We will travel to Fairbanks, AK in June, and we will arrive in Seattle, WA with United Airlines and continue with Alaska Airlines to Fairbanks. Do the two airlines have an interline agreement or do we have to use our luggage and check it again? Interline agreements are agreements between airlines that cover how they interact with each other. These are things that most customers don`t think about or even notice regularly, but they have subtle but significant effects. And they can really save the airline (and you!) when it becomes pear in case of irregular operations. Airlines have interline agreements, even if they are fierce competitors from different alliances. The Interline agreements allow airlines to sell each other tickets, to have segments of different airlines on the same ticket, to move passengers in case of irregular operations and, among other things, to ship luggage. The interline agreements also allow airlines to re-receive passengers from other airlines in the event of irregular operations. Suppose you go from United and Lufthansa from Washington DC to Dubai over Frankfurt. In the past, if the United flight was cancelled or significantly delayed, so you would miss your route, they could reassess you at the Emiratess non-stop. This can lead you to your destination a little late.
It won`t be possible anymore. United Airlines is canceling core cooperation agreements with five Middle Eastern airlines, including Qatar Airways and Emirates Airline, as the Chicago-based airline continues to complain that the region`s largest airlines are in unfair competition with massive government subsidies. If there is no interline ticketing agreement, two separate tickets must be issued and passengers must pick up their luggage and take it to the connecting company for check-in. Interline routes such as this one are more risky for travellers, as the second airline may not be aware of inbound flight delays or problems and is less likely to authorize a toll-free change of booking in the event of a loss of the route. There may also be a problem if the baggage is lost and the traveller wishes to be sent to them later. I think the people here make a mountain of a hill of moles. United knows exactly how many people and how much revenue these agreements are related to. Since the United States of Dubai has not given as much demand. I don`t think it`s a great thing at all, and think some of the above answers are just people looking for another reason to bash together. Most online travel agencies only indicate itineraries that can be booked on one of their reservation systems.
However, Orbitz sometimes displays inviolable interline routes. Examples have been found so far on routes to Mexico, which involve the absence of Aero California, or can currently be found on routes to Indonesia with Lion Air. These are displayed on Orbitz as a «contact airline to buy.» Today, United Airlines has decided to terminate this agreement with five Middle Eastern-based airlines, including Emirates, with whom they were already in the early 2000s and who had even filed a common fare worldwide (very good value, but unfortunately could not use it before its withdrawal).