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UA Bag Interlining If Separate Tix with *A Partners (YES) & Non *A Partners (NO)

Old Aug 23, 2016, 5:11 pm
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See Interline Baggage Agreements (single ticket) when there is a single ticket.

When a passenger has two separate tickets, United will though-check (interline) bags only when the second ticket is for UA or *A partner operated travel. Otherwise, UA may not interline the bags and you will need to recheck bags for the second ticket.

With two qualifying separate tickets, when checking bags thru, you will need to present flight information for both tickets at check-in. This includes the itinerary, PNR and eticket number.

Note: Interlining two UA tickets seems to be challenging for some agents. Allow extra time for bag check, just in case, and perhaps suggest contacting the Help Desk if the agent seems to be having issues.
Interlining UA-UA may not be allowed if one ticket is Basic Economy and does not allow free check bags.
Thread on UA-UA bag interlining

Effective for travel on and after March 1, 2015, when a customer has two separate tickets, United will though-check bags only when the secondary ticket is for travel on the following carriers:

* United and United Express
* Star Alliance partner airlines

With the new policy, a passengers baggage will be checked between the origin and destination points that are reflected on a single or conjunctive ticket.

If the traveler holds a second ticket on another airline beyond the destination of the first ticket, United will check the bag to the destination on the first ticket(s). In such situations, the traveler must collect their baggage on arrival at their first ticketed destination, and then re-check baggage with the next carrier for their continuing flight(s).
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If you have a separate ticket on another carrier, you must claim bags at the destination of the first ticketed itinerary and check bags with the other carrier to the final destination. Baggage can be checked through to the final destination if the separate ticketed itinerary includes Star Alliance member airline-operated flights.
Some conditions when UA may not interlining with another carrier on a separate ticket
  • The carrier is not a *A partner
  • the connection is overnight
  • the connection is less than MCT
  • Traveling internationally and connecting to a domestic flight within your destination country

Exceptions to the non-partner interlining restriction on separate tickets for 1Ks/GSs have been reported. There still needs to be a regular bag interlining agreement in place.
Additionally, one report suggests that exception would apply also to *Gs and Full Fare J passengers

Whenever checking a bag between carriers (on a single or separate tickets), it is recommended to show your bag tag to each downline carrier at the transfer desk/gate to ensure the bag tag information has propagated to their system.

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

Archive thread: UA Bag Interlining If Separate Tix w/ *A Partners (YES) & Non-Partners (NO) {Archive}

Originally Posted by Lux Flyer
Default time is 12 hours. A small number of individual stations are enabled to allow bags to be checked thru for connections greater than 12 hours. Maybe we can build a list based on people's experiences for certain connection points.

I know FCO is up to 16 hours. SIN, HND, FRA, MUC, ZRH, BRU should all allow up to 24 hours.


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UA Bag Interlining If Separate Tix with *A Partners (YES) & Non *A Partners (NO)

Old Dec 31, 2023, 1:48 pm
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Originally Posted by tarheelnj
Flying EWR-SXM (St Maarten)-SBH (St Barts) in a couple months on a purchased 016 ticket, which includes the connecting flight on Winair. Used miles for spouse and couldn't get a through ticket, so booked her just to SXM, with a separate ticket SXM-SBH on the same Winair flight I'm on.

Based on what I read here, it looks like it would be best to check both our bags on my ticket, as her bag isn't likely to be interlined.

Anything else I should do or keep in mind, other than confirming with the Winair GA (and my AirTags) that the bags made it onto the connection?
Check in her bag as your own. Make sure she doesn't pack grenades/heroin/armadillos/etc.
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Old Dec 31, 2023, 5:19 pm
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Originally Posted by IAH-OIL-TRASH
Check in her bag as your own. Make sure she doesn't pack grenades/heroin/armadillos/etc.
Sounds good, thanks.

I will have her take her armadillo in her carry-on, though.
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Old Jan 1, 2024, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by gallen5555
UA appears to have a small footprint in MNL with their new direct flite SFO-MNL since around late OCT,2023 and flites to Guam so I hope it would not be a struggle for ground personnel to transfer the luggage or miss seeing the interline.
If the bag is tagged properly, itll list BKK as the destination, so, no, that part shouldnt be a problem. The rest of your plan, on the other hand

Originally Posted by gallen5555
Of course I have enough time and could pick up my bag in MNL, clear customs/immigration, check in with Thai airways, and clear immigrations again. Not looking forward to this since it sounds like it is a long and slow process to do, a recommendation of checking in 3 hours early. I would like to relax in the lounge instead.
Its somewhat worse than that. If you exit the airport, you will not be allowed to re-enter the departure area until 3 hours prior to your flight. Youd have to hang out in the shops and restaurants upstairs. But Im not sure about relax[ing] in the lounge instead. For one thing, the lounges at MNL arent particularly relaxing. For another, the Royal Silk lounge which wasnt all that great in the first place is over at Terminal 1 (and closed, since Thai flies out of Terminal 3 now). Thai is contracting with Marhaba for lounge services, but they have a three-hour lounge limit I really doubt theyd let you in 6 hours ahead of your flight. You might be able to use the SilverKris lounge, but note that it will be closed from 9 to 11.

Originally Posted by gallen5555
It appears Thai Airlines only has one flite a day from MNL total.
That appears to be correct it must be part of Thais renewed focus on actually trying to approach profitability.
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Old Jan 3, 2024, 10:19 pm
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I have a flight coming up, final destination is Chiang Mai, Thailand (CNX). Got an award ticket with United to BKK and then a Thai Airways ticket for the BKK-CNX. To complicate things, I have multiple connections on different airlines. The flight goes:
BNA-ORD on UA
ORD-VIE on OS
VIE-IST on TK
IST-BKK on TG
and then BKK-CNX on TG but separate ticket.

I remember that BKK has a separate process (CIQ) for passengers going to CNX, HKT and Samui doing passport control in BKK and luggage and customs in CNX. I do have a 4 h layover in BKK which should be enough to do passport control, collect bags, customs, exit and reenter to check in for the domestic flight if needed, but would prefer to do the quicker CIQ process and spend more time in a lounge. So, the question I guess is, is it worth trying to convince the agent at BNA to check the bags all the way to CNX? Would they be able to?
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Old Jan 3, 2024, 11:53 pm
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Since asking will require less than ten seconds of your time, you'll be standing at the counter anyway, and you stand avoid an hour of running around at BKK if approved, of course it's worth it. Just make sure to squeeze any must have stuff into your personal item because that itinerary seems like it's begging for a baggage misconnect somewhere.
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Old Jan 4, 2024, 12:11 am
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Originally Posted by wj35802
is it worth trying to convince the agent at BNA to check the bags all the way to CNX? Would they be able to?
In theory -- yes.

In practice -- probably not. The problem is less the CIQ process or the additional ticket and more the total number of segments in one direction. You're at 5, which is one more than you can get onto a single automated bag tag. There are two ways for them to print your bag tag -- by hand, writing each segment down and eschewing any bar coding -- and by printing one tag to BKK and a second tag to CNX, which is then looped inside the BKK tag. You're going to find that a lot of agents (a) won't know how to do this, or (b) won't think it's possible. You can certainly ask, but I'd keep my expectations low.

I'd also make it a point to present my bag tag to each airline after UA as you get ready to board, so they can register it against your PNR in their system. And I'd put trackers in your bag if you don't already have them, although they're not all that useful when the bags are in containers. You can at least get an inkling of where the bag might be (but don't forget to check the timestamp).

If your bag does get misplaced, keep in mind that it's TG's responsibility to get it to you as the last-delivering carrier (whether you get the bags checked through to CNX or not, since they're operating your last two legs). This is true even if you know the bag is still sitting in BNA. They'd handle the communication with UA (or whomever) to get it to you.
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Old Jan 6, 2024, 11:46 pm
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I can save $3000 by buying RDU-EWR separately from EWR-BDS BALI-SIN-EWR. Premium economy.

Does this still work?
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Old Jan 9, 2024, 12:47 am
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Just wondering on the below scenario with UA and or AC:

YVR-SFO (on UA or AC economy reward ticket), then on a separate ticket;
SFO-SYD (on UA reward ticket in J/Polaris, so an international flight to Australia)

As I will go through US preclearance in Canada, can UA or AC check my bag all the way through to Australia? maybe UA is a better option, however the UA flight gives me a lesser connection time than the AC flight, 4h 5min vs 2hr 32min.

Will either UA or AC be able to issue a BP for the second flight and would I possibly get the J baggage allowance on the second flight for the first flights? Thanks all.
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Old Jan 9, 2024, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by dandandan
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As I will go through US preclearance in Canada, can UA or AC check my bag all the way through to Australia? maybe UA is a better option, however the UA flight gives me a lesser connection time than the AC flight, 4h 5min vs 2hr 32min.

Will either UA or AC be able to issue a BP for the second flight and would I possibly get the J baggage allowance on the second flight for the first flights? Thanks all.
Using UA, for YVR-SFO, will check thru to SYD, allow extra time 15-20 minutes for bag check and you will need to use an agent. Also UA will given the business ticket allowance at YVR

As far as AC for YVR=SFO, you need to check in the AC forum. There is a good chance AC with do the same as UA but need an AC expert to confirm.
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Old Jan 9, 2024, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA
Using UA, for YVR-SFO, will check thru to SYD, allow extra time 15-20 minutes for bag check and you will need to use an agent. Also UA will given the business ticket allowance at YVR

As far as AC for YVR=SFO, you need to check in the AC forum. There is a good chance AC with do the same as UA but need an AC expert to confirm.
Thanks very much for the response, the UA flight is clearly the easier and better solution albeit the tighter connection.
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Old Jan 9, 2024, 2:58 pm
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Q: I bought a United Business Class ticket round trip from TPE - EWR - TPE. However, on the return trip I wanted to go to PVG (so it's EWR-TPE-PVG). If I buy a separate ticket now, with another Star-Alliance airline (EVA), Business Class, would I be able to check the luggage all the way from EWR to PVG from EWR? Also, I will most likely be taking 3 luggage at 32kg each (United elite member), will that work?

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Old Jan 9, 2024, 3:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Cathay Boy
would I be able to check the luggage all the way from EWR to PVG from EWR? ...
Yes, just allow extra time checkin with UA in EWR (if this isn't >12 hours or overnight connection)
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Also, I will most likely be taking 3 luggage at 32kg each (United elite member), will that work?
Yes, as you will be checkin with UA.
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Old Jan 9, 2024, 6:02 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA
Using UA, for YVR-SFO, will check thru to SYD, allow extra time 15-20 minutes for bag check and you will need to use an agent.
I might even allow a bit more time. We recently had bookings of YVR-LAX on UA and LAX-PTY-UIO on CM and it took a substantial amount of time. I also believe it's even harder when both bookings are on United, but I haven't done that (yet). The key there is to find an agent who knows how to use SHARES, because that's apparently the only way to do it. Our agent had to be walked through it by a more senior agent.
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Old Jan 10, 2024, 12:18 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA
Yes, just allow extra time checkin with UA in EWR (if this isn't >12 hours or overnight connection)
Yes, as you will be checkin with UA.
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Old Jan 12, 2024, 9:51 pm
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UA interlining with HA??.......... Sent my nephew to Hawaii today as a thank you (and so he could propose to his girl friend) and advised him to ask at check-in to have their baggage interlined from UA to HA. There flights were ORD-HNL on UA and connecting to HA for HNL-ITO. While they had a scheduled 3 1/2 hr connection time, I thought it best to just interline the luggage.. which turned out to be good advice due to weather delays at ORD this morning, causing them to end up with a connection time of about 1 1/2 hr.
When they inquired at the check-in desk about interlining the bags, they were told UA does interline with HA, but only for MP Premier Silver and higher members..... they were on award tkts and no status with UA. Does this sound right? Or did the agent just not want to be bothered with it given what I suspect was a chaotic day at ORD today. They did barely make their connection, even with having to claim their bags from UA and re-checking them with HA.
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