Qantas Infants Policy

Do I need to reserve a seat or bassinet for my infant?

Children up to two years old (24 months), are not required to have their own seat, but you must inform Qantas Airways that you will be traveling with an infant on your lap. If you require a bassinet on board, you must notify Qantas at the time of reservation. Bassinets may be requested for infants up to 6 months of age on domestic flights and 18 months of age on international flights. Bassinets are subject to availability.

Only one lap child is allowed per adult. If one adult is traveling with more than one infant under two years of age, a regular seat must be purchased for each additional infant. You can also choose to purchase a seat for your infant as long as you have the proper child restraint device.

Will I pay for my infant to travel domestically?

A child under two years old (24 months) can travel for free as long as the infant will be on the lap of another passenger for the flight.

Will I pay for my infant to travel internationally?

Yes, for international service, an infant must have his or her own ticket.

What if my child turns two on the trip; will I have to buy a ticket for the return flight?

Yes, a ticket will have to be purchased for any flight on which the infant will be over 2 years old.

What are the baggage allowances for an infant?

If you reserve a seat for your infant at the full fare, he is entitled to the standard baggage allowance.

Infants without a full-fare ticket have the following baggage allowances:

  • Australian domestic flights: No allowance
  • Travel to and from US territories, Tahiti, South America, and Canada via the Pacific: 1 piece with total dimensions not exceeding 45in/115cm
  • New Zealand domestic and all other international routes: 1 piece not exceeding 22lb/10kg

Adults accompanying infants are entitled to check-in one collapsible stroller or a carry basket or bassinet (to be stowed in the aircraft hold) and infant food and diapers for use in flight. This is in addition to the normal free baggage allowance for adults.

What types of child restraint devices are allowed?

Research demonstrates that the safety of your child will be enhanced with the use of a child seat. If you do plan to use a car seat you will need to reserve and purchase a separate seat and receive pre-approval for your device at least 24 hours before departure.

Contact your nearest Qantas Office for assistance with the pre-approval. You can also purchase a Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) - a pre-approved harness style restraint device suitable for children aged two to four years. Find out more about the CARES system here.

What infant amenities are available on the aircraft I'll be flying (i.e. bassinets)?

infant iconInfant amenities vary by aircraft. When you're on the airplane page, look for the Infant Amenity Icon. If it is present, clicking on it will tell you what infant services are available on that airplane. If you do not see it, infant amenities are not offered on that aircraft. You can always contact Qantas Airways for more information.

Can I sit in the exit row with my infant?

Lap children and infant seats are not allowed in exit rows. In fact, no one under the age of 15 is allowed in the exit rows.