baggage check in
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Sep 5, 2012 8:45 PM Last Post By: gardyloo2
Sep 3, 2012 10:39 PM
baggage check inHi to all..:-)
i am flying on United Airlines from Miami to Newark ( domestic flight ) and i have a connecting flight to Singapore ( international ) does anyone have any idea or have experience , whether baggage can be check in directly to the destination or have to claim the baggage and re-check in again..from what i know , most star alliance carrier do allow except some countries depending from where...your kind reply is much appreciated..:-)
Sep 3, 2012 11:37 PM
Did you buy both flights together? Are they on the same e-ticket?
Usually if you buy them together and the two flights are on the same ticket you can check it all the way through. I've checked a bag all the way with 3 different flights before (once with 3 different airlines on the same ticket, American, British, Finnair).
But if, say, you bought a United Flight from Miami to Newark, and then a week later bought a flight to Singapore on Singapore Airlines, then I think you might have to pick it up and collect the bag and check in again.
If you're in doubt, call United and find out.
Sep 4, 2012 6:05 AM
Sep 4, 2012 7:09 AM
3I disagree with #s 1 & 2. We recenlty flew to France and returned on Air Canada all the way. Even though we only had carry-on packs we had to take our packs and pass them through customs to enter Germany (and then France). Returning we had to do the same through Canadian customs before re-entering the U.S. We noticed that everyone with checked baggage had to claim their luggage from their domestic flight within Canada and then re-check it onto their international flights both coming and going.
It was interesting what items one country found unnacceptable compared to others. For example, the Germans didn't like my half-used tube of toothpaste (capacity as printed on the half-used-up tube was over 100 ml so they confiscated it) yet they didnt care about the 5 pounds of smoked salmon I was carrying to our French friends. On the way back, the French confiscated a small pair of scissors in my toilet kit, yet no one seemed concerned about them on the incoming flights nor did anyone seem to mind the French sausages or small tubs of tapenade we had in our packs.
Sep 4, 2012 8:23 AM
Sep 4, 2012 9:59 AM
5The relevant question here is whether United Airlines has an interline agreement with the carrier taking you to Singapore. If it does, then you should be able to check your bag all the way through; doesn't need to be on the same ticket. Be very sure that you have a print-out showing your onward itinerary. Show this to the person checking you in and double-check that they put the correct destination tags.
Here's a link with partners airlines, but you should search a little more for your specific combination: https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/Marketing/CustComm/Promotions/Pages/AirlinePartners.aspx?camp=virtual_expert
Sep 4, 2012 11:47 AM
6The only nonstop service to Singapore from Newark is on Singapore Airlines (the world's longest flight, in point of fact.) Singapore is a partner with United (both Star Alliance) and the bags will be tagged through to SIN if the flights are on the same ticket. Even if they're separate tickets United can easily tag them to SIN if the OP provides the connecting flight information. UA at MIA will also need to do a documents check (passport, etc.) when checking in.
Sep 4, 2012 4:16 PM
Sep 4, 2012 5:56 PM
Sep 4, 2012 9:10 PM
As a matter of fact, i don't have single ticket..two separate ticket, 1 on united airlines and another ticket is on singaporeair..i will fly domestic FROM Miami to Newark then connecting on to singapore airlines to singapore ...so as some mentioned " star alliance " so am wondering of the possibilities whether i can check in my baggage directly to my destination..without re-check in again..once again thanks a lot
Sep 4, 2012 11:04 PM
10It sounds like you probably could check it all the way through, Dtap, since they are both in the star alliance. But I would call United to find out for sure and put your mind at rest about it. And then when they put the tag on make sure it says SIN for Singapore. How long is your layover in Newark?
Sep 5, 2012 12:54 AM
my layover is about 2 hours...as u know running from 1 terminal to another , from C to B terminal..i don't know i have much time to claim baggage then re-check in again and have to go thru custom..and not sure do i have to go thru immigration or not...unless i just claim my baggage then straight away re-check then maybe i have time..if anyone have an idea about the procedure , i would appreciate it..thanks
Sep 5, 2012 1:09 PM
12You won't have to go through immigration or emigration in Newark, and you probably won't have to go through security a second time either. You occasionally need to go through security again when the connecting flight is in another country, but I doubt you will have to. I didn't need to in Seattle when I flew from Chicago to Seattle to Seoul.
Two hours isn't much time, so hopefully you won't have to recheck baggage. I doubt you will need to, though. Just make sure they put a tag that says SIN on it when you check in in Miami, and you won't see it again until you reach Singapore whether you like it or not.
Below is a link to a map of the Newark airport. It says it takes 2 minutes to go from terminal C to B, presumably by using those moving walkways. So even if you have to recheck, that should be doable with a 2-hour layover. But I bet you'll be able to get that SIN tag on your checked baggage in Miami.
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