Musical equipment

We know that music can be an important part of travel, and there's nothing like having your own equipment with you. Find out how it can be included in your baggage allowance.

Things to know

A musical instrument in its hard-shell case that weighs no more than 7kgs and doesn’t exceed the maximum dimensions for musical instruments, can be taken as carry-on baggage and must be placed in the overhead locker. The maximum dimension for a musical instrument is 56in = 34in + 13in + 9in.

If its total linear dimensions are 41in or less, then it will be equivalent to a 41in bag, using the carry-on baggage calculation. If its total linear dimensions are between 41in and 56in then it will be considered as equivalent to a 45in bag using the carry-on baggage calculation.

Please measure your musical instrument before arriving at the airport. A small musical instrument, for example, most violins, usually fit within the musical instrument allowance. Larger musical instruments, for example, most guitars, don't fit within the musical instrument allowance and must be checked-in. Alternatively, you can purchase an extra seat and carry it as a bulky item.

We recommend arriving promptly to board your flight to ensure you can place your musical instrument safely in an overhead locker. 

Complimentary Additional Baggage Allowance Policy for Instruments

Musicians travelling within Australia on domestic Qantas and QantasLink flights will receive an additional complimentary baggage allowance (1 piece) so they can travel with their musical instruments and equipment.

Musicians who are registered members of an eligible musical association can request additional baggage allowance and are permitted a total of three (3) pieces of checked baggage per musician with a weight allowance applicable to their class of travel and Frequent Flyer status.

Eligibility

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a current member of an affiliated music association – members of these eligible associations will have received advice of the offer. You'll need to be able to provide proof of membership details at check-in. 
  • Be travelling with a musical instrument or equipment.
  • Be travelling on Qantas domestic flights operated by Qantas and QantasLink (within Australia).
  • Make the request two or more business days prior to departure by emailing specialhandling@qantas.com.au for the request to be processed. The email must include; booking reference number, musical association name, membership number (for musicians only) and type of musical instrument/equipment. Customer Operations will confirm baggage approved via email.

Important Information

Disclaimer: ^Baggage on flights to/from Lord Howe Island or Mount Hotham are subject to specific restrictions on baggage.