I purchased a round trip from San Diego (SAN) to Bodrum (BJV) on the United Airlines website.
Outbound trip: SAN -> IAD -> FRA -> BJV
Inbound trip: BJV -> MUC -> DEN -> SAN
In order to verify transit visa requirements in Germany, I contacted United and the call person was able to verify that my baggage would be checked through to the final destination for the outbound trip (last leg of the trip is from FRA airport with Lufthansa). No problem there.
However, on the return trip from BJV, the first leg is operated by SunXpress (not part of a Star Alliance). When I contacted them, I was told that I would have to pick up my baggage and check-in again to make a transfer to the United flight at Munich airport. That would essentially eliminate any airside connection possibility and, at minimum, require a German visitor visa. And, it's completely contrary to what is displayed on the United Airlines website under travel requirements: German transit visa requirement is listed; German Transit Passport (?) listed but not marked as required.
Does anybody know if this connection is even possible at Munich without picking up my baggage after the first flight, going through German immigration and customs, changing terminals, and checking in at United again?