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Westjet Basic vs. Economy

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Westjet Basic vs. Economy

Any thoughts on the basic vs. economy plans for this carrier. I don't intend on changing my assigned seat and the trip is less than 90 minutes, so I would save an extra $20 using basic over economy. I don't do much in the way of flying anyway...
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We rarely / never book a base fare cuz it’s just not that great
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First one to be bumped off a flight etc
To us the extra money to go up to the 2nd from the bottom is worth it
But hey...
You may think differently
For some saving $ 20 is a big deal
For others not so much
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If you know all the restrictions and are fine with them then go basic.

For me, economy basic is one of the worst things that airlines have introduced from a passenger perspective. That economy basic fare is the same price you would have paid before they added basic.
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DougO wrote: Any thoughts on the basic vs. economy plans for this carrier. I don't intend on changing my assigned seat and the trip is less than 90 minutes, so I would save an extra $20 using basic over economy. I don't do much in the way of flying anyway...
Basic they assign seat to you (usually middle seat at back of plane) that nobody else wants and then charge you at check in if you want to move. Basic is really draconian and to inflict max discomfort
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DougO wrote: Any thoughts on the basic vs. economy plans for this carrier. I don't intend on changing my assigned seat and the trip is less than 90 minutes, so I would save an extra $20 using basic over economy. I don't do much in the way of flying anyway...
As long as you know what's included in basic economy. Depends on where you're flying, it could be one of those flights that never have a full load, so you'll have a decent seat, or it could be an Encore or Link where are seats are mediocre.

I wouldn't worry about being bumped as Westjet rarely overbook their planes.

If $20 means a lot to you, then yes, you should buy basic economy.
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Thanks for the thoughts. The flight time is only 90 minutes but the plane isn't full yet, so I have a bit of time to mull this over. Yeah, getting the seat next to the toilet might not be so great or a cramped seat might be excruciating as I have ruptured discs in my back. The extra $20 to pick a better seat might be well worth it...
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DougO wrote: Thanks for the thoughts. The flight time is only 90 minutes but the plane isn't full yet, so I have a bit of time to mull this over. Yeah, getting the seat next to the toilet might not be so great or a cramped seat might be excruciating as I have ruptured discs in my back. The extra $20 to pick a better seat might be well worth it...
In that situation, I would just pay the $20 because you can't really tell how busy the flight is because not all of the people that have have booked have been assigned seats...
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cardle wrote: In that situation, I would just pay the $20 because you can't really tell how busy the flight is because not all of the people that have have booked have been assigned seats...
Yeah, I see that. Yow! Expensive to fly to Winnipeg from Thunder Bay and I can't seem to book a round trip flight from Westjet's website. 2 one way tickets is all that comes up. You can do it off sites like Expedia though. Wonder why not off the actual carrier site? It's not actually a big deal though as this is the first trip I'll be making to see friends there in 10 years so the cost isn't that much of a factor. But Air Canada's route is worse, forcing me to fly to TO and then back to Winnipeg. The layover time in TO is around the same amount of flight time with Westjet! Good thing I'm not a frequent flier...
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DougO wrote: Yeah, I see that. Yow! Expensive to fly to Winnipeg from Thunder Bay and I can't seem to book a round trip flight from Westjet's website. 2 one way tickets is all that comes up. You can do it off sites like Expedia though. Wonder why not off the actual carrier site? It's not actually a big deal though as this is the first trip I'll be making to see friends there in 10 years so the cost isn't that much of a factor. But Air Canada's route is worse, forcing me to fly to TO and then back to Winnipeg. The layover time in TO is around the same amount of flight time with Westjet! Good thing I'm not a frequent flier...
They do have a 1-800 number. The website could be messed up when you were looking. It happens
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so for WestJet basic.... even when you check in within 24 hours of your flight, you can't change your seat for free?
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Ducky wrote: so for WestJet basic.... even when you check in within 24 hours of your flight, you can't change your seat for free?
On Porter, I logged in at exactly 24 hours to check in and our seats were assigned (luckily we were seated altogether). If we had wanted to change them, we would have had to pay.
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Ducky wrote: so for WestJet basic.... even when you check in within 24 hours of your flight, you can't change your seat for free?
Nope, I've read if you're a group, they'll seat you all separately as well

Basic fares will not be assigned a seat until check-in and can choose to move, for a fee, at that time only. WestJet dollars and qualifying spend will not be earned on Basic fares. Basic fares are non-refundable, changes can not be made and cancellations will not result in a Travel Bank. Difference in fare may apply.
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StatsGuy wrote: Nope, I've read if you're a group, they'll seat you all separately as well
I hate economy basic with a passion but I really think that is a myth.
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cardle wrote: I hate economy basic with a passion but I really think that is a myth.
Not based on trip reports on TA and others here
Manatus wrote: Yes, I've flown WS basic with my wife, and we were not sat together. Plane wasn't full either, i.e. we could have chosen seats together at check-in, but would have had to pay - in fact we were assigned seats with occupied seats next to both of us, so we would have both had to pay to move. In the end we just sat together on the plane. It felt like a cash grab, like they deliberately gave us seats where we would have to pay the most to sit together.
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StatsGuy wrote: Not based on trip reports on TA and others here
You can't possibly say that it happens every single time?

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