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Overnight, long layover/connection check through baggage question (consolidated)

Overnight, long layover/connection check through baggage question (consolidated)

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Old Nov 10, 22, 11:33 am   -   Wikipost
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UA policy on connecting bags requiring recheck (updated wording Aug 2017 -- removed 13-hour rule, another update Fall 2018 restored 12-hour rule)
For a trip that includes one or more connection, well check bags to the final destination on your ticket.You'll need to go to baggage claim and re-check your bags if:
  • You chose to have a layover
  • You make a connection that involves an overnight stay
  • Your connecting flight departs more than 12 hours after you arrive at the airport
  • Youre connecting to an itinerary booked on a separate ticket that doesn't include a Star Alliance partner airline
  • Youre traveling internationally and connecting to a domestic flight within your destination country
In practice. some have been able to avoid having to claim and re-check bags when on a long connection -- but if the agent insists, the agent is correctly implementing UA's written / published policy. See post https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31816944-post390.html for how an agent may be able to help you: They can retrieve a hand-written UA baggage tags that had "Reroute" and "VIP" printed on them (not handwritten) and add your information.


UA social media team (Twitter) wrote on August 16 (2017), "Any connection below 13 hours is always checked through to the final destination" in the context of being regardless of being an overnight connection or not.

related thread: UA Bag Interlining If Separate Tix with *A Partners (YES) & Non *A Partners (NO)
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Old Nov 10, 22, 8:37 pm
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Originally Posted by onfinalapproach View Post
...As I understand it the layover time would not trigger me needing to retrieve my checked luggage in Delhi but the fact that the layover is overnight will trigger it. Therefore in this situation my bags will be offloaded in Delhi,
That would be standard
Originally Posted by onfinalapproach View Post
..I will have to clear immigration, retrieve my bags and re-check them when check in opens 4 hours before the flight. Is this correct? Thanks
The time you can check in would be up to AI
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Old Nov 10, 22, 9:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
Do you have the visa-passport-etc to enter India?
Or need - not need that.
Not yet but will go ahead and apply for an e-visa as it seems like having to retrieve my bags is inevitable. Thanks
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Old Nov 23, 22, 11:44 pm
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PSA: Sometimes UA is too helpful.

I had an award reservation recently DTW-IAD-LHR-XXX; I was checking luggage. With 15 hours at LHR, I knew my bags would be checked there, and indeed at DTW thats exactly what happened. When I arrived at IAD, I realized that the 10 PM IAD-LHR flight had plenty of IN space and decided to ask at the Polaris lounge if I could be put onto it instead of the 6 PM I was booked on I had booked a hotel near LHR, but my experiences with a 6:30 AM check-in are hit-or-miss.

Anyway, the agent was great and was able to move me and my bags. What didnt occur to me is that because my LHR layover was now only about 11 hours, the baggage would be re-routed to my final destination. I showed up at LHR and my bags were nowhere to be found; it took about an hour before we came to the realization that even though my bag tag said LHR, theyd been rerouted.

So, just a helpful word for anybody who finds themselves in the same situation if you decrease a layover time en route, your bags may be rerouted.
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Old Nov 24, 22, 4:48 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
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So, just a helpful word for anybody who finds themselves in the same situation if you decrease a layover time en route, your bags may be rerouted.
Was the united app bag tracker useful?
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Old Nov 24, 22, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by paperwastage View Post
Was the united app bag tracker useful?
Oddly, yes, if I had known what I was looking at. It indicated that theyd been offloaded from the LHR flight, and then it listed the OAL flight to XXX as next. Its just, because I didnt expect them to be transferred, I assumed it was a mistake. My mistake.
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