When it comes to carry-on luggage, size really does matter.
Not all carry-on luggage allowances are equal. That’s a fact. Typically, airlines are free to dictate whatever carry-on allowances they like for their flights, which means that one airline may allow larger luggage sizes than another.
Whether you’re opting for carry-on luggage only or are actively seeking to max out your baggage for your next flight, here’s a comparison of the size and dimensions that each New Zealand airline accepts on their domestic routes so that you can book according to your luggage needs.
Time to start measuring your bag!
Carry-on luggage size and weight allowances compared (economy)
|Airline||Baggage options||Max height x width x depth||Weight allowance|
|Air New Zealand||1x 118cm bag (total dimensions) + small personal item||Up to 118cm total||7kg total|
|Jetstar||1x 115cm bag + small personal item||56 x 36 x 23cm||7kg total|
Best airline for carry-on luggage size allowances
Unsurprisingly, full-service airline Air New Zealand offers more generous carry-on luggage allowances than its low-cost counterpart Jetstar.
Best budget airline for carry-on luggage size allowances
Jetstar’s carry-on size allowances fall just short of Air New Zealand’s but can still be considered generous for a budget airline. The best tip for those tipping the scales is to upgrade to take advantage of Jetstar’s +3kg top-up option.
Best airline for carry-on luggage weight allowances
Air New Zealand and Jetstar are neck and neck when it comes to weight allowances, both allowing up to 7kg. Jetstar does, however, beat the full-service airline when it comes to flexibility, with the ability to purchase additional weight up to 10kg from as little as $9.
Which airline lets you carry the most bags?
Depending on how strict the flight is, they may ask you to consolidate your bags before you hop on board, which can be a painful process. Both Air New Zealand and Jetstar allow one carry-on bag and one personal item onboard.
What are the charges for excess luggage?
Need to bring extra items on board? If you exceed the carry-on weight or size restrictions you may be asked to check your items in and be charged for it accordingly.
These charges are at their most expensive at the airport, so it’s cheaper to tack them onto your booking as soon as you know you won’t be packing light.
Here’s what you can expect to pay to top up your luggage amount prior to your flight on a short-haul journey like Auckland–Christchurch booked four months in advance. These charges can differ depending on how much the flight costs and what route you’re flying. Prices were obtained on 13 March 2019 for travel in July 2019.
|Air New Zealand||Item will be placed in the luggage hold||–|
|Jetstar||Up from 7kg to 10kg||$9|
Excess luggage at the airport
Left it to the very last minute? Here’s what you can expect to pay if you show up at the airport with more carry-on luggage than you booked.
|Airline||Excess weight charge||Other fees|
|Air New Zealand||–||From $35 per item to check your bag|
|Jetstar||$30 per item||$60 if your bag must be checked|
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