What is the permitted carry-on bag size? Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar bonuses

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After nearly two years of starting domestic travel and a complete halt to international travel, we can finally move around freely (provided we don’t have COVID, of course). Everyone seems to be benefiting, with Virgin, Qantas and Jetstar reporting in June 2022 that they expect to fly at or above pre-pandemic levels in the coming months.

As many of us are dusting off our bags for the first time in two years, we thought it worthwhile to reconsider the carry-on baggage allowance. Sure, you may sometimes be able to slip into an oversized or slightly oversized onboard bag, but to avoid paying excess baggage fees or awkwardly diverting items from your hand luggage to your checked bag at the airline’s office, it’s best to plan ahead.

Before that, we’ll walk you through the hand baggage weights of Australian airlines Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar, so you can pack properly and save yourself a headache.

Baggage allowance on board Qantas

At Qantas, carry-on bags – which include musical instruments – must be placed under the seat in front of you or in the overhead locker. It must not contain any dangerous goods, including cigarette lighters, fumes, and battery-powered portable devices.

For all domestic and international Qantas flights, you may carry one piece of baggage weighing up to 10 kg, or two pieces of not more than 14 kg in total. The maximum hand size is 56cms long x 36cms high x 23cms deep, again weighing just 10kg.

Or, if you’re carrying two bags, they can each measure up to 48cm x 34cm x 23cm and again, they weigh up to 14kg together. Another option is to carry a suitcase and garment bag, which may include a dress or a suit. The first bag should be smaller than 48cm x 34cm x 23cm, and the garment bag should be 60cm x 11cm x 114cm.

Virgin Australia

On domestic and international Virgin Australia flights, the maximum carry-on baggage allowance is 7kg, although you can carry two hand bags of 7kg each on board. Either way, you can bring personal items on the plane in addition to the bag, such as a laptop, handbag, blanket or umbrella. Small musical instruments can be counted as a personal item if they are not larger than 85cm x 34cm x 23cm. The suit package can also be carried on board the plane with a hand baggage, provided it weighs no more than 7 kg.

Jetstar baggage allowance

The Jetstar hand baggage allowance depends on the type of fare purchased. If you have entry-level fare, your carry-on allowance is two pieces – a main item and a small piece – with a total weight of 7kg. A small item could be a handbag or a laptop and should fit under your seat. If you only carry one bag, it must weigh less than 7 kg and not exceed 36 cm in length x 56 cm in height x 23 cm in depth.

If you want to be able to carry more, you can buy an extra 7kg, a flex package or a business class fare.

Scroll down to see some of our favorite handbags for every budget and trip.

Jett Black My JB Series Carry On Suitcase, $229

This bag features a hard cover, swivel wheels and an integrated TSA lock. Another advantage? It rolls upright, so you don’t need to tilt it on a wheel.

Staple Superior Downtown Weekender, $59.99

Do you prefer to carry your handbag? Pick this weekend bag from menswear label Staple Superior (although it’s really a unisex bag). Made of woven fabric, the duffle has two interior zipped compartments and a removable shoulder strap.

Essential Weekend Bag

Lululemon Wunderlust Backpack, $159

The drawstring opening of this backpack allows you to easily close everything inside, while the interior and exterior pockets help keep you organized.

Aidan The Signature Series ‘S’ Case, $495

The reflective edge design gives this Aidan carry-on bag an edgy feel. Brake system, three height handle and silent swivel wheels make it practical.

Aidan Carrion

Storksak Cabin Carry On Scuba, $299.99

How’s that for the winner of the perfect bag – this bag can be carried in the crease of your arm And the, when the retractable long handle is up, it is moved with wheels. Cake icing layer: Made of durable breathable fabric underwater.

July Carry On Light, $245

Weighing just 1.8kg, this bag is one of the lightest of the two wheeled bags. It has a hard shell, comes in 13 different colors, and you can also personalize it with your name or initials.

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