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Flying with a Bike on WestJet (A+ Rated)

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Flying with a Bike on WestJet (A+ Rated)

The Bottom Line on Taking a Bike on WestJet:

Our team of highly specialized bicycle travel scientists give WestJet a Bicycle Flight Grade (BFG) of A+. Standard baggage allowance and checked bag fees are in line with other major airlines. A carry-on bag is included, which is always nice. Most importantly, THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL BIKE FEE. The size and weight limits become much greater, which means any old bike case will fly free. 

WestJet Baggage and Bicycle Policies at a Glance:

Please note that this information is subject to change and may not reflect the most recent information available on WestJet's website. (Updated 3/27/18) 

Specifications

 

 

 

Dimensions

62 Linear Inches (157cm)

Oversize Fee

CAD $75-88.50

Weight Limit

50lbs (23kg)

Overweight Fee

CAD $75-88.50

General Baggage Fees

 

 

 

1st Checked Bag

CAD $25-29.50*

 

 

2nd Checked Bag

CAD $35-41.30*

 

 

Carry-on

Included

 

 

Bicycle Baggage Fee

No Additional Fee1

 

 

*Economy Class - Flex and Plus service include 1 and 2 free checked bags, respectively. 

1Size and weight limits become 115" (292cm) / 100lbs (45kg)

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A Few General Notes on Flying with a Bike

A few things to keep in mind when flying with a bike on WestJet actually apply to all airlines. It’s important to come to the airport prepared with a knowledge of airline policies and procedures. Screenshots or printouts of relevant information can come in handy to help clarify these policies for less well-versed airline employees. It’s also prudent to take baggage policies into account when planning a trip and buying tickets. Why take the budget airline if they are sticklers at the baggage counter and will likely charge you double or triple to fly with your bike? 

Lastly, a true Airport Ninja knows that airline employees don’t always play by the book, and this can both help us and hurt us as customers. Many gate agents will never look twice as your bags, while others are vigilantes who play fast and loose with the tape measure. Checking in early, approaching a well-rested-looking ticketing agent and being very polite, or using curbside check-in and offering a small tip are all strategies that can all help turn the odds in your favor. For more advice on how to be an Airport Ninja, see our blog Ninja Tutelage Lesson 1 - What's in the Bag?

From getting your bike to the airport to packing the rental car at your destination, the most convenient way to travel with a bike is with the smallest and lightest bicycle travel case on the market. This is where the Orucase Airport Ninja comes to the rescue. Designed and tested by professional cyclists to minimize or even eliminate excess baggage fees. Become an Airport Ninja Today. 

"I bought mine about 2 years ago and since then I've more than made my money back on fees avoided. To date I have not been charged a bike fee by any airport and I'd estimate I've used it on close to 20 round trip flights. It's definitely made my work/life balance a lot more balanced being able to bring a bike with me when I travel."  -- Rob K., Airport Ninja (56cm Specialized Tarmac)
"I'm 2-3 for #worstretirementever so far, but 5-0 on not paying oversize charges on planes. Thanks, @paynobikefees!" -- Phil Gaimon, former World Tour cyclist, Airport Ninja (58cm Cannondale Supersix)

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