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Checked luggage and skipping the connecting flight

Old Oct 3, 20, 6:49 am
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Checked luggage and skipping the connecting flight

Hi all,

I need to travel to the US with my wife to stay with her unwell family.

We want to take advantage of the LUX departures in business. The return leg has a connection in LHR which is where we live so we would want to end our flight there and just go home.

Does anyone know the latest experience with regards to checked baggage? How easy is it to request that bags be picked up at LHR?

I know we could just take carryon however we are staying for a month so the checked bags would be needed.

Thanks!
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Old Oct 3, 20, 7:09 am
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Welcome to Flyertalk and welcome to the BA forum Jh1978.

For plannng purposes you have to assume the bags will be labelled to LUX. Stations vary a bit, but places like ORD, LAX and LAS won't budge on that one, unless your return involves an overnight stay in London. If you don't continue your connection to LUX then you can ask for them to be returned in LHR, and typically after an hour's wait or so they will come back to you there. It's still important not to put anything valuable in the bag(s) since there is a small chance the bags will somehow end up in LUX, where you will then have to make arrangements to recover the bags, but that's an unlikely outcome.

Generally it's best to fulfill all the legs on your flights to avoid complications, anything else has a hassle factor of sorts. If the flight is someway off the chances of cancellations or timing changes may work to your advantage.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 7:22 am
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Welcome to Flyertalk and welcome to the BA forum Jh1978.

For plannng purposes you have to assume the bags will be labelled to LUX. Stations vary a bit, but places like ORD, LAX and LAS won't budge on that one, unless your return involves an overnight stay in London. If you don't continue your connection to LUX then you can ask for them to be returned in LHR, and typically after an hour's wait or so they will come back to you there. It's still important not to put anything valuable in the bag(s) since there is a small chance the bags will somehow end up in LUX, where you will then have to make arrangements to recover the bags, but that's an unlikely outcome.

Generally it's best to fulfill all the legs on your flights to avoid complications, anything else has a hassle factor of sorts. If the flight is someway off the chances of cancellations or timing changes may work to your advantage.


Thanks for the kind welcome! Sadly going and returning from LHR would be over 2x the amount.

The route is

BRUS - LHR - IAH / IAH - LHR - LUX


The LHR - LUX has a 13 hour layover time

Are you saying its airport dependant? Worst case scenario we would just have to deal with the hand luggage only but obviously the checked baggage would make life a lot easier.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 7:35 am
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Just book the final LHR-LUX for the following day, it can be up to 23.59 hours after your arrival into London. Collect luggage and go home
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Old Oct 3, 20, 8:38 am
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Originally Posted by Jh1978 View Post
Are you saying its airport dependant? Worst case scenario we would just have to deal with the hand luggage only but obviously the checked baggage would make life a lot easier.
IAH will enforce the rules, so it will label to LUX. So your options are to wait it out at LHR after returning from IAH, or to add more days into the schedule. Hand luggage will give you the most flexibility, but if you do have checked luggage then you have to work on the basis of the rules.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 9:14 am
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Just book the final LHR-LUX for the following day, it can be up to 23.59 hours after your arrival into London. Collect luggage and go home

Please excuse my noobiness, but can you explain how I can do that?

Looking at the flight selection, the only options available land in LUX the same day as the IAH-LHR flight. Do I manually search for a 3 leg? So

BRU - IAH

IAH - LHR

LHR - LUX?


When I pop that into the matrix, it only shows routes where the IAH - LHR is via Dallas. The IAH-LHR direct isnt available. Looking at end of Nov - beginning of Jan FYI.

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Old Oct 3, 20, 9:48 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
Just book the final LHR-LUX for the following day, it can be up to 23.59 hours after your arrival into London. Collect luggage and go home
Out of interest how would the OP fair in terms of Avios/TPs?
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Originally Posted by u01sss3 View Post
Out of interest how would the OP fair in terms of Avios/TPs?
As a once off? Most likely only impact would be a loss of 40TPs and a few Avios
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Old Oct 3, 20, 10:37 am
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As a once off? Most likely only impact would be a loss of 40TPs and a few Avios
Thanks. Not something I've ever done.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 10:38 am
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Originally Posted by u01sss3 View Post
Out of interest how would the OP fair in terms of Avios/TPs?
they will not get the points or avios for the leg not flown. They will get the points for the legs they fly.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 10:43 am
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Originally Posted by Jh1978 View Post
Sadly going and returning from LHR would be over 2x the amount.
BA know this. BA know that we know this. If you want more than 50% off, you are going to earn it.

BA know that many passengers want to do what you want to do, but that is expressly against the T&C's and they reserve the right to recalculate the fare based on the journey taken rather than the one booked. That is why they changed the policy on short checking bags to make life a little harder for your "2 x the amount" saving.

That said, as a one-off, first time, nobody would blink an eye. Everyone falls ill, has a family emergency or likewise.

However, suddenly develop Delhi Belly every Friday on your weekly commute back from North America, and they will notice and taken action.
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come back hand luggage only ?
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Old Oct 3, 20, 11:31 am
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come back hand luggage only ?
This would be my suggestion. Shipping the suitcase from Houston home should be cheaper than rebooking.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 11:40 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
Just book the final LHR-LUX for the following day, it can be up to 23.59 hours after your arrival into London. Collect luggage and go home
I think theyíre a little cuter with this now. Iíve had ex EUís or INVís that will reprice to a significantly higher sum with an overnight (though less than 24hr) stop at LHR. The LGW shuffle is the most foolproof, although obviously not currently.

From experience, BAís US check in agents are very wise to your intentions here so I really wouldnít even ask. Considering you can get away with 2 decent sized carry-onís each for a long haul J flight Iíd strongly echo the advice about avoiding checked bags for the return leg.

itís probably worth reading the advice about back to back transfers as well if youíre not overnighting in BRU. Counterintuitively theyíre safer than a longer connection.
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