WestJet has announced some upcoming changes to the fees charged for baggage and Preferred seats, which are set to come into effect as of November 7, 2023.
Furthermore, WestJet Silver and Gold members will soon be required to redeem advance seat selection vouchers prior to check-in if they wish to reserve a Preferred or exit row seat at no cost.
Upcoming Changes to WestJet Checked Baggage Fees
On November 7, 2023, it will be more expensive to pay for a checked bag at the airport than it currently is.
WestJet uses a tiered structure for baggage fees, by which you pay less for prepaid checked bag than you would during check-in. The amount you pay at the airport is $10 (all figures in CAD) more than if you prepay, and the cost per bag depends on the fare type purchased and the destination to which you’re flying.
However, as of November 7, 2023, WestJet is adding a third tier to its baggage fee structure, whereby if you don’t prepay for a bag or pay for it using self-serve check-in, you’ll have to pay even more.
For example, on a Basic fare in Canada or the US, you’ll pay $30–36 if you prepay for a checked bag, or $40–48 if you pay for it during self-serve check-in. However, you’ll need to pay $50–59 if you check-in with an agent.
The extra $10 charge only applies to tickets bought on or after November 7, 2023, and only if you check-in with an agent at the airport.
If you’ve purchased a ticket on or before November 6, 2023, WestJet asks you to self-identify with an agent to avoid the additional charge.
Furthermore, guests who aren’t able to use self-serve check-in will be exempt from the extra $10 fee.
Upcoming Changes to WestJet Seat Selection Fees
WestJet has also announced changes to seat selection fees for some guests.
As of November 7, 2023, passengers who book an Econo or EconoFlex fare will no longer be able to select a Preferred or exit row seat free of charge at check-in. Rather, a fee will always apply for Preferred or exit row seats on these fares.
Currently, passengers on Econo and EconoFlex fares may choose a Preferred or exit row seat at no cost upon check-in.
Passengers on Econo and EconoFlex may continue to select a Standard seat upon check-in at no extra cost, as is currently the case, while anyone on a Basic fare will be assigned a seat upon check-in.
WestJet justifies implementing these fees since Preferred seats provide additional legroom and are…