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.)