Qantas will encourage passengers to check in earlier for domestic flights in an effort to get more flights away on time, although 'premium' passengers travelling only with hand luggage will be given an extra 10 minutes' grace.
The new scheme kicks in on 5 August 2015, and here's what you need to know.
If you're flying without checked baggage, as so many domestic business travellers do, you'll have to check in for your flight 30 minutes prior to departure instead of the current 15 minute window.
But with Qantas' tap-and-go check-in towers available to all frequent flyers at the airport, plus online check-in through the airline's iPhone and Android smartphone apps, Apple Watch app and three-click mobile service, the tighter timeline shouldn't be an issue.
Business class passengers – and Qantas Frequent Flyers brandishing a Gold, Platinum or Platinum One card, as well as Qantas Club members – who are in 'hand luggage only' mode will also be allowed to check-in 20 minutes before departure (which is about the time the flight would be boarding anyway).
If you've got bags to be checked in for that domestic flight, the 30 minute window remains in place.
'Check-in on time, arrive on time' is the marketing mantra.
Qantas says the earlier cut-off will speed the processing of preflight paperwork, and that "less than two per cent of customers" are currently checking in during the 15-30 minute window.
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