Trackers in luggage?

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1. Posted by Peter (Admin 7218 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I'm curious - how many of you are putting Airtags (or similar trackers) in your luggage? I hadn't really thought about it much until our luggage was annoyingly delayed by a couple of days on our last trip. When looking into that, I discovered that apparently a lot of people are putting trackers in their luggage to be able to have a clearer idea of where it's up to.

I think on our next trip we'll be doing this, but interested to know if any of you have tried it.

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1865 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

I have a fear of having my luggage lost - hence I travel carry-on only. And the bonus is I don't have to wait beside the baggage carousel which means I can usually land and get through an airport within half an hour.

Some airlines prohibit the use of luggage trackers, as far as I know.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 7218 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

Some airlines prohibit the use of luggage trackers, as far as I know.

I was looking into that a couple of days ago and it seems like most now allow it because the battery is so small and not a real danger (that was the excuse for disallowing). But I guess worth checking beforehand.

4. Posted by zzlangerhans (Travel Guru 550 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

We've been using them every time we fly for years. Haven't lost any bags yet since we started but we've been reassured several times when ours were among the last bags to emerge. I can't imagine why everyone doesn't use them.

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2562 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

I used trackers on my last trip because I travel with a mobility scooter and it is oversized and not the same shape as most luggage so it often ends up in a different place than the rest of my luggage. Once when I gate checked it in Amsterdam, the luggage people broke off the control handle and when we changed planes in Heathrow, they did not give the scooter back to me to re-check, but apparently sent it to luggage claim or something - in any rate we arrived home with the battery and no scooter. The scooter did not arrive for another day - broken. Fortunately at that point I was not so paralyzed as I am now and did not need the scooter around the house.

I was also shipping a walker which I also wanted to be able to find. The trackers worked really well.

I also try to avoid a problem with lost luggage by taking direct flights whenever possible. Obviously, I can no longer travel with carry-on only

[ Edit: Edited on 4 Mar 2024, 15:02 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

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7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 2064 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

We don't use trackers and have had our luggage lost for as long as three days. It's kind of a travel adventure. I do try to book direct flights whenever possible. We have also taken trips with only carry-on luggage but since we take painting supplies with us, that becomes difficult. We can get everything for a month-long trip in a carry-on bag though. The trackers seem like a good idea if you don't like adventures.

8. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1894 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

What I would like to know if you use these tracker tags and your luggage gets lost will it make any difference to you getting back your luggage any sooner? Also how accurate are these trackers? My understanding is you need other phones to Bluetooth connect to them. What if you travel to country where the app isn't commonly used? Would it then be redundant?