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Strategy and Hassles for booking two segments separately

Old May 27, 19, 10:40 am
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Strategy and Hassles for booking two segments separately


I am trying to book SVQ to JFK with a connection in MAD. However, I found that booking two separate tickets, i.e. SVQ to MAD and MAD to JFK is much cheaper than booking on one ticket.

Is this normal? I am booking the basic economy. Can my luggage be checked in all the way to JFK if I buy two separate tickets? Can I get seat assignment and boarding pass for JFK when I check in at SVQ? Thank you, all.
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Old May 27, 19, 12:04 pm
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Two separate tickets means that you cannot check luggage through. Also note that Basic Economy doesn't allow you to check luggage unless you have elite status with a Oneworld airline.

You also aren't protected if your first flight arrives late and you miss the second flight.

If you wish to proceed, make sure to leave at least 4-5 hours of margin, preferably an overnight in MAD.
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Old May 27, 19, 2:09 pm
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I generally advise an overnight but, in any event at least 2-3x the MCT. You are taking 100% of the risk and on the outbound, if you no show for your long-haul flight, you will need to purchase a new ticket (return) at walk-up prices.

Be very sure that the savings are worth the risk.
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Old May 27, 19, 7:48 pm
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Thank you Craig and Often for your suggestion. I will fly to Madrid one night before to avoid the potential risk. My flight MAD-JFK leaves at 4pm. What hotel should I stay at and what activities can you recommend for the day of departure? I have a 5-year and a 8-year old with me.

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Two separate tickets means that you cannot check luggage through. Also note that Basic Economy doesn't allow you to check luggage unless you have elite status with a Oneworld airline.

You also aren't protected if your first flight arrives late and you miss the second flight.

If you wish to proceed, make sure to leave at least 4-5 hours of margin, preferably an overnight in MAD.
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I generally advise an overnight but, in any event at least 2-3x the MCT. You are taking 100% of the risk and on the outbound, if you no show for your long-haul flight, you will need to purchase a new ticket (return) at walk-up prices.

Be very sure that the savings are worth the risk.
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Old May 28, 19, 12:47 am
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Originally Posted by kgkg View Post
Thank you Craig and Often for your suggestion. I will fly to Madrid one night before to avoid the potential risk. My flight MAD-JFK leaves at 4pm. What hotel should I stay at and what activities can you recommend for the day of departure? I have a 5-year and a 8-year old with me.
I would take the train from Seville and stay somewhere near Atocha station. From there you'd have the cercanias train to T4 for the next day and you'd also be close to the Retiro park for the kids to run around in...
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Old May 28, 19, 11:45 am
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I would take the train from Seville and stay somewhere near Atocha station. From there you'd have the cercanias train to T4 for the next day and you'd also be close to the Retiro park for the kids to run around in...
Thank you Craig. Excellent idea. I will do that then.
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Old May 29, 19, 10:47 am
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Definately the best option is to take the high speed train to Madrid, its much faster as the doors of the train close 2 minutes before departure so if you're in the station 15-20 minutes beforehand you'll have plenty of time. Lots of train frequency as well within the day and the reliability is pretty good.

Beware that this monday June 2nd 2019 there are construction works affecting the Cercanias (short range trains) for some time so it will be a bit more complicated to go with the train to T4 of Barajas. The best option would be to take the direct bus to the airport that departs from Atocha station.

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Old May 29, 19, 11:28 am
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Thanks, Brumario! Fortunately, I am not going on June 2nd.

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Definately the best option is to take the high speed train to Madrid, its much faster as the doors of the train close 2 minutes before departure so if you're in the station 15-20 minutes beforehand you'll have plenty of time. Lots of train frequency as well within the day and the reliability is pretty good.

Beware that this monday June 2nd 2019 there are construction works affecting the Cercanias (short range trains) for some time so it will be a bit more complicated to go with the train to T4 of Barajas. The best option would be to take the direct bus to the airport that departs from Atocha station.

Best regards
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The works start on June 2nd, until November.
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Old May 30, 19, 2:32 pm
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The works start on June 2nd, until November.
Thanks! That is good to know.
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Originally Posted by craigthemif View Post
Two separate tickets means that you cannot check luggage through. Also note that Basic Economy doesn't allow you to check luggage unless you have elite status with a Oneworld airline.
I have been trying to figure out the Basic Economy checked bag policy and I found out that for transatlantic flights there is a $60 1st bag fee...at least for AA flights operated by IB https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/baggage/checked-baggage-policy.jsp
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Old Jun 1, 19, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by Diztravel View Post
I have been trying to figure out the Basic Economy checked bag policy and I found out that for transatlantic flights there is a $60 1st bag fee...at least for AA flights operated by IB https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...age-policy.jsp
In Europe, Oneworld Sapphires and Emeralds definitely get a free checked bag on IB metal, even when booking Basic.

TATL codeshares? Should be operating carrier policy but I couldn't say for sure.
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