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Avoiding checking bags

Avoiding checking bags

  1. Mikewarren1000

    Hey just be curious to get your all opinions on how important it is to try to pull off my Asia/Australia trip with out checking a bag. Might be impossible for me to pull off i tend to pack way too much.. However, with it being 6 diff flights in 12 days i think i would certainly save some time by not checking not to mention avoid the risk if bags being lost. Flying premium cabins on all flights so there is no money being saved by not checking. Its in April so weather not bad i wouldnt need jackets. i maybe able to pull it off but i would have to seriously not bring a lot of stuff i was going to bring to make it work in Carry On.. Be nice to save time though with not waiting for a checked bag

    Also, was just thinking wouldnt the time it takes waiting for bags not really be an issue b/c i would be going through immigration and passport checks? Or do i wait for my checked bag first then still have to proceed to customs after getting the bag meaning the waiting time for the bag is a factor

    I am going LAX-DFW-NRT-SIN-SYD-MEL-HKG-PVG-LAX, if the cities involve matter………

    Thank you

  2. OCTinPHL

    Are you only flying wide-bodies? Or some A320s / 737s on some of the shorter flights? If flying wide-bodies you should have no problem, IMO. I regularly take a briefcase or messenger bag, a gym bag, and small roller bag. That said, when I’ve checked bags to HKG, CX regularly has my bag off by the time I get through immigration to the carousels. And AA as well (using CX ground crew, I assume).

  3. Gaurav

    I think the decision is more to do with having control of your itinerary and stuff. With checked luggage there is always the chance that things don’t get delivered and then you’re spending your time dealing with a luggage desk rather than enjoying your trip. Make a list of the stuff you absolutely need and pack only that. Enjoy the freedom!

  4. Mikewarren1000

    [QUOTE=”Gaurav, post: 65727, member: 79″]I think the decision is more to do with having control of your itinerary and stuff. With checked luggage there is always the chance that things don’t get delivered and then you’re spending your time dealing with a luggage desk rather than enjoying your trip. Make a list of the stuff you absolutely need and pack only that. Enjoy the freedom![/QUOTE]

    Yes I was thinking of it more along the lines of is the freedom knowing they cant lose my bag and not having to wait for a bag worth the having to pack considerably less than I would like to take if I was checking a bag

    In regards to first comment. All wide bodies. 777 and A330’s. Just one narrowbody to get from lax to Dfw.

    Just to be clear though I go through immigration prior to getting my checked bag? So in theory the time waiting for a bag might not be an issue because I would be dealing w immigration during that time ??

    Once I get the checked bag do I go into another line/check for that bag to be looked at or I leave once I get the bag from the carousel ?

  5. Gaurav

    I can’t speak to the exact set up at all the airports but usually you go through immigration, pick up your bags, and then customs.

  6. Mikewarren1000

    Yes thats what i remember doing in europe when i went but i just was in Canada and in montreal no one checked my bags and after i got my bags at baggage claim i went right out. so i was just thrown off by this. i am sure in asia i will have to go through customs once i get my bag.

    i guess to my original question i just need to see if i can make what i need to bring work in carry on. If i can it would obviously make sense to do that way. Although the time waiting for the bag might be off set by immigration and in the end with priority tagged bag i might not actually be waiting at baggage claim for a bag

  7. Gaurav

    Again, it’s not as much the waiting as the peace of mind knowing that your stuff is with you. Customs usually doesn’t check all bags. If you walked through the nothing to declare channel you usually wouldn’t get picked unless you were chosen for random screening or some other reason.

  8. Mikewarren1000

    [QUOTE=”Gaurav, post: 65746, member: 79″]Again, it’s not as much the waiting as the peace of mind knowing that your stuff is with you. Customs usually doesn’t check all bags. If you walked through the nothing to declare channel you usually wouldn’t get picked unless you were chosen for random screening or some other reason.[/QUOTE]

    Gotcha ! And agree. I was just trying to justify going carry on w not just peace of mind but also time being saved but reality is time being saved waiting for a bag would depend on how quickly I get through immigration and how long the bag takes to come. No way of knowing that

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