If it is not possible to assign seats at the time of check-in, when it’s time to board, we’ll ask for volunteers to change seats so you can sit together.

If after two requests no one volunteers, we will try to make accommodations onboard by asking for volunteers to change seats to allow children under 14 to sit with an adult travelling on the same itinerary.

If we are still unable to arrange seats for you together, you can:

  • choose to sit apart
  • change to the next available flight that has seats together – any difference in fare and change fees will be waived
  • cancel your flight for no fee and a full refund to your original form of purchase

More about travelling with children 2 – 16

Sitting with infants under 2

Seat selection is not required for infants who are held on a lap of an adult 16 years of age and older.

  • You will be required to hold your infant on your lap during taxi, take-off, landing, at any time the seat belt sign is illuminated, and at any time you are instructed to do so by the flight crew.
  • Infants must be lap-held by the accompanying guest 16 years of age or older, or secured using a car seat for the duration of the flight.
  • Transport Canada mandates that infants are not permitted in the emergency exit row, and that no person shall be responsible for more than one infant (any child under two years of age) on board. For example, infant twins would need two persons, 16 years of age or older, to travel with them.
  • Two lap-held infants will not be seated in the same row, due to the number of oxygen masks in each row.

WestJet recognizes the likelihood of your lap-held infant playing peek-a-boo with other guests as being pretty much 100%, and generally fun for everyone involved.

More about travelling with an infant under 2

Flying with a WestJet partner?

Family seating policies can be different between airlines. So, if you’re travelling on a flight operated by any carrier other than WestJet, we recommend that you visit the airline’s website to learn about their policies, fees and terms and conditions of carriage.

See a list of our airline partners