AlnessW
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What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Baggage?

Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:36 pm

Hello everyone,

Recently, I flew United BOS-SFO-PDX and later PDX-SFO. On all of these (very full) flights, the gate agents offered to check any carryon baggage to your final destination, if you did not want to bring it onboard with you. I thought this is a fantastic idea, freeing up space in the overhead bins and allowing you to check any carryons, and pick them up in baggage claim at your final destination.

These were the first times I had tried this, and I am now curious as to what other airlines offer this free service, if any.

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RE: What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Bagga

Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:53 pm

Delta does that in JFK , because their CRJ's bins are really too small for any trolley bag.
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RE: What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Bagga

Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:39 pm

In my experience, whenever a flight is on-board a regional jet, depending on the size of the bag, may be forced to gate check it. I travel with only a carry-n, but it is too large for the o/h bins in an E-145, so it always gets gate checked. I do this because I cant hen get my bag at the gate upon arrival, instead of waiting at baggage claim.

I don't think this is a service UA offers per say, but more so a diligent gate agent seeing there could be a problem on-board with so many carry ons. I personally have never encountered this offer when travelling on a mainline aircraft.

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RE: What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Bagga

Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:05 am

Quoting EkA380 (Reply 1):
Delta does that in JFK , because their CRJ's bins are really too small for any trolley bag.
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I think you have the question confused. With CRJs, if you drop your bag off plane side, you get it back plane side at your destination, not at baggage claim. I think what the OP is referring to is more when they do it on mainline flights even when the bins can hold roll-a-boards but there are more bags then there is bin-space (usually happens with full or nearly full flights) and the gate agent puts a bag-tag on there and it goes to your final destination and you have to claim it at baggage claim. I don't like doing this because I don't like waiting at baggage claim for my bags, especially at major airports where it can take half an hour to an hour to get your bags (ATL, LAX, etc.). I go carry-on for the convenience as much as I can (even though I can check up to two bags for free anyway on DL since I'm Medallion).
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RE: What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Bagga

Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:19 am

Quoting YYZRWY23 (Reply 2):
I don't think this is a service UA offers per say, but more so a diligent gate agent seeing there could be a problem on-board with so many carry ons.

Yes, I mainly see this with full mainline flights, but only on UA.

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 3):
I think you have the question confused. With CRJs, if you drop your bag off plane side, you get it back plane side at your destination, not at baggage claim.

That sounds exactly right. Also, if you have a connection to make, you still need to pick up your bag.

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 3):
I think what the OP is referring to is more when they do it on mainline flights even when the bins can hold roll-a-boards but there are more bags then there is bin-space (usually happens with full or nearly full flights) and the gate agent puts a bag-tag on there and it goes to your final destination and you have to claim it at baggage claim.

FlyDeltaJets87 has it exactly right. Thank you. Usually they'll either write a tag by hand, or print one off from their computers (same as the bag tags they use at check-in).

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 3):
I don't like doing this because I don't like waiting at baggage claim for my bags, especially at major airports where it can take half an hour to an hour to get your bags (ATL, LAX, etc.).

I personally don't mind waiting at baggage claim. If it means one less thing to carry on with me, then that's awesome! Plus, you are, in a way, getting a free checked bag out of it. It also benefits others, with more room onboard, etc.
 
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RE: What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Bagga

Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:48 pm

Delta also does this when the flight is full and the overhead space is all used up. I've worked a small hand full of flights where we have had to put on up to 12 last minute gate check bags. Yes, they are checked through to your final destination and you claim your bag as you would had you checked it at the ticket counter.
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RE: What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Bagga

Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:00 pm

Quoting DeltaB757TUS (Reply 5):
Delta also does this when the flight is full and the overhead space is all used up. I've worked a small hand full of flights where we have had to put on up to 12 last minute gate check bags.

Sounds like what UA does as well.

Quoting DeltaB757TUS (Reply 5):
Yes, they are checked through to your final destination and you claim your bag as you would had you checked it at the ticket counter.

Exactly right.
 
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RE: What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Bagga

Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:42 pm

Quoting alnessw (Thread starter):
the gate agents offered to check any carryon baggage to your final destination, if you did not want to bring it onboard with you

I wouldn't do that. I hate it when airlines check it through to the final destination. Just give it to me in the jetway!
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RE: What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Bagga

Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:30 am

In Europe it's common when smaller aircraft have heavy loads for the gate agent to tag your carry-on bag which you then drop at the bottom of the aircraft steps when boarding (assuming a bus to the aircraft as often the case for RJs in Europe). If the aircraft parks at another remote stand on arrival you'll get your bag back when you deplane. However I've been on several flights on types like the Avro RJ and Fokker 70, where the flight boards from a remote stand requiring a bus to the aircraft but at the destination arrives at a terminal gate with a bridge. In those cases when they tag your bag at the gate they use a regular hand-written baggage tag and you have to pick it up at baggage claim on arrival.
 
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RE: What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Bagga

Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:28 am

Quoting alnessw (Reply 4):
Yes, I mainly see this with full mainline flights, but only on UA.

All the major US airlines do this. Some may not make an announcement all the time, but it happens.

Quoting alnessw (Reply 4):
Also, if you have a connection to make, you still need to pick up your bag.

Not necessarily, especially on a Mainline aircraft. The gate agent will write all the flight information down on the tag, and your bag will be handled just like a regular checked bag and connected.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 7):
I wouldn't do that. I hate it when airlines check it through to the final destination. Just give it to me in the jetway!

On a full flight, we'll see anywhere from 5 to 20 gate checked bags (not to mention strollers and such). You'll be waiting just as long in the jetway as you would in baggage claim, and it slows down the turn of the airplane. There's also security considerations with the type of tags we use.
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RE: What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Bagga

Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:28 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 7):
Quoting alnessw (Thread starter):
the gate agents offered to check any carryon baggage to your final destination, if you did not want to bring it onboard with you

I wouldn't do that. I hate it when airlines check it through to the final destination. Just give it to me in the jetway!

It's not just United, and it happens not infrequently, especially since the rise of checked-bag fees.

You say you wouldn't do it, but you may not have a choice. If you are boarding and all the bin space is used up, if your bag won't fit under the seat in front of you you will have to check your bag. It happens all the time.

Savvy agents at some carriers offer this service prior to boarding because they know that on certain flights and equipment types there is a historical likelihood to need to check bags at the end. They would rather have volunteers than people forced to do so; that said few people who have packed carryons want to check their bags.
 
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RE: What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Bagga

Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:31 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 8):
However I've been on several flights on types like the Avro RJ and Fokker 70, where the flight boards from a remote stand requiring a bus to the aircraft but at the destination arrives at a terminal gate with a bridge. In those cases when they tag your bag at the gate they use a regular hand-written baggage tag and you have to pick it up at baggage claim on arrival.

All very interesting.

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 9):
All the major US airlines do this. Some may not make an announcement all the time, but it happens.

Excellent. I keep my eyes and ears open for this on my next flight. Thanks.

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 9):
Quoting alnessw (Reply 4):
Also, if you have a connection to make, you still need to pick up your bag.
Not necessarily, especially on a Mainline aircraft. The gate agent will write all the flight information down on the tag, and your bag will be handled just like a regular checked bag and connected.

I was talking about the gate check service on CRJ's, not mainline aircraft.

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 9):
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 7):
I wouldn't do that. I hate it when airlines check it through to the final destination. Just give it to me in the jetway!
On a full flight, we'll see anywhere from 5 to 20 gate checked bags (not to mention strollers and such). You'll be waiting just as long in the jetway as you would in baggage claim, and it slows down the turn of the airplane. There's also security considerations with the type of tags we use.

Thank you BMI727.

Quoting PGNCS (Reply 10):

It's not just United, and it happens not infrequently, especially since the rise of checked-bag fees.

Excellent point! That makes sense.
 
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RE: What Other Airlines Offer "Gate Checked" Bagga

Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:44 am

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 9):
You'll be waiting just as long in the jetway as you would in baggage claim, and it slows down the turn of the airplane.

Maybe, but I don't want to have to walk all the way to the baggage claim. Plus, if I am connecting somewhere in between, there is a good chance I will need to get something from my bag at some point. Like a book for example. I don't want to be schlepping a book around with me during a connection because I gate checked my bag and won't get it back until I'm at my final destination. Furthermore, I always travel with Benadryl and an EpiPen, which I would want easily accessible but won't fit into my pockets.

Quoting PGNCS (Reply 10):
You say you wouldn't do it, but you may not have a choice

Which is why I try to board early in my section to avoid such issues.
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