On June 1 the oneworld alliance (which includes airlines like American, British Airways, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and more) changed its policies so that member airlines no longer had to check bags to their final destination for passengers traveling on more than one reservation on a oneworld airline.
Member airlines also wouldn’t be required to check customers in to their final destination on the second reservation, either.
Airlines still can do this and I asked American Airlines about any changes to their policy.
I was told that American is not changing anything at this time, and will continue to thru-check bags on multiple reservations when those reservations are for travel on oneworld airlines.
So if you are flying on one reservation for travel on American Airlines, and a second reservation for travel on Cathay Pacific, you’ll still be able to check your bags all the way through to your Cathay Pacific destination when you first check in with American. That’s great.
I sought further assurance and was told that American intends to keep this policy in place and not change this service.
Of course now that oneworld rules have changed they would be permitted to in the future if they so choose.