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.
From January 24 2019, these guests can bring two 7kg, 105cm bags into the cabin (that’s 14kg in total) plus a personal item like a laptop satchel or a handbag without falling afoul of the airline’s carry-on baggage rules, which have become heavily enforced in recent times.
Previously, passengers could still bring two 105cm bags on board, but only up to a combined total weight of 7kg – that’s an average of just 3.5kg per bag when travelling with two bags – which saw many frustrated business travellers forced to check-in their carry-on at Premium Entry or the boarding gate.
Virgin's move brings it into line with Qantas for business class passengers and top-tier frequent flyers on domestic trips, although Qantas has long offered the same allowance 2x7kg carry-on bags plus a personal item for all passengers, regardless of cabin class and frequent flyer status.
However, passengers without a shiny Velocity Gold or Platinum card flying premium economy or economy still face that 7kg total weight limit, again being an average of only 3.5kg per bag when carting along two bags.
In a related change, Virgin Australia also now provides the option of travelling with a single, larger bag measuring up to 115cm and weighing up to 7kg – mirroring Qantas' existing rules once more – whereas Virgin's previous policy technically limited the size of all carry-on bags to 105cm.
Virgin Australia business class passengers on international flights to Hong Kong and Los Angeles could already previously travel with 2x7kg cabin bags, with this change extending that allowance to business class travellers across the airline's entire network.
Australian Business Traveller has contacted Virgin Australia to confirm whether the improved carry-on baggage allowance also applies to Gold- and Platinum-grade members of partner airline frequent flyer programs, and will update this article when a response is received.