I recently booked a short domestic flight with united to ORD, where I was able to find a much better fare on an international flight. As it turns out, this first flight is one of the Basic Economy tickets, which limits you to 1 personal item. I am planning on packing lighter for my trip (1 larger backpack and a small day backpack), but I'm curious what happens if you bring your larger bag to the gate. The other thing is that I only have a little over an hour between when I land in ORD and when I take off for my international trip, so I really don't want to have to pick my bag up in baggage claim to re-check and carry on to my final destination. I'm wondering if anyone has advice or knows what happens when you do bring your bag to the gate. I know you pay a handling and check fee, but do they just gate check, or is sent to baggage claim? Would there be a way for me to just get the bag routed all the way to my final destination since it's all United flights?