Are we about to see a luggage war break out between Australian airlines and their Gulf counterparts?
Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways are increasing the complimentary checked baggage allowance in economy class to 30kg, up from the previous 23kg for flights from Australia to Abu Dhabi and beyond.
Members of the Virgin Australia Velocity and Etihad Guest frequent flyer programs can pile on even more, with Velocity Platinum and Etihad Guest Elite covered for up to 50kg of free baggage.
The generous new allowances start today, November 6th.
For flights operated by Etihad Airways, the new guidelines also allow for additional complimentary check-in of some sporting equipment.
Earlier this year Virgin and Etihad increased the baggage allowance for premium passengers, which now stands at 40kg for business class and 50kg for first class.