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 infant items 10kg + 3 infant items 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?
From 1 June 2011 Qantas will be significantly changing it domestic checked baggage allowance that among other changes will include charging for additional checked bags or items. In the past as long as a passenger stayed within their cabin and status limits they could check as many bags as they liked, but from 1 June this will be a luxury of the past. Now there are some bonuses for passengers with status i.e. platinum status in business and economy class (or silver/ gold on Business Class) these passengers do get more total weight however there is still an item limit (see table below for details) Let’s drill down into the details comparing current limits as they stand now against what they will be after 1 June 2011. Class/Status Before 1 June 2011 After 1 June 2011 Domestic Economy No status 23kg total unlimited items 23kg Single Item Qantas Club, Silver or Gold 33kg total unlimited items 32kg single Item Platinum 38kg total unlimited items 2 items 32kg each -64kg total Domestic Business Class (Inc Q Club) 30kg or 40kg unlimited items 32kg single item Silver or Gold 40kg total unlimited items 2 items 32kg each -64kg total Platinum 45kg total unlimited items 2 items 32kg each -64kg total Charges for additional baggage in addition to your class/status limit are $15 for 1st additional bag and $30 for 2nd additional bag when purchased online (via Manage My Booking page) before you arrive at the airport or $30 for 1st additional checked back and $60 for 2nd additional checked bag if you pay at the airport. So the low down is if you are a normal status flyer and fly with more than a single item your hip pocket will be hit, we can only recommend you pre-pay online rather than at the airport, so that you pay lower online charge, that is half of what you would pay at the airport. For elite flyers it’s a bit of a mixed bag, platinum flyers in both domestic economy and business as well as silver and gold flyers in business will get an extremely generous 64kg total however this is over a maximum of 2 items, additional charges will apply for additional items even if the passenger is under the 64kg mark. What do you think about these changes to the Qantas Domestic Checked baggage limits, will these changes benefit or hurt your wallet? We want to hear your comments below