Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. have announced that they’ll be increasing fees for passengers to check their bags. The airlines are raising the fee for the first checked bag to $30 from $25, and for the second bag to $50 from $30. The hike in prices follows U.S. airline JetBlue Airways Corp. announcement that it was increasing fees for checked bags and to change a ticket. The new baggage fees for Air Canada take effect on October 5 and apply to flights across Canada, to and from the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico. WestJet’s changes apply on flights starting October 1 for domestic bookings made as of last Friday, and as of Tuesday on flights to the U.S. and international destinations. The fees apply to the lowest fare classes at both airlines.
Air Canada economy flex and economy comfort customers will continue to receive a first checked bag free of charge as will elite members and those who booked Air Canada Vacations packages. Military personnel with identification have up to three free checked bags, regardless of destination.Fees are waived for WestJet Plus passengers, gold and silver rewards members or those booking with RBC World Elite Mastercards. Porter Airlines says its fees remain the same.