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1. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 7y

Hi people,

I will be flying on Qatar airways from Singapore to Istanbul, transiting in Doha.

My question is, will my luggage, checked in at Singapore, arrive at Istanbul direct and not get unloaded in Doha? That i would not have to collect it in Doha and then check it in again for the transit to Istanbul?

I have called the airlines people and they told me it will arrive at my final destination, but from past experience, i am a bit worried.

Can anyone shed some light on this matter? People who have flown transit before what's your experience with the luggage system?

Thank you!

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Usually, if you're flying with the same airline on both flights, it'll go all the way to your destination. But if you're flying with a budget airline, or if you're booking two flights separately, then you'll have to pick up your luggage and check in again yourself.

If you want extra confirmation, ask the airline crew when you check in. Also, look at the tag that they attach to your luggage. It should have the 3-letter airport code of the destination, not the one of the transit airport. If you have to change to a different plane, it sometimes have two airport codes printed on the tag; one of the stopover airport, and another of your destination.

3. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Qatar Airways is the national flag carrier of Qatar, so you luggage will automatically be loaded on to your onward flight to Istanbul.

4. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 7y

thats good to know, thanks guys!

5. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 7y

The ONLY place I have been given back my luggage whilst in transit, is in America...which is a totally ridiculous and pointless exercise!! Every other country seems to have it sussed...

6. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Definitely correct that the luggage will be checked through to the final destination.

And the ONLY time you get your luggage "back" in the USA is when you arrive from abroad and connect to a domestic flight. Then you have to pick up your suitcase from the luggage carousel, take it through Customs, and right after Customs you simply give it back to the airline you're flying in, and they will put it on the domestic flight to your final destination. This procedure is exactly the same in other countries when you arrive on an international flight and connect to a domestic flight.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Quoting bgl

Definitely correct that the luggage will be checked through to the final destination.

And the ONLY time you get your luggage "back" in the USA is when you arrive from abroad and connect to a domestic flight. Then you have to pick up your suitcase from the luggage carousel, take it through Customs, and right after Customs you simply give it back to the airline you're flying in, and they will put it on the domestic flight to your final destination. This procedure is exactly the same in other countries when you arrive on an international flight and connect to a domestic flight.

To add on to your last sentence: "if the flight is with a different airline" (for other countries that is, not for US)

[ Edit: Edited on 13-May-2009, at 00:32 by Utrecht ]

8. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

This is going slightly off-topic, but I remember changing planes in Atlanta not too long ago, flying from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires.

I was arriving on one intercontinental flight and leaving on another (both Delta flights) and still I had to collect my luggage, immigrate onto US territory with it, check in my pack again, emigrate, and board my flight. It all went very smoothly, but it seems that procedure can vary from airport to airport?

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

I guess it does Niels.
I switched planes in LAX, from one intercontinental to the other, both with Air France, and my luggage was send straight to my final destination.
Confusing, isn't it

10. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Nowadays, even if you've a change en-route and your onward flight/s is/are with different airlines, your luggage should still get checked through without you having to do it. Just look that the baggage label has "ALL" the destinations marked on it - in the order that you are travelling.
Have a great trip. Sounds superb.