Virgin & Etihad boost checked baggage allowance

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 Dhabi and beyond.

Members of the Virgin Australia Velocity and Etihad Guest frequent flyer programs can pile on even more, with Velocity Platinum and Etihad Guest Elite covered for up to 50kg of free baggage.

The generous new allowances start today, November 6th.

For flights operated by Etihad Airways, the new guidelines also allow for additional complimentary check-in of some sporting equipment.

Earlier this year Virgin and Etihad increased the baggage allowance for premium passengers, which now stands at 40kg for business class and 50kg for first class.

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.


  • Peter Loh


    6 Nov, 2012 05:05 pm

    To be fair, Qantas Platinums already enjoy 3x 32kg checked baggage and Golds enjoy at least 2x 32kg (on non-US routes). The only mismatch is where Qantas allows only 23kg on Economy for those with less than Silver status. Hopefully this will be matched to Emirates' 30kg baseline allowance.

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  • aviator


    7 Nov, 2012 08:39 pm

    Given how expensive fuel is I'm surprised they decided to increase the baggage allowance

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  • airtraveladdict


    12 Nov, 2012 10:07 pm

    those poor luggage handlers and their backs!

    i hope they have good health insurance.

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  • Andie


    13 Nov, 2012 02:45 am

    As a business traveller how many actually check in luggage? The last time I checked something in was because someone decided my International carry on needed to be checked in

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