Bailing at Madrid possible?

Old Jun 22, 2021, 1:44 pm
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Bailing at Madrid possible?

Flying Bogota to Madrid to Alicante, with a 5hr stop over in Madrid. Any success with asking for bags in Madrid and leaving airport and forgetting the domestic leg?
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Old Jun 22, 2021, 7:52 pm
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Very unlikely.
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Old Jun 23, 2021, 2:04 am
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Not going to happen, if it did youd lose the return ticket for being a no show on the onward to Alicante
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Old Jun 23, 2021, 2:14 am
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Originally Posted by mattspod
Flying Bogota to Madrid to Alicante, with a 5hr stop over in Madrid. Any success with asking for bags in Madrid and leaving airport and forgetting the domestic leg?
Of course you can get your bags at Madrid. Eventually it will be offloaded anyway. Expect this to take most of the time of your layover. If this is part of a return ticket, youll also find yourself buying a new ticket back to Columbia.
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Old Jun 23, 2021, 3:16 am
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Interesting. So buying a ticket through to Alicante was cheaper than buying it only as far as Madrid? Or did other factors figure in?
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Old Jun 23, 2021, 3:36 am
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Originally Posted by spainflyer
Interesting. So buying a ticket through to Alicante was cheaper than buying it only as far as Madrid? Or did other factors figure in?
That wouldnt be unusual at all.
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Old Jun 23, 2021, 9:36 am
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Of course you can get your bags at Madrid. Eventually it will be offloaded anyway. Expect this to take most of the time of your layover. If this is part of a return ticket, you’ll also find yourself buying a new ticket back to Columbia.
#ItsColombiaNOTColumbia
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Old Jun 23, 2021, 11:51 am
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Originally Posted by alligatoraxe
#ItsColombiaNOTColumbia
Good point!
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Old Jun 23, 2021, 1:07 pm
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It's a one way so no return to lose. Re Madrid/Alicante think they were roughly the same price, but plans change.

So what is the procedure, if my bags are overloaded they can't hold them hostage to some penalty fee etc.. ?

Not that bothered about getting banned from Iberia, or losing any mileage
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Old Jun 23, 2021, 1:48 pm
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Go to the baggage desk when you arrive and tell them plans have changed. Your bags will be offloaded eventually and youll be on your way. They might reprice using historic fares but I think this is unlikely.
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Old Jun 24, 2021, 11:18 am
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Just tell the check-in agent in BOG that you'd like to retrieve your bags in MAD rather than have them checked all the way through to ALC.
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Old Jun 24, 2021, 11:26 am
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Just tell the check-in agent in BOG that you'd like to retrieve your bags in MAD rather than have them checked all the way through to ALC.
Isn't there a risk of denied boarding then especially if it's some numpty outsourced operation like Swissport?
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Old Jun 24, 2021, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by London Dude
Just tell the check-in agent in BOG that you'd like to retrieve your bags in MAD rather than have them checked all the way through to ALC.
Dont do this. It starts a conversation you dont want to have with people who really dont have much of a clue. Youre just asking for trouble.
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Old Jun 25, 2021, 5:36 am
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Originally Posted by mattspod
Isn't there a risk of denied boarding then especially if it's some numpty outsourced operation like Swissport?
Why would they do that? Worst-case scenario is that they'll say they can't do it and check the bags through to ALC.
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