Along with details of Qantas and Emirates reciprocal frequent flyer benefits Qantas also announced changes to its checked baggage limits that will see the airline move from a weight and piece limit back to a weight limit, on all international services except for the Americas.
The Qantas switch back to a weight only limit will allow the airline to align with Emirates and provide passengers of both airlines a seamless experience. It was not that long ago (May 2012) that the airline first introduced a piece and weight limit on international services.
These new limits will take effect from 31 March for all tickets issued on or after 26 February, and excludes
An analysis of the before and after changes will see economy class passengers with no status move from a single piece 23kg allowance up to a 30kg multiple piece allowance, unfortunately it looks like passengers travelling in higher classes with no or high status will be the losers after these limits take effect.
For instance a Qantas Platinum / Platinum One member flying in business class today can check 4 pieces weighing up to 32kg each or a whopping 128kg in total, after 31 March this limit more than halves down to a maximum of 60kg over multiple pieces.
Again it is important to restate that these changes only apply to International Flights and do not apply to services to/from the Americas. Checked baggage limits on services to from the Americas will still operate under a piece and weight system.
A full comparison table of the changes can be seen below:
|Cabin||Tier||Current Allowance||New Allowance|
|Economy||Non FF, Bronze||1 pc up to 23kg||30kg|
|Qantas Club, Silver||2 pc up to 23kg each||42kg|
|Gold||2 pc up to 32kg each||46kg|
|Platinum / Platinum One||3 pc up to 32kg each||50kg|
|Premium Economy||Non FF, Bronze||2 pc up to 23kg each||40kg|
|Qantas Club, Silver||3 pc up to 23kg each||52kg|
|Gold||3 pc up to 23kg each||56kg|
|Platinum / Platinum One||3 pc up to 32kg each||60kg|
|Business||Non FF, Bronze||3 pc up to 32kg each||40kg|
|Qantas Club, Silver||3 pc up to 32kg each||52kg|
|Gold||3 pc up to 32kg each||56kg|
|Platinum / Platinum One||4 pc up to 32kg each||60kg|
|First||Non FF, Bronze||3 pc up to 32kg each||50kg|
|Qantas Club, Silver||3 pc up to 32kg each||62kg|
|Gold||3 pc up to 32kg each||66kg|
|Platinum / Platinum One||4 pc up to 32kg each||70kg|
|Infants||NA||1 pc up to 10kg + 3
|10kg + 3
|Children||NA||As per adult allowance +
2 children’s items
|As per adult allowance +
2 children’s items
Are you a higher than bronze QFF or travel in Premium, Business or First, how will these changes effect you?