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BMI/United Question

Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:34 pm

Hey,

I'm taking a trip from DUB - DEN via LHR at the end of May. The DUB - LHR flight is operated by BD and the LHR - DEN flight is with UA. Just a quick question, will it be possible for BD to check my bag all the way thru to DEN from DUB. And will they be able to issue me a boarding card for my LHR - DEN flight in DUB (as they are both Star Alliance airlines)? Also any seat suggestions would be much appreciated!

Thanks,
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RE: BMI/United Question

Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:56 pm

If the flight is on the same booking; i.e. the same e-ticket number then they will through check your bag no problems. However they won't through check if your BD and UA flights are on separate itineraries... it's a pain but that's the way it goes!

They will be able to give you a boarding pass for your LHR-DEN flight though whether you're on one or two different itineraries.

Hope that helps!
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RE: BMI/United Question

Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:13 am



Quoting JER757 (Reply 1):

Well I have two booking references one for BD and one for UA. When I log onto united.com with my UA booking ref. I can see both the BD and UA flights (I just can't reserve seats for the BD flights), so presume its the same E-Ticket number? So hopefully this means they can check my bags thru to DEN?  Smile

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RE: BMI/United Question

Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:29 am



Quoting JER757 (Reply 1):
If the flight is on the same booking; i.e. the same e-ticket number then they will through check your bag no problems. However they won't through check if your BD and UA flights are on separate itineraries... it's a pain but that's the way it goes!

They will be able to give you a boarding pass for your LHR-DEN flight though whether you're on one or two different itineraries.

As long as you have a copy of your itenerary they will check your bag to your final destination for you whether its all on the same reservation or not. However they will only be able to check you in on the UA flight if it is on the same reservation. If not they wont be able to, you will have to check in at the departure gate in LHR.
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RE: BMI/United Question

Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:39 am



Quoting JER757 (Reply 1):
They will be able to give you a boarding pass for your LHR-DEN flight though whether you're on one or two different itineraries.



Quoting United319 (Reply 3):
However they will only be able to check you in on the UA flight if it is on the same reservation. If not they wont be able to, you will have to check in at the departure gate in LHR.

these are two conflciting statements. I am also ni the same boat, or plane I guess, where im going BFS-LHR-MCO with Bd and UA. Any cliarification on the boarding pass issue would be great Big grin

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RE: BMI/United Question

Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:31 am

Basically, it depends on the checkin agent. Be nice to them! I had a similar issue, flying LHR-MAD-JNB on one itinerary on Iberia, then JNB-DUR on another, on BA. Outward. they wouldn't check me in for the BA leg. On the return, from DUR, I checked in all the way to LHR, including bags. In the past, I checked in at HKG for a China Airlines flight to BKK, and onwards to LHR with Qantas - totally separate bookings, and the QA leg was even on paper tickets! Just be nice, and don't be too disappointed if they can't.

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RE: BMI/United Question

Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:39 pm



Quoting BHD (Reply 4):
these are two conflciting statements.

I actually do BD check in from time to time! We're not meant to through check the bag, as stated on the BD website:

Quote:
Only passengers with flight itineraries issued on a single ticket with one booking reference will qualify for the through check-in service, subject to minimum connection times. This policy applies to all connecting flights (bmi to bmi, bmi to other carriers and all codeshare flights). Passengers choosing to purchase separate tickets should allow sufficient time to collect any baggage and check-in again for onward flights.

http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/plan...tion/check-in/throughcheck-in.aspx

However it is possible for us to through check the bag, if you've plenty of time in LHR, or you're in a higher class we can bend the rules slightly. Plus be nice to the check in agent! I'm much less likely to help someone if they're behaving unreasonably.

If you want my advice, I'd check in online for both flights the day before, using BD and UA's separate websites and see what's what at the airport. The official response will be 'no' (as you're on 2 separate itineraries) but you might get lucky!

United319 - perhaps UA's policy is different?
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RE: BMI/United Question

Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:47 pm



Quoting JER757 (Reply 6):
United319 - perhaps UA's policy is different?

It is a little different. Usually if someone is connecting to a Star Alliance members flight, it will automatically print out their boarding passes and we can change their seats if they want. As far as the baggage, the computer will only check their bags to their final destination on what their reservation shoes. We can manually fill in the bag routing if they show us a copy of the itinerary and if we have interline agreements with the other carriers that they are connecting to.
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RE: BMI/United Question

Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:45 am

The bags should go thru no problem. I'm not sure how BMI does it but when you check someone in and the pax is connecting thru to another *A carrier it usually checks that person in all the way thru. But if the link is down as it is quite a bit it won't. so it all just depends. If it doesn't you can just get it at the gate in LHR.
 
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RE: BMI/United Question

Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:02 am



Quoting MTSUATC (Reply 8):
f it doesn't you can just get it at the gate in LHR.

So I don't need to go to the check in desk once I arrive in LHr, i can go straight to the gate and check in there since I will already be airside due to the incoming flight?

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RE: BMI/United Question

Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:53 am

It's been a year since I've been thru LHR so I'm not positive. The main point I was making was that it will be no big deal to get your boarding pass.
 
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RE: BMI/United Question

Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:05 am



Quoting MTSUATC (Reply 8):
The bags should go thru no problem. I'm not sure how BMI does it but when you check someone in and the pax is connecting thru to another *A carrier it usually checks that person in all the way thru.

Except as quoted before BD's policy is not to check bags onto other itineraries, even BD-BD or BD-other *A carrier. It might seems daft compared to other *A carriers but that's BD's policy.

You can only try and get them to check your bag to DEN at DUB, if you can then yes just go to the gate at LHR and get them to print up your BP. If not be prepared to go landside at LHR...
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RE: BMI/United Question

Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:31 pm

Hey thanks for all the replies guys! It looks like they're on the same itinerary so hopefully will go all the way thru to DEN.  crossfingers 

And was looking at the LHR website as to what the procedure is to connect from my DUB flight to my DEN flight, since it's my first time going thru LHR. Did the same flight last year with DL thru ATL, which was fine but had an ~8.5hr flight followed by ~2.45hr flight, at least this way I can stay awake on the DUB - LHR (and most likely the night before I leave from DUB!) and sleep all the way LHR - DEN with UA.

Thanks guys!
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RE: BMI/United Question

Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:53 pm



Quoting A330Fan (Reply 12):

How long layover do you have at LHR?
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RE: BMI/United Question

Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:34 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 13):

Just over 2 1/2 hours.... Should be no problem.... I hope!
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RE: BMI/United Question

Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:20 pm



Quoting A330Fan (Reply 14):

Just over 2 1/2 hours.... Should be no problem.... I hope!

Absolutely no problem. I have made it through LHR in just 45min. Connected to a LAX flight from ARN!!!
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RE: BMI/United Question

Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:12 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 15):

Nice work, if I get my bags checked all the way thru (and hopefully my boarding pass), I'll try and beat your 45mins :P
Travelling with a group though, so dunno how fast they can run Big grin
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RE: BMI/United Question

Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:19 pm



Quoting A330Fan (Reply 16):
I'll try and beat your 45mins :P

He, he. Good luck!!
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