tonytifao
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Baggage Interline Question

Sat Jan 20, 2007 6:42 am

Does anyone have problems with interlining baggage check? does it work pretty well? I had it done 2 times and both times my bag went missing for 2 days.

My bag will be transfered in MIA from Delta to AA. Let me know if you guys have any experience with this.

thanks,
tony
 
zephyr98
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RE: Baggage Interline Question

Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:26 am

I have never had problems with interline checking. One thing is make sure that if the airline has (Interline tags) that they get slipped on with the baggage destination tag....I know we had them at UA and have em' at DL. Even in Reno we get interline transfers alot, the only problem have ever had was if our or the other airline originating flight is runninig late, and while unloading one plane the other one is leaving, but normally do not have a problem with that....sounds like you just got "unlucky" 2 times....but 3rd time is a charm, will all go well for you !!!!!  Smile The only thing to remember is that WN has no interline agreements with anyone, so if you ever start or transfer over to them, make sure you allow time to run to baggage and walk you bag over to the other airlines ticket counter. I also know that when/if the few times we have ever had a missed connection, we do our very best to make sure that we get the bag to it's destination asap.....which in one case was faster than the pax got there....pax was on one of those priceline 400 stop specials, and I put their bag on a direct flight to their destination and called and advised the airline they were arriving on to go to the other airline and grab it out of their baggage office, I followed up and pax never even knew their bag had taken a different flight.
Some days it's just not worth chewing through the restraints...
 
N353SK
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RE: Baggage Interline Question

Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:29 am

Your bags have a much greater chance of being mishandled if they're going from one airline to another. Oftentimes the airline that should receive the bags has no knowledge that the bags are coming (bags checked within the airline show up in the computer system). I would say take your chances, but definitely carry on a change of clothes just in case.
 
zephyr98
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RE: Baggage Interline Question

Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:32 am

And NEVER check your medications !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Some days it's just not worth chewing through the restraints...
 
necigrad
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RE: Baggage Interline Question

Sat Jan 20, 2007 8:08 am

Quoting Zephyr98 (Reply 3):
And NEVER check your medications !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Never check ANYTHING you can't do without for 72 hours! I don't care what it is, if you might need it if you get delayed or the bag gets lost, and it's not something you can easily get where you're going, carry it on. Make sure you have outside AND INSIDE ID tags. Personally, I find an itinary helpful too. Sometimes even with a name it's hard to figure out. I don't like looking through peoples stuff, and I'm sure they don't like it either, but when I've got nothing about the bag because the bagtag got ripped off, I sometimes have to snoop. And yes, I have found things I would have rather not.
 
hiflyer
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RE: Baggage Interline Question

Sat Jan 20, 2007 8:21 am

First off bag data between IATA carriers is supposed to be seamless on a 10 digit standard. However...at first point of contact with the second carrier ensure that your bag data is edited to your checkin record...show the AA agent your DL claim checks and make sure they are entered. This is especially important if your next
flight is international so that they clear positive bag match correctly.

Before you ever checkin make sure all old bagtags are off your bag...and also any barcodes that may have been attached during prior travels. Next make sure your personal ID tag includes your correct address and cellphone...and that there is a duplicate inside your bag. On your name tag..both inside and outside...make sure your flight itin is marked down. Lastly...do not attach your external name tag to the handle the bag tag would be applied to...always attach at a different area in case the main handle comes off.

Do not attach ribbons, yarn, or other items to the handle that may block either visually or electronically seeing the bag tag itself. May help you identify at the destination on the claim belt but before then they can block scanners and readers forcing your bag astray.

Lastly...check in early to give the TSA time to examine or hand search your bag if they see something on their machines that gives them pause. Failure to clear TSA in time for baggage screening is now one of the more major reasons for bags not flying with you. Remember that if you come into the US that your bags will go thru rescreening by the TSA during your transit even though screened on your begining flight. That little bit really impacts pax from Canada and the Caribbean as pax are precleared but the bags are redone by the TSA taking far more time to connect. For instance an under 45 min connect from a Canadian city at a major US hub going onto another domestic city usually will result in no luggage...even though the connection is sold as a legal connect.
 
tcxdegsy
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RE: Baggage Interline Question

Sat Jan 20, 2007 8:44 am

I was travelling YYC-YVR-SFO-LHR-EDI, with AC, UA, BA and BA respectively. The agent at YYC, checked my bags right through to EDI (taking into account collecting and redropping bags at YVR to clear US Customs).

All was well, except she made a little mistake with the Flight Number of the SFO-LHR flight, and entered the Number of the opposite direction's flight. This was noticed by BA staff in their Lounge at SFO, and all was resolved without fuss, and confirmed for me that the bags had been caught and cleared for loading and would definately meet me at EDI!

All in all - my experience of this unexpected through-check was fine
next flights: BA1441 0566 0581 1446 EDI-LHR-MXP-LHR-EDI
 
necigrad
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RE: Baggage Interline Question

Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:15 am

Quoting TCXDegsy (Reply 6):
I was travelling YYC-YVR-SFO-LHR-EDI, with AC, UA, BA and BA respectively. The agent at YYC, checked my bags right through to EDI (taking into account collecting and redropping bags at YVR to clear US Customs).

Those bags got rescreened. The TSA will not allow Customs or the Department of Agriculture to screen your bags. When you arrived in SFO your bags were rescreened.
 
Bicoastal
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RE: Baggage Interline Question

Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:35 am

The success of interlined bag transfers is a function of manpower at the originating airline. If the ramp employees at Airline X have only 35 minutes to turn a fully loaded 757, the interline transfer bags will likely sit until they have sent that aircraft on its way. Then, if they have remembered that they have interline bags at the gate, they'll hem and haw about which junior ramper is going to run the bags all the way over to Airline Y in some other terminal. Assuming that ramper doesn't get lost and/or his/her lunch break isn't impending, that bag will get to Airline Y.....maybe in time for the departure on which it is scheduled.

Hey, we're all human.
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tonytifao
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RE: Baggage Interline Question

Sat Jan 27, 2007 2:36 am

Yeah, once again my bags were delayed. Go Delta, go AA! Delta can't ever get my bags to AA on time!