WestJet has announced that it will be charging a $25 fee for a first checked bag on Econo fares for travel within Canada and between Canada and the U.S. The new fee applies to bookings made from September 15th, 2014 onward and for travel on or after October 29, 2014. It does not apply to any of the airline’s international destinations including Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Europe.
The change applies to Econo fares only. It is expected to impact roughly one in five WestJet passengers. The airline’s Flex fare allows for one free checked bag and its Plus fares include two free checked bags plus waived fees, seat selection and other amenities.
Westjet also launched its new rewards tiers program this week. The program features three levels—Teal, Silver and Gold. Silver tier members will be able to check one bag for free while Gold tier members will be able to check two bags at no charge.
The airline also added a free first bag as an enhanced benefit to its WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard credit card program.
“Today’s announcements are further evidence of our commitment to our guests as Canada’s low-fare leader,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice-president, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience. “As we continue to evolve our fare products, we are creating more value by offering our guests the opportunity to purchase only those services they want. This user-pay type of system allows us to keep fares as low as possible, introduce lower sale fares and avoid fare increases, which benefits you and liberates even more Canadians from the high cost of air travel. Our guests can now book with confidence with the WestJet price-drop guarantee.”