The Trump administration - you know, the one that was all about making America great for middle-class Americans - has changed the rules about how US airlines disclose luggage fees. From this week, airlines will no longer need to tell you what the luggage fees will be at the start of the booking process. Instead, you'll find out what you're being slugged for baggage after you've chosen your ticket and fare.
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My bag and I have been round the world many times. We’ve seen and experienced amazing things but none stranger than when we flew to Adelaide from Sydney. Flight QF783 landed in Adelaide on Thursday night, November 10, but the bag didn’t arrive at the luggage carousel. The lady at the baggage office tapped at her terminal and then said: "Oh my God, it’s lost."
Dear Lifehacker, I'm from the US and will be visiting Australia in November for business. I have 4 domestic flights on Virgin Australia and I plan to travel light (backpack + 1 personal item). I've spent lots of time trying to find a carry-on bag that meets VA's size guidelines. The bag I'm looking at is slightly over their size requirements. So I'm wondering: how strictly do they enforce them? Should I try my luck or look for a smaller bag?
Dear Lifehacker, I will be starting a new job soon which requires me to wear a business suit every day. I want to look immaculate, but the job involves frequent commuting, including air travel. Can you recommend any garment bags that aren't too expensive? Or is there another anti-wrinkle solution that I haven't thought of?
Travelling only with hand luggage saves you valuable time, but domestic airlines in Australia are getting much stricter about enforcing their baggage limits. Here's the current state of play for Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tigerair, and the best tactics to use to avoid unwanted hassles or excess luggage fees.
Tigerair Australia already has a deserved reputation for meanness with baggage: it charges a fortune for excess baggage and weighs your hand luggage before you board to make sure you comply with its limits. That process will now be even harder, since the allowed weight for carry-on has dropped from 10kg to 7kg.
Jetstar hasn't made it easy this year to dodge its baggage fees. On top of random weigh-ins at the gate for carry-on baggage, it is now cutting the carry-on allowance on most of its flights from 10kg to 7kg.
Earlier this month, Jetstar announced it was going to start actively policing carry-on baggage to make sure people weren't trying to shirk its weight and size rules. Now fellow low-cost carrier Tiger Airways Australia is doing the same thing.
We've often warned readers that trying to exceed the cabin baggage limits for bargain airlines can be a risky and costly business. Looks like it's about to become a lot trickier on Jetstar, which is testing out "cabin baggage officers" on major routes.
You can save time and hassle by never checking in luggage when flying. Consumer Reports has put together a short video with tips on how to buy carry-on luggage, including avoiding exterior pouches since they can make your bag too big.
Dear Lifehacker, What actually happens when you check a bag in at an airport, and when it arrives at the destination airport? People I have seen at airports have Qantas security screened stickers on their luggage, however I have never had one of these on mine when travelling internationally or domestically.
With baggage charges running high and fierce competition for overhead bins, learning how to pack efficiently matters more than ever. By adopting the right strategy, you can fit everything you actually need into the seat in front of you.