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

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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, we’ll 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
  • You’re connecting to an itinerary booked on a separate ticket that doesn't include a Star Alliance™ partner airline
  • You’re 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.


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.

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Old Sep 14, 14, 1:54 am
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Overnight, long layover/connection check through baggage question (consolidated)

Hi all,

Forgive me if this is not the correct thread as I can't find anything related to it. I have an United award flight with a couple of long layovers (< 24 hours). Would I be able to collect my bags at each layover?

For example:

DUB - VIE - PRG, Would I be able to collect my baggage at VIE? I'm staying overnight and will need my stuff.

Or is there some kind of rules where if it's greater than X hours, we collect the bags?

Thanks all
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Old Sep 14, 14, 3:38 am
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Different airlines may have different rules. It will be helpful if you list your exact flights. Generally, if the layover is > 12 hours, there should be no problem getting your bags. Otherwise YMMV.
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UA will not check bags through with an overnight, whether it is a connection or a stopover. Your bags will be delivered to you at VIE, whether you want them or not.
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you can always ask for a bag to be shortchecked, on an overnight, it will not be an issue
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If you go Dublin-Vienna, you will have to get your bags regardless since you're entering Schengen and will need to go through Immigration and Customs on arrival. At that point I guess you can just keep your bags, then when you return to the airport to continue on to Prague you can recheck them.
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Originally Posted by catocony
If you go Dublin-Vienna, you will have to get your bags regardless since you're entering Schengen and will need to go through Immigration and Customs on arrival. At that point I guess you can just keep your bags, then when you return to the airport to continue on to Prague you can recheck them.
Not really. You only collect bags and clear customs when arriving at the final Schengen destination, not at the first point of entry. It is separate from immigration unlike in the USA.
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Old Sep 14, 14, 10:26 am
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Originally Posted by catocony View Post
If you go Dublin-Vienna, you will have to get your bags regardless since you're entering Schengen and will need to go through Immigration and Customs on arrival. At that point I guess you can just keep your bags, then when you return to the airport to continue on to Prague you can recheck them.
I have gone from for example US - FRA - DUS and the luggage was checked through. The immigration was in FRA.
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Originally Posted by catocony View Post
If you go Dublin-Vienna, you will have to get your bags regardless since you're entering Schengen and will need to go through Immigration and Customs on arrival. At that point I guess you can just keep your bags, then when you return to the airport to continue on to Prague you can recheck them.
Clearly you have never actually done this personally, and are basing this on an example of arrival into the US. Why mislead the poster like this?
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Originally Posted by rankourabu View Post
Clearly you have never actually done this personally, and are basing this on an example of arrival into the US. Why mislead the poster like this?
Moreover, none of the border control or anecdotal discussions are remotely helpful to OP. Without knowing the delivering carrier, we do not know that carrier's policy regarding through-checking bags with lengthy connections/stopovers.

As an example, UA does not through check bags with overnight connections. Thus, in this situation, OP's bags would be checked to VIE even though the ordinary practice on a routine connection would be for the bag to be delivered to OP at PRG.

Details will get OP the accurate information he wants.
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Moreover, none of the border control or anecdotal discussions are remotely helpful to OP. Without knowing the delivering carrier, we do not know that carrier's policy regarding through-checking bags with lengthy connections/stopovers.

As an example, UA does not through check bags with overnight connections. Thus, in this situation, OP's bags would be checked to VIE even though the ordinary practice on a routine connection would be for the bag to be delivered to OP at PRG.

Details will get OP the accurate information he wants.

Good point. United award - meaning its EI+OS. Since the two dont interline - the OP will have to pick up bag regardless
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Thank you all for the reply. I'm still a newbie at this so am not familiar with the airlines abbreviation. The two carriers are indeed Aer Lingus and Austrian (Tyrolian) air. I'm glad that I can pick up my luggage.

During my research, I've found that the connection to Prague are somewhat difficult. I was trying to minimize connection as well as arriving at a good time. Vienna seems like the best for that. Zurich was another possible connection point, but that would mean I backtracked multiple times!
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Originally Posted by DavidWeb View Post
Thank you all for the reply. I'm still a newbie at this so am not familiar with the airlines abbreviation. The two carriers are indeed Aer Lingus and Austrian (Tyrolian) air. I'm glad that I can pick up my luggage.

During my research, I've found that the connection to Prague are somewhat difficult. I was trying to minimize connection as well as arriving at a good time. Vienna seems like the best for that. Zurich was another possible connection point, but that would mean I backtracked multiple times!
I am actually shocked you redeemed an award ticket (15000 miles + tax) on DUB-PRG, and on low cost Aer Lingus to boot, when nonstop flights on DUB-PRG go for $50-$150 cash
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Old Oct 1, 14, 5:32 pm
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Check Bags Through?

AAA-EWR arrive at 17:30
EWR-PEK depart at 11:55 next day.

Can I check my bags through to PEK from domestic AAA?
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Most likely not, I've been told maximum for overnight check-in is 13 hours connection time.
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Old Oct 1, 14, 8:53 pm
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Originally Posted by 1353513636 View Post
Most likely not, I've been told maximum for overnight check-in is 13 hours connection time.
I'm not sure what the real answer is, but I'll bet you can find people who have been told anything from 2 hours to 48 hours.
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