MHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1105 posts, RR: 8 Posted (3 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2876 times:
Been meaning to ask this questions for a while...
Last year (August 2010) I flew LIS-EWR-TPA. LIS-EWR was on TP and EWR-TPA was on CO. Both flights were booked under one ticket, however, the EWR-TPA flight was booked as a UA codeshare, operated by CO.
While checking-in at LIS, our bags were tagged to TPA as expected. However, the bag tag listed the UA codeshare flight number instead of the actual CO one. I tried to explain to the agent that the flight was operated by Continental, but she didn't seem to understand.
The bags arrived in EWR, and I cleared customs with them. At the CO baggage drop, I showed the guy our tags and asked again if there would be a problem. He said "Wow, good thing you noticed that. Go over to the desk and have them re-tag your bags".
Sorry if this is confusing, but what would've happened had I not gotten them re-tagged in EWR? Would they have made it to TPA? Seems like a fairly easy mistake to make as a check-in agent.
sw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6301 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2793 times:
This actually happens to me frequently. Say I go to China, which is a frequent trip for me...I book it on AA.com but many of the actual flights are on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair. AA always seems to tag my bag with the ACTUAL flight number, but Dragonair and Cathay Pacific seem to tag it with the CODESHARE flight number - i.e. AA6320 instead of CX830 (just pulled random numbers out).
My bag always seems to get to its destination nonetheless.
AlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 day ago) and read 2777 times:
Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter): At the CO baggage drop, I showed the guy our tags and asked again if there would be a problem. He said "Wow, good thing you noticed that. Go over to the desk and have them re-tag your bags".
Good call. I'm sure 95% of other travelers would've caught that.
Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter): Sorry if this is confusing, but what would've happened had I not gotten them re-tagged in EWR?
Not sure what would've happened otherwise. Assuming the rampers knew the codeshare flight number your bags probably would've been OK, but I could be wrong.
But honestly, this codeshare crap just annoys the hell out of me. All it seems to do is confuse pax about where to check-in, baggage (e.g, your situation), and transfers. I really feel that life would be so much easier if the airlines just ran their own operations. If I want to fly DL, then I book with DL and not AS. If I want to fly UA, then I'm going to book with UA and not CO. You get my point. I've never found a lower price than booking directly with the airline I want to fly.