How to Check Bags Through On 2 Tickets

Sun, 17 Jul 2016

There's been a lot of carry on [pardon the pun] among frequent flyer blogs and websites lately about oneworld carriers no longer checking bags through when you have multiple tickets. Call it a travel hack if you must but we have a simple solution.

Use a [good] travel agent.

Unlike websites which issue seperate tickets in new booking shells, travel agents have control of their PNRs [passenger name reservartions]. This means we can book multiple tickets within one PNR and ensure that your bags can be interline checked through to your end destination. There is one catch, you need to be organised and book your long haul and short haul seperate tickets on the same day, as airlines now fine agents to add additional tickets after the creation day of the PNR. This means you can book a business class long haul flight and a discount economy internal ticket in one reservation with baggage through checked. You'll pay a small premium on tickets originating out of other markets to build them in to the same shell, as your point of sale and ticketing will be in Australia in AUD, but it's well worth it to save the hassle of rechecking bags.

Not surprisingly, people who manage millions of dollars of travel a year and search and book flights 40 hours a week are actually pretty good at their job. Like a D-I-Y project, when it's a little complex it's best to use a professional. Unlike big chain agencies who have a high turnover of unskilled staff, our QFlyer experts have years of experience in complex ticketing and have a thorough knowledge of oneworld carriers and the QF frequent flyer program.

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