Aussie musos rejoice! Qantas has announced a Musicians Additional Baggage Allowance to help traveling artists and their crews get around the country without huge excess baggage fees.
A statement via the Australian Music Industry Network stated the airline will give musos a free baggage allowance at 23 kilos a piece. The extra baggage allowance is applicable to all flights after 13 April, and needs to be booked two or more business days ahead of the flight.
The catch? You must be touring with instruments and/or touring equipment (so it doesn’t cover excessive vaca shopping) and you must be a current member of one of the following associations:
Association of Artist Managers
Australian Independent Record Labels Association
The Australasian Performing Right Association
The Australian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society
Live Performance Australia
Musicians Union of Australia
Country Music Association of Australia
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Queensland Music Network
Contemporary Music Services Tasmania
The Western Australian Music Industry Association
The initiative takes a musician’s total baggage allowance from 46kgs to 69kgs (should be an easy number for most to remember) provided they are flying with Qantas or QantasLink on domestic routes which have a valid QF number.