Are you planning the vacation of your dreams this summer but can’t seem to cram all your belongings in one suitcase? Well, not to worry because if you’re travelling via Air Canada or WestJet, former and currently serving Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members are entitled to extra baggage allowance.
When flying Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge or Air Canada Express, veterans, CAF members, and U.S. military members can check up to three pieces of baggage weighing up to 32 kg each.
The offer applies when a member is travelling both on duty and for personal reasons.
The airlines require valid military ID before confirming eligibility. ID must be presented to a customer sales and service agents at the airport. Therefore, self-service check-in does not atomically apply for the increased baggage allowance.
“Eligible members of the military must continue to use self-service (kiosk, web, mobile) however to initiate check-in; baggage tags according to the standard ticket allowance must be printed at an airport kiosk, if available. To obtain baggage tags for any additional baggage over and above the standard ticket allowance up to three pieces, eligible members must proceed to Check-in Assistance at kiosk-equipped stations or Economy Class at non-kiosk stations and present a valid military identification card,” states the Air Canada policy.
When travelling via WestJet, both former and currently serving CAF members are entitled to four pieces of luggage free-of-charge. Those four pieces have a maximum weight limit of 23 kg each.
“We appreciate our Canadian military’s service to our country and our proud to offer this gesture as a token,” said Lauren Stewart, Media Relations WestJet.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
– DND ID card for National Defence (NDI 20)
– Record of Service Card (NDI 75)
– Any Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Benefit Card
– Discharge Certificate from any branch of the Canadian Military
– Statement of Service from any branch of the Canadian Military
– Certificate of Service (CF 54 or CF 75) from any branch of the Canadian Military
– Valid DND Temporary ID card (NDI 10)
Canadian Forces or Former member CFOne card (with photo ID)
For more information visit Air Canada’s website