Baggage services

Information on what to do if your baggage has been delayed, damaged or lost when flying with us.

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Delayed baggage

If your checked baggage is not available on arrival, head to the local airport baggage services counter as soon as possible to lodge a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) directly with the airline that operated your flight. If your bags were checked through for multiple flights and your final airline operator wasn’t Qantas, you’ll need to lodge your report with the airline that operated your final flight.

For all updates regarding the status of your baggage, please visit our WorldTracerOpens external site in a new window baggage tracking website.

Enter your file reference (PIR) to monitor the status of your baggage, and to update personal details, delivery address and baggage description information.

Our baggage services team are committed to reuniting you with your baggage as quickly as possible and will contact you once your baggage is available for collection or delivery.

If your itinerary involves multiple airlines or you have arrived on an international flight, it may take some extra time to return your baggage to you, due to flight duration, frequency of flights and local customs processes in each airport.

Damaged checked baggage

If your checked baggage is damaged proceed to the airport baggage services counter to lodge a damaged baggage report prior to leaving the airport. Please refer to reporting time limits.

If the airline that operated your final flight is not Qantas, you’ll need to lodge a report directly with that airline.

Qantas is not liable for damage that occurs due to an inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage or due to wear and tear, such as:

  • cuts, scratches and dents
  • external items missing from bag, i.e. locks, straps or name tags
  • damage as a result of over-packing
  • items unsuitably packed for transportation (this includes sporting equipment and musical instruments)
  • fragile, valuable or perishable items except to the extent required by law.

On journeys where you arrive, transit or depart from an airport in the USA, the TSA may inspect your baggage, in which case they will leave a note in your baggage. Qantas is not liable for any damage caused by the TSA inspections. You may email the TSA about the inspection or call +1 866 289 9673 if you have any queries.

Time limits for reporting/claiming delayed, lost or damaged baggage

There are strict time limits for reporting that your baggage has been damaged, delayed or lost. All passengers are requested to report delayed or damaged checked baggage in person at the airport at time of arrival or online via Qantas Customer Care no later than the time set out below, otherwise Qantas will not be liable.

For domestic trips (with no international sectors on the itinerary)

  • 3 days in the case of damage to, loss or destruction of part only of an item of checked baggage or cabin baggage, after date of receipt of remainder of the item.
  • 21 days since the case of loss of the whole item from the date of intended receipt.

For international trips

  • In the case of damage to your baggage, as soon as you discover the damage after you have received the baggage, and at the latest within 7 days.
  • In the case of delay, within 21 days from when the baggage has been made available to you.

Baggage claims if not located after 21 days

If your baggage has not been located after 21 days, please submit a baggage claim form (PDF).

Baggage liability

Qantas liability is limited in accordance with the relevant laws and international conventions governing air travel and as set out in our conditions of carriage.