I am flying CO from IAH-CDG and then AF from CDG-ATH. Will my luggage go all the way or will I have to claim and recheck it. Also, if I have to recheck, anyone know the amount of time I would need between flights to pull this off at CDG -- I currently have a 2:15 hour layover.
One thing to keep in mind is that while the two carriers must have an interline baggage agreement, the time between flights must be within their published minimum connect time.
The minimum connecting time varies, depending on the airport, carriers involved, and whether you're going between solely domestic flights or traveling internationally.
In your example above, going from a CO
international flight to an AF
international flight, connecting at CDG
, there is a 2 hour minimum connect time. This means that if you've allowed yourself LESS than this amount, CO
would not check your bag all the way through, as they'd be opening themselves up to liability for loss if your bag (or you) didn't make it.
Since you've got enough time to satisfy CDG
's minimum connect time for this itinerary, and since the two carriers DO
have an interline baggage agreement, presenting BOTH tickets to the CO
agent at EWR
should result in them tagging the bag to your final destination.
As was previously noted, however, some cities require transit customers like yourself to claim your bag to clear customs before being rechecked to your next flight. If this is the case, it's a fairly simple process.
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