When checking in at JFK last Monday morning, I asked the United check-in agent to interline our luggage, traveling on UA from JFK-LAX and then on a separate Emirates award ticket from LAX-Dubai and Dubai – Male. I knew it was a bad sign when she asked me what interlining was. I explained the concept and she responded “ohhh you want me to check your bag to your final destination including the other carrier portions”. She had no idea where Male was and was having problems getting the dates to work out (leaving on Monday and connecting to a Weds. 3am flight), but I pressed ahead anyway. I was worried at first, but checked the baggage sticker and decided to give it a go.

Luggage 21

This was actually a very good thing as we had some problems on our UA flight (even with a scheduled 7 hour layover at LAX)…from last Monday’s post:

Update – We are back at JFK after turning around due to a “oven smoke event” which cut the cabin power. We ended up dumping some fuel and made a safe landing back at JFK. The fuel dump was a first for me and the crew made several announcements to explain the bumps caused by the fuel discharge and to assure everyone that we were never in any danger and that everything being done was out of an abundance of caution. There’s another plane that just arrived for an anticipated 235pm arrival. Luckily, I had United check the bags all the way to Male…though I’m still a bit nervousness whether the baggage transfer will go smoothly with the reduced time.  Side note – Mom did not appreciate  the “call united for flight information” message she received when checking our flight status earlier.

Anyway, we arrived at LAX with just under 2 hours to connect to the Emirates flight. When checking in with Emirates they could “not yet see the bags” but told me to check again at the gate. The gate agent said the bags had just then been received and we were good to go. He didn’t sound all that confident, so when the bags actually arrived Weds morning at 8:30 am in the Maldives (as the first two bags on the conveyor belt) I was relived and a bit surprised..and of course thankful that we wouldn’t be buying bathing suits at the Conrad Maldives for $150 a person 😉



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