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Changing flights & carriers
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I’m definitely a newbie when it comes to budget flights over in Europe, but a question I had was what to do with checked bags during a layover when changing carriers?

We will be flying from Dublin to LGW on Aer Lingus, each of us checking our backpack. We will have a 3 hour layover there and then continue on to Bergen, Norway on Norwegian.

In this instance, should we arrive at LGW, claim our bags, go through security again (first checking in with Norwegian and rechecking our bags on the flight to Norway) and wait for our flight, or will the airport handle cross-carrier flights? Since we booked the flights separately, I would assume we would have to redo everything, but any insight on this would be appreciated.

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Yes, you’ll have to claim your backpacks and recheck them with Norwegian.

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Thanks for the reply!

I am leaving from AUS with $4000 for 34 days
Dublin, Bergen, Amsterdam, Munich, Interlaken, Florence, Siena, Rome, Barcelona, Pamplona, Donostia
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Nightlife
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You should check with Aer Lingus about this. It’s possible these airlines have an interline (bag forwarding) agreement in place. Both are “low cost” airlines which means it’s less likely, but I was surprised a couple years back when I was able to transit Manchester on 2 airlines from US to DK. If so, then you’d arrive LGW as a transit passenger, show your onward boarding pass (assuming you check in online ahead of time), and baggage receipt all the way to BGO — if this is possible — and follow the transit passenger route on arrival LGW. Rules and agreements can change, so it’s best to check with the airline for a definitive answer.