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Connecting From QF To UAx At LAX

Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:58 pm

I booked a trip to Australia for this fall through an internet travel site. The itinerary I booked is:
SMF-LAX -- American Eagle
LAX-SYD -- Qantas
DRW-SYD-LAX -- Qantas
LAX-SMF -- United Express (Although to make things that much more confusing, it was actually booked as a US Airways codeshare on a UAx flight. So on my itinerary is shows up as something like US Airways flight #### operated by United Express operated by Skywest. That's right, two levels of codeshares!)

It's this last connection from QF to UAx that I have questions about. The UA flight is on a separate eticket from everything else. When I go to qantas.com and look up my reservation, it does show the UA flight. Does that mean they're on the same PNR? (I'm honestly not entirely sure what that means; it's just a term I picked up from this forum.)

Anyway, my main questions are:
-Will QF tag my bags all the way to SMF, or will I have to re-check them with UA at LAX?
-If QF will tag them to SMF, will I be able to drop them off for my connecting flight after I get through customs in TBIT, or will I have to lug them with me to T7 and drop them off at the UA counter?
-Will UA charge me a baggage fee since their flight is on a separate eticket, or is just having an international flight on the same itinerary enough to avoid the bag fee?
-Will QF be able to give be a boarding pass for the UA flight, or will I have to check in with UA at LAX? (Not a huge deal if I do. I have an iPhone and the United app, so my plan is to check in while waiting in line at customs if it comes to that. But obviously it would be even better if QF could check me in for all my flights)
-If I should happen to misconnect on that leg, what should I do? (I am planning to buy travel insurance that says it covers missed connections, but of course I still have to get home.)
 
LAXintl
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RE: Connecting From QF To UAx At LAX

Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:29 pm

Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter):
-Will QF tag my bags all the way to SMF, or will I have to re-check them with UA at LAX?

Regardless if its tagged, you still need to pick up your bags at LAX and clear customs. There is an area after customs on the way out of TBIT where you can drop your bag off again (if its tagged to SMF). If not, if UA has an agent at the TBIT interline area at the time, they can check you in there and take your bag, otherwise you'll need to bring it with you to UA's terminal.

Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter):
-If QF will tag them to SMF, will I be able to drop them off for my connecting flight after I get through customs in TBIT, or will I have to lug them with me to T7 and drop them off at the UA counter?

If they are tagged you can drop them off at the interline area. However I would recommend that if you are running late or have a tight connection deliver the bags yourself to UA. The interline baggage transfers is run by a 3rd party consortium vendor, and could take upwards of an hour for them to make deliveries.

Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter):
-Will UA charge me a baggage fee since their flight is on a separate eticket, or is just having an international flight on the same itinerary enough to avoid the bag fee?

This is dependent on if you are really on a separate ticket or not. With new rules that went into effect this February, for single ticket reservations the policy, fees and charges of the first carrier will apply throughout the itinerary.
In case of separate tickets, other carriers are not required to follow first carriers allowances and MAY apply its own allowance, and fee if any.

Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter):
-Will QF be able to give be a boarding pass for the UA flight, or will I have to check in with UA at LAX? (Not a huge deal if I do. I have an iPhone and the United app, so my plan is to check in while waiting in line at customs if it comes to that. But obviously it would be even better if QF could check me in for all my flights)

No clue, but doubt QF it tied into UA's system to issue you a BP.

Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter):
-If I should happen to misconnect on that leg, what should I do? (I am planning to buy travel insurance that says it covers missed connections, but of course I still have to get home.)

Well if you are truly on a separate ticket for the last leg, you are on your own. Go to UA, and hopefully they will let you stand by on the next avail flight without penalties.
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RE: Connecting From QF To UAx At LAX

Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:20 am

Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter):
-Will UA charge me a baggage fee since their flight is on a separate eticket, or is just having an international flight on the same itinerary enough to avoid the bag fee?

You shouldn't be charged. I didn't have to pay on a UA Express flight MTJ-DEN because we were connecting DEN-LAX-SYD subsequently.

Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter):
-Will QF be able to give be a boarding pass for the UA flight, or will I have to check in with UA at LAX? (Not a huge deal if I do. I have an iPhone and the United app, so my plan is to check in while waiting in line at customs if it comes to that. But obviously it would be even better if QF could check me in for all my flights)

I've been issued an onward boarding pass in Australia for the connecting flight out of LAX before - but they will definitely be able to issue one at the connecting baggage drop-off area in TBIT.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
If they are tagged you can drop them off at the interline area. However I would recommend that if you are running late or have a tight connection deliver the bags yourself to UA. The interline baggage transfers is run by a 3rd party consortium vendor, and could take upwards of an hour for them to make deliveries.

It'll be fine even on a tight connection. I came off QF12, dropped bags at the transfer area, went straight to the AA pier and joined the boarding queue my next flight and my bags made the connection.
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RE: Connecting From QF To UAx At LAX

Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:41 am

Ignoring all the baggage questions, you are making the single most difficult connection at LAX from TBIT to T-8. Its a fairly long walk and VERY crowded on the lower level as you exit TBIT all the way to T-8. You can take the "A" bus that stops at TBIT lower level, or walk. If you choose to walk then take an escalator to the upper level as soon as possible if it isn't raining. It is less crowded, quieter, and less polluted upstairs. You must go through security at T-6, T-7, or T-8. If you have a premium ticket or star alliance gold status be sure to use United premium check-in line (I think at T-6). In any case give yourself plenty of time for security. There are several decent food options inside security.

How much time do you have for the connection? If you have hours to kill check out the Encounter restaurant in the weird flying saucer in the center of the airport. It's even weirder inside.
 
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RE: Connecting From QF To UAx At LAX

Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:04 pm

Quoting skyhawkmatthew (Reply 2):
It'll be fine even on a tight connection. I came off QF12, dropped bags at the transfer area, went straight to the AA pier and joined the boarding queue my next flight and my bags made the connection.

You are speaking about QF-AA. OPer is flying QF-UA. Very very different manner baggage is handled.

For the QF-AA the terminal is next door, and AA itself has transfer baggage runners that check on the bags due to the relationship with QF and knowing there will be many transfers.
For a QF-UA connection baggage would be allocated to the airports 3rd party interline service vendor to sort, hold, and deliver.
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