stopover luggage question

Old Feb 7, 12, 10:23 pm
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stopover luggage question

I am booking via UA an international itin with a stopover SEA->PEK, PEK->SFO->SEA, on the way back, I need to stay at SFO for 3 days, so should I take out my luggage at SFO and recheck in 3 days later? if so, will I be charged $25 for the 1st bag check-in even that it is allowed free for the international segment PEK->SFO ?
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Old Feb 7, 12, 10:42 pm
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Since SFO is your first port of entry in the US you will need to go through customs with your bags anyway. I don't think they will let you check your bags in 3 days early. I think there should be no fee for the bag. You can always explain to the agent that it is a part of an international itenary.
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Old Feb 7, 12, 11:04 pm
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Agreed

Originally Posted by MidTierStatus View Post
Since SFO is your first port of entry in the US you will need to go through customs with your bags anyway. I don't think they will let you check your bags in 3 days early. I think there should be no fee for the bag. You can always explain to the agent that it is a part of an international itenary.
For sure they won't accept the bags. They especially won't charge for bags (or shouldn't) if it is a through fare with a stopover in SFO. You might need to be assertive but nice though - sometimes you get weird agents. I had a really rough one in SFO regarding a SWU and a > 4 hour connection (to have lunch with friends) that she claimed was a full stopover. She'd never heard of the 24 hour rule. I just went and found another agent. I do hate it when they don't know what they are talking about and then get all nasty despite ones best efforts to stay reasonable with a fool. Fortunately this is very rare as most agents are wonderful.
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