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IATA Resolution 302 - What it means to you.

Welcome to my first post for Pintrips. I am really glad to be sharing some of the elegance and glamour of travel - along with some tips and tricks that I hope you will find useful.

So here is one for those of you travelling internationally and travelling on different airlines. (Yes Canada is a foreign country for Americans!). IATA Resolution 302. Do you know what it means?

Well you had better because it affects all airlines who are governed by IATA rules.

Why is this important?

With so many trips served on one airline whose branding and ticket is different from that of the serving carrier - people are likely to get confused. First a few ground rules and terms:

Plating Carrier. The airline who ISSUES the ticket

Marketing Carrier. The airline who sells the service.

Operating Carrier. The actual operating airline. The company who physically is the one responsible for the flight you are siting on.

Code Share partner. The different airlines who share marketing of a particular flight.

Commuter carrier. Typically an affiliate airline who is flying an aircraft painted in the colors of the larger airline using one of their operating flight numbers.

Here is what the resolution says:

RESOLVED that,

Unless otherwise agreed the following baggage provisions selection process should apply for interline journeys

1) Baggage provisions are defined as free baggage allowance rules and baggage charges
2) For the purposes of baggage provisions selection, the following 4 step process should apply for interline journeys:

  • Step 1: If the published baggage provisions among all participating carriers are the same; these provisions will apply.
  • Step 2: Where the one or more published baggage provisions differ between participating carriers, apply any common provisions are where provisions differ the published baggage provisions of the Most Significant Carrier (MSC). (In case of code share flights this will be the Operating Carrier, unless that carrier publishes a rule stipulating that it will be the Marketing Carrier).
  • Step 3: If the MSC does not publish baggage provisions for the journey concerned apply the published baggage provisions of the carrier accepting the baggage at check-in.
  • Step 4: If the carrier accepting the baggage at check-in does not publish baggage provisions for the interline journey concerned apply the published baggage provisions of each operating airline sector-by-sector.

MOST SIGNIFICANT CARRIER (MSC)
3) the MSC is.
a) For travel between two or more IATA areas, the carrier performing carriage on the first sector that crosses from one area to another.
Exception: IATA area 123 only, the carrier providing carriage on the first sector that crosses between IATA area 1 and IATA area 2.
b) For travel between IATA Tariff sub-areas, the carrier performing carriage on the first sector that crosses from one sub-area to another.
c) For travel within a IATA Tariff sub-areas, the carrier performing carriage on the first international sector.

IATA area/IATA Tariff sub-area

IATA defines the world into 3 areas (IATA area 1/2/3), and define the IATA area into small areas.

IATA Area1 AMERICAS

  • North America (USA, Canada and Mexico)
  • Caribbean Islands
  • Central America
  • South America (Brazil, Chile, Peru etc.)

IATA Area2 EMEA

  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Africa

IATA Area3 APAC

  • Japan/Korea (Japan and Korea)
  • South East Asia (China, Singapore, Thai, Vietnam, Guam etc.)
  • South India (India etc.)
  • South East Pacific (Australia, New Zealand etc.)

This version is from ANA. February 9th, 2011

Now you had better pay attention to this because if you fly this is going to cause some confusion. Since implementation there have been a lot of people who were scratching their heads. Travel agents were inundated with a lot of misled folks who wont know how to deal with their bags. Remember that bags are now the new Fuel Surcharge. So enforcement is important to ensure that (your) airlines makes the money it needs to.

Fortunately there is something you can do about it.

Just head on over to I FLY BAGS. www.iflybags.com and they will set you right!

Just bear that in mind before you head out the door tomorrow….

Cheers

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