• Now you can bring a heavier bag as Qantas increases carry-on allowance

    Qantas is increasing the per-bag weight limit for cabin bags on domestic flights, with passengers now able to bring a carry-on bag as heavy as 10kg. The new rules take effect from Monday 25 March and provide additional flexibility for travellers who have felt stymied by the current cap of 7kg pe...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2019 72 Comments

  • Virgin Australia increases business class cabin baggage allowance

    EXCLUSIVE | Business class passengers travelling on Virgin Australia domestic and short-distance international flights can now take advantage of a more generous cabin baggage allowance, as can Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers booked in premium economy or economy. What is the carry-on a...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2019 15 Comments

  • Qantas cracks down on domestic carry-on baggage

    Passengers travelling on Qantas domestic flights can expect to have their carry-on baggage weighed before departure as the airline moves to enforce its existing cabin baggage rules. Items exceeding the published allowance of 7kg per bag are now routinely being checked-in at the boarding gate for...

    POSTED 27 Nov, 2018 124 Comments

  • Why Virgin's cabin baggage allowance is bad for business travel

    TALKING POINT | For many business travellers, flying without checked baggage saves lots of time on the road, whether by avoiding the airport check-in queues, making the most of perks like Fly Ahead to get home faster, or stepping straight out of the airport and onto the next meeting, with no bag ...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2018 45 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific, Dragonair boost carry-on, checked baggage limits

    Cathay Pacific and Dragonair will boost checked baggage allowances from next month, giving every traveller at least 10kg more than under the current system. Cabin baggage limits on Dragonair will also increase to align with Cathay Pacific – particularly useful for travellers on the Hong Ko...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2016 5 Comments

  • New Trunkster bag packs in GPS tracking, scale, USB charger

    Losing your luggage will soon become a thing of the past, with America’s Trunkster brand unveiling bags with built-in GPS tracking, USB charging and even a baggage scale in the handle. Available in carry-on and checked sizes and set to hit the shelves in 2015, the bags’ contents can ...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2014 3 Comments

  • Jetstar cuts carry-on baggage allowance

    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 fr...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2014 22 Comments

  • Jetstar carry-on baggage crack down kicks off next week

    UPDATE | Jetstar's six-month trial of 'cabin baggage officers' will kick off at airports in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast on Monday October 13. These staff are tasked with weighing and measuring customers' bags, and will arrange to have bags checked in if they&rsquo...

    POSTED 7 Oct, 2014 45 Comments

  • New Airbus A320 pivoting bins offer up to 60% more storage

    Airbus will introduce new pivoting overhead bins as an optional extra on the A320 family of aircraft in 2016, boosting usable storage space by up to 60% over the existing ‘fold-up’ lockers. Unveiled at the Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Expo in Anaheim, USA, Delta Air Lines is o...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2014 4 Comments

  • Boeing

    Unveiled today, Boeing's new ‘Space Bins’ could give travellers 50% more storage space than the current ‘Pivot Bins’ found on Qantas' and Virgin Australia's newer Boeing 737 aircraft. Capable of squeezing in six bags per locker – up from the Pivot Bins’ four &...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2014 4 Comments

  • In search of the perfect carry-on bag

    Business travellers put a lot of thought into picking the perfect carry-on bag, and that's as it should be. For the frequent flyer, the right hand luggage lets you zip through security, make an overnight trip without the time-consuming hassle of checked bags – and keep your gear safe ...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2014 19 Comments

  • Travel tip: how to safely pack wine in your luggage

    One of the many joys of travel is the opportunity to sample new wines and bring back some bottles of the best for yourself or friends. We've been known to pick up a top bottle of Argentinian Malbec or French Côtes du Rhone while on a business trip, and after much trial and error (especiall...

    POSTED 2 Jan, 2014 8 Comments

  • How to pack like a pro: roll some clothes, fold others

    Since the suitcase was invented (and certainly since business travellers have tried to squeeze everything they need into a carry-on sized one), packing to avoid wrinkles has been top of the list. Rolling certain types of clothes rather than folding them helps to save space in your luggage -- and...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2012 3 Comments

  • Travel tip: keep important docs in a separate pouch in your carry-on

    With carry on bags getting smaller and less briefcase-like as laptops and other personal electronics shrinking in size and weight, we see many travellers fumbling to organise the pieces of paper we all use to travel. Airline ticket confirmations, hotel booking printouts, rental car reservations,...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2012 5 Comments

  • Louis Vuitton luggage videos show you how the other half packs

    If you've got more money than sense and are toting Louis Vuitton luggage, the luxury bagmaker has some fun animations of how to pack so that you can amuse yourself instead of doing whatever it is that means you're thinking about buying Louis Vuitton luggage. (Starring on The Shire, perhaps.) It'...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2012 3 Comments

  • Qantas trials Boeing 737 upgrade to fit more bags in overhead bins

    Qantas will trial a new overhead bin system in its Boeing 737-800 aircraft designed to fit not only larger carry-on bags, but more of them. The retrofit system, codenamed Project Amber and developed by aircraft interiors firm Heath Tecna, will be installed by Qantas into one of it...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2012 4 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines changes bag rules, set to join oneworld in Q4

    Malaysia Airlines says its plans to join the oneworld airline alliance are firmly on track, with MAS spokesman Ismadi Yusuff confirming to Australian Business Traveller that the airline "will join oneworld in Q4." MAS also highlighted that its flights have been added to the onewor...

    POSTED 17 May, 2012 3 Comments

  • What to look for when buying a carry-on bag

    Business travellers put a lot of thought into picking the perfect carry-on bag. That's as it should be. For the frequent flyer, the right hand luggage lets you zip through security, make an overnight trip without the time-consuming hassle of checked bags (especially if you pack efficiently)...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2012 7 Comments

  • Australian airlines' carry-on baggage limits - and what they mean

    Confused by how much hand luggage you can take on an Australian airline? Or trying to find out what "115cm bag plus personal item" means? We've updated our handy reference guide for the major Australian airlines (Qantas and Virgin Australia, plus Jetstar, Rex and Skywest), explaining the limits ...

    POSTED 10 Feb, 2012 6 Comments

  • Has the ultrabook killed the traditional laptop bag?

    For years, we've hankered after the perfect laptop bag for every situation -- light enough for nipping across town to a meeting, capacious enough for business trips to the other side of the world, plus a spot of working from home on a Friday. But the newest batch of small, light ultrabook laptop...

    POSTED 9 Feb, 2012 5 Comments

  • Useful or useless: do packing cubes help with your carry-on bag?

    Packing cubes are lightweight mini-cases that sit inside your existing hand luggage. The idea behind them is that you just open your carry-on and pull out the packing cube you need (for shirts or trousers, say) rather than having to dig through your entire case. Your clothes are also somewhat pr...

    POSTED 19 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • World's lightest carry-on luggage

    It comes as a surprise to many travellers when they first weigh their cabin bag empty -- the average heavy-duty nylon business wheel-aboard weighs about 5KG! That leaves a piffling 2KG for the contents of the bag, given Qantas and Virgin Australia's weight limit of 7KG. It then becomes obvious ...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2011 3 Comments

  • Suitcases and bags: two wheels or four?

    If you want a fiery debate along the lines of Holden vs Ford or Windows vs Mac, host a barbeque with some frequent travellers and bring up the issue of two wheel vs four wheel roller bags. You may be surprised by the strength of the responses. Some people really resent those who aren't licensed ...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2011 5 Comments

  • In the USA? How to avoid checked bag fees in the land of the luggage charge

    If you're surprised by the amount of stuff that people bring with them on a plane in the USA, here's the reason why: on just about every airline, there's a charge to check even your first piece of hold luggage. No wonder US "road warriors" roll their trusty wheeled luggage down the aisle (and ov...

    POSTED 30 May, 2011 2 Comments

  • 37-pocket cabin baggage coat evades 7kg limit

    If you're frustrated by the ridiculously low weight limits airlines impose on cabin baggage, the solution may well be wearable cabin baggage. Scottevest makes coats that can carry anything from an iPad to a laptop, and the company makes no bones about what the jackets are for: "Why pay for a car...

    POSTED 26 May, 2011 2 Comments

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