Qantas Gold and Platinum frequent flyers travelling across the Oneworld airline alliance now enjoy priority baggage delivery and a boosted baggage allowance, regardless of which member airline they choose to travel with.
In the same light, Oneworld Emerald and Oneworld Sapphire members now enjoy similar perks when jetting about with Qantas, or any other Oneworld airline.
That roster also includes top-tier travellers with American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways and more.
Oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby said that following the alliance’s extensive membership expansion, “we are now carrying out a full review of everything the alliance provides its member airlines and customers to ensure Oneworld offers the best.”
“These two new benefits are the first initiatives to be rolled out as part of this process."
New Oneworld checked baggage perks
Qantas Gold, Oneworld Sapphire
Qantas Gold frequent flyers and other Oneworld Sapphire members pick up an extra 15kg atop of the regular baggage allowance in economy where the 'weight' system is used, with priority baggage tags to boot.
Oneworld international itineraries: Sapphire members jetting abroad may bring with them a second 23kg bag on flights or airlines using the 'piece' system.
If the standard ticket already provides for two 23kg bags – such as when flying with Qantas from Australia to the United States in economy – no additional allowance applies for Oneworld frequent flyers.
However, there's no change to the existing higher baggage allowances provided by Qantas to its own frequent flyers, which may be higher than that provided to elites of other Oneworld programs.
Oneworld domestic-only itineraries: Rather than providing for excess baggage, Sapphire elites are instead given a 'safety net' of at least one 23kg bag on any Oneworld domestic flight – and on Chile-based LAN Airlines, that becomes two bags with a maximum combined weight of 23kg.
While it's great to have a worldwide waiver of baggage fees, it means no change for mid-tier Oneworld flyers of other airlines when jetting about domestically with Qantas, as the Red Roo already affords all economy travellers at least one free checked bag weighing up to 23kg.
Qantas Platinum, Platinum One, Chairmans Lounge, Oneworld Emerald
Aussie travellers with a Qantas Platinum card or above, or Oneworld Emerald status via different airline already receive a bonus baggage allowance when flying with Oneworld, with today's changes making priority baggage delivery a formal published benefit.
Where the 'weight' system is used, Emerald elites can continue to check an extra 20kg of baggage – or one extra bag under the 'piece' system.
Qantas Club members and Qantas Frequent flyers with Silver status or higher continue to enjoy a greater allowance on Qantas domestic and international flights, including to the USA.
The fine print
For Emerald and Sapphire members stuck in economy, you'll also be stuck waiting at the baggage carousel if flying with British Airways – BA has opted-out of priority baggage delivery for all but its own frequent flyers and passengers at the pointy end.
The airline also sells 'Hand Baggage Only' fares on a number of short flights within the UK and Europe, on which your shiny frequent flyer card won't bring a free baggage allowance of any description, let alone a priority tag.
However, when BA does provide a baggage boost, it's more generous than the pack.
Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald frequent flyers, plus other travellers on the same reservation get an extra free checked bag when booked in economy on World Traveller, Euro Traveller and regular U.K. domestic fares.
Whether sitting down the back or relaxing up the very front, BA also raises the limit per bag from 23kg to 32kg for Sapphires and Emeralds, although this bonus doesn't apply to everyone else on the ticket.
Airberlin continues to allow Oneworld elites to take a second bag into the cabin on its domestic and international flights – weighing up to 8kg, or 10kg if it contains a laptop – in addition to the new Oneworld checked baggage allowance.
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