WestJet baggage policy offers a generous as well competitive baggage allowance, compared to other airlines. All travel classes are permitted to carry one carry-on bag which is included in the price; alongside one personal item.

Westjet Baggage

In addition, the airline offers free checked baggage at premium fares. For regular fares, the airline charges a baggage fee.

WestJet Carry On Baggage

WestJet baggage policy applies to flights operated by WestJet and WestJet Encore. One free carry-on baggage and one personal item are allowed for all passengers, regardless of the travel class.

WestJet carry on size

  • The WestJet carry on size must not exceed  53 x 38 x 23 cm
  • The dimensions of the personal item must be within 41 x 33 x 15 cm. Personal items could be a briefcase, purse, camera, kennel, laptop computer, and small musical instrument

Please Note: As per WestJet baggage policy, any item that won’t fit as a carry-on bag will be checked as luggage and WestJet baggage fees will be applicable.

Specific items permitted onboard

As per WestJet baggage policy, the following items,s are permitted as carry-on –

  • Diaper bag
  • Up to 2 liters of blood for medicinal use. Must be stored in a sealed plastic bag. WestJet handles this as a perishable item
  • Cremated remains
  • Duty-free items
  • Food Items
  • Battery-operated portable oxygen concentrators
  • Portable electronic items – Air Purifiers, Calculators, Cameras, Wireless, Noise-canceling headphones, Powered watches, Electronic entertainment, eReaders, audio devices, and pulse oximeters

WestJet carry on restrictions

The following list may include items that are not allowed as carry-on baggage with WestJet –

  • Knives, scissors with blades longer than 6 cm
  • Baseball bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks, and other similar items
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Flammable items like fuels, gas torches, and liquid gas
  • Weapons and martial arts equipment
  • Pepper spray and Tasers
  • Liquids, gels, and aerosols are under the 3-1-1 rule which says these items must be in containers of 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less

WestJet Checked Baggage

WestJet checked allowance includes 1 or 2 checked bags, depending on the fare rule, included in the ticket price.

Size – The size of the checked bag as per the WestJet baggage policy must be within 62 linear inches or 178 cm

Weight – The weight of the checked baggage must be within 23 kg or 32 kg

Checked baggage allowance on WestJet

Below is the overview of baggage allowance on WestJet  –

RouteFare TypeNumber of Checked BagsMaximum Weight per BagMaximum Dimensions per Bag
Canada, US, CaribbeanEconomy123 kg (50 lb)157 cm (62 in)
Canada, US, CaribbeanEconomy223 kg (50 lb)157 cm (62 in)
Canada, US, CaribbeanPremium/Business232 kg (70 lb)157 cm (62 in)
Mexico, Central AmericaEconomy123 kg (50 lb)157 cm (62 in)
Mexico, Central AmericaPremium/Business232 kg (70 lb)157 cm (62 in)
EuropeAll Fare Types123 kg (50 lb)158 cm (62 in)
Asia, Africa, Middle East, AustraliaAll Fare Types232 kg (70 lb)158 cm (62 in)

WestJet checked baggage price

Below is the table showing WestJet checked baggage fees for international travel –

RouteFare TypeBaggage Fees (per bag)
Canada, US, CaribbeanEconomy35 CAD/USD
Canada, US, CaribbeanEconomy50 CAD/USD
Canada, US, CaribbeanPremium/BusinessFirst 2 bags free
Mexico, Central AmericaEconomyFirst bag free
Mexico, Central AmericaPremium/BusinessFirst 2 bags free
EuropeAll Fare TypesFirst bag free. For each subsequent bag, 100 USD will be charged
Asia, Africa, Middle East, AustraliaAll Fare TypesNo fees

Below is the table showing the WestJet checked baggage cost travel within the US and Canada (Domestic Travel) – 

Fare Types/Checked baggageFirst Checked Bag (in USD)Second Checked Bag (in USD)Third Checked Bag  (in USD)Fourth Checked Bag  (in USD)
Basic30-3550 – 59100-118100-118
Econo30-3550 – 59100-118100-118
Premium/Premium FlexIncludedIncludedIncluded100-118
Business/Business FlexIncludedIncludedIncluded100-118

For all other international routes such as Europe, and Asia refer to WestJet’s website. 

WestJet checked baggage restrictions

The following items are not permitted as checked baggage by WestJet –

  • Explosives, flammable items, and hazardous materials
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Dangerous goods like chemical gasses
  • Valuable items like jewelry, and cash
  • Fragile items
  • Important documents

Restrictions for firearms

Firearms must be declared during check-in, and they must be unloaded and placed in a locked hard-sided container. Add to that –

  • Tasers and stun guns are not permitted
  • Firearms must be carried in durable luggage. The maximum weight of the baggage per passenger must be within 5 kg
  • 2 firearms are allowed per passenger and need to be declared at the check-in counter
  • Handguns, rifles, BB guns, starter pistols, air pistols, paintball guns, and shotguns are permitted to carry
  • Automatic weapons, machine guns, and silencers are not permitted
  • Firearms are not permitted for flights to/from Bermuda, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico

WestJet Non-Standard Baggage Allowance

Below is the non-standard baggage allowance as per the WestJet baggage policy –

Fishing equipment – These include fishing rods and reels, and can be checked in as regular baggage. They must be secured in a hard-shell container specifically designed for fishing equipment. The size of the

Size of Fishing EquipmentMust not exceed 109 inches in length
Size of the Fishing rodsMust not exceed 115 inches (292 cm)

The other restrictions include –

  • Live bait is not permitted on board
  • No more than 2 fishing rods are allowed per passenger

Hunting equipment – These include firearms and must be checked at the WestJet Airlines check-in counter. Ammunition is not permitted as carry-on and must go under checked luggage.

Musical Instruments with WestJet

As per WestJet baggage policy, the airline allows musical instruments to be carried on board as a carry-on item or checked as baggage –

  • The carry-on size must be within 21 in. x 9 in. x 15 in
  • Your instrument must be stowed under the seat or in the overhead bin

Checked musical instruments must be packed in a hard case and will count towards your checked baggage allowance. Oversized instruments, such as cellos and double basses, may levy an additional baggage fee for WestJet.

WestJet Sports Equipment Policy

WestJet baggage policy allows a wide range of sports equipment, including skis, snowboards, golf clubs, bicycles, and hockey equipment, among others. Certain restrictions and fees may apply – 


  • Both the bow/crossbow and the arrow(s) need to be packaged in a rigid container.
  • A set includes a bow or crossbow, an arrow quiver, and a maintenance kit.

Bicycle and helmet

  • Your bicycle must be packed in a suitable container and must go as checked baggage. 
  • The weight must be within 45 kg (100 lb.)
  • The size of the bag must be within 292 cm.

Golf clubs

  • Must be packed in a rigid hard shell container
  • Must include in-built tripods
  • Each guest is allowed one golf set, which includes golf shoes, golf clubs, and golf balls.


  • One set is accepted per guest
  • It is prohibited to use a parachute with a compressed or explosive-style activation device.

Sports ball

  • Bowling ball must be packed in a bowling bag.
  • Volleyballs, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, and other inflatable sport balls should be slightly deflated before packing them in carry-on luggage.

Sports racquets

  • Sports racquets are also allowed in carry-on luggage if they are wrapped properly and adhere to the size requirements.

Please Note: For restrictions on all other sports items, refer to the WestJet Sport Baggage section.

Delayed, Damaged, or Lost Baggage With WestJet Airlines

In case of misplaced baggage, report the issue at the WestJet baggage counter.

If you have left the airport, you can report the issue by clicking on this link.

Compensation for lost baggage

In case of lost baggage, passengers are entitled to receive 2300 CAD per passenger. In addition – 

  • The airline will offer reimbursement for the toiletries and other essentials for items that are misplaced for 21 days or more. 

Delayed Baggage

Report the delayed baggage immediately at the airport. If you have left the airport, you must escalate the matter up to 12 hours after the scheduled arrival. You need to provide –

  • Contact information, a list of your belongings, and a picture of the baggage will help the WestJet representative locate your belongings.
  • After you escalate the report you will be provided the reference number that will help you track your bag.
  • You may be eligible for compensation up to 100 CAD/USD for the first 48 hours after your baggage is delayed for travel within the United States.
  • Also, an additional 150 USD would be provided after the 48 hours is over.
  • For flights to/from Europe, the WestJet delayed baggage compensation is 100 USD.

Damaged Baggage

You need to report the damaged evidence of your baggage up to 5 days after your scheduled arrival. You must take pictures of the damaged baggage –

  • You may be asked to fill out a damaged baggage report
  • If possible, provide the receipt to get fair compensation
  • WestJet’s Central Baggage Team will stay in touch with you

WestJet Excess Baggage Guidelines

Passengers are liable to pay WestJet excess baggage fee if the size exceeds 62 linear inches the weight of the checked luggage or several bags or a combination of all of them.

  • Oversized bags – 62 – 80 linear inches – 100 – 118 USD for each bag
  • Overweight bags – 50 pounds to 100 pounds – 100 – 118 USD for each bag.

WestJet baggage policy helps you with the baggage allowance for checked and carry-on baggage for all travel routers and travel classes you have purchased. Read this guide to get an idea, and plan accordingly with this guide for hassle-free travel.

FAQs related to WestJet Baggage Policy

Does WestJet allow one free checked bag?

Yes, for Flex, Premium, and Business fares, WestJet allows 1 free checked bag. But for most domestic and international flights, WestJet’s Econo fare does not allow free checked bags.

Does WestJet have free carry-on?

Yes, WestJet’s baggage policy allows for 1 carry-on bag (standard baggage) and 1 personal item per passenger for free

Does WestJet economy include baggage?

No, the basic fare (Econo) does not include checked baggage.

How much are baggage fees for WestJet?

For flights within Canada and between Canada and the United States, the first checked bag costs CAD 35-40, the second checked bag costs CAD 50-60, and additional bags cost CAD 100 each.

Does WestJet charge for baggage on international flights?

WestJet international baggage allowance varies depending on the fare type, destination, and loyalty program status of the passenger.

What is the WestJet international baggage allowance for economy class?

WestJet’s baggage allowance for economy class passengers allows for one free checked bag up to 23 kg (50 lb), 1 free carry-on bag, and 1 free personal item.

Can I bring both a carry-on and a backpack?

Yes, WestJet allows each passenger to bring 1 carry-on and 1 personal item for free which may include items such as a purse, briefcase, or backpack.

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