Travling to Italy

Jul 12th, 2012, 09:56 AM
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Travling to Italy

Im traveling to Italy in 5 days, I have been doing mass research and trying to absorb as much information as I possibly can, few things I still dont seem to get, Customs, Where to collect my checked bag & If the layovers will affect where I would collect my bag.
my flight goes
DCA->JFK(5 hour layover)->FCO(3 hour layover)->BRI
Flying American Airlines from DC to Rome then Alitalia from Rome to Bari, will I need to collect my bags at any point during the trip? Will I need to go through customs in Rome? If so, do I need to find my bag there? Or will it make its way safely to my final destination?
Also, Ive never flown before! So any extra information would be greatly appreciated.
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Jul 12th, 2012, 11:21 AM
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You'll clear immigration (aka Passport Control), collect your bags, clear Customs and recheck your bags in Rome.
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Jul 12th, 2012, 11:49 AM
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I don't agree. You should be able to check your bags from DCA all the way to BRI. Just give the AA agent at DCA your Alitalia flight info.

You'd still need to check-in with Alitalia in Rome (or online in advance if you can), but you should not see your bags until you get to Bari.
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Jul 12th, 2012, 12:43 PM
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So, I should check when i get my boarding passes about what I should expect with my bag when I arrive in Rome?
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Jul 12th, 2012, 03:46 PM
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"I should check when i get my boarding passes about what I should expect with my bag when I arrive in Rome?"

You should be able to check your bag through. If you do check it through, then you go through Immigration (passport control) in Rome, and Customs at Bari. If you don't check it through, you will do both Immigration and Customs at Rome. But definitely ask them to check it through.

(Customs and Immigration are two different things.)
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Jul 12th, 2012, 03:57 PM
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Did you book these tickets separately?
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Jul 12th, 2012, 04:20 PM
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I booked them all at once, not seperate.
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Jul 12th, 2012, 10:11 PM
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I booked them all at once, not seperate.

By separately we mean did you book DCA to FCO and FCO to BRI rather than DCA to BRI. If you didn't book directly with the airline then you may have separate tickets even if you booked it as one itinerary

I suspect the former as normally Alitalia codeshares with Delta and if so it'll probably mean your luggage will be checked to Rome only. It also means that if there is any problems and you miss your flight to BRI you'll have to buy a new return ticket for that leg
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Jul 12th, 2012, 11:11 PM
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Even if the FCO-BRI leg is booked separately, one can still get AA To tag the bags all the way to BRI. May need some persuading, but it can be done.
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Jul 13th, 2012, 08:30 AM
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I'm almost always able to check my bags through even when on separate tix. (except for the discount airlines that don't interline)
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Jul 13th, 2012, 09:07 AM
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I recently had two separate tickets on United for same day flights and they checked my bags to my final destination.

We have flights scheduled next year on Delta and Air France - again two separate tickets (don't ask) and Delta has indicated that they will check them all the way through to our final international destination.

So I also think that even if you have two separate tickets, just ask when you initially check in for your first flight if they will check them all the way through.
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Jul 13th, 2012, 04:51 PM
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Delta and Air France are together in SKYTEAM. Anytime you buy tickets within the codeshare they always check your bags through with no problem.
In Rome, you will get off the flight and head to the "in transit" or connections section instead of going down the escalator to immigration downstairs.
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Jul 14th, 2012, 07:09 AM
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>>>I booked them all at once, not seperate.<<<

I'll try again. Did you book with a reseller (Expedia, Orbitz, etc.?) instead of AA? Alitalia (Skyteam)and AA (Oneworld) are not in the same alliance. As rkkwan said, you might have to convince AA to check your bags through.
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