Baggage allowance on layover

Old Sep 7, 17, 12:36 am
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Baggage allowance on layover

Most carriers allow 2pcsx50lbs in baggage allowance to US/Canada. How does that work with a layover on same ticket?

It will most likely be either:

BA/AA (marketed by BA, operated by AA)
DEL-LHR-ATH (stop; BA metal)
ATH-PHL-ORD (AA)

Would this routing allow baggage allowance from India-Europe/ Europe-USA OR India-USA? If it doesn't make any difference getting then paying extra for one ticket doesn't make sense. Might as well book them as single segments.
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Old Sep 7, 17, 1:54 am
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If it's on the same ticket, the largest allowance of the "most significant carrier" will apply.
So as yours looks mostly BA the allowance for your DEL-LHR will apply for the whole trip.

Per BA website:

If every flight in your journey has a BA code (e.g. BA1234) you will get British Airways’ checked baggage allowance, even if some or all of the flights are operated by other airlines (so-called 'codeshare' flights).

If your journey includes a mix of BA and other airline codes (e.g. AA1122 or IB3210) you will get the allowance of the most significant carrier – usually the airline operating the longest part of the journey.


Also from the BA website the specific allowance for Traveller - CW (F you get 3 bags regardless of destination)

Connecting between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada, or connecting from Saudi Arabia to USA/Bermuda/Canada
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 2 bags (max. 23kg / 51lb per bag)

https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...age-allowances

So as long as you stay on a single ticket the higher allowance applies. If you buy a separate ticket from ATH, AA rules would apply based on their baggage rules which is likely to be just one 23kg bag.
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Old Sep 11, 17, 9:04 pm
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Originally Posted by xtommox View Post
If it's on the same ticket, the largest allowance of the "most significant carrier" will apply.
So as yours looks mostly BA the allowance for your DEL-LHR will apply for the whole trip.

Per BA website:

If every flight in your journey has a BA code (e.g. BA1234) you will get British Airways’ checked baggage allowance, even if some or all of the flights are operated by other airlines (so-called 'codeshare' flights).

If your journey includes a mix of BA and other airline codes (e.g. AA1122 or IB3210) you will get the allowance of the most significant carrier – usually the airline operating the longest part of the journey.


Also from the BA website the specific allowance for Traveller - CW (F you get 3 bags regardless of destination)

Connecting between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada, or connecting from Saudi Arabia to USA/Bermuda/Canada
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 2 bags (max. 23kg / 51lb per bag)

https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...age-allowances

So as long as you stay on a single ticket the higher allowance applies. If you buy a separate ticket from ATH, AA rules would apply based on their baggage rules which is likely to be just one 23kg bag.
Based on mileage, wouldn't ATH-PHL be the most significant part of the journey?
If the ticket was CW or even PEY, I'd be less worried since the baggage. Unfortunately the traveling pax lost their Silver tier status as well this year which doesn't make it easier.

So to summarize... a stopover will still consider the baggage allowance between India-USA and not India-EU/EU-USA?

Thanks for the help!
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how long is the stop over?

Is this all on the same ticket or separate bookings?
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You get the allowance from BA from DEL-LHR for the whole itinerary because they are the most significant carrier. A US Department of Transport rule further ensures that this will apply for the return trip also (even if the airlines weren't intending to do that for you).

If you book separate tickets you get the allowance on each ticket for each journey the ticket covers. Bear in mind that separate tickets get you no connection protection, maybe no interlining of bags through airports between tickets, and so on. It is up to you whether the cost saving is significant enough. Caveat Emptor

Originally Posted by UKtravelbear View Post
how long is the stop over?
That is irrelevant as long as it is one reservation.
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If you book one reservation, you'll get two bags at 23kg (in Economy) or 32kg (WT+, Club/Business) because your flight is connecting between India and USA: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...age-allowances
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Originally Posted by carsnoceans View Post
Most carriers allow 2pcsx50lbs in baggage allowance to US/Canada.
In general, those days are long gone (for economy tickets).

The 2-bag allowance between India and the US is now an exception to the general rule.
Originally Posted by carsnoceans View Post
Based on mileage, wouldn't ATH-PHL be the most significant part of the journey?
The rules for finding the Most Significant Carrier are quite complicated. The fact that it's "usually" the sector with the longest mileage tends to disguise that.

For a better guide, try this page: https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_...ficant-carrier

I think that in your case, as DEL-LHR is the first flight that crosses from one area (Area 3) to another (Area 2), that makes the DEL-LHR airline the MSC.
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Old Sep 12, 17, 9:38 am
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Stopover will be few days (5-7 days). Does that matter on a one way trip? The question really begs - how will check-in agent see the reservation? Are there specific ticketing rules on permissible duration of stopovers?

To those asking if these will be one ticket or separate... ofcourse the question only raises if it's one ticket. Otherwise baggage allowance would be for the particular carrier/route.

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