Jetstar is reducing its carry-on baggage allowance across all Australian domestic and international flights from late November in both business class and economy.
As Australian Business Traveller tipped earlier this month, the maximum weight per cabin bag on most Jetstar flights will decrease from 10kg to 7kg, bringing it in line with all other major Australian airlines.
From November 25, business class passengers can bring aboard either two bags at a maximum of 7kg each – down from the current 2x10kg limit – or one 115cm bag plus one larger non-rigid garment bag, again at a maximum of 7kg per piece.
Down the back of the bus, economy travellers can continue to bring one main cabin bag and one ‘small item’, but will be capped at a combined total weight of 7kg: also a 30% drop on the current 10kg limit.
Handbags, pocket books, purses, coats and umbrellas are all considered ‘small items’ by Jetstar, as are duty free purchases made ahead of international flights – so pack lightly if you plan to top up your cellar before the journey home.
The only exception to the rule is Jetstar Japan, where passengers on its all-economy flights can continue to bring 10kg of carry-on baggage: keeping it aligned with both Japan Airlines and All Nippon (ANA) which fly on a number of the same routes.
Jetstar's website now displays the new baggage allowance when booking flights that depart after the changeover:
For passengers who had already booked flights prior to October 28 for travel beyond November 25, Jetstar will honour the higher baggage allowance that was presented to the traveller at the time of booking – either 20kg in business class or 10kg in economy.
Whichever limit applies, ‘cabin baggage officers’ are now greeting passengers at the boarding gate in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast to ensure that the airline’s restrictions are being adhered to.
Travellers attempting to bring aboard bags that are too large or heavy will find them placed into the aircraft hold in line with the checked baggage allowance that was purchased for that flight.
Those on a 'carry-on only' fare who exceed the published limits will have to cough up $50 for their newly-checked baggage, whether it’s discovered at the check-in desk or at the boarding gate.
Both Qantas and Virgin Australia already restrict cabin bags to a maximum of 7kg each, as do a number of low-cost carriers that reach Australian shores including Air Asia, Scoot and Cebu Pacific.
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