Thought I would update this thread with my travel experience since my wife and I just did the Nai'a from Denver through LAX to Nadi.
- I flew American and purchased my entire itinerary through them since Air Pacific is a codeshare partner.
- I checked my bags all the way through Nadi with American in Denver.
- When I arrived at LAX, I did not have to recheck my bags, however, I did have to go to the Air Pacific counter and get new boarding passes. Apparently this is a requirement when coming from any domestic location and then leaving on Air Pacific.
- Although I dutifully carried one 15 pound carry on just like the Air Pacific web site said, I saw many people with large and multiple carry ons. Nobody was weighed or charged for extra carry on.
- I ended up with the woman at the right hand of the counter who does look like the manager. She noted I checked four bags in Denver, so she asked if I had already paid for the extra two bags. I said "yes". A white lie, but technically they were paid for since American allows two 50 pound bags per customer on International flights. She paused and considered for a moment and I was about ready to pull my wallet out when she gave us our boarding passes and moved on.
- Coming back, the Air Pacific agent in Nadi didn't ask one thing about our luggage. He weighed my four checked pieces, tagged them and sent them on, checked through to Denver. You do have to retrieve and recheck your bags in LAX, but that's a requirement for everyone. He did not charge me anything.
- I saw no carry-ons being weighed. Quite a few people had two carry ons and quite a few looked pretty big, nobody was questioned.
- Since I carried only 15 pounds on trying to be a good passenger, I ended up packing quite a lot of my camera gear. On other trips, I have brought my rolling camera bag as my carry on and it holds all my gear weighing in at about 50 pounds.
- When I got home I noticed one of the bags had a wheel missing and some damage to the lower bottom. It turns out my dome shade for my 8" was broken from whatever impact the airport crew gave it. Thanks a lot guys... The dome was wrapped in my wetsuit inside a bag with foam padding; that must have been quite a whack.
I was happy I didn't get charged extra for the additional two bags, but I was prepared to pay. It's really annoying to put a 15 pound, one bag limit on a 747. If I do Air Pacific again I will do my full roller bag and argue with them if they hassle me. I feel lucky the only thing they damaged was lens shade.
Edited by johnspierce, 28 April 2013 - 01:28 PM.