'twas announced months ago.
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Hmmm....... penny pinching time?
Qantas to increase excess baggage charge for domestic passengers | Travel News | News.com.au
Qantas to increase excess baggage fees
Domestic changes reflect international fees
Fees kick in at 23kg, not 32kg
QANTAS will increase excess baggage charges for domestic passengers from tomorrow.
Travellers will be charged $10 for each kilogram over 23kg. Under the old system, there was no charge up to 32kg.
The premium class baggage allowance will be reduced by 2kg to 30kg, the Herald Sun reports.
Qantas customer services manager Lesley Grant said the changes would align domestic and international rates.
On international services, the allowance for economy and premium economy passengers will be lifted from 20kg to 23kg.
On a Melbourne-London flight, the excess charge will be $50 a kilo while the excess fee on some Asian services will be $35 a kilo.
Passengers travelling in economy or premium economy to the US remain under the piece system, with a new free allowance of two pieces at 23kg a piece.
A flat rate of $50 a piece is charged for any case exceeding 23kg. Maximum baggage weight is 32kg.
'twas announced months ago.
There's enough whine here. I'll bring some cheese.
Yeah that what I thought, don't know why media is making a big mumble jumbo about it!
He already has two stories for the price of one! (Qantas domestic passengers hit with new excess baggage charges | Herald Sun)
I dont understand what the problem is. 80% of pax get a lift in their luggage allowance and people now pay fees for going over their allowance.
I would have expected the excess baggage charge is there to recover the additional cost of carrying the excess baggage on the flight. So for a flight to London, the excess charge for an additional 23kg is 23 x $50 = $1150. If that is supposed to reflect the cost of carrying the extra 23Kg bag (handling, processing, loss risk, fuel etc) then surely the included 23Kg costs a similar $1150. That would mean for a return fare to London, $2300 is just to cover the base 23Kg of luggage, making the cost to carry, feed, water and entertain the actual passenger very low indeed.
It certainly appears to me that the excess baggage charges are in excess of the actual cost incurred by Qantas to carry the excess weight.
In some instances it may be cheaper to buy Qantas Club membership or a second seat!
I'm still not clear on how this affects SG and WP flyers?
The max weight for PS/SG for Oz/Eur flights was 30Kg in WHY - it is now 33Kg. WP from 35Kg to 38Kg in WHY.
SG in economy: 2 bags (i.e.1 extra), with each bag up to 32 kg
SG in business: 4 bags (i.e. 1 extra), with each bag up to 32 kg
SG in economy:Total of 33 kgs (i.e.10kg extra), with any number of bags
SG in business: Total of 40 kgs (i.e.10kg extra), with any number of bags
WP in economy:3 bags (i.e. 2 extra), with each bag up to 32 kg
WP in business:5 bags (i.e. 2 extra), with each bag up to 32 kg
WP in economy:Total of 38 kgs (i.e.15kg extra), with any number of bags
WP in business: Total of 45 kgs (i.e.15kg extra), with any number of bags
So previously a WP travelling in domestic J, could check in 5 bags with a maximum weight totalling 160kg!!! Now it is 45kg (i.e 15kg extra) in any number of bags, with the maximum weight of any bag at 32kg.
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