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User currently offlineSQ25J From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 308 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

Hello Everyone,

It just dawned on me...that with numerous US airlines, (and some foreign), changing baggage fees/policies quite frequently....how can A CSA apply correct baggage charges for interline baggage these days??

When I worked for a major US Carrier in the 90's...we had mainly foreign carriers excess charges...which often required a call to that airline for clarification. Today...unless there is some automated system, (which I doubt).....how do CSA's apply charges

For example...if a DL medallion flies JFK-ANC on DL...checks (2) bags through on AS to FAI....will DL know to collect additional charges for AS, (which I understand now charges $25 for second bag?)

Also i dont think all airlines weight allowance are the same....used to be 70lbs..now 50...some 40lbs..some 20kg

Based on these developments I would think interlining baggage must be difficult these days?

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User currently offlineUpstateDave From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 212 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

When I worked with DL it worked like this... When it comes to which rules to follow, the "overwater carrier's" rules applied, when intl. We had the rules for each carrier we interlined with in our res system. We would have to manually check the restrictions for all carriers the customer we on. So if I checked a bag from DL airport to ATL to ICN with Korean being the connection instead of our DL flight, I would need to look up our interline agreement with Korean and verify that the bag specs they had matched the customers bags, if not I charged the listed fee. Now, in the baggage template where I charged the fee I would put in the specific flights, so hopefully Korean got the money. If Korean allowed up to 70lbs (DL is 50lbs), then the customer was permitted 70. Now I had no formal training on this (or any part of my job except for safety procedures), so this may not be 100% accurate.

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User currently offlineTcfc424 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 538 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

At my airline, it is simply "accepting carrier's" rules/fees, etc.


Joe Traveler flying DEN-ORD (UA) and then ORD-FRA (LH) on the same itinerary. UA rules would apply going over, (2 bags up to 50# free). On the return, LH rules would apply, whatever those are.

For some airlines, with extra/overweight baggage, the rates have to be calculated manually and checked...some are already in the system...as you can imagine, overweight int'l bags can be very time-consuming and expensive.

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 9022 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

Quoting SQ25J (Thread starter):

For example...if a DL medallion flies JFK-ANC on DL...checks (2) bags through on AS to FAI....will DL know to collect additional charges for AS, (which I understand now charges $25 for second bag?)

DL would not collect any charges when checking in at JFK. However, on the return, AS would charge the $25 at FAI, even though the FAI-ANC leg is a small fraction of the return compared to ANC-SLC-JFK on DL metal.

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