Checked luggage

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  1. milerunner

    milerunner Silver Member

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    Hey so curiosity has the best of me. I have traveled a couple "hidden city" routings, 2 times on purpose, once unexpectedly to help a friend in a city I was connecting in. The 2 times I did it on purpose I didn't check bags, the time I did it unexpectedly I did have bags checked and they went all the way through.

    So that leads me to this question if I was to book a refundable fare or even a non refundable if it's cheap and I checked bags on it then never take the flight do the bags go through on the scheduled flights or do they hold them at your origin?
     
  2. Ed Chandler
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    Ed Chandler Silver Member

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    If you believe the airlines, it depends...

    I believe, technically, the rule is that your bags don't go if you don't go. However, if you *ask* to have your bags back because you're not flying, they'll probably try to tell you that they're already loaded and there's nothing they can do.
     
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    Wandering Aramean Gold Member

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    Bags fly without people all the time, even internationally. It is much harder to separate yourself from a bag than to have a bag separated from you, but both do happen. But, especially on domestic trips, I would not expect this to be a useful means to side-step the rules about short-checking bags.
     
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    traveltoomuch Silver Member

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    Trying to ship some bags for cheap, eh?

    I have no idea what to expect. The last time I saw an example of this (nearly ten years ago!), the bag did go without the passenger. I don't think you can't count on that happening every time. If you can stand the risk that the bag won't go, perhaps it's worth trying.
     
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  5. milerunner

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    It's worth a try if I really needed to cheap out I suppose. Like I said it's a preliminary idea that I probably wouldn't need to do but if the opportunity arises I may try it :)
     
  6. MSPeconomist
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    I've heard some airline staff say that you cannot voluntarily separate yourself from a checked bag, but it's OK if they do so or if it's uncertain to you where the bag is.
     
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