Travel Tips

Wed, 5 Sep, 2018Basmah Qazi

Jetstar's new travel rule – and why it will cost you

Jetstar's new travel rule – and why it will cost you

Packing for trips is hard enough as it is and having the added pressure to keep your carry-on weight to 7 kilograms just makes things that much more difficult.

There’s no getting past airport staff, as vigorous checking procedures and strict rules make sure that passengers do not pass the 7kg limit when they’re travelling, but there is hope on the horizon.

Budget airline Jetstar has announced the option for customers to increase their baggage limit to 10kg – for a price.

Starting from today, customers are able to purchase an extra 3 kilograms of weight for $13 on Starter Fares.

Chief Customer Officer for Jetstar Group, Catriona Larritt, said that the reasoning behind the initiative is to give customers more options.

“Customers told us that they would like the option to carry more on board and so we are pleased to be able to offer them the option to purchase an extra three kilos.

“The extra carry-on allowance is particularly useful for those travelling with a laptop or camera bag or those travelling on short trips with an overnight bag who are after a quick departure from the airport without a wait at the baggage carousel.”

Currently, Jetstar customers are given 7kg of combined carry-on weight between two items. And those who purchase a FlexiBiz fare are given 10kg to take on-board as part of the bundle’s benefits.

Carry-on luggage must be small enough to fit in the overhead compartment and if you’re bringing an extra small item, it must be able to fit under the seat in front of you.

Are you willing to pay for an extra 3 kilos? Let us know in the comments below.