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The complete list of extra airline fees for Australian flights

Save time by comparing extra airline fees on domestic flights in Australia all in the one place.

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While everyone loves bagging a flight bargain, extras like checked baggage and that wine you’ll drink after take off can quickly make that cheap ticket double – or even triple – in price.

To save you time and cash, we’ve come up with a handy guide to show you how much you should expect to pay for extra luxuries aboard domestic flights with the five main Australian carriers: Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair and Rex.

Baggage fees and weight restrictions for Australian airlines

AirlineCarry-onCarry-on luggage upgrade1st checked bag2nd checked bag
QantasFree (up to 7kg)N/AFree (up to 23kg)$35 in advance, $70 at airport (up to 23kg)
Virgin AustraliaFree (up to 7kg)N/AFree (up to 23kg)$35 in advance, $70 at airport (up to 23kg)
JetstarFree (up to 7kg)$14 (up to 14kg)$15-$79 (varies from 15kg-40kg and by length of flight)N/A
TigerairFree (up to 7kg)$15 (up to 12kg)$15.50-$52.50 (varies from 15kg-30kg and by length of flight)$15.50-$52.50 (varies from 15kg-30kg and by length of flight)
RexFree (up to 7kg)N/AFree (up to 15kg)N/A

Seat-selection fees for Australian airlines

AirlineEconomy seatEmergency exit or extra leg room
QantasFree$60
Virgin AustraliaFree$10-$175
Jetstar$5-$15$19-$35
TigerairFrom $4Up to $25
RexFree$4.80

In-flight meal and drink prices for Australian airlines

AirlineMeals and snacksDrinks
QantasFreeFree coffee, tea, water and soft drinks at all times; free wine and beer on weekday evening CityFlyer flights; beer and wine $6 on other flights
Virgin AustraliaFreeFree coffee, tea and water at all times. Free beer, wine, cider and soft drinks 5pm-7pm (Monday to Friday)
Jetstar$4 and up (snacks and meals)$4 and up (hot, cold and alcoholic available)
Tigerair$4 and up (snacks and meals)$3.50 & up (hot, cold and alcoholic)
RexN/AN/A

In-flight entertainment prices for Australian airlines

AirlineCostIn-seat or on a device?
QantasFreeIn-seat
Virgin AustraliaFreeOn a device with an app
Jetstar$10On a Jetstar device
TigerairN/AN/A
RexN/AN/A

Cancellation fees for Australian airlines

AirlineCancellation fee
QantasFares vary depending on the flight
Virgin Australia$80 per person, capped at $320 per booking
Jetstar$50 per person
Tigerair$80 per person, capped at $320 per booking
RexCustomer Contact Centre bookings: $44 per flight sector

Online bookings: $33 per flight sector

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    JohnJuly 17, 2017

    Last year we Flew Tigerair to Cairns we booked online with them, and were charged a booking fee of $17 each and an express fare fee of $28 each, why are these charges not shown in your write up? and are there any other airlines charging these type of fees?

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      JonathanAugust 1, 2017

      Hello John,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Booking and Service fee for credit card or debit card bookings is per person per booking and is non-refundable. The Booking and Service Fee covers a range of costs, activities, fees and charges in relation to the booking, including (among other things) the reasonable costs of accepting card payments. While the Express Fare option packages the ability to choose your seat and priority boarding (which Tigerair calls “queue jump”) in a single bundle. Both fees were detailed at the point of booking transaction.

      Currently, we don’t have a summary of these fees per airline. Therefore, we recommend that you read the fine print on your booking transaction and check airline reviews on how to minimize them.

      Hope this clarifies.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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