Qantas 2024 Baggage Allowance

If you’re travelling with Qantas soon, you can find out everything you need to know about Qantas baggage allowance, restrictions, fees below.

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Qantas 2024 Baggage Allowance

If you’re travelling with Qantas on an upcoming flight, here’s everything you need to know about your baggage allowance and fees. Your allowance may differ depending on your ticket type, and where your flight is operating to (such as Domestic or International).

Qantas Carry-on Baggage

For International flights with Qantas (excluding flights to/from India), your carry-on baggage is dependent on which class you’re flying.

Economy Class passengers are permitted one piece of carry-on baggage not exceeding 56 x 36 x 23cm, with a weight of 7KG. Alternatively, you may take a non-rigid garment bag not exceeding 60 x 11 x 114cm.

Premium Economy, Business & First Class passengers are permitted to take up to 14KG combined over two items, as the maximum weight for one item is 10KG.

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ClassNumber of BagsSize RestrictionsWeight Allowance
First, Business and Premium Economy Class1 x 115cm bag OR
2 x 105cm bags OR
1 x 105cm bag and 1 x 185cm non-rigid garment bag
1 bag 56cm + 36cm + 23cm OR 2 bags 48cm + 34cm + 23cm OR 1 bag 48cm + 34cm + 23cm & 1 garment bag 60cm + 11cm + 114cm1 bag 10kg OR 2 bags up to 14kg
Economy1 x 115cm bag OR 1 x 185cm non-rigid garment bag1 bag 56cm + 36cm+ 23cm OR 1 non-rigid garment bag 60cm + 11cm + 114cm7kg

As well as your carry-on baggage allowance, you may also bring on-board one small personal item such as a handbag, laptop*, coat, small camera, reading material or a small number of duty-free goods (where permitted).

*For a laptop computer to be considered a personal item it must be carried in a slim laptop bag. If it is carried in a large laptop bag it will be counted as part of your carry-on baggage allowance. Laptops must adhere to any applicable regulatory requirements, be submitted for security screening, and must not be used during take-off or landing.

Qantas Carry-On Musical Instruments

You may bring onboard a musical instrument in its hard-shell case that weighs no more than 7kg and doesn’t exceed the maximum dimensions for musical instruments which are 142cm = 85cm x 34cm x 23cm. It must be placed in the overhead locker.

If its total dimensions are 105cm or less, then it will be equivalent to a 105cm bag, using the carry-on baggage measurements. If its total dimensions are between 105cm and 142cm then it will be considered as equivalent to a 115cm bag using the carry-on baggage measurements.

Please remember to measure your musical instrument before checking in at the airport. Small musical instruments, such as violins, usually fit within the musical instrument allowance. Larger musical instruments, like guitars, don’t fit within the musical instrument allowance and must be checked-in. Alternatively, you can purchase an extra seat and carry it as a bulky item as outlined below.

It is recommended that you arrive promptly to board your flight to make sure you can place your musical instrument safely in an overhead locker.

Qantas Carry-On Bulky Items

A bulky item can be carried in the cabin (except on Dash 8 services) but it must not weight more than 7kgs and if the dimensions exceed the maximum specified in the table below you are required to purchase an extra seat.

Examples of bulky items include diplomatic or courier bags, larger musical instrument (e.g. cello), artworks or a piece of technical equipment.

First Class178cm74cm x 51cm x 53cm
Business Class169cm71cm x 50cm x 48cm
Premium Economy & Economy158cm71cm x 43cm x 44cm

Qantas Checked Baggage

Qantas passengers are given a certain amount of free baggage allowance, however, the exact amount depends on the class you are flying with and the flight route. Please refer to the tables below.

International flights (excluding North and South America)

No single piece of baggage can exceed 30kg (70lb) or 158cm. For tickets issued on all Qantas international flights excluding flights to/from South and North America, the table below outlines your allowances.

Total dimensions for each piece must not exceed 158cm. Dimensions for checked baggage are calculated by adding together the width, height and depth of the piece of baggage.

Travel ClassStandard FlyerQantas Club members and Silver Qantas Frequent FlyersGold Qantas Frequent FlyersPlatinum and Platinum One Qantas Frequent Flyers
First50kg (110lb)62kg (136lb)66kg (136lb)70kg (154lb)
Business & Premium Economy40kg (88lb)52kg (114lb)56kg (123lb)60kg (132lb)
Economy30kg (66lb)42kg (92lb)46kg (101lb)50kg (110lb)

International flights (including North and South America)

No single piece of baggage can exceed 32kg (70lb). For tickets issued on all Qantas international flights including flights to/from South and North America, the table below outlines your allowances.

Travel ClassStand FlyerQantas Club members and Silver and Gold Qantas Frequent FlyersPlatinum and Platinum One Qantas Frequent Flyers
First Class & Business Class3 x 32kg (70lb) each3 x 32kg (70lb) each4 x 32kg (70lb) each
Premium Economy2 x 23kg (50lb) each3 x 23kg (50lb) each3 x 32kg (70lb) each
Economy2 x 23kg (50lb) each3 x 23kg (50lb) each3 x 32kg (70lb) each

USA and Canada: Under regulations from the USA and Canadian, if your final destination is within the USA or Canada, the airline whose flight appears for the first flight on your ticket will determine whether its baggage rules or another airline’s baggage rules will apply to all the flights in your itinerary. For travel between Australia and the USA, usually (but not always) Qantas’ baggage rules will apply.

Mobility equipment – USA Flights only: There is no limit on the number of pieces of mobility equipment allowed to be carried on the flight for disabled passengers.

Qantas Excess Baggage

If your baggage will exceed Qantas’ checked baggage allowance then you have the option to buy additional baggage allowance on their website for lower rates than you would pay at the airport. Alternatively, if you are a frequent flyer with Qantas you can use your Qantas Points.

Excess baggage on Qantas is available on Qantas flights only. Excess baggage charges will apply when checking in excess baggage at the airport and you will incur a heavy charge at the airport if your allowance is 23kg per piece and any piece exceeds that weight (for flights within Australia and to the United States only). It’s important to note that no single item of checked baggage may exceed 32kg.

For further information regarding fees and routes, please check the table below.
International travel – excluding the Americas
DestinationCharge for each excess kg
International - between Australia and New Zealand and Papua New GuineaA$20 per kg
International - between Australia and New Caledonia A$5 per kg
International - between Australia and Asia
A$35 per kg
International - between Asia and LondonA$60 per kg
International - between Australia and South Africa, and EuropeA$80 per kg

International travel – including the Americas

Please note: from 15 October 2019, Qantas has changed its airport excess baggage rates for flights between Australia and the Americas.

International - to the Americas
A$200 for each extra piece
A$85 heavy charge
International - from the Americas
US$185 for each extra piece
US$85 heavy charge

Qantas Sports Equipment

If you are travelling with sports equipment you can include it as part of your checked baggage allowance, but this is subject to requirements. Each item must be checked in as one piece and you will incur charges for any additional baggage. To add sports equipment to your booking, go to the Qantas website and click manage booking.

If you want to save on excess baggage fees, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance prior to arriving at the airport. This is subject to free baggage allowance being available on your flight.

If you are shipping sports equipment such as surfboards, surf skis and windsurfers (sailboards) you may not be able to count this towards checked baggage and instead will need to send it as freight. Freight charges will apply.

The maximum weight of any piece of checked baggage is 32kg (70lb). All items must be properly and securely packed.

Customs & Entry Requirements

When travelling internationally, it’s a requirement that you pass through customs. However, for domestic travel, or travel within the EU, customs is not usually required. In all cases, you will pass through security checks, to which it’s likely your ID and Documents will be checked, so it’s a good idea to have these documents ready and available throughout your journey.

Entry requirements vary from country to country. It’s very important that you research the exact requirements specific to you before you travel, as certain countries may require a visa, proof of insurance, and possibly bank statements. Your passport must also be valid for the full duration of your stay, with some countries requiring at least 6 months validity. However, all requirements will differ and are subject to your specific circumstances, such as duration of stay, purpose of travel, and the regulations that the country has set.

We recommend sourcing information about entry requirements from the country’s official websites.

Connecting Flights

Connecting flights refer to you taking multiple flights in order to reach your destination. This results in having a longer journey time, however, it’s quite common when direct services are not available.

If you have a connecting flight booked on the same ticket, typically your baggage will be checked through to your final destination. However, with potential flight delays, busy airports, and tight connections, you might make the connection, but often your baggage does not. This is why more and more travellers are travelling light by shipping their luggage ahead.

Many low-cost airlines don't offer connecting flights. This means it's your responsibility to manage your onward connections, and collect your baggage after each flight.

If you’re unsure, we recommend that you contact your airline directly.

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