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#1 ~elle~

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:54 PM

I have to take 2 Hi - Liner Car seats on Qantas Perth - melb and return.

They will be in checked baggage
Maybe in large items??/

do you put them in a bag / clear plactic cover ???

Any ideas please???

They will be unpacked at the other end to go into a hire car at the airport.

Any help would be appreciated. Tia smile1.gif

#2 WinterIsComing

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:02 PM

I've brought one from overseas in an original purchase box. It came through as an oversized baggage. I just checked it in. It JUST fit through their chute! I've noticed other seats on the conveyor belt when I was picking my box up, they were just as is, no cover, nothing. Who knows if they had been banged up en route?

I think you should ring the airline. Qantas usually allow two baby items, pram and a car seat, as items extra to the checked luggage. But check with them.

Personally, given how luggage is treated, I would just hire a child restraint from the car rental place.

#3 SeaPrincess

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:03 PM

Qantas have enormous clear plastic bags. Just ask at check-in.

ETA we've rented a car and carseats through Budget in Melbourne and they were fine.  I would do that by preference.

Edited by SeaPrincess, 03 January 2013 - 04:04 PM.


#4 epl0822

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:16 PM

QUOTE (~elle~ @ 03/01/2013, 04:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have to take 2 Hi - Liner Car seats on Qantas Perth - melb and return.

They will be in checked baggage
Maybe in large items??/

do you put them in a bag / clear plactic cover ???

Any ideas please???

They will be unpacked at the other end to go into a hire car at the airport.

Any help would be appreciated. Tia smile1.gif

When I've flown internation they've always provided me a free plastic cover for prams when asked, when I flew domestic recently they charged (maybe $5 or so? can't remember). This may vary on airline.

You don't have to have a plastic cover. I've never bothered wrapping up carseats and each time I got it back in perfect condition.

#5 ~elle~

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

We have the seats already and the cost for hiring them with the car is about $300. They are free to go in the luggage allowance with the kids tickets as they are both under 12 yrs and will be taking a stroller too.

Will ring Qantas and ask about the bags.

Thanks - I thought I'd have to go to Spotlight and get some strong material and whip up some huge bags!!!

Clear plastic would be much better and they will be able to be seen.

They were purchased today and come in a plastic bag ( very flimsy) so no box to put it in.

#6 kwiggle

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

Also didn't wrap them and all was fine.  It felt a bit weird the first time we did it, but now I don't even look twice.  I figure those baggage handlers have way less skills at trashing stuff than my little boy!

#7 ScarfaceClaw

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:22 PM

We've taken ours on flights as checked luggage, we didn't wrap it, just put a rubber band around the loose straps and went from there. No dramas at all.



#8 elizabethany

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:26 PM

I went with qantas, and departing they put it in a bag, as it looked like it might rain, but going back they didn't.  Free of charge and a domestic flight.

#9 causeway

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:26 PM

You can buy huge orange plastic bags from the supermarket. We used these to keep the carseat dry after it appears the capsule was left in the rain during a stopover in Brisbane. You dont want a wet carseat. The bag keeps all the straps together. Sometimes the airport does not have the bags available.

#10 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:35 PM

QUOTE (junebuggy11 @ 03/01/2013, 04:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We've taken ours on flights as checked luggage, we didn't wrap it, just put a rubber band around the loose straps and went from there. No dramas at all.

same here.  We used to use a big plastic bag that had once been provided by Qantas, but once it got ripped, we just put the car seats through sans bag.

QUOTE
We have the seats already and the cost for hiring them with the car is about $300. They are free to go in the luggage allowance with the kids tickets as they are both under 12 yrs and will be taking a stroller too.

this was also the reason why we generally take our own.  For more than a weekend, it's hideously expensive to hire 2 car seats.  Plus, DD1 can only fit in a Hi-Liner now (very tall) and most car hire places just use standard booster seats, so they don't fit well.  Car seats have always been free for us.

#11 Lokum

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:42 PM

I second the PP who mentioned rain. I've seen our well wrapped carseat sitting on the tarmac with suitcases in the rain. It wasn't for long, but it was a very heavy storm. Suitcases were wet (contents mostly dry) and carseat perfectly dry!

I would not want to have to strap a kid into a wet carseat on arrival!

#12 fatbelly

Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:31 PM

Also I'm pretty sure they don't count carseats as part of your check in baggage limit. As they are a legal requirement maybe?

#13 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:38 PM

QUOTE (fatbelly @ 03/01/2013, 05:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also I'm pretty sure they don't count carseats as part of your check in baggage limit. As they are a legal requirement maybe?

we've never had prams, baby backpacks or high seats counted as part of our checked luggage, same are kids/infants car seats.  Not sure it's a legal requirement though.

#14 Lil Chickens

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:56 PM

Make sure to ask at check-in if you haven't wrapped it yourself beforehand.  On the phone I was told they would have the bag for me and THEY would wrap it.  Collected it at the other end and they never wrapped it.  I taped it in garbage bags for the flight home.

#15 Tobias'smum

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:12 PM

i flew recently from perth to sydney with qantas - when u check in say you want to wrap them in the bag and they will get them for you for free or you will be asked to get from oversized baggage which is where you will need to take them after you have your other stuff checked in.

If they dont give you baf then they will give you the tag to put on the outside of the bag.

When you get to the other end sometimes thye are put on the conveyabelt with luggage or sent to over size pick up so check both

I hope this helps


#16 HurryUpAlready

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:56 AM

I did this at Xmas. At Perth airport, go to the service desk to check in. They will give you luggage tags for car seats. Take them to the Oversized luggage counter, put them in a plastic bag and drop them off.

Too easy!

#17 Liadan

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:41 AM

Next time I fly, I'll be taking a car seat for DD. We had huge dramas when hiring a car seat. First one was damaged (missing part of the anchor clip), the second one was missing it's compliance sticker thingo (date of manufacture, aus standards, etc), then when we took the car and car seat back, they hadn't changed the paperwork for the carseat, so we had that drama too.

I'd take my own, and it would be wrapped in plastic. More to protect it from the weather in transit, than anything else.

#18 Fabulous

Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:53 AM

We often take car seats and never bother to wrap them. We have had no problems whatsoever. They are only free for infants (under 24 months),  you may be able to get away with the airline not counting them as part of your luggage allowance but it's not something I would want to risk as I would hate to turn up at the airport and have to pay the huge excess luggage fees. ETA- sorry just read that qantas is an airline that allows a free car seat for under 12's.

Edited by Fabulous, 04 January 2013 - 09:59 AM.





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