Qantas passengers will face an increase up to 75% in excess baggage charges on domestic flights when travelling with more luggage than their ticket allows.
Arrive at the airport with one extra bag beyond the allowance on your ticket and you’ll be hit with a $70 fee, up from $40 previously, while the charge applied to additional suitcases rises from $60 to $90.
For example: if you’re booked in domestic economy class with the standard 1x23kg allowance and have three checked bags, your first bag remains free (as long as it's not over 23kg), the second bag attracts a $70 fee and the third bag $90, totalling $160.
A further “heavy charge” also applies when any single piece of baggage exceeds 23kg (unless your ticket indicates a higher allowance), with the fee jumping from $30 to $50 per bag.
Savvy travellers who pre-pay for excess baggage via the Qantas website before they fly won't completely escape the increase, with the cost per additional bag nudging north from $30 to $35.
Qantas: no change to actual baggage allowances
The actual baggage allowance in economy or business class remains the same, as do the the extra baggage entitlements afforded to Qantas Club members and Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers.
All that’s changing is the fee you’ll pay if you bring extra baggage beyond your total allowance, or for bags which are too heavy for those limited to 23kg per bag.
That means all business class passengers can continue to check-in two 32kg bags on domestic flights at no charge, with Platinum and Platinum One members able to carry a third 32kg bag gratis.
In economy,Qantas Club cardholders and Silver frequent flyers may still bring one bag of up to 32kg in weight (rather than the standard economy allowance of 1x23kg), with Gold-grade members and above permitted to bring 2x32kg bags without attracting additional charges.
Excess and heavy baggage fees remain unchanged on all Qantas international flights to all destinations.
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