It’s December and the holiday season is just around the corner. If you’re planning your annual flight to visit family or friends or fleeing the cold Canadian winter for a sunny beach, here’s some travel tips to help reduce your stress and keep you jolly during the holidays.

Check Your Confirmation
Whether you book your flight from our website, through our call centre, or through a travel agent, you should always check your confirmation to ensure your personal and contact information and flight details are accurate. If you encounter an error, contact your travel agent or a Pacific Coastal Airlines Customer Service Agent at 1-800-663-2872 immediately.

Arrive Early
We always recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 60 minutes ahead of your scheduled flight time. Check-in and checked baggage acceptance closes 40 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. Failure to be checked-in prior to closing may result in the cancellation of your entire reservation. As per Transport Canada, Identity Screening Regulations require all passengers who appear 18 years of age or older to present ID at check-in and when boarding.

Online Check-In
Quick and convenient, our self-serve, online check-in service provides you with the option to check-in for your flight from any computer between 24 hours and up to 1 hour ahead of scheduled flight time. You can find our online check-in on our homepage next to ‘Book’ and ‘Manage’.

Online check-in will also allow customers to pre-pay for any checked baggage or ancillary items online to save you even more time when dropping off their checked baggage. Upon completion of the online check-in, you can either print a boarding pass from your home or have an electronic boarding pass emailed to your mobile device to display at the time of boarding.

Choose the Right Fare
Pacific Coastal offers a range of fare products with unique features and benefits designed to meet your specific travel needs. Bravo, our most affordable fare, has more restrictions including change and cancellation fees. Classic is our mid-range fare class and our premium fare product Encore offers more free checked baggage and no cancellation or change fees.

Wrapped Christmas Gifts
CATSA recommends to leave your gifts unwrapped as the contents may need to be inspected. You can visit their website online here for more details.

Checked Baggage
If you are travelling with Christmas gifts, this often means heavier bags and more checked items. The features and benefits of our unique fare classes allow you the flexibility to choose a fare that suits your needs, especially if you are planning to travel with checked bags.

A checked bag is one item, weighing up to a maximum of 50 pounds (23 kilograms) with maximum linear dimension of 62 inches (158 cm). Linear dimension is calculated by adding together the bags outside height, width and length. All wheels and handles should be included when measuring. Click here to learn more about our checked baggage policy.

Regular Fares (including GST)

 1st Checked Piece2nd Checked Piece3 Pieces or moreOversized or overweight
(single item exceeding 50lbs
or 62" linear dimensions)
Bravo Fare*$31.50$52.50$105.00$105.00
Classic Fare*FREE$52.50$105.00$105.00
Encore Fare*FREEFREE$105.00$105.00

QuikPass Fares (including GST)

 1st Checked Piece2nd Checked Piece3 Pieces or moreOversized or overweight
(single item exceeding 50lbs
or 62" linear dimensions)
QuikPass BravoFREE$52.50$105.00$105.00
QuikPass ClassicFREEFREE$105.00$105.00
QuikPass EncoreFREEFREE$105.00$105.00

Carry On Baggage
You may also take advantage of our carry on baggage policy which is limited to two pieces: 1 Standard Article (such as a carry-on bag/roller) and 1 personal item (such as larger purse, laptop bag, or diaper bag) within size and weight limitations.

Max Dimensions and Weights

 Maximum SizeMaximum Weight
1 Standard Article9" x 15.5" x 21.5"
(23cm x 40cm x 55cm)
1 Personal Article6" x 13" x 17"
(16cm x 33cm x 43cm)

Christmas Cargo
We offer a variety of cargo products to suit your holiday needs. Please keep in mind to leave gifts unwrapped in advance as they may need to be searched for security reasons.

Seasonal Pet & Live Animal Embargo
Due to higher seasonal passenger traffic which impacts weight and load availability, Pacific Coastal checked pet and live animal embargo is in effect from Thursday, December 19, 2019 until Sunday, January 5, 2020 inclusive. For more information, please visit our website online.

Wine, beer, and other spirits are common Christmas gifts. If you are traveling with these items you need to ensure that they are adequately packed and stored in you checked baggage. Don’t forget to check that these are not accidentally left in your carry on bag as you will end up leaving that expensive bottle of Champagne behind at security!

Flight Status Updates
Unexpected delays and cancellations can happen at any time, especially due to inclement winter weather. You can get up-to-date information on your flight at any time by using our online Flight Status tool.

Story by Kevin Boothroyd
Photo Credit: Jodie Sanheim