Many people don't understand the airline tickets they buy. A lot of people don't understand why some tickets cost more than others for the exact same flight, or why they have to pay for their baggage sometimes and then other times baggage is free and it's things that can create some confusion which can lead to frustration for passengers.
Not all airline tickets are the same.
Buying an airline ticket most of the time isn't a big deal....but the consumer should be fully aware of what exactly they are purchasing. An airline ticket is a contract between the passenger and the airline and comes with many, many rules. The ticket you buy will determine if you are allowed to change your flight plans, how much those changes will cost you, whether or not baggage fees are included in the cost of the flight and how much baggage is included, and much more. Also......be on time!! Westjet and Air Canada both recommend that you be at the airport, check in and/or drop any checked bags 90 minutes prior to departure!
Read the links below to become informed about air travel or to answer any questions you may have:
What you can bring on the plane?
Are you wondering if you are allowed to bring something in particular on the plane? Here is a link to a search bar so you can search the item you are wondering about....it also tells you if you can bring it in your Carry-On or if it needs to be in your Checked Bag.
Medical devices, small children and animals, carry on baggage, liquid, aerosols & gels, pre-boarding identification requirements, duty free purchases, pre-boading checklist, airport security screening, disabilities and service animals, and more.
With these three pictures, you can see that the main fare rules are present if you hover over or click on the fare itself, so you know what you are purchasing. These are just examples, but useful when navigating the website! On a very personal level, I ADVISE AGAINST BUYING ANY BASIC FARES. It is worth the extra money to move to a class above with all the airlines and usually the price difference isn't very much.