Putnik From Serbia, joined Aug 2007, 226 posts, RR: 4 Posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
I'd really need an educated advice about where we should check our bags to on multiple leg flights. I did various things in the past and things always went well but with all these horror stories of lost luggage, maybe I was just plain lucky.
The last long haul I did was BEG-MUC-GRU-GIG on LH/JJ. Bearing in mind that when traveling to USA luggage should be picked up at the first point of entry and re-check for any following internal flights, I had a hunch that it would be okay to check my luggage to GRU only, to pick it up, clear the customs and border control and re-check it for GRU-GIG leg I was flying on JJ. I did the same on my way back. There were no problems whatsoever. I asked LH staff at BEG what would be the wisest options. The lady politely and in cold manner responded that she will do whatever I decide. I asked three times but she remained stubborn in "no advice" policy... so no tips there. It was possible to check it through all the way to GIG so the choice was all mine.
I was wondering, what would happen if my luggage was late in arrival to GRU and I had to continue my journey in either way and my luggage was tagged to GRU only. Would it remain there?
What are the options here? Should luggage be always tagged all the way to the final destination or there are exceptions? Should we tag it to the first point of entry only? Any piece of advice will be greatly appreciated.
Iflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1982 times:
For what's it worth, after doing two transatlantic and two trans-borders this year, if you can, try to keep your luggage with you. If you're traveling for an extended period of time, you obviously have to go with larger luggage which has to be checked. If you're traveling for an extended period and have to use larger luggage, use a carry-on to put at least one day's wardrobe and or at least personal accessories you know you are going to need. And that, is going to require creative packing. Having said that, go with your gut feelings. I try to avoid checking luggage inless I absolutely have to. I've actually had agents at IAD tell me my luggage was in YUL, only to see it on the belt as I was boarding a flight to YUL due to a missed connection. Have a good trip!
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