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WestJet's top 10 holiday travel tips

CALGARY, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - WestJet today issued its top 10 holiday travel
tips to ensure its guests enjoy a smooth travel experience during the
airline's busiest time of year.
"December is one of the busiest months for air travel" said Bob Cummings,
WestJet Executive Vice-President of Guest Experience and Marketing. "In true
WestJet spirit, we want our guests to start the holiday season off right and
these tips can help make their travel plans as stress-free as possible."

WestJet's top 10 holiday travel tips

1. Check your flight - Airports are busy this time of year so double
check that your flight is leaving on time by using WestJet Flight
Status on

2. Choose the check-in option that is right for you - Remember, WestJet
guests now have four options for check in; Web check in, Mobile check
in, kiosk check in and traditional counter check in. Remember to jot
down your WestJet Confirmation Number when booking and then take
advantage of the many options WestJet offers to make flying over the
holidays a little less stressful.

3. Get to the airport early - Reserve a taxi or make time for busy and
full airport parking. WestJet recommends arriving at the airport at
least two hours before your flight during the holidays.

4. Pack properly - All wrapped presents should go in checked baggage
with a fragile tag. Unfortunately any wrapped gifts in carry-on
baggage will be unwrapped at security.

5. Be aware of checked baggage restrictions and tag your bags - Make
sure your bags are clearly tagged and that there are no loose straps
etc. WestJet allows two pieces of check-baggage per guest at 50
pounds per piece. Sporting equipment such as skis and snowboards are
considered to be part of the checked baggage allowance of two pieces.

6. Be aware of carry-on baggage restrictions - WestJet accepts two
pieces of carry-on baggage per guest at 22 pounds each. Remember
Transport Canada's restriction for liquids, gels and aerosols in
carry-on baggage. Liquids, gels and aerosols are permitted provided
that the items are packaged in containers with a capacity of 100 ml /
100 grams (3.4 oz) or less, and that the containers fit comfortably
in one clear, closed and resealable plastic bag with a capacity of no
more than 1 litre (1 quart). The approximate dimensions of a one
litre/quart bag are 15.24 cm by 22.86 cm (6 in. by 9 in.) or 20 cm by
17.5 cm (8 in. by 7 in.). One bag per guest will be permitted.

7. Plan for your pets - Only, leak-proof soft-sided kennels designed to
fit under the seat are accepted in the cabin. With the amount of
excess baggage that guests typically take over the holiday period,
the cargo holds are full and do not provide a safe and comfortable
environment for pets. WestJet's holiday pet embargo for animals in
checked baggage runs from December 15, 2008, to January 6, 2009,
inclusive; however, cats, dogs, rabbits, and birds may be able to
travel in the cabin of the aircraft.

8. Bring games and toys for kids - Make sure to pack some small games or
toys for the little ones traveling this holiday. A long trip will
pass much quicker with some entertainment. Remember that WestJet
offers live seatback television so pack your single-pronged

9. Make sure to stay hydrated - The aircraft cabin can be very dry, make
sure to drink lots of water during your flight. WestJet offers
complimentary refreshments plus a buy-on-board service with a variety
of snacks and beverages to purchase.

10. Share a holiday joke with the inflight crew - WestJetters are always
looking for new material! If you have an appropriate holiday joke
that makes you laugh every time, feel free to share it on board and
help us spread festive cheer!

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's leading high-value low-cost airline offering
scheduled service throughout its 51-city North American and Caribbean network.
Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2005, 2006 and 2007, WestJet
pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom and
leather seats on its modern fleet of 76 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft,
and live seatback television provided by Bell TV. With future confirmed
deliveries for an additional 45 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013,
WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.