How early can I check bags domestically?

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WLGFlyer

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Hi there,

I will be arriving early into MEL from an international flight and plan to have a day in the office before heading on to SYD. Can I drop off my checked luggage at the domestic checkin in the morning even though my flight isn't until the evening?

Thanks!
 

RooFlyer

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Which airlines? Certain combinations you will be able to check your bags through. You'll pick them up and do customs, then drop them off again.

Otherwise, no. Check-in 2 hours before the flight. Leave your bags at the luggage storage facility in the public arrivals area at Melbourne.
 

mannej

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Wouldn’t your bags be tagged the whole way through? You collect your bags prior to customs, and use the unmanned bag drop chute, hence why I wouldn’t think this would be an issue.
 

Austman

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MEL has a 3 hours bag check-in limit.

But for a through checked itinerary, I think you'll be fine.
 

JohnK

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Arriving into BNE at ~7:00am followed by domestic flight to SYD at 2:00pm and had to wait until 8:00am before being able to check bags to SYD.

I don't recall but the 2 itineraries may not have been on same booking.
 
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