Travelling? Check the baggage restrictions

Whether for work or leisure, Aussies are enthusiastic travellers. But that bargain airfare that you snapped up recently could end up costing you big if you don’t pay attention to the baggage restrictions. Assuming that you have booked an air ticket that includes a baggage allowance, the following restrictions currently apply:


On Qantas domestic flights, a passenger in economy class is allowed one piece of checked luggage weighing 23kg or less, and not exceeding 140cm in dimensions. Business class passengers are allowed two pieces of luggage, totalling not more than 32kg per piece. Qantas Club members and Frequent Flyers have a greater allowance; you can check the details here.

In terms of carry-on baggage, the same passenger is also allowed either:

  • Travelling? Check the baggage restrictions2 x 105cm bags
  • a 105cm bag and a 185cm non-rigid garment bag
  • a 115cm bag

None of these baggage pieces may exceed 7kg per item.

Qantaslink baggage allowances are the same as Qantas.


On Virgin Australia domestic flights, a passenger flying economy class is allowed one piece of checked luggage weighing 23kg or less, and not exceeding 140cm.

The same passenger is allowed up to 7kg of carry-on baggage, which may come in the form of:

  • Two small pieces (eg. A small bag and a briefcase), neither of which exceed 105cm in total linear dimenstions.
  • A small bag plus a suit pack/garment bag. A suit pack or garment bag may not exceed 185cm in total linear dimensions.

Similarly to Qantas, both business class passengers and Velocity members have a greater baggage allowance, depending on their level of membership.


Jetstar passengers are not allocated any allowance for checked baggage, and must purchase baggage allowance with their ticket. Passengers can purchase 15kg, 20kg, 25kg, 30kg, 35kg, or 40kg baggage allowances. Business class passengers however, are automatically allocated a 30kg allowance.

Jetstar’s carry-on weight limit for economy passengers is a total of 7kg. This may be split between one main item of carry-on baggage and one other small item.

Business class passengers may bring two carry on luggage items, with a maximum weight of 7kg for each.


Tigerair passengers are allowed two pieces of carry-on luggage, weighing a combined total of 7kg or less, although passengers do have the option to pay extra for a greater allowance.

Tigerair work on a pay for what you need basis, meaning that if you don’t have any baggage to check in, you don’t have to pay for any. However if you do have baggage to check in, Tigerair has a number of baggage allowances available for purchase.

While this is a quick summary of the current baggage allowances at time of writing, it’s always best to check the rules and regulations of your chosen airline when booking – and definitely before you arrive at the airport. The excess baggage charges can be significant!

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