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On a Tuesday in April, I'll be taking a Qantas flight QF410 at 0715 from Melbourne arriving in Sydney at 0840 to catch an Air Canada flight AC034 to Vancouver ...
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    Unhappy One World to Star Allaince transit in Sydney

    On a Tuesday in April, I'll be taking a Qantas flight QF410 at 0715 from Melbourne arriving in Sydney at 0840 to catch an Air Canada flight AC034 to Vancouver at 1025. That gives me 1 hour and 45 minutes to transfer from domestic to international. Is that enough time for me to get from a One World flight to a Star Alliance flight with my luggage? I don't suppose It's possible to check my luggage in Melbourne all the way through to Vancouver, as the two flights are operated by different carrier groups?

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    Re: One World to Star Allaince transit in Sydney

    Too tight.

    Also don't forget that:

    • the Sydney Domestic Terminal is separate from the International.

    So you have to collect you bags and then swap terminals.

    • if your first flight is late you have no recall with the second flight

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    Re: One World to Star Allaince transit in Sydney

    Quote Originally Posted by Saintly View Post
    On a Tuesday in April, I'll be taking a Qantas flight QF410 at 0715 from Melbourne arriving in Sydney at 0840 to catch an Air Canada flight AC034 to Vancouver at 1025. That gives me 1 hour and 45 minutes to transfer from domestic to international. Is that enough time for me to get from a One World flight to a Star Alliance flight with my luggage? I don't suppose It's possible to check my luggage in Melbourne all the way through to Vancouver, as the two flights are operated by different carrier groups?
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    Check-in and baggage drop-off deadline
    You must have checked in, obtained your boarding pass and deposited all checked baggage at the baggage drop-off counter before the check-in deadline for your flight.
    E.g. if your flight to or from a U.S. city leaves at 7 am, you are required to have checked in and deposited your checked baggage by 6 am (60 minutes before your flight).
    You are cutting it very fine, I'm assuming the boarding time is 1025 so with some quick maths:

    1hr 45m layover

    -60m deadline = 45m to collect your baggage from QF (early on a tuesday morning), transfer from T3 to T1, check in & stop for a loo break (unless you hold it in)

    Unless you are sprinting and don't have lazy baggage handlers at QF SYD, My answer would be that you might not make it


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    Re: One World to Star Allaince transit in Sydney

    1:45 is enough time if QF interline with AC, although for changing airlines, I would probably allow another 30 minutes or so if you can - catch th 0645 flight (if there is one) or 0630.

    I am pretty sure QF do interline with AC (they interline with a lot of carriers), and usually QF do interline even when booked on separate tickets. You should call Qantas and check (and ensure you mention you are on different tickets), and not 100% rely on advice from AFF.

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    Re: One World to Star Allaince transit in Sydney

    Is this a through booking or 2 separate bookings?

    If it is a through booking then I dont see anything to worry about since the luggage should be checked through to the onward flight and 1:45 is plenty of time to get across to the international terminal

    If it is 2 separate bookings then I think that it is risky. With 2 bookings there is no guarantee that the luggage will be checked through to the onward flight and with the time to collect bags, get across to the international terminal and then check in before check in closes seems tight plus , if you do miss the flight , depending on the fare purchased could be up for large costs if you miss the international flight

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    Re: One World to Star Allaince transit in Sydney

    8.40AM is a busy time during the week at SYD, its likely you will not be off the plane until 9AM (it arrived at 8.55 yesterday) and not have your bags until 9.15/30. The last fifteen flights have been late 1/3rd of the time. I would give yourself a bit more time, you might not get to the international terminal much before 10AM otherwise.

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    If your baggage is checked through you should be fine. You will have access to the free Qantas Bus that departs every 10 minutes that time of the morning.

    Personally, I'd go for 30 minutes earlier.

    In any case, present yourself in Qantas T1 at the dedicated "Domestic Connection to international flight" check-in desk with printed copies of ALL relevant e-tickets.

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    Re: One World to Star Allaince transit in Sydney

    Whether its all on 1 booking or on 2 separate bookings shouldnt really matter, as long as you check in for your domestic flight AT LEAST 1 hour beforehand, QF should interline your bags through to AC, as long as you ask them.

    I've never had an issue interlining from QF to star alliance in the past on 2 separate bookings nor have I had any issues with clients.

    If you check in for your domestic under an hour before (yes I know the actual cut off for a domestic is 30 mins), QF can refuse to interline your bags.

    I think as long as QF are on time, and your bags are interlined, you'll be fine, just dont walk too slowly.

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    Re: One World to Star Allaince transit in Sydney

    Agree with other posters. Only issue is whether AC and QF interline. If they do then doesn't matter if on one or two tickets. You just need the ticket number for the AC flight and QF will do the rest.

    QF interlines with lots of carriers. I even interlined Shanghai Airlines to QF, separate tickets, with only a booking reference to give Shanghai check-in for the QF flight (it took them a couple of minutes to find it but all worked ok). They even accepted QF status as being entitled to additional baggage allowance and while FM charged me for their sector (no star status), they didn't charge for the QF sector (based on FF status).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEL_Traveller View Post
    Agree with other posters. Only issue is whether AC and QF interline. If they do then doesn't matter if on one or two tickets. You just need the ticket number for the AC flight and QF will do the rest.
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    I would say that it does still matter. If all is on time then the time allowed is fine, but if the QF flight is delayed and so misses the Ac flight, with separate tickets there is no protection and so could be up for significant costs to rebook

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