WestJet to Drop Free Baggage Allowance for Economy Fare Passengers

By Jesse Sokolow on 18 September 2014
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A WestJet plane at LaGuardia

A WestJet plane at LaGuardia

Canadian carrier WestJet announced that it will eliminate free baggage allowance for certain passengers on flights on or after October 29.  At that date, the airline will begin charging economy fare passengers traveling within Canada or between Canada and the United States a $25 fee for the first checked bag.  Those traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and Europe may continue to check one piece of luggage at no charge.

Passengers who purchase Flex fare tickets may check one bag for free, while Plus fare ticket holders may check two pieces of free luggage, in addition to having other benefits including waived fees, seat selection, and additional legroom. Economy fare passengers traveling on the airline’s codeshare or interline flights will continue to receive free baggage allowance.

In addition to these changes, WestJet has also introduced a new three-tier rewards program for frequent flyers.  Members of the airline’s WestJet Rewards program may now earn three different levels of benefits: Teal, Silver, and Gold.  Members with Silver status may check one free bag, while Gold status customers may check two free bags.

WestJet has also instituted a price-drop guarantee for all passengers.  In the event that the price of a flight or vacation package drops after a customer purchases it, the airline will compensate the customer for the difference between the current and original fares in airline credit.

WestJet Airlines was founded in 1996, and currently serves 90 destinations on three continents worldwide.

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