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I am a first time flyer and I am confused on transferring to another airline. Im from manila going to canada. Here's my trip pattern:

  1. Manila to Hongkong.
  2. Hongkong to Vancouver.
  3. Vancouver to Montreal.

My question is: do I need to get my baggage in hongkong ang recheck it on HKIA Air Canada Desk? I have purchased one ticket. My departure, arrivals, planes etc. was all stated there. Can you help me out?

  • If you have one ticket then likely your bags will be checked through to your final destination. But we need to know which airlines you are flying for every leg for someone to answer affirmatively. – user13044 Apr 28 '15 at 2:25
  • Is it all the same airline on the same ticket, or different airlines? – Mark Mayo Apr 28 '15 at 2:27
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This depends on the airport, in your case airports. You will be told when you check in but you could always call ahead to find out. In may cases, it will be tagged to your final destination and your bags will be labelled I2I which means International-to-International. If they are not, you will have to move them yourself.

Since your final leg is domestic, it will often happen that you must get your bags upon entry into the destination country (Vancouver inthat case), pass them through customs and then drop them at a designated bag drop-off location. You will rarely have to go back to the airline desk since that will be outside the transit area, unless you are also changing terminals too.

While I have not passed through Vancouver, I transited dozens of times though Hong Kong and I never had to do it there. Via the US, moving the bags in always necessary in Miami but not so in Atlanta, so it really varies by airport and terminal.

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You must get your luggage at Vancouver as this is your first port of entry into Canada. You also must go through immigration first. Sources: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ivc-rnc-eng.html and personal experience of landing, oh, I do not know, perhaps a billion times in Vancouver :)

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  • damn, you must be a really old fart to have flown a billion times into Vancouver. Perhaps 2.7 milion years old if you flew every day all year. ;-) – user13044 Apr 28 '15 at 11:29
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    I also am highly doubtful of the 'billion times' claim. – MastaBaba Apr 28 '15 at 11:55
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As the OP asked about what happens in Hong Kong, not Vancouver, I will expand on my comment.

If the airline you are flying from Manila on has an Interline agreement with Air Canada, then it is likely your bags will get checked through to Canada.

If they do not, then you will need to go through immigration in Hong Kong, claim your bags and checkin for your Vancouver flight.

While most of the time a single ticket means checking through is possible, it is not a guarantee. A travel agent can still build a single ticket with multiple unrelated carriers, in which case throguh checking of baggage would not be possible.

The best approach is to call the airline you are leaving Manila on and ask if they can check bags through to Air Canada.

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