Qantas is tightening baggage allowances on its international flights, reducing the number of checked bags you can take on most flights to just one. Here's what you need to know.
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The table below (click for a bigger version) details all the shifts. As has always been the case, you can't have any single item weighing more than 32kg, even if you pay excess baggage charges. And as usual, frequent flyers and Qantas Club (QC) members get a higher allowance.
Note that the rules only apply to international flights; domestic flights have a different policy, and one that already usually only offers one bag unless you're a high-tier frequent flyer. According to Qantas, 70 per cent of its customers only travel with a single checked bag on international flights.
Qantas' rule changes follow a similar recent shift by Virgin with its domestic baggage policy. Paying for excess baggage at the airport costs big bucks, so plan carefully and don't take what you don't need. As ever, travelling just with hand luggage saves time and hassle, but requires even more meticulous planning.