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.

The number of bags allowed at check-in, depends on the fare bundle, rewards member level and aircraft that you are booked on. Learn about baggage allowance

Baggage fees depends on where you are flying, your fare bundle, and your WestJet Rewards tier. 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.

Dimensions for checked luggage must be within 157 total centimeters or 62 total inches and not weighing more than 23 kilograms or 50 pounds.

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

Overweight luggage: exceeding 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.

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.

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

Each guest in a confirmed seat can bring one piece of carry on luggage and one personal item.

Carry-ons need to 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.

More about carry on luggage allowance

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.)

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. 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. 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