As with domestic flights, customers can check in online between 24 and 2 hours before their flight. Because international flights require visa and passport checks, even customers travelling just with hand luggage will need to visit a bag drop counter when they reach the airport.
Silver, gold and platinum customers will now also be offered the option to select their seats when they make international bookings online. (Customers in this category — like Lifehacker’s editor — have long been assigned a ‘requested’ seat.)
Qantas isn’t the first airline to offer this locally for international flights; British Airways rolled out a mobile check-in service last November.