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VA-to-UA, SYD domestic-to-international on separate PNRs

Old Nov 20, 22, 10:38 am
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VA-to-UA, SYD domestic-to-international on separate PNRs

I'm doing BNE-SYD on VA, connecting to a UA international flight. I haven't been down under since the VA/UA partnership, so wondering what to expect.
These flights are booked on *separate* PNRs.
Will I be able to check baggage at SYD all the way through to the UA transpac flight, or will I need to claim the bag at SYD domestic and re-check with UA over on the international side?
And, I suppose somewhat dependent on the answer to that question -- what's the most efficient way to make the DOM-INTL transfer these days?
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Old Nov 20, 22, 1:42 pm
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VA should be technically able to check the bag through to UA even on separate tickets.
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Old Nov 20, 22, 1:53 pm
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Originally Posted by ljwobker View Post
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And, I suppose somewhat dependent on the answer to that question -- what's the most efficient way to make the DOM-INTL transfer these days?
How much time between flights? Allow plenty of time. Can be queues at SYD T1.

Free T-bus easiest -> https://www.sydneyairport.com.au/inf...ur-next-flight
FT thread-->Airport info SYDNEY (SYD) - amenities, transfers, transport

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UA are flying BNE-SFO 3 times a week UA97 11:30 06:40
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL97
QLD govt-->https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/96446
FT United Announces SFO-Brisbane (BNE), Australia

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Old Nov 21, 22, 10:40 am
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Thanks. I just ate it and booked on a super early departure so I'll have ~3hrs in SYD to make the transfer.

I knew about BNE-SFO, but going via SYD because there's vastly better upgrade slots there (2x77W per day vs a single 789 on the BNE run). Both SYD flights were J9 C9 D9 Z9 P9 whereas BNE-SFO was J0 a month before departure (wow). I booked it maybe a week and a half ago and the upgrade already cleared.
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Old Nov 22, 22, 4:49 am
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I'd say the chance that VA through checks to UA on separate tickets is almost zero!

Even before covid VA were very hesitant to through check onto to a different ticket and since then it's been basically non existent. I'd fully expect that you'll need to collect your luggage in Sydney and check in at the United desk.
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Old Nov 24, 22, 1:28 pm
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I'd say the chance that VA through checks to UA on separate tickets is almost zero!

Even before covid VA were very hesitant to through check onto to a different ticket and since then it's been basically non existent. I'd fully expect that you'll need to collect your luggage in Sydney and check in at the United desk.
They certain 'can' do it. Will they? That is very different question. The agreements are in place to do this ... and UA-VA works with no issues (on separate tickets).

The OP will need an experienced (and willing) agent for sure.
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Old Nov 28, 22, 1:19 pm
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Originally Posted by henrus View Post
I'd say the chance that VA through checks to UA on separate tickets is almost zero!

Even before covid VA were very hesitant to through check onto to a different ticket and since then it's been basically non existent. I'd fully expect that you'll need to collect your luggage in Sydney and check in at the United desk.
I never had an issue doing this with the VA/DL partnership. Probably did it 5-6 times, never denied or any issue. That said, this was all pre-COVID
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Changing at Sydney, the free bus is an option.

I personally prefer paying for the train, they're normally empty and often arrive every 5 minutes and take 2 minutes, much better than waiting 20 minutes for a packed bus that takes 10 minutes+.

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