Qantas boosts international carry-on bag allowance

Premium passengers can now bring a cabin bag weighing up to 10kg on international Qantas flights.

By David Flynn, September 3 2019
Qantas boosts international carry-on bag allowance

Qantas is increasing the carry-on weight limit in first class, business class and premium economy on international flights, with those  passengers now able to bring a cabin bag as heavy as 10kg compared to the previous 7kg cap.

The move brings Qantas' international baggage policy in line with that of its domestic flights, which in turn will remove some headaches for premium passengers connecting between domestic and international flights.

Under new rules now in effect, the overall weight of each passenger's carry-on baggage is still restricted to 14kg across two bags if they're in booked in first, business or premium economy – however, a single cabin bag can now tip the scales to 10kg. The 7kg-per-bag limit remains in place for economy class flyers.

In short, Qantas' international premium passengers can choose between the following mix of carry-on bags

  • one 10kg bag (measuring up to 115cm), or
  • two bags (measuring up to 105cm each) with a combined weight of 14kg, and either of those bags can weigh 10kg, or
  • one 10kg (measuring up to 105cm) plus a soft garment bag (measuring up to 185cm)

There's one caveat in this more flexible arrangement: Qantas maintains that passengers must to be able to able to lift their own bags into the overhead lockers, as "cabin bins that are too full or bags that are too heavy can cause a safety risk for both customers and crew."

Qantas revised its domestic cabin bag policy in March this year, following trials which included weighing passengers' carry-on bags at the boarding gate.

The airline said that while nine out of ten domestic travellers had under 10kg of cabin baggage in total, around 40% of those had a bag weighing between 7kg and 10kg.

"We’ve had feedback from our frequent flyers who said they can easily keep within the 14kg limit but would like flexibility in how they use their cabin baggage allowance," remarked Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David, adding that most passengers on short business trips and weekends away "only travel with one carry-on bag plus a small personal item."


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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Fair enough.

05 Dec 2018

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Good move Qantas, consistent with domestic rules now. Less confusion for customers.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Sep 2018

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I only ever travel with carry on, even when travelling to Europe for 4 weeks. I do usually have about 8kg, so I am very happy that I no longer have to worry. I have only had my bag weighed once and that was at the international connection checkin and they could not have cared less that my bag was slightly overweight.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Nov 2016

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I like it that passengers must be able to lift their own bags. The extra kilos make it attractive for carry on.

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