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The best airlines for baggage in Australia

Whether you love to travel light or refuse to fly without numerous bags in tow, these are the Australian airlines with the baggage allowances you need.

Flight price might play a part when choosing which airline to fly, but something that can catch passengers out is baggage fees. While larger carriers tend to include baggage allowance, budget airlines often do not unless you pay more for the privilege.

For light travellers, this can be a benefit. If all your luggage fits snugly into a carry-on, then a cheap budget fare could be just what you need.

If you’re more inclined to pack your whole wardrobe then it’s worth looking into your checked-in baggage options with both budget and larger carriers and purchasing the correct amount of luggage early. If you forget to purchase checked-in luggage, you will need to pay for it at the airport, most likely at a higher price.

You can compare luggage allowances across all Australian airlines below:

Which class are you flying in?

Compare Australian airline baggage allowances for economy

Prices below are for one-way flights.

Carry-on

AirlineWeightDimension
JetstarFree (up to 7kg)56 cm height x 36 cm width x 23 cm depth
QantasFree (up to 7kg)56 cm height x 36 cm width x 23 cm depth
TigerairFree (up to 7kg)54 cm height x 38 cm width x 23 cm depth
Virgin AustraliaFree (up to 7kg)48 cm height x 34 cm width x 23 cm depth
RexFree (up to 7kg)48 cm height x 34 cm width x 23 cm depth

Checked-in

Airline1st checked bag2nd checked in
(pre-purchase)
Checked luggage at the airport
Jetstar$15–$79
(varies from 15–40kg)
N/A$50 per 15kg, $15 per kg after
QantasOne piece free
(up to 23kg)
$30 in advance$40 for the first additional piece,
$60 for the second.
Heavy fees may apply for items over 23kg
Tigerair$15.50–52.50
(varies from 15–40kg)
N/A$75–90 for the first 15kg (varies depending on length of flight). $20 per kg after
Virgin AustraliaOne piece free
(up to 23kg)
$35 per extra piece
(max two extra pieces)
$70 for first additional piece,
$90 for second,
$150 for third to ninth piece
RexFree
(up to 15kg)
N/AN/A

Compare Australian airline baggage allowances for business class

Prices below are for one-way flights.

Carry-on

AirlineWeightDimension
JetstarFree (up to 14kg)56 cm height x 36 cm width x 23 cm depth
QantasFree (up to 7kg)56 cm height x 36 cm width x 23 cm depth
TigerairNo business classNo business class
Virgin AustraliaFree (up to 7kg)48 cm height x 34 cm width x 23 cm depth
RexNo business classNo business class

Checked-in

Airline1st checked bag2nd checked in (pre-purchase)Checked luggage at the airport
JetstarFree
(up to 30kg)
No second checked in bag option available.
Excess weight can be purchased at $10 for 5kg or $20 for 10kg more
$50 per 15kg,
$15 per kg after
QantasTwo pieces
(up to 32kg per piece)
$30 per piece
(32kg each)
$40 for the first extra piece,
$60 for the second,
$30 heavy charge for items over 23kg
TigerairNo business classNo business classNo business class
Virgin AustraliaTwo pieces free
(up to 32kg each)
$35 per extra piece
(max two extra pieces)
$70 for first additional piece,
$90 for second,
$150 for third to ninth piece
REXNo business classNo business classNo business class

Types of luggage

You’ll find there are a variety of baggage options available to you when booking your flight. It’s important to choose the right type to avoid any problems at the airport. These luggage options include:

  • Carry-on/hand luggage: This is a bag/s that you physically carry onto the plane. In Australia, you are often able to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item bag (e.g. a handbag). There is often a combined weight limit of 7kg for your carry-on bags. Typically your main carry-on cannot exceed approx. 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size.
  • Check-in luggage: This is your larger carrier which you check in at the airline’s counter. Depending on the airline it can be anything from 20–32kg in weight and will travel in the luggage compartment of the plane.
  • Oversized baggage: Any bag that is over the allowed check-in bag size or is an odd shape, e.g. backpacker bags or snow equipment, is viewed as oversized. It will be checked in normally, though you will need to take it to the oversized counter so it can be loaded on the plane separately.
  • Excess baggage: If your checked-in bag exceeds the weight limit, you may be asked to pay for the extra weight. Some airlines allow you to pay for this during your booking, otherwise you will need to pay for it at the airport.

What should I do in the case of airline baggage damage?

If an airline damages or destroys your baggage tell the airline desk at baggage claim straight away. If the carrier has damaged your bag they are obliged to either repair or replace it with a similar model.

To make sure that your issue is looked after, take note of the rep’s name and ID number and prompt them for the next step to resolving the issue. Will they call you? Will the airline call you? Will you have to purchase a new bag and have it reimbursed by them? All these questions can help in the follow up process if nothing comes of your complaint.

It is also helpful to take photos of the damage as proof, preferably with context to show that it was damaged at the airport, to back your case.

Depending on the damage to your bag, you might like to ask the representative to provide you with an emergency bag to carry your items to your hotel/home. You might also like to see if the airline will cover you for emergency gear in the event that you have to purchase new clothes due to the damage.


Tips and tricks to maximise and organise your luggage

There are a myriad of ways you can pack your luggage to maximise space and keep organised. This includes folding, rolling, using vacuum bags and using packing cubes. While there's hot debate over whether one works better than the other, in all honesty it's just a matter of choosing the one that you prefer and works best for you.

To help, here are some handy packing tips we've gathered along the way that have worked for us that you might like to use on your next trip:

  • Pack your toiletries in a spill-proof bag: This will save you in the unfortunate case something leaks while in transit.
  • Stuff the small stuff into your shoes: Maximise space by packing your shoes with things like socks.
  • Keep all your valuables in your hand carry: As well as a change of clothes in case your checked luggage goes missing.
  • Wrap your shoes in shower caps: This will keep your clothes clean.
  • Pack your intimates last: As they're the smallest things to go in your bag, you can stuff them into little crevices when all the big stuff has been properly packed.

Need more help to keep organised? You might want to consider packing cubes which are soft, malleable cubes that tend to come in different colours and sizes so you can organise your outfits and pack and stack them easily in your luggage.


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