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Baggage Fees On Interline Connections

Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:04 am

A friend of mine just asked me this question and I was unable to answer it:

He booked a trip on Orbitz flying Delta from JFK to ORD (via DTW I believe) and continuing on United to Omaha. He is an Elite with Delta, but not with United. Will he have to pay a fee for his bags or not (as a SkyMiles Elite he of course is exempt from the fee on DL) and will hi bag even be checked through to OMA?

Can anybody help us answer this question? Also, what would happen if he flew UA first and then DL? How about if he weren't Elite with either? Would he have to pay twice?
 
Transpac787
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RE: Baggage Fees On Interline Connections

Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:22 am

Quoting 764 (Thread starter):
How about if he weren't Elite with either? Would he have to pay twice?

Yes.

Saving 10 bucks on Orbitz can come back to haunt you VERY quickly with checked baggage fees, as you must pay the fees for both carriers.
 
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RE: Baggage Fees On Interline Connections

Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:27 am

If all of his flights are on a single ticket, then DL should be able to check his bag to Omaha. If that's the case, then only DL's baggage fee would apply. (In this case, it'd be waived).

If his flights are on multiple tickets, then he will need to check-in twice and pay two fees. (However, a very nice DL agent may be willing to interline his bags, anyway... in that case, again, only DL's fees would apply).
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RE: Baggage Fees On Interline Connections

Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:37 am

No fee on the outbound, and DL should check the bag all the way through. On the return if he is back on UA connecting to DL then the UA fee will apply.
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crosswinds21
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RE: Baggage Fees On Interline Connections

Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:47 am

No fee on the outbound as long as DL checks the bag all the way through. On the return if it is UA connecting to DL then the UA fee will apply.

Nothing personal against the OP or his friend, but that ticket that he booked is exactly the reason that checked baggage fees are in existence to begin with. People are willing to book the most ridiculous itineraries just to get the lowest possible price (in other words, most people care about ticket price more than any other factor). The OP's friend could have flown nonstop from New York to Omaha or a one stop flight on DL. Why fly JFK-DTW-ORD-OMA on two different airlines?
 
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RE: Baggage Fees On Interline Connections

Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:42 pm

Quoting crosswinds21 (Reply 4):
Nothing personal against the OP or his friend, but that ticket that he booked is exactly the reason that checked baggage fees are in existence to begin with. People are willing to book the most ridiculous itineraries just to get the lowest possible price (in other words, most people care about ticket price more than any other factor). The OP's friend could have flown nonstop from New York to Omaha or a one stop flight on DL. Why fly JFK-DTW-ORD-OMA on two different airlines?

If a JFK-DTW-OMA route costs $400 and a JFK-DTW-ORD-OMA costs $250, what would you pick?
And you cannot blame people if they are ok with multiple stops along a route.

Would DL have waived his bag fees if he had done JFK-DTW-OMA and if he were not an Elite??
 
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RE: Baggage Fees On Interline Connections

Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:01 pm

The originating carrier is the one whose fees will apply. The bag will be interlined all the way through to his final destination.

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