WestJet held off from charging annoying extra airline fees for a while, but they now allow fewer checked bags before applying charges. An interesting consequence of their policies is that it encourages travelers to take more baggage as carry-ons.
Travelers used to be able to check two bags up to 50 pounds each. Now only the first checked bag is free. A second one under 50 pounds costs $20. But, you can carry on two bags of 22 pounds each without charge on most flights. For a yearly trip where I normally check 2 large bags, I’m now considering taking 3 bags with the 2 smaller ones meeting the carry-on size restrictions.
I don’t know how many people are cheap enough to try to save $20 this way, but I’m expecting the overhead bins to be packed a little tighter than they were the last time I flew WestJet.