Lost, never...delayed, many a time.
Delayed to Washington DC, New York, Italy (this was the worse because I was taking a bus to the Alpes right after) and Lima, Peru (with all the Christmas presents inside!!!!).
Of course when it happens you think is lost. Luckily, I always insure my luggage with Amex ($5.75 per trip) and it has more than paid for my delays and inconveniences.
If delayed more than 5 hrs, then I can get up to $500 reimbursement from Amex. I've used it at least 4-5 times (including this last Christmas). The catch is that you can only purchase clothing, shoes, necessity items and it must be bought before you receive your luggage. I spent all $500 on my sister when I arrived in Lima. She got lucky!!!!
I received some wonderful advice years ago from one of the incredible British Airways staff based at Lisbon airport.
She helped track down a bag that had been lost for months. Her advice for checked bags is that you should always put at least one business card inside the case - that way, the airline can track you down and give you the bag back. Our problem was that we had no ID in the bag, and the bag ticket had been torn from the bag.
When the bag was opened, and the contents recorded (in a filmed room at Heathrow, no less) there was nothing inside to ID us. Had we just dropped a business card inside the bag, we would have had it back the following day.
Jonathan Breeze, CEO AardvarkCompare
I always fly with a checked in bag and a carry-on bag. When I fly usually I am gone for weeks and months at a time. I always have spare underwear, socks, shirt and trousers in my carry-on bag. A few times over the years because of closed airports or weather related issues I ended up in places not scheduled and was glad to have a few spare clothes to put on. Once during boarding I even had a large woman - waddle by bouncing off the armrests - spill her coffee on me! I was glad to have spare pants to change to!
The few times my check in bags have been missing for some reason the bag was found and delivered to me. My bags are permanently marked with my initials to make them distinctive from a distance. Also besides the normal baggage tag I have my airline frequent flyer card information in a separate tag. The airline can identify me by my FF card number. On the back of the same card is my name and an email address too. I do slip other information in the zipper pocket on the check in bag and inside.
So far I have been lucky!
Sorry, just noticed this is a very old post!
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Sorry, just noticed this is a very old post!
Yes, twelve years or so, revived by 'the CEO of a travel insurance company'!!!!
That's okay. It's fun.
We've never had our luggage lost but have had it delayed many times. I always put a complete itinerary inside each case. We each check through a carry-on bag and carry a small backpack. I also put a complete itinerary on each leather luggage tag with contact information. We go for a month or more but only take a week of clothing. We also pack at least 3 days worth of undies in our backpacks.
Air France, my favorite airline, has delayed our luggage most often if prizes are given for these things. Once it was delayed for 3 days while we were in Nice. Fortunately, they got it to us the very last morning before we were driving down into Italy. We've often been pretty far from the airport and they always have an overnight delivery get it to us.
We were stopped in London once by the volcano that closed European air space as we were trying to change plans at Heathrow. We had an unscheduled 5-day visit in London (paid for by British Airways) and they managed to lose my husband's checked carry-on. It was a zoo at LHR during that time so we had no hard feelings and although he had to go out several times to look through their pile of lost luggage, he finally found it . . . and we took a train to France!
When you print your luggage tags, put your destination, not your home address and phone. You don't want them to send your luggage home when you are in Timbuktu. You also don't want them to call you at home because you won't be there.
That's why travel is an adventure.
Was surprised to find more airlines in Europe now sell lower "hand baggage only" fares much like the "basic economy" fares offered by several large carriers in the U.S.
Just bought a "Basic" economy ticket on British Airways from Kiev to London for US$94. To compare, the economy "Plus" fare of US$119 includes one checked bag. Both fares allow for a personal item, such as a laptop bag.
Ukraine International Airlines also has a "hand baggage only" fare on its Kiev-Paris route on flights operated by Air France.
Extra care is needed when you book flights, particularly with online travel agencies. If you check bags, make sure you purchase the right fare. With British Air's basic economy ticket, the airport price for a checked bag is US$100. The pre-airport price (online or through the BA contact center) is US$60 for the first bag; and US$90 for each additional.
I rarely check bags, so I'm OK with the "hand baggage only" or "basic economy" fares. But there's a wrinkle. On some basic fares, seats either are allocated by the carrier, or you can select only 24 hours before departure. On longer flights, I'd pay the higher fare to choose a seat in advance.
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I have done so many traveling till now through airline as well train. But still I have not faced luggage issue and I wish to not in future.
We've been lucky so far, in many years of flying, that our luggage has only once been delayed and not for too long, but the incident did make me wonder about how tight the security systems really are. A few years ago we were flying home to London Heathrow from El Paso, via Chicago. Our bags were checked through but on arrival at LHR they were nowhere to be seen on the carousel. I checked at the lost luggage counter, the assistant there checked our baggage receipts against her computer, and announced that while we had come via O'Hare, our bags appeared to have gone via LAX, having been put on that routing from El Paso. The flight from LAX was due into LHR in an hour so she suggested we wait to see if our bags were on it, but she thought it unlikely as they would have been taken off when it was discovered that we hadn't boarded the LA to London flight. Nevertheless we waited, and an hour later both bags appeared. Which makes me wonder how many bags do find their way on to flights with no corresponding passenger on board?