WestJet has announced that it will start charging its passengers $25 for their first checked bag.
The fee will come into effect October 29th 2014, applying to economy fare WestJet flights that were booked as of today, September 15th, 2014. The $25 charge is for one way.
There is founded speculation that Air Canada will follow next. Porter Airlines already implements a $25 one-way baggage, while this is standard practice on most U.S. airlines. The reasons behind Canadian airlines considering, or already charging for, checked baggage, include rising fuel prices and a drop in our dollar value.
A spokesperson for WestJet added that it is “further evidence of our commitment to our guests as Canada’s low-fare leader.” The company believes that this service charge helps keep airfares as cheap as possible.
WestJet customers flying Flex fare are entitled to one free checked bag, those with the Plus fare receive two complimentary checked bags, among other advantages.
The Calgary-based airline also introduced its new loyalty program today, a three-tier structure with the levels Teal, Silver and Gold. For passengers who qualify for Silver ware allowed free first checked baggage and Gold are permitted two free checked bags.
So if you are here on our website booking a WestJet flight, please be advised that the first checked baggage fee will be applied if your flight is on or after October 29th, 2014.