Are they all on the same itinerary (in other words, do they all have the same confirmation number?)
if the answer is "no" to this, then you definitely will have to follow whatever baggage requirements and fees are for that flight.
If this is all on the same itinerary, then I'm not sure, but I would suspect that since you have to recheck your bags, you would have to pay.
A domestic flight that immediately follows an international flight has the same baggage allowance but a domestic flight that is separate from the international flight incurs the normal UA fees - that has been my experience.
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"A domestic flight that immediately follows an international flight has the same baggage allowance but a domestic flight that is separate from the international flight incurs the normal UA fees"
Ahh... but the law changed a year or so ago. The allowable baggage is based on the rules of the marketing carrier, usually the first carrier you take, and that is maintained throughout the duration of the itinerary. So, if for example, you buy a ticket via an airline that allows a free bag, as United does, then they must maintain that free bag for the entire itinerary. If the LAX-LAS flight is on a different ticket, then there will be a bag charge.
So it isn't about a "separate flight". It is about a separate itinerary... read "ticket".
Geo, I'm aware of the "first marketing carrier" rule, but it's not clear to me that the international baggage fee schedule (one free bag) applies to domestic itineraries within that ticket (from "stopover" point, not "connection" point),
United has a baggage fee calculator that should show you the baggage fees based on your reservation number (PNR). Enter your conformation number and last name and it see if it shows the fees for each flight. Please let us know what you find. (I can't help here as I'm a 1K elite member and so get free bags on all United flights. But I'd like to know what it says).
If all your flights are on the same 6 digit code you will be fine, we are flying EDI - EWR - SAN - SFO - CLE -EWR -EDI in May and all our first checked bags are free. In 2011 my one United booking was LHR - SFO - SAN - ORD - LHR which was all baggage free but ORD -CLE return had a baggage fee as it was on a different ticketEdited: 05 March 2014, 13:00
also 2009 we flew EDI - LHR - IAD - SAN - LAS - SFO - ORD - LHR -EDI and all british midland and United legs were free baggage, we only paid extra for us airways flight SAN - LAS which was outwith the one booking number
I just had people fly CUN_IAH and stay for a couple days. They were charged the baggage fees from IAH-YEG because even a transborder flight has fees and they were told that because they stopped over and didn't connect the one free bag didn't apply. I don't know if that was wrong on the check in agents part or if that's what they always do, but when I fly CUN-IAH-YEG it's always free, but we only ever connect not stay. They weren't really annoyed so didn't bother pursuing it, but thought it was worth noting to me.
Some people didn't notice that the domestic flight, to LAS, does NOT immediately follow the international flight. There's a three-day break. It's a brand new flight. You will be under domestic baggage allowances and fees. We've gone through the same thing.
Easy enough to confirm this by calling United or checking online (you can input your confirmation # and flights, and you'll see your allowances).Edited: 05 March 2014, 15:48
Thanks to all who have replied, varying opinions.
I have done as USBusiness traveller has suggested and put my confirmation number in to the UA checked baggage services website and YAY! we will have the free 23kg one bag allowance each for all our flights!
Geo, marion and all others, thankyou for your advice and experience. This is our first time to USA, and just trying to be as prepared as possible, even though we have another 8 months to wait for our vacation of our lifetime