Qantas transit in Dallas: do I have to collect baggage?

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seowgm

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Nov 2015

Total posts 8

Hi All. I'm flying from Sydney to New Orleans, via Dallas Fort Worth (QF to DFW, then AA to NOLA). Do I have to collect my luggage and go through immigration at DFW, and then check in again for the AA flight?

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Sep 2013

Total posts 371

Yes and yes. 

obanpointer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Jun 2014

Total posts 308

As eminere says yes and yes. However the airport is not bad and the self serve immigration counters efficient and user friendly.

One word of caution, the aa checkin girls on the return leg can be officious at best and make sure they put a priority tag on for the return, if you are entitled, as they will be checked through to sydney and the girls in the US often forget, or don't care, unless reminded.

The american express lounge is by far the best ( much more so than the QF first lounge which is a joke!) for the return

Speak_

Member since 09 Apr 2015

Total posts 14

You always have to collect bags when entering the US. It's easy though, just grab your bags and follow the transit signs, you dont have to drag them far.

aaflyer

AA

Member since 14 Aug 2013

Total posts 10

if you have the onward AA boarding pass, then yes and no.   otherwise yes and yes.

exit customs, and if your bag is tagged onwards, give it to them immediately to roll off on the transfer belt.

if bag not tagged and/or you need a boarding pass,the checkin desk is directly past the bag belt.

then proceed upstairs to security.   if you have pre-check, walk down to the next checkpoint.  the one directly above customs doesn't have it.

 

 

seowgm

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Nov 2015

Total posts 8

Thank you all for your comments. I have 2 hours transit time in DFW. Fortunately flying on business for work. So hopefully bags will be tagged to come out earlier rather than later. 

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