Oversize bags and Interline agreements

 
Old May 18, 09, 7:07 pm
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Oversize bags and Interline agreements

On my way back from Bali I will be flying DPS-ICN on KE and ICN-ATL-JAX on DL. As usual, I will be flying with my surfboards. I know that KE is going to charge me an oversize baggage fee during check-in at DPS, but I am not sure if Delta would do the same at ATL. Given DL and KE's interline agreement and the fact that JAX is my final destination it seems to me that the ATL-JAX segment is just the continuation of an international flight, and therefore DL should transport my baggage (including my surfboards) free of charge. I called Delta a few times and got different answers. Has anyone been in this situation before? If so, what was the outcome?
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Old May 18, 09, 7:26 pm
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Originally Posted by citizenoftheworld View Post
On my way back from Bali I will be flying DPS-ICN on KE and ICN-ATL-JAX on DL. As usual, I will be flying with my surfboards. I know that KE is going to charge me an oversize baggage fee during check-in at DPS, but I am not sure if Delta would do the same at ATL. Given DL and KE's interline agreement and the fact that JAX is my final destination it seems to me that the ATL-JAX segment is just the continuation of an international flight, and therefore DL should transport my baggage (including my surfboards) free of charge. I called Delta a few times and got different answers. Has anyone been in this situation before? If so, what was the outcome?
If the travel is all on the same ticket, there should not be a DL charge. If it's two separate tickets (DPS-ICN and ICN-ATL-JAX), DL will likely charge you in ICN.

If it's ATL you're worried about, no problem (assuming, of course, that your ICN-ATL-JAX itin is all one ticket). If you have an int'l transfer in ATL, your bags all come up so you can go through customs. After you clear customs, there is a big conveyor belt that you throw your stuff on for re-checking. As it's 'self-serve', nobody weighs or measures the stuff that gets thrown on the belt, so you won't get hit with a charge in ATL.
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Old May 18, 09, 8:02 pm
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Yes, I am traveling on the same ticket, but after collecting my bags at ATL and going through immigration/customs I have a domestic connection (ATL-JAX). I am confused about DL's intepretation of this segment and whether or not they would charge me for the surfboards, but based on your explanation the answer is no, correct?
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Old May 18, 09, 8:31 pm
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Originally Posted by citizenoftheworld View Post
Yes, I am traveling on the same ticket, but after collecting my bags at ATL and going through immigration/customs I have a domestic connection (ATL-JAX). I am confused about DL's intepretation of this segment and whether or not they would charge me for the surfboards, but based on your explanation the answer is no, correct?
To clarify, upon your initial checkin in DPS, your baggage will get tags that check it all the way through to JAX, and DL treats this all as one itin, so there will not be a separate charge for the ATL-JAX segment. You only pay excess baggage charges once per direction on any given ticket, no matter how many segments and whether or not they are int'l or domestic.

Your surfboards and any checked bags will come to you on a carousel in ATL. You then go through customs. After customs, you'll go to a large area containing a conveyor belt. You yourself will put your bags and boards on the belt, where they disappear into baggage-handling-land. No DL employee will be present with a scale or tape measure--they know if you're connecting to another DL flight, you've already paid whatever overweight/oversize/over limit fees that you owe, so there's no reason for them to be checking weight/size/number of bags at that point.
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