Qantas Q bag tag

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Kitch

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Jun 2015

Total posts 72

Hello,

I have recently revived a q bag tag from becoming a qantas silver ff. I would like to know how many of you use it, should I trust it? And does it save much time?

markpk

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Nov 2013

Total posts 436

Domestically it saves having to get the paper tags - drop bag on self checkin belt, scan Q card, etc etc - your done and gone in about a minute.


If you're going to US or Europe I'd take it off as they still use paper tags and other carriers don't read the tag anyway

And yes, I use my allocation - both Gold and Plat

Theresnormissin

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Member since 14 Oct 2016

Total posts 129

I have not had any issues with them and it has generally saved me a fair bit of time at the airport (mainly during peak travel times) by being able to walk straight to the bag drop rather than having to line up to first get the baggage stickers. Beyond that, i trust it as much as I do with any of the more traditional stickers as I doubt that the individual handling the baggage will actually read the label, and is more likely just to put the bag where the scanner says they should. Make sure you write your name and number on the Tag and grab the baggage receipt and you should be fine.

When dropping you bag's I've been told by Qantas ground staff to make sure the barcode on the tag is facing 'out' to ensure the laser that scans your bag can read it.

Also you can only use one q tag on the Outside of your luggage. I'm only saying this as I tried to check a a bag that I had accidentally packed a second tag in along with my clothes. This led to me having to open my bag in front of a line of people to find and remove it before successfully check it in.

jhor

Member since 18 Nov 2013

Total posts 61

I haven't had an issue, but I'm only silver, so don't fly that much. 

A friend who's platinum but only flies domestic economy obviously uses it much more than me... He has more trouble with Qtags than with the paper tags. Not sure if this is a problem with Qantas/QantasLink transfers or Brisbane airport, where he often transfers. He still uses the Qtags because they're faster for check-in, and more convenient as you can leave the tag on your bag, no need to remove old paper tags.

BXX

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Member since 15 Oct 2016

Total posts 5

The Q Tags do save you time for domestic travel. It doesn't help during check in for international flights, as paper tags are still issued, but I do still use them for those flights, as my bags (some tagged with gold and some with silver Q Tags) do seem to be off loaded a bit quicker than most other passengers (at least when returning to Australian airports), even when I have dropped back to Silver status this year, as happened on a flight back from Hong Kong last week.

mberzins

Qantas - Platinum (Lifetime Gold)

Member since 25 Apr 2013

Total posts 51

Domestically it saves having to get the paper tags - drop bag on self checkin belt, scan Q card, etc etc - your done and gone in about a minute.

If you're going to US or Europe I'd take it off as they still use paper tags and other carriers don't read the tag anyway

And yes, I use my allocation - both Gold and Plat

I leave my Qtag on all the time, I can see no reason why you would take it off as the international sectors are not set up to scan it anyway.

foy1mic

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Member since 18 May 2016

Total posts 3

My recent trip to Hong Kong (QF only) saw my Q-Tag crack. It's assumed a bag a lot denser and weightier than mine was thrown on top of my hard case... stuck between a rock and a hard place. QANTAS were quick to replace the tags for me so I scored an extra one.

markpk

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Nov 2013

Total posts 436

Domestically it saves having to get the paper tags - drop bag on self checkin belt, scan Q card, etc etc - your done and gone in about a minute.

If you're going to US or Europe I'd take it off as they still use paper tags and other carriers don't read the tag anyway

And yes, I use my allocation - both Gold and Plat
I leave my Qtag on all the time, I can see no reason why you would take it off as the international sectors are not set up to scan it anyway.

Not all airlines show our baggage the same love as Qantas BH's!

Himeno

Member since 12 Dec 2012

Total posts 289

I got them sent to me when they first came out, silver at the time.
Never used them and they are still in the package they came in.

highflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Apr 2012

Total posts 178

I use it all the time and have no issues.  The only time i have had issues is if i have multiple domestic connection flights...  They tend to miss these for some reason, so the baggage gets delayed.  On international flights, i leave them on, as a "name tag"... but they don't serve any other purpose.  Apparently they may "mess" with the readers within the belt system, but i have had no issues to date yet...

Kitch

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Jun 2015

Total posts 72

Thanks guys for the informa

juicedpixels

Member since 06 Oct 2016

Total posts 13

I got them sent to me when they first came out, silver at the time.
Never used them and they are still in the package they came in.

You can sell them on eBay and get some cash 

markpk

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Nov 2013

Total posts 436

I got them sent to me when they first came out, silver at the time.
Never used them and they are still in the package they came in.

You can sell them on eBay and get some cash 

And how pray tell do you overcome the hard coded FF number in each tag?

highflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Apr 2012

Total posts 178

The bar code on the tag is not linked to your FF account...and isn't used for scanning the Q bag tag.  The bag tag itself uses RFID technology, and so can be used by anyone.  Basically when you weigh your bag and drop it off at the bag tag, the scanner scans the Q Tag and identifies the tag and links it up to your destination/booking.  


There is a short article that can be found here:
http://www.ausbt.com.au/tip-qantas-wireless-bag-tags-can-be-used-by-anyone

CB42

Member since 25 Nov 2016

Total posts 14

Hello,
I have recently revived a q bag tag from becoming a qantas silver ff. I would like to know how many of you use it, should I trust it? And does it save much time?

Have had very little props using Q tags...but things you should be aware of:

Adelaide airport....managed to destroy q tag and lost bag

When booking through in aus..ie going to regional places, if your connecting flight is tight, the big airports can normally handle this, but always insist on peer tag as well.


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