A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a question on Twitter regarding checking bags between two tickets and three airlines on SkyTeam/Star Alliance when traveling from Australia to Pakistan.
Here’s the email from the reader:
I want to fly MEL-TPE on CI (China Airlines)(1st ticket) and then continue TPE-BKK (BR) and BKK-KHI (TG) (2nd ticket) will I be able to check bags through to KHI when checking in at MEL? Layover in TPE is roughly 3 hours but want to avoid hassle of immigration/rechecking bags etc I checked and CI and TG seem to be interline partners
There are three airlines involved here on two separate tickets; China Airlines, EVA and Thai Airways. I am 100% sure that all these airline have interline agreements in place (almost all full service airlines do have with each other).
This does not mean, however, that they would necessarily check bags through on separate tickets and especially when their check in agents in Melbourne are likely third party contractors.
I would say that it is more than likely that China Airlines will check the bags through to Karachi but that the reader should be prepared to claim and recheck them Taipei just in case.
Three hours is more than enough as long as the flight from Melbourne is on time.
I once had terrible experience when flying out on Emirates or Etihad from Australia in first class. The agent (believed that he was from Menzies) was adamant that I should check my carry-on that weighted 14 kilos (no checked bags).
Only after I got manager involved, who worked for the airline, that OK’ed it, I was good to go. The agent must have thought that he was checking in JetStar or other LCC passengers….
Many airlines have ended checking through bags if on separate tickets due to revenue protection purposes. This is epidemic especially with European airlines but not so in Asia where you still get some service.