Rant: AAs Bag Mess

Old Mar 10, 2024, 8:25 am
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Rant: AAs Bag Mess

Hi y'all. Enjoy the rant if you'd like. I was flying from MAD-MIA-CLT. MIA-CLT was delayed for 3 hours due to the normal "prior A/C maintenance delay" I get to CLT at midnight, 3 and a half hours late. Neither of my 2 bags come out from the claim. BSO is no help at all, as the moody lady refused to help. I know, they have a hard job to work in the middle of the night, but I wish they had some more common decency. The bags were offloaded from the plane at 12:10am, so there is no reason to not get them? It was 2am by now, 2 hours later, and I have been waiting for my bags, as the BSO lady advised. I wanted to file a claim with her but she would not let me as it has not been 6 hours. Eventually at 3am, one of my bags came out 3 hours after we landed. Where in the world is my other bag? Both bags were unloaded? Keep in mind that we were going to Columbia SC which is about an hour and a half ish away so we really just wanted our bags, especially because we all knew they were in CLT. The Iberia to AA change didn't do anything to the bags, it was just AA being AA. At 4am, the lady just goes "buy a hotel in Charlotte and AA will cover it if you care about that other bag so much". She probably was just trying to get me out. I was traveling with 3 other friends from Madrid to CLT who all got their bags on time. Around 2am ish, they left and took the car back to Columbia. I ended up getting the hotel as the lady advised and records show the bag arrived at the BSO at 10AM today. How does this even happen? Now I have to rent a car to drive back home, 11hours later. I don't want to be a DYKWIA but flying as an EX-Plat, this is not the service you expect at all. I mean, I fly AA pretty much every week and they never can get their stuff together. This is the breaking point for me, and you might see me on DL from now on.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 9:00 am
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Why did they route you via MIA in the first place?
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 9:04 am
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Originally Posted by moondog
Why did they route you via MIA in the first place?
Prior delay out of MAD.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 9:48 am
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Originally Posted by JackIs
Prior delay out of MAD.
Ah, maybe EC261'can help make up for your hassle a bit.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 9:53 am
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Originally Posted by moondog
Ah, maybe EC261'can help make up for your hassle a bit.
If i departed out of MAD and connected thru MIA to AA would EC261 help at all? I wouldnt think it would
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 10:33 am
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Baggage service, both the results and the staff, at CLT has been the worst in the system in my experience. It's terrible, and I hate everytime I have to trust them with even a single bag.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 11:52 am
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Originally Posted by JackIs
If i departed out of MAD and connected thru MIA to AA would EC261 help at all? I wouldnt think it would
No it doesn't. EC261 does not cover baggage collection times.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 12:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Dave Noble
No it doesn't. EC261 does not cover baggage collection times.
If not weather or ATC related, being bumped off the CLT flight and arriving 12 hours later should be covered.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 12:44 pm
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Just wanted to say that this situation sounds extremely frustrating, and wish you luck with its resolution.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by ZenFlyer
Just wanted to say that this situation sounds extremely frustrating, and wish you luck with its resolution.
Agreed. I can't think of many things less appealing than sitting around in the CLT baggage claim at 3am arguing with a useless baggage agent and waiting for hours for bags that may not ever appear.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 2:44 pm
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 2:45 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
Agreed. I can't think of many things less appealing than sitting around in the CLT baggage claim at 3am arguing with a useless baggage agent and waiting for hours for bags that may not ever appear.
Tell me about it. One bag is still nowhere to be found.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 2:47 pm
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Keep in mind, both bags were offloaded 10 mins after arriving to the gate in CLT. What was AA doing with my bags for 3 hours is my most important question.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 5:09 pm
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Originally Posted by moondog
If not weather or ATC related, being bumped off the CLT flight and arriving 12 hours later should be covered.
Arriving 3.5 hours late should provide for eligibility for EUR300 assuming it wasn't an extraordinary situation that could not have been reasonably prevented. The additional 3 hours waiting for bags is outside the terms of EC261
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 5:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Dave Noble
Arriving 3.5 hours late should provide for eligibility for EUR300 assuming it wasn't an extraordinary situation that could not have been reasonably prevented. The additional 3 hours waiting for bags is outside the terms of EC261
AA 749 is supposed to arrive in CLT at 330p (not sure how DST impacts this). The OP suggests that he didn't reach CLT until midnight (and the bag waiting took place after he got there). In any event, I think he might qualify for the full payout.
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