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How to Choose the Right WestJet Fare

How to Choose the Right WestJet Fare

WestJet offers passengers a choice of different fare types on all flight bookings.

Some fares are cheaper, but don’t come with flexibility or additional benefits. On the other hand, more expensive fares offer flexibility and include benefits such as advance seat selection, change and cancellation options, and free checked baggage.

In this article, we’ll explore the different fare options for flights with WestJet to help you make the right decision based on your personal priorities.

WestJet’s Fares

WestJet has a total of 10 different fare options, outlined as follows:

  • Economy (Basic, Econo, EconoFlex, and Member Exclusive)
  • Premium (Premium, PremiumFlex, and Member Exclusive)
  • Business (Business, BusinessFlex, and Member Exclusive)

It’s important to note that not all fare options will appear for every flight. For example, many WestJet flights don’t have a business class cabin, and on these flights, you won’t have the option to choose Business fares.

This is especially the case with Swoop’s former narrowbody Boeing 737 aircraft, which are fitted entirely with economy seats. With the recent integration of Swoop into WestJet, the defunct ultra-low-cost carrier’s aircraft now service WestJet flights.

Swoop’s former aircraft, fitted entirely with economy seats, now service WestJet flights

When booking a flight, before you’re able to select one of the 10 fare types, you must first search for your desired flight route and date, and then select your desired cabin class.

After you’ve selected the cabin class, the available fare options will appear.

Choosing the best fare type will ultimately depend on your personal preferences, which can change from flight to flight. This means that there’s no single best fare for every situation.

When it comes to choosing the best fare with WestJet, you’ll want to consider the following:

  • Cost
  • Flexibility (i.e., changes and cancellations)
  • Luggage (checked and carry-on)
  • Seat selection fees

Additionally, you’ll want to take stock of whether you have access to any of the following:

With these in mind, let’s take a closer look at each of the 10 WestJet fare classes.


The four economy fares offered by WestJet include Basic, Econo, EconoFlex, and Member Exclusive.

WestJet 787 economy

Basic fares come with the least amount of flexibility, and in fact, you’re not allowed any changes, cancellations, or refunds whatsoever…

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