Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than lost luggage. Not only do you lose your things (the value of which is rarely completely covered by the airport) but you have to contend with the nightmare of dealing with the airport and then having to replace your things. These tips can help you prevent and deal with that problem.
First of all, rip off any old tags from previous flights, leaving only the new tag for this particular trip. Make sure that the tag contains crucial information like your name, destination, contact information, and your flight number. Since tags can get ripped off in transit, keep a document in your luggage that has these details plus your itinerary, so that the airport can easily locate you when the luggage is found.
Then, keep your baggage claim check in a safe place, like your wallet or vest pocket. This makes it easier to file a claim if the airline loses your luggage.
Sometimes the reason your luggage gets lost is that somebody else accidentally mistook it for his own. You can prevent this problem by using a bright and unique luggage tag, or tightly winding a ribbon around your luggage handle. You can also buy luggage in a bright color, instead of the usual blue, black or red—incidentally, these colors are often the ones that go on sale, so it works all around!
If you can, get a direct flight. Luggage tends to get lost in the flurry between connecting flights. If it is not possible to get a direct flight, ask if there is one where you will not be changing planes.
If your luggage gets lost, don’t leave the airport without filing a claim with the airline. Ask for a filled out form and get your own copy. Get the name of the agent and ask for a number that you can call. Be friendly; the nicer you are to that agent the more likely he will go out of his way to help.
Note that the airline will need a list of all items in the luggage to process a claim, so do list down the contents or take a photo.
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