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Baggage Fees On Interline Connections  
User currently offline764 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 623 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3984 times:

A friend of mine just asked me this question and I was unable to answer it:

He booked a trip on Orbitz flying Delta from JFK to ORD (via DTW I believe) and continuing on United to Omaha. He is an Elite with Delta, but not with United. Will he have to pay a fee for his bags or not (as a SkyMiles Elite he of course is exempt from the fee on DL) and will hi bag even be checked through to OMA?

Can anybody help us answer this question? Also, what would happen if he flew UA first and then DL? How about if he weren't Elite with either? Would he have to pay twice?

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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3193 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3938 times:

Quoting 764 (Thread starter):
How about if he weren't Elite with either? Would he have to pay twice?

Yes.

Saving 10 bucks on Orbitz can come back to haunt you VERY quickly with checked baggage fees, as you must pay the fees for both carriers.



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User currently offlinecompensateme From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3923 times:

If all of his flights are on a single ticket, then DL should be able to check his bag to Omaha. If that's the case, then only DL's baggage fee would apply. (In this case, it'd be waived).

If his flights are on multiple tickets, then he will need to check-in twice and pay two fees. (However, a very nice DL agent may be willing to interline his bags, anyway... in that case, again, only DL's fees would apply).



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User currently offlineDLD9S From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3873 times:

No fee on the outbound, and DL should check the bag all the way through. On the return if he is back on UA connecting to DL then the UA fee will apply.


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User currently offlinecrosswinds21 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 698 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3818 times:

No fee on the outbound as long as DL checks the bag all the way through. On the return if it is UA connecting to DL then the UA fee will apply.

Nothing personal against the OP or his friend, but that ticket that he booked is exactly the reason that checked baggage fees are in existence to begin with. People are willing to book the most ridiculous itineraries just to get the lowest possible price (in other words, most people care about ticket price more than any other factor). The OP's friend could have flown nonstop from New York to Omaha or a one stop flight on DL. Why fly JFK-DTW-ORD-OMA on two different airlines?


User currently offlineDTWLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 789 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

Quoting crosswinds21 (Reply 4):
Nothing personal against the OP or his friend, but that ticket that he booked is exactly the reason that checked baggage fees are in existence to begin with. People are willing to book the most ridiculous itineraries just to get the lowest possible price (in other words, most people care about ticket price more than any other factor). The OP's friend could have flown nonstop from New York to Omaha or a one stop flight on DL. Why fly JFK-DTW-ORD-OMA on two different airlines?

If a JFK-DTW-OMA route costs $400 and a JFK-DTW-ORD-OMA costs $250, what would you pick?
And you cannot blame people if they are ok with multiple stops along a route.

Would DL have waived his bag fees if he had done JFK-DTW-OMA and if he were not an Elite??


User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 611 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3717 times:

The originating carrier is the one whose fees will apply. The bag will be interlined all the way through to his final destination.

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