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WestJet Flights

WestJet is a low-cost Canadian airline, and the second largest in the country after Air Canada. With a fleet of 119 aircraft, WestJet currently flies to 92 destinations across the Americas and Europe.

WestJet was founded in 1996, as a low-cost competitor to other Canadian airlines. The founders launched the airline on the principle that paying for less shouldn't get you less. They started out with three aircraft flying to five destinations, mostly within the west of Canada. They were the first airline to offer paper-free boarding cards in 2007. They launched their regional subsidiary, WestJet Encore, in 2012 to serve smaller Canadian communities and in 2014, they launched their first intercontinental flight –choosing Dublin as the destination. Although WestJet isn't a member of any airline alliance, they do have partnerships and codeshare agreements with other airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and KLM. WestJet's frequent flyer programme is WestJet Rewards.

WestJet currently offer seasonal flights from Dublin to St John's (Newfoundland) and from Dublin to Toronto-Pearson.

This information is correct as of April 2017

Why fly with WestJet

How to Check In

WestJet online check-in opens 24 hours before flight departure, as does kiosk check-in where applicable. You can also check in at the airport from three hours before your flight is due to depart. All check-in methods close 45 minutes before departure, but the airline asks that passengers check in two hours before departure on international routes, and 90 minutes before on domestic routes.

Seating

Advance seat selection is available for a fee. This changes depending on which route you're flying on and what kind of seat you want to book. For regular seats, prices start at (CAD) $5 for a short-haul flight and $20 for a long-haul one. This price is doubled if you want to book a premium seat with extra legroom.

Booking Fees

WestJet don't have any hidden admin charges or credit card fees. You will have to pay a small fee if you want to make any changes to your ticket after booking.

Service on Board

The WestJet Connect app gives you access to more than 650 hours of streaming content, direct from your device, while you're in the air. It's possible to rent a tablet on board if you don't have one, but numbers are limited. Some aircraft don't have this service, but have seatback TV's instead. Otherwise, you can kick back and read WestJet Magazine. Internet is available on board, and you can buy access for up to 30 minutes, three hours, or for the duration of the flight. Food isn't included in your ticket price, but you can pre-order food up to 48 hours before departure.WestJet flights are cashless, so if you want to purchase a snack or a drink on-board you'll need to use your credit card. WestJet accept MasterCard and Visa, as well as Diner's Club, American Express, Discover, and WestJet RBC.

Punctuality

WestJet often publish their on-time statistics. During the first quarter of 2017, around 75% of their flights have arrived on time.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

The first checked bag is free for Flex and Plus passengers, but Econo and Member Exclusive passengers will need be charged CAD $25 to $29.50.Every passenger can bring up to four pieces of luggage. The prices of bags two, three, and four are the same regardless of class (although Plus passengers are allowed two bags free of charge). Passengers can carry on one small suitcase or rucksack measuring 53 cm x 23 cm x 38 cm, and one personal item measuring 41 cm x 15 cm x 33 cm.

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