United airlines checked baggage question

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by yg17, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

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    OK, so I'm trying to figure this out. I know on domestic flights, barring any sort of elite status, you have to pay for checked baggage. And on international flights, you don't. But what about if your trip is 2 legs, one domestic and one international (in my case, STL-ORD and ORD-LHR). Do I have to pay the fee for the domestic leg? Or since my final destination is international, do I not need to pay? United's website does not really make this clear.

    If the answer is that I need to pay, then I have a second question. I'm returning from Berlin, so I have TXL-FRA-ORD-STL, and the TXL-FRA and FRA-ORD legs are codeshared on Lufthansa. I know Lufthansa doesn't charge fees on domestic flights, but if United wants payment for the fee on the ORD-STL leg, can I pay it at the Lufthansa checkin counter in Berlin, or do I have to do it at United's counter in Chicago?

    And I suppose a 3rd bonus question not related to baggage: Can Lufthansa issue me a boarding passe for the United ORD-STL leg at checkin in Berlin?

    Thanks
     
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

    QuarterSwede

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    If your destination is international you don't need to pay for luggage (assuming it's under 50lbs). I'm not 100% certain though because my wife is a premier associate so we don't have to pay for domestic luggage. Just in case you really want to make certain, just call United's customer service.

    I have absolutely no idea about the rest of your questions though.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

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    If your destination is international you do not have to pay. I was in the same boat as you are and I didn't have to pay with AA or UA.
     
  4. yg17 thread starter macrumors G5

    yg17

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    Cool, thanks everyone.

    And I don't know if you've ever had to call United's Customer Disservice, but asking on an internet forum where someone is bound to know is a lot easier and a lot less stressful ;)

    I had to call them about something else recently and after that, I think I'd rather swim to London than deal with them :D

     
  5. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

    QuarterSwede

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    #5
    Yeah, they tend to pander to those with a status with them. My wife has few problems with them and her father, who will hit 1 million miles in the seat sometime this year, always gets what he wants quickly. Sucks for everyone else though.

    I see you have an iPhone. Try this Sick Bag iPhone Holder on your flights. It works great.

    Have a great trip.
     

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