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Delta/Qatar Airways Interline Checked Bag Policy

Old Feb 10, 20, 8:54 am
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Delta/Qatar Airways Interline Checked Bag Policy

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Route: GSP>ATL>DOH>COK; MAA>DOH>ATL>GSP

I am flying to India for work in May via Qatar Airways through Atlanta. My home airport is GSP so in order to get to Atlanta for the Qatar Airways flights, I have to book a GSP>ATL round trip ticket through Delta. However, since I am booking this through Concur (a travel agent), it is one itinerary and not separate tickets.

Delta and Qatar are obviously not partners so my question is, will Delta check my bags all the way through to India since it is one itinerary? Or will I have to recheck them in Atlanta and then go back through security?
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Old Feb 10, 20, 9:01 am
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Delta *does not* have a baggage interline agreement with Qatar.
W/*DLĄ*QR
DL-006 DELTA AIR LINES INC/DELTA AIR LINES INC.

CANNOT ISSUE TKT-NO AGREEMENT ON FILE
QR-157 QATAR AIRWAYS/QATAR AIRWAYS Q.C.S.C

CANNOT CHECK BAGGAGE NO AGREEMENT ON FILE
QR
Further information:
Delta through check policy: https://pro.delta.com/content/agency...e-policy-.html
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Old Feb 10, 20, 9:07 am
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Delta *does not* have a baggage interline agreement with Qatar.

Further information:
Delta through check policy: https://pro.delta.com/content/agency...e-policy-.html


So you have to go outside of security to get bags, check them, and then go back through security? Or is there another way to do this behind security?
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Old Feb 10, 20, 9:30 am
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If QR does not have a ticketing and baggage agreement with DL (which they do not), then this could not possibly be ticketed all on one ticket.
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Old Feb 10, 20, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by Jeremy3292 View Post
So you have to go outside of security to get bags, check them, and then go back through security? Or is there another way to do this behind security?
Yes, you will need to claim your bags in ATL and re-check with Qatar. Keep in mind that bags from the GSP-ATL flight will be retrieved at the Domestic terminal. You will then need to make your way via shuttle bus to the International terminal to check bags with Qatar. Make sure you have plenty of time between your GSP-ATL and ATL-DOH flights to make this connection.

Can your corporate travel agent use another connection option? Perhaps GSP-PHL-DOH... on AA/QR
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Old Feb 10, 20, 9:54 am
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Originally Posted by Jeremy3292 View Post
Disclaimer: Yes, I already did a search and could not find the answer.

Route: GSP>ATL>DOH>COK; MAA>DOH>ATL>GSP

I am flying to India for work in May via Qatar Airways through Atlanta. My home airport is GSP so in order to get to Atlanta for the Qatar Airways flights, I have to book a GSP>ATL round trip ticket through Delta. However, since I am booking this through Concur (a travel agent), it is one itinerary and not separate tickets.

Delta and Qatar are obviously not partners so my question is, will Delta check my bags all the way through to India since it is one itinerary? Or will I have to recheck them in Atlanta and then go back through security?
I doubt you have one ticket. I suspect you have one PNR with several tickets. As noted, DL and QR do not have an interline agreement. I would check with concur whether you are protected on the full itinerary.

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So you have to go outside of security to get bags, check them, and then go back through security? Or is there another way to do this behind security?
Yes, you will have to go out to collect your bags and re-check again. You will need to factor this in to your timings. How much time do you have?
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Old Feb 10, 20, 10:08 am
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Yes, you will need to claim your bags in ATL and re-check with Qatar. Keep in mind that bags from the GSP-ATL flight will be retrieved at the Domestic terminal. You will then need to make your way via shuttle bus to the International terminal to check bags with Qatar. Make sure you have plenty of time between your GSP-ATL and ATL-DOH flights to make this connection.

Can your corporate travel agent use another connection option? Perhaps GSP-PHL-DOH... on AA/QR
Yes, PHL and DFW were my next options because there are AA direct flights from GSP>PHL and GSP>DFW. However, the cost is currently $2-3k more than the ATL route.
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Old Feb 10, 20, 10:13 am
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I doubt you have one ticket. I suspect you have one PNR with several tickets. As noted, DL and QR do not have an interline agreement. I would check with concur whether you are protected on the full itinerary.
It could be a PNR, although I'm not entirely sure how that all works.

I will say when I booked flights to Europe last March, I had AA and Delta flights and the Delta flights showed up on my AA app and vice versa. I booked them through Concur as one single booking. The route was:

CLT>JFK on AA;
JFK>DUB on Delta;
DUB>GLA on Aer Lingus;
GLA>AMS on KLM
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Old Feb 10, 20, 10:20 am
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Originally Posted by Jeremy3292 View Post
It could be a PNR, although I'm not entirely sure how that all works.

I will say when I booked flights to Europe last March, I had AA and Delta flights and the Delta flights showed up on my AA app and vice versa. I booked them through Concur as one single booking. The route was:

CLT>JFK on AA;
JFK>DUB on Delta;
DUB>GLA on Aer Lingus;
GLA>AMS on KLM
A PNR is just a record locator. It is not a contract, which is what a ticket is. One PNR can have several tickets in it. Unless there is something special about Concur's process, you can't have a single ticket because DL and QR don't have a ticketing agreement (ie can sell a QR ticket on DL ticket stock). Here you don't have a connection and I would therefore leave a lot of time in ATL to ensure you don't have a problem on your hands.

Your previous example was different. All these carriers interline with each other, so you probably had a single ticket.
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Old Feb 10, 20, 10:26 am
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DL and QR hate each you won't see any cooperation between the two. You'll just have to act like you are on two separate flights. It won't matter coming back to the US, all international flights into ATL dump into the same place and you'll just have to pickup your bag and re-check it anyway though you'll have to go to the international arrivals belt at ATL instead of the international connections belt (two different baggage claim areas within ATL international arrivals).

If you have the option to go via PHL/DFW and aren't loyal specifically to DL, that's the direction I would go though I note the significant cost difference. AA should check to QR flights provided you are on the same PNR (which you should be if booking in one shot via Concur)
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Old Feb 10, 20, 11:07 am
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Just give yourself 3 -4 hours in ATL and you should not have any issues....go get your bags in Domestic and then shuttle to International. Check your bags and then go and grab some dinner
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Old Feb 10, 20, 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
A PNR is just a record locator. It is not a contract, which is what a ticket is. One PNR can have several tickets in it. Unless there is something special about Concur's process, you can't have a single ticket because DL and QR don't have a ticketing agreement (ie can sell a QR ticket on DL ticket stock). Here you don't have a connection and I would therefore leave a lot of time in ATL to ensure you don't have a problem on your hands.

Your previous example was different. All these carriers interline with each other, so you probably had a single ticket.
Gotcha - thanks for the help. I did not realize AA and Delta had an interline agreement.
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Old Feb 10, 20, 11:32 am
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Possible alternate option: just drive to & from ATL. It should be about 3 hours unless you'd be having to drive during rush-hour. Reason I suggest this as an alternate option is because of the cushion you'll want/need to give yourself between your DL and QR flights to where you won't save any time by flying from GSP to ATL and then claiming and rechecking bags in either direction. Especially on the return but the same is true on the outbound. As noted, you'll want a minimum of a 3-4 hour cushion each way because neither airline will protect you, and on the outbound, you definitely don't want to miss the QR flight since there are few if any back-up options (at least on the return, you know the worst case is you can drive if you absolutely had to). So you could just drive to ATL, probably leaving at the same time (or later) than you would have to leave for GSP to catch your GSP-ATL hop. On the return, you'll land in ATL, clear immigration and customs and then have to go check-in for your DL flight. Again, here if you're giving yourself the 3-4 hour cushion to allow for any delays, then plus the ~45 min to 1 hour flight, you could be to home in the GSP area by the time you'd probably otherwise be boarding in ATL for the hop to GSP, if you arrived from DOH on time.

**Disclaimer: this is also just a suggestion. I do totally get the idea of not wanting to drive 3 hours before flying or after getting off a 15-16 hour or longer flight, at which point, I completely understand wanting to fly GSP-ATL-GSP instead. Just trying to present alternate options if you hadn't considered the time savings (or lack thereof) by flying versus opting to drive.
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Old Feb 10, 20, 11:43 am
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DL and QR hate each you won't see any cooperation between the two. You'll just have to act like you are on two separate flights. It won't matter coming back to the US, all international flights into ATL dump into the same place and you'll just have to pickup your bag and re-check it anyway though you'll have to go to the international arrivals belt at ATL instead of the international connections belt (two different baggage claim areas within ATL international arrivals).

If you have the option to go via PHL/DFW and aren't loyal specifically to DL, that's the direction I would go though I note the significant cost difference. AA should check to QR flights provided you are on the same PNR (which you should be if booking in one shot via Concur)
So on the returning flight into Atlanta I would not have to go back through security? Just recheck my bag inside security.
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Old Feb 10, 20, 11:48 am
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So on the returning flight into Atlanta I would not have to go back through security? Just recheck my bag inside security.
You will have to go through security - just like any returning flight to the US. What will be easier on the return is that Delta has a domestic recheck desk just outside of customs that will mean you do not have to ride the bus to the other side of the terminal (like you will have to do on the outbound).
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