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Free 23kg Baggage Allowance for Children under 23 Months @ Virgin Australia

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Just saw this in the news. Great for parents travelling with young infants.

But other than the 7kg cabin allowance and complimentary carriage of prams, car seats and strollers, these young jetsetters could never check in their own Samsonite and had to share (or hog) Mum and Dad’s baggage allowance. But Zac George in Points From The Pacific says that’s changing as Virgin Australia will now allow 23 kg of checked-in luggage plus 7kg of cabin bags plus prams and car seats for these small children regardless of fare type or class of travel.

Small children aged twenty-three months or younger already travel for free on Virgin’s domestic flights if they do not occupy a seat. Infants jetting off internationally pay 10% of the fare excluding fees, taxes and ancillary charges.

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    Under 2 years of course. "under 23 months" makes no sense.

    • +8 votes

      Makes sense to me. More than 22 months, less than 24 months. Pretty simple to understand.

    •  

      Incorrect, the rules state 23 months or younger. Children older than 23 months are not considered infants. Read it here:
      https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/plan/specific-needs-as...

      • +1 vote

        I travelled with my daughter just a day before she turned 2, still considered as infant and she travelled for free.

      • +2 votes

        Children older than 23 months are not considered infants

        Yes they are. Right up until 23 months and 30 days, i.e. the day before their 2nd birthday.

        The page quoted is badly written, and confuses a lot of people, especially those not good at maths.

        Clearly by the sloppy language "23 months and under" they intended "under 24 Months, ie 2yo", not "under 1 year and 11 Months" as the post above states.
        The rules change on the kids second birthday, at midnight local time.

        • +1 vote

          Somewhere in the world, at some point, a couple with a baby in their arms trying to check-in for that 12.05am flight:
          “what do you mean we should have bought child fare?? ”

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            @maolin95: To be fair, they do say "date of birth", not time of birth :-)
            But I reckon you'd get away with it on the day of their second birthday.

  • +17 votes

    So you could borrow a child to take with you, at no additional fare, and get an additional 23kg luggage allowance (plus additional 7kg carry on).
    Not a bad deal.

    • +1 vote

      Kids under 24 months still need to pay like 10% of normal fare.

      They also can have additional allowance for baby stuff like pram,highchair, car seat etc. All on top of luggage allowance.

      • +1 vote

        Not on Virgin domestic flights. I also wasn't charged anything for flights overseas last year with a child under 2.

      •  

        From the deal post

        Small children aged twenty-three months or younger already travel for free on Virgin’s domestic flights if they do not occupy a seat.

    •  

      I'm pretty sure 'borrowing a child to take with you' is kidnapping or child abduction. There's easier way to get an extra free bag on your flight. Have you the considered Velocity Frequent Flyer program?

    • +2 votes

      Cost and stress of looking after an under 2, means this is no deal.

    • +2 votes

      As someone who's travelled with my own infants on a plane, you couldn't pay me to beg borrow steal anyone else's. Will never go through that hell again. No deal.

  • +4 votes

    How do they know the kid is under 2? What if my kids just age fast

    • +3 votes

      I identify as a 22 month old child. Do I get free luggage now?

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      I also wonder this. When travelling domestically do you have to provide ID for a baby?

    •  

      Tiger? Jetstar? One of those two airlines wouldn't let my wife board a flight with our baby once, because she couldn't prove it was under 2. From memory, it was 5 months old. No-one could ever mistake a 5 month old baby for a two year old.
      Bastards.

      • +1 vote

        oh, Actually, I remember more details now - it was the return leg of a domestic flight. Melbourne staff let her go to Brisbane, but Brisbane staff wouldn't let her come back.

      • -1 vote

        it was 5 months old

        Maybe identifying age is just as hard as identifying gender

  • +12 votes

    Don’t forget to put holes in luggage for child to breath and an iPad to keep them
    Occupied

  •  

    right, let’s stuff bags of nappies per kid weighed just 22.9Kg in total and so darn bulky to take up all the space needed lol

  •  

    I’d prefer not to check my infant as luggage … happy to carry-on and store overhead

  • +1 vote

    It's good info but how is this a deal?

  •  

    I thought Virgin flights included checked luggage these days.

    •  

      Infants have never had checked baggage on any carrier as they don't pay for or occupy a seat. They will get the usual 7kg allowance.

      Some overseas carriers allowed 10kg but never any checked baggage.

      • +1 vote

        Qantas gives you 10kg international.

        But normally you don't need checked luggage since you're going to need at least some of your kit in the cabin and you can sequester other items within checked capsule or pram.

      •  

        Car seats, high chairs, strollers - can all be checked in for free for infants on most carriers.

      •  

        I flew Singapore last December with my 6 month old and they gave us extra 30kg bag + pram.

  •  

    First I need to have a baby

  •  

    I'm flying Virgin but flying Qantas back home, so what's in it for me

  • +2 votes

    fineprint child must be able to lift 23kg by themselves

  • +1 vote

    buy 10kg of child transportation, get 23kg free.

  •  

    Whats the deal? This is just the 'every day' price…….

  • +1 vote

    I still remember the first time flying with our first child. Instead of two carry on bags, it was too full suitcases, stroller, port-a-cot, nappy bag and more. :-(

  • +1 vote

    How can a baby under 23 Months can carry 23kg Baggage? What a useless change

  •  

    Perfect if you have 2 kids, you can just stick one of them in the check-in luggage.

  • +1 vote

    I'm worried about any kid that age who travels with that much luggage. Unless it's the Paris Hilton type.

  •  

    Don't really understand why you would want it. You are already getting a pram and 7kg etc. Their clothes doesn't weigh much! An extra checked in bag is just a hassle, it's hard enough traveling with a baby.

    The only benefit I see is for people that simply want to bring extra luggage. Not related to baby, they just happened to get another free bag for other stuff. Just don't book any continuing flight (or return) with different airline, because no other airline allows this.

    Bizarre change.

    •  

      Your practical outlook has no place on the internet

    • +1 vote

      Nappies, wipes, formula, bottles, toys, body washes & mosturisers (as babies can't use adult ones), blankets, portable steriliser….
      Should i continue?

      I am flying with jetstar in November with a baby who will be 6 months old and litterally added a 20kg luggage just for her

      • +1 vote

        You're crazy. But each to their own. I can't imagine if you had two kid and was bringing 4x20kg + 4x7kg + pram + potentially car seat(s) etc. What a nightmare.

        • +1 vote

          I actually have 4 children but 3 are are over 2 and they are fine with carry on luggage for their things.

          I really don't see the point of rebuying all of this when I'm only interstate for 5 days so it's easier and cheaper to bring with me.

          Unfortunately babies aren't cheap to travel with.

          Also, with jetstar, i only get 2 baby items (pram and car seat) no 7kg luggage or anything so imagine me trying to pack my stuff as well as all my baby stuff in a 7kg bag…. it's not possible

          •  

            @princess_nik_nak: That's a slightly different scenario then, but sure :)

            This is assuming you already have checked in luggage for the adults and hand luggage for everyone etc, before this bonus bag comes into play.

    • +2 votes

      That's the whole idea - they get some nice publicity for something most people couldn't use. Two suitcases, pram and car seat is already hard enough to slug around the airport - how could anyone deal with another 23kg suitcase, while holding a baby?

  •  

    What about girlfriends under 60kg - What do they get?

  •  

    Wow great deal! Now I need to get a baby under 23 months to claim the free gifts !!

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