• Airlines aim to lose fewer bags with new RFID baggage tags

    Whether taking a non-stop flight or transiting from one aircraft to the next, having a barcoded tag attached to your baggage is a staple of travel the world over: but that could soon change, with new contactless RFID baggage tags set to replace the humble barcode. According to the International ...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2019 6 Comments

  • This simple trick helps ensure your suitcase arrives on the belt

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. It’s no secret that airlines accidentally send bags to the wrong places – or very occasionally, lose them entirely – but there’s one very easy thing you...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2019 13 Comments

  • Etihad clamps down on baggage transfers for connecting flights

    Etihad Airways passengers who book connecting flights under separate reservations will no longer have their baggage checked through to their final destination. Instead, travellers who make separate flight bookings for the one journey will only find their bag tagged to their first destination &nd...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2017 14 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific abandons unpopular Oneworld checked baggage rules

    EXCLUSIVE | Cathay Pacific will scrap its restrictive and unfriendly through-checked baggage rules from January 1 2017, reverting to the airline's previous policy. Introduced earlier this year as part of an alliance-wide policy change at Oneworld, the new rules required passengers with connectin...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2016 23 Comments

  • Qantas hikes excess baggage charges on domestic flights

    Qantas passengers will face an increase up to 75% in excess baggage charges on domestic flights when travelling with more luggage than their ticket allows. Arrive at the airport with one extra bag beyond the allowance on your ticket and you’ll be hit with a $70 fee, up from $40 previously,...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2016 7 Comments

  • New Qantas, American Airlines baggage rules cause transit trauma

    Revised rules for handling checked baggage on connecting Qantas and American Airlines flights could add time and hassle to your next stateside trip. Despite the two airlines' joint venture across the Pacific, check-in staff are no longer obliged to tag your baggage through to your final destinat...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2016 16 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

  • Five easy ways to tamper-proof your suitcase

    Luggage tampering and theft happens all around the world – even when you’re heading to tourist-friendly destinations such as Los Angeles and New York, which were recently named as America’s two worst-ranking cities for claims of missing items from checked baggage. Wherever your...

    POSTED 7 May, 2015 10 Comments

  • Paklite unveils new 'Altitude' luggage range

    Paklite’s new ‘Altitude’ range of hard-shell suitcases have hit the streets and skies, with both cabin and checked bags now on sale. All bags come in both Cool Copper and Gun Metal metallic finishes – making them easier to spot at baggage claim – while the 115cm, $2...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2015 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia: free checked baggage for all domestic travellers

    Paying for checked baggage on Virgin Australia domestic flights will soon be a thing of the past with the airline to afford every economy class passenger at least one 23kg bag at no charge. ‘Saver Lite’ economy tickets, the only remaining domestic fare type without an inclusive bagga...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2015 15 Comments

  • Flying to the USA or Canada? Save your suitcase: grab a TSA lock

    Locking your luggage is a great deterrent to would-be thieves, but if you’re travelling to the USA or Canada, you’ll need to use a special type of lock to secure your bag – otherwise the TSA or CATSA can and will cut it off or even break open your checked baggage if it needs to ...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2015 10 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

  • Garuda Indonesia boosts baggage allowances

    Garuda Indonesia is improving the checked baggage allowance for customers across all cabin classes, with travellers set to receive an additional 10kg across the airline’s global network. The changes take place immediately, mirroring the allowances already provided on flights to and from Au...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2013 1 Comment

  • 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, ...

    POSTED 20 Aug, 2013 5 Comments

  • Airbus reveals iPhone-enabled 'smart bag' with RFID, GPS tracking

    Airbus is best known for aircraft like its A380 superjumbo and the next-generation A350 jetliner, but the company has cooked up something else to delight the traveller: a prototype 'smart' bag complete with a companion iPhone app and 'Find My Bag' function to track lost luggage. Christened 'Ba...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2013 7 Comments

  • Qantas changes international luggage limits to match Emirates

    Qantas will change international baggage allowances from counting number of bags to counting their weight, bringing them in line with Emirates, as the Qantas-Emirates alliance starts up on 1 April. Qantas' and Emirates' Platinum, Gold and Silver frequent flyers will receive extra allowances on t...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2013 15 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's new baggage limits: more for most flyers

    Virgin Australia's new checked luggage rules, recently introduced alongside the airline's move to the Sabre booking system, could catch a few travellers unawares. But on the whole, passengers on most fares and Velocity Frequent Flyers will find themselves no worse off, and in some cases the...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2013 4 Comments

  • Virgin & Etihad boost checked baggage allowance

    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 Dhab...

    POSTED 6 Nov, 2012 4 Comments

  • What to do when an airline damages or destroys your luggage

    It's a rare frequent flyer who hasn't had an airline wreck their baggage -- whether it's a giant crack down your "unbreakable" hard-sided case, a rip in your "military-grade" ballistic nylon bag, or a zip disaster that has your meeting clothes making their own way around the carousel. Naturally,...

    POSTED 13 Jun, 2012 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia introduces new luggage rules and restrictions

    Today sees the start of Virgin Australia's new rules for checked baggage on all domestic flights and trans-Tasman services to New Zealand. The airline moves from its current system of charging for baggage according to weight and shift to a ‘per piece’ model – which means r...

    POSTED 16 May, 2012 8 Comments

  • Five tips to keep your luggage smelling fresh on the road

    We've all been there -- that point halfway through a business trip where there's something in your travel bag that's making everything in it smell a little less than crispy fresh. It's even more disheartening to pack away clothes straight from the hotel laundry (and at hotel laundry prices, no l...

    POSTED 11 May, 2012 1 Comment

  • Qantas rolls out new baggage limits, excess fees next week

    Qantas will introduce new luggage limits and fees for checked bags on international flights next week as the airline moves from its current weight system to a 'piece and weight' system. Under the new plan, which takes effect for all tickets issued on or after May 2, passengers will fac...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2012 9 Comments

  • US Skycap airport porters: a good deal for heavy or bulky luggage

    Flying through a US airport with lots of hold luggage? Tip the Skycap airport porter to carry your checked bags instead of spending the same amount of money on a pay-per-use luggage trolley. At most US airports -- especially the ones Australian business travellers are likely to find themselves p...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2011 3 Comments

  • SkyTeam adds extra baggage allowance for elite frequent flyers

    Global airline network SkyTeam has set standardised extra baggage allowances for its high-tier Elite and Gold Elite frequent flyers, which will come into effect next week on 1 September. Passengers travelling from Australia on China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Korean Air or Vietnam Airlines ...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

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