I'm flying from Auckland airport (AKL) back home to New York soon, but wanted to stop in San Francisco to visit a friend. Since the ticket change fees are exorbitant, I'm wondering if it would make sense to hop off the plane at LAX to hitch another plane to SFO instead? Problem is I'll definitely be checking luggage... could I still hop off and have someone in NY pick it up for me when it arrives? Or are there a gazillion holes in this plan? Advice on how I can make it to SFO/have my bag make it home and not get sued or screwed would be great!
Your baggage will be taken off the flight in LAX for customs processing, then you need to recheck the bags for the flight to New York.
If after doing this, you are a no show at boarding time, your bags will likely be offloaded, delaying your fellow passengers and forcing you to track the bags down later.