I usually book my flights directly with the airlines, to avoid any possible extra issues. Straight to the source et al.
Now I didn't because the price would have been a lot higher, so I went through a travel agency. Already regretting it (but perhaps it wouldn't have been any different in this case).
Now I don't know what I will have to pay for my checked baggage and none of the airline's websites make me any wiser.
Ticket is issued via Air France. First leg HEL-AMS is operated by KLM with a KLM code. Second leg is AMS-PDX (Portland, OR) with Delta (AF code).
Ticket class states Economy, not Economy Light. According to the info on the Delta site my booking class for their flight is Main Cabin (V). And then vice versa when coming back home.
But, according to my ticket I have 0 checked baggage and the KLM site states I can only modify this at the airport.
So. I assume I will have to pay something to KLM when departing Helsinki, but what? According to their calculator extra baggage is 85€ (!!) HEL-PDX when bought at the airport, but the site doesn't seem to take into account the changes in service starting this April (no free bags in some transatlantic Economy classes anymore).
But then, according to Delta, I'm in Main Cabin, not Economy Basic, which means I should be able to get one piece of checked luggage for free. But do I still have to pay for the whole journey to KLM, and not just for HEL-AMS? (I would assume since the bags will be checked through to Portland in Helsinki?)
This is messy, yes. I knew when booking the ticket that checked baggage was not included, but I didn't think it would be this complicated, just that I would be able to sort it out online in advance. Apparently not.
In short, do I stare at the line that says "0 checked baggage" on the ticket or should I be able to trust the booking classes? So on the return trip, flying with Delta US-Europe, do I pay according to a line on the ticket or according to the booking class? Because they don't match.