• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • United slashes business class baggage limits, adds $200 fee

    United Airlines is cutting baggage allowances with immediate effect for business and first class passengers across its network. Business class passengers' luggage limit is now two bags of 32 kg each, down from three bags.  The airline is now charging business class passengers a sky-high ext...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2013 1 Comment

  • 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

  • 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

  • Qantas baggage policy change: codeshare flights now get Qantas allowances

    UPDATE: Qantas has alerted us to a recent change in its baggage policy that now allows passengers flying on a QF coded flight to get Qantas baggage allowances, regardless of the airline being flown. This is a great step in the right direction towards standardisation of baggage allowances on code...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2011 1 Comment

  • United Continental halves baggage allowance to USA

    United Continental is tightening its baggage policy between Australia and the US/Canada, limiting passengers to one free bag instead of two. For tickets purchased from today, for travel after August 15th, a second bag will cost US$70 on top of the ticket cost. Its announcement was couched in so...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas slugs passengers mid-trip for new baggage allowance

    Qantas is hitting passengers with excess baggage fees under its new one-bag policy introduced yesterday, even if they started their trip before the new policy came into effect. A Qantas spokeswoman told Australian Business Traveller that Qantas would not give any grace to passengers who wer...

    POSTED 2 Jun, 2011 6 Comments

  • New Qantas baggage allowance: only one bag checked free, you pay for the rest

    Tough new baggage allowances come into play today for Qantas, with most passengers on domestic flights limited to one checked bag – even if they're a member of the Qantas Club or hold Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver or Gold status. Qantas is also introducing new baggage limits and excess...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2011 8 Comments

  • Ouch: Virgin Blue doubles baggage fees

    Virgin Blue is doubling its some of its baggage charges as part of a move to recoup rising fuel costs. From March, passengers who have booked on a Virgin Blue Go or Blue Saver (no baggage) fare and then decide they want to check baggage, or are forced to by Virgin Blue due to their cabin baggage...

    POSTED 17 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas boosts international checked baggage allowance for frequent flyers

    High-status frequent flyers are the winners in Qantas’ June 1st rejig of international checked luggage allowances, especially in business class and first class.While the new checked luggage scheme for domestic flights is a mixed bag for many travellers, including some frequent flyers, the r...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2011 1 Comment

  • Cathay Pacific cuts fees on excess baggage

    Travellers heading to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific will soon have less to pay for excess baggage. The changes will take effect from December 1st, with flyers paying $13 less per kilo over the limit. The new system divides Cathay Pacific's destinations into specific zones. A flight from Sydney (Zon...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

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