Qantas tightens domestic baggage allowance
As of today, Qantas' more restrictive baggage allowances for domestic flights come into play. A strict piece concept is applied. What are the changes? Let's have a look.
One bag is the new limit, regardless of the class you are flying or even the status.
Qantas applies piece concept to domestic baggage
The new baggage policy for domestic flights by Qantas Airways starts today (June 1st). From now on a strict piece concept is applied. Majority of passengers are now restricted to one checked bag. This applies to Qantas Club members and holders of Silver and Gold Frequent Flyer statuses as well. For an extra bag, you will be charged between AU$ 15 and AU$ 60.
See the table below for an overview of the new domestic baggage allowances of Qantas Airways.
|Class/Status||New baggage allowance||Prior to June 1st|
|Economy||One bag, max 23 kg||Unlimited bags, total max 23 kg|
|Economy/Silver, Gold, Qantas Club||One bag, max 32 kg||Unlimited bags, total max 23 kg|
|Economy/Platinum||Two bags, max 32 kg each||Unlimited bags, total max 38 kg|
|Business||One bag, max 32 kg||Unlimited bags, total max 30 kg|
|Business/Silver, Gold, Platinum||Two bags, max 32 kg each||Unlimited bags, total max 40 kg|
Excess baggage fees
For the extra bags above your listed baggage allowance these fees apply: AU$ 15 for the first extra bag, AU$ 30 for second extra bag. If you pay at the airport, the fees double to AU$ 30 and AU$ 60 respectively. There is a strict limit of two extra bags, no more are allowed from June 1st on. The extra bags are limited to 23 kg each. Should your bag weigh more, there's a AU$ 20 overweight fee to a maximum of 32 kg.
Virgin Australia not imposing this limit
Virgin Australia, the key competitor does not impose such a strict baggage allowances (yet). It's more generous rules for example do not limit the number of bags you can take. And the checked baggage allowance goes up to an astonishing 69 kg using the Premium fare.
Jiří Parimucha, Jun 1, 2011
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