Your journey through the airport is easier than ever
It's All About Check-in

With Qantas you can check in at home, on your mobile and at the airport. And now, rolling out across the domestic network, check-in will come to you through Auto Check-in.

Auto Check-in (Flights within Australia only)

Check-in comes to you

Auto Check-in has started rolling out across the Qantas domestic network.

If you're on a flight with Auto Check-in and you are a single passenger, we'll send you an SMS or email in the lead up to your departure. Follow the link to confirm your seats and access your boarding passes on your preferred device.

Make sure you update your number in Manage Your Booking.

You can use your digital boarding pass on your smartphone or tablet, or print it out if you have accessed your boarding pass via email. Or, if you have the Qantas app, you'll continue to receive a notification allowing you to complete a quick and simple check-in, and be automatically notified of any changes to your flight.

Once checked in, you'll be able to pass straight through the airport and go straight through to the gate or lounge. It's the perfect option for the busy traveller.


If you need to check bags, simply print your bag tags from a kiosk or bag tag printer and head to Bag Drop. If your bags have Q Bag Tags, go straight to Bag Drop*. If you have two eligible segments in the same flight, it's essential you have both boarding passes before dropping your bags off.


Auto Check-in is currently available for selected flights on the following routes:

Sydney - Perth - Sydney

Sydney - Adelaide - Sydney

Sydney - Darwin - Sydney

* Not available at Cloncurry, Moranbah, Hamilton Island, Mount Hotham, Gladstone or Geraldton.
Mobile Check-in (Flights within Australia only)

You can check in on your mobile from 24 hours up until 45 minutes before your flight departure on most domestic flights.

All you need to do is visit on your mobile, select Domestic Check-in or Manage Your Booking and enter your details. If you land on the desktop version, switch to the mobile site at

Now select the passengers you want to check in. You can elect to check in for your return flight if you are returning on the same day. We'll send you an SMS with your boarding pass.

Remember, you can view or change your seat or the seat of passengers on the same booking by selecting the 'Change' button next to each passenger.

Add your boarding pass to Passbook or Samsung Wallet

If you're on an iPhone running iOS6 and above, add your boarding pass to Passbook to be automatically notified of your gate and any other flight updates.

If you have the Samsung Wallet app installed on your Samsung device, add your boarding pass to your wallet. Note that there are no notifications from Samsung Wallet.

Mobile Check-in with carry-on baggage only

When you arrive at the airport, if you are travelling with carry-on baggage only, make your way through security and head straight to the gate.

Mobile Check-in with checked baggage

If you have checked baggage, you'll need to drop your bags at bag drop at least 30 minutes before your flight departs.

If you have a Q Bag Tag, drop your bags at bag drop or the dedicated Bag Drop counter.

If you don't have a Q Bag Tag, print your paper bag tags at the Check-in Kiosks located in the check-in area (where available) before you head to the bag drop.

Once at the bag drop unit, simply scan your boarding pass, place your bag on the belt and follow the simple prompts on the screen to have your bag accepted.

Find out more about Checked and Carry-on baggage allowances.

Online Check-in

How to Check in Online

  1. Check your flight eligibility for online check-in
  2. Ensure you are within the online check-in window of 24 hours up until 1 hour before flight departure for Domestic flights or 24 hours up until 2 hours before flight departure for International flights.
  3. Retrieve your booking by entering your booking reference and Last name. You can also do this through Manage Your Booking or Your Bookings, if you're a Qantas Frequent Flyer.
  4. Click on the 'Online Check-in' button, where your flight details are listed, then follow the 5 easy steps
  5. Print and take your Boarding Pass with you to the airport.

If you'd prefer to have your boarding pass on your mobile device for Australian Domestic flights, use Mobile Check-in.

Travel with Checked Baggage

Travellers with checked baggage will need to drop their bags at bag drop at least 30 minutes before domestic flight departures and 90 minutes before international flight departures.

If you have a Q Bag Tag you can go straight to bag drop or the dedicated Bag Drop counters to drop off your bags.

If you don't have a Q Bag Tag, you can print your paper bag tags at the Check-in Kiosks located in the check-in area, where available, before you head to the bag drop.

Once at the bag drop unit, simply scan your boarding pass, place your bag on the belt and follow the simple prompts on the screen to have your bag accepted.

Be sure to label your baggage inside and out, with your name, address and contact number for your destination and ensure that all old destination stickers and tags are removed from all baggage.

Airport Check-in

When you travel domestically you can choose from a range of faster, smarter check-in options including our Q Card Reader and Check-in Kiosks.

To check-in at the airport for international flights, simply bring your E-Ticket, Qantas Booking Reference number, passport and any relevant international travel documents and visit the check-in counters.

New! Qantas is currently piloting check-in kiosks and bag drop facilities on selected flights to Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington from Sydney International Airport.*

Q Card Reader - Domestic and Trans-Tasman

Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Frequent Flyers and Qantas Club members who are Australian and New Zealand passport holders can now check-in using the International Q Card Readers for flights within Australia, and direct flights between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, Wellington or Queenstown.^

  1. Scan your Q Card. (Hold your Qantas Card at the Q icon on the Q Card Reader)
  2. Scan your passport. (Check-in is confirmed once the Q Card Reader illuminates green and a boarding pass will be printed)
  3. Collect your boarding pass

Q Card readers are located in the check-in hall at selected Qantas and QantasLink domestic airports across the country^ as well as at selected Qantas Club and Qantas Business Lounges.

Domestic Check-in Kiosk

Check-in Kiosks offer a fast and easy check-in for travellers on most domestic flights, whether you travel with or without bags.

Simply follow the prompts on screen to check-in at the Kiosk and collect your boarding pass and tag any checked bags.

At the check-in kiosk you can also:

  • Check-in for your return flight that same day.+
  • Change to an earlier flight.#
  • View your flight booking details.
  • Check-in a companion who is on the same flight but not the same ticket.
  • Check-in groups.
  • Input your Frequent Flyer details.~
  • Upgrade your flight using Qantas Points.**

Dedicated Premium Services


Platinum, Gold, Silver Frequent Flyers, Qantas Club members and customers travelling in Business can check-in or drop off baggage at the Premium Service Desk when travelling on domestic flights.

The friendly, professional staff at our Premium Service Desks can arrange your international connections, help make changes to your journey and assist with any advice you may need.


First passengers and Platinum Frequent Flyers are able to check-in at the exclusive First check-in area at selected international airports, and fast-track through Immigration.

Business and Premium Economy passengers, Gold Frequent Flyers and Qantas Club members have access to dedicated check counters in all international ports.

* Available on select Qantas operated flights from Sydney to Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington at Sydney International Airport. Customers with oversized baggage, customers who have checked in online, unaccompanied minors, and customers who have checked in at a Qantas Q card reader are unable to use this service. Customers travelling on non-Australian or New Zealand passports will be subject to travel document checks by Customer Service Agents. If a customer is without the correct visa, they will be unable to use this service.
^ Faster, Smarter Check-in is only available for direct, point to point flights. It cannot be used if you have an onward connecting flight. Available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Albury, Darwin, Cairns, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour, Tamworth, Mackay, Rockhampton, Hobart, Alice Springs, Broome, Karratha, Port Macquarie, Newman, Paraburdoo, Townsville, Emerald, Kalgoorlie, Port Headland, Launceston and Gladstone.
+ You can check-in for your return flight if it is within 12 hours of departure and you only have carry-on baggage.
# Subject to the fare conditions of the ticket you have purchased.
~ Including any Qantas affiliated frequent flyer program.
** Only available to Platinum and Gold Frequent Flyers and Qantas Club members who are upgrading single traveller bookings and is subject to availability and fare conditions.
Mobile and Online Check-in eligibility table

Eligibility table

First flight operated by: Next onward flight inside 24 hrs operated by: Mobile check-in: Online
Qantas or QantasLink domestic Australia No connecting flights tick^^ tick
  Qantas or QantasLink Australian domestic  tick^^ tick 
  Jetstar Australia domestic or Jetstar New Zealand domestic  cross  cross 
  Qantas International, Jetstar International, Oneworld, Codeshare partner  cross  tick 
Qantas international (QF1-199)  Qantas international  cross  tick 
  Jetstar international  cross tick 
  oneworld partners  cross  tick 
  Other designated international partners  cross  tick 
  Codeshare partners  cross  tick 
Jetstar domestic, international or New Zealand domestic    cross  cross 
oneworld partners, codeshare partners or other designated international partners   cross cross


  • Unaccompanied minors must check-in at the airport.
  • Customers who have specific needs can use Online Check-in, however in some instances a boarding pass will not be issued until you arrive at the airport. See our Specific Needs Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Check-in times for partner airlines can vary so online check-in may not be available for your connecting flight at the time you check in online for your Qantas flight. Online Check-in for your connecting flight depends on the partner airline check-in times and the length of your Qantas flight.

^^ Mobile check-in is available at Adelaide, Albury, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock(Uluru), Brisbane, Broome, Bundaberg, Cairns, Canberra, Christmas Creek, Cloudbreak, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Devonport, Emerald, Fraser Coast (Hervey Bay), Geraldton, Ginbata, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Launceston, Mackay, Melbourne, Mildura, Miles, Mount Isa, Newman, Paraburdoo, Perth, Port Hedland, Port Lincoln, Port Macquarie, Rockhampton, Roma, Solomon, Sydney, Tamworth, Townsville and Wagga Wagga.
Check-in Times

Check-in times vary by departure port so you'll need to check the airport guide for your departure city before you leave for the airport.

Flight Departing: Recommended Check-in Latest Check-in with bags
Domestic (QF400 and above) with checked baggage. 45 minutes 30 minutes
Domestic Qantas codeshare services operated by Jetstar (QF5000-QF5999). 60 minutes 30 minutes
Domestic connecting to International travel (QF400 and above).

For example: Canberra to Sydney to Los Angeles.
60 minutes 30 minutes
Domestic travel where your flight departs from an Australian international terminal (QF1-QF399). 120 minutes 60 minutes
Group check-in for domestic flights (QF400 and above) or for domestic travel where your flight departs from an Australian international terminal (QF1-QF399). 90 minutes 60 minutes
International Qantas operated services at all Australian international airports (QF1-QF399). Economy/Premium Economy
120 minutes

90 minutes

Economy/Premium Economy
90 minutes

60 minutes

International Qantas codeshare services operated by Jetstar at all Australian international airports. 120 minutes 60 minutes
Travel on oneworld partners, codeshare partners or other designated international partners. Contact the operating carrier for their recommended check-in times.
* Available on selected Domestic and Tasman Qantas flights.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can also search our FAQs for further information on Check-in.