Qatar boosts baggage allowances across first, business, economy class

Qatar boosts baggage allowances across first, business, economy class

Qatar Airways is increasing its checked luggage allowance for all passengers from September 1st, ahead of the airway's entry into the oneworld alliance later this year.

Business class travellers will see their limit raised from 30kg to 40kg while first class lifts from 40kg to 50kg; in economy, the allowance bumps up from 23kg to 30kg.

Members of Qatar's Privilege Club frequent flyer scheme "will continue to enjoy excess baggage allowance in addition to the new increased baggage allowance", the airline says.

However, tip the scales further and you'll be up for higher excess baggage fees.

Qatar hasn't revealed how large that hike will be, promising to publish the details in September, but "passengers will be able to purchase excess baggage at discounted rates of up to 20% on qatarairways.com."

The number of bags remains the same, of course, and the increases don't apply to destinations where checked luggage is counted on a per-piece rather than per-weight basis.

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David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

5 comments

  • eugoose

    eugoose

    20 Aug, 2013 11:53 pm

    I do wish Qatar would reconsider their stance about flying to Sydney.

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  • Smith

    RMITLad

    21 Aug, 2013 01:24 am

    Sadly it's not their decision, Qatar airways have used up their bilateral allowance of two daily flights into any major (they could fly to Darwin or Adelaide if they wanted) Australian port. Perth and Melbourne offer less competition from EK and EY, and more flexible with lower costs- although the Qatar-Australia Air bilateral is under negotiations again apparently, be curious to see what Qatar can offer to get extra flights from Australia. 

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  • Smith

    RMITLad

    21 Aug, 2013 01:25 am

    This will bring Qatar inline with Emirates, once they new Doha airport opens they will offer some impressive competition to Emirates. 

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  • edy4eva

    edy4eva

    21 Aug, 2013 12:33 pm

    But there's no room to compare. Emirates is like Goliath in terms of "Scheduled Passenger-Kilometers Flown". Think of the number of passengers ferried in/out of Australia on a daily basis. Qatar by contrast has a tiny fraction of the market with only two flights a day (not to mention they're using a 2-class aircraft, a B777 to MEL and a A332 to PER).

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  • mitchimus

    mitchimus

    24 Aug, 2013 12:18 am

    edy4eva, I think you'll find that the Perth flights are currently B777 but will change to B787 later in the year.

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