There is nothing more frustrating than lost luggage. In 2017, there were more than 1.6 million reported cases of lost, delayed, damaged or pilfered bags.  If something like this happens to you,  you should file a claim with the airline as soon as you discover that your luggage is missing. Also, be sure to fill out any forms as thoroughly as you can. Have your luggage claim ticket in hand, and remember to be courteous to the representative. This can only enhance your chances of good service. Most lost luggage is returned within 24-48 hours and in many cases, it was simply misdirected to the wrong city. Some airlines will reimburse you if you need to buy clothing or toiletries while waiting for your luggage. Just keep your receipts. If your luggage is damaged beyond natural wear and tear, the airlines may reimburse you if you report it. If the airline admits that your luggage is officially lost, it will normally pay only the depreciated value of the items that were lost. Travel Insurance Services provides lost or delayed baggage coverage and it is always highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance prior to traveling!

The best way to reduce the chances of losing your bags is to make them harder to lose. Try to make them stand out from a distance, such as buying bright colors and patterns , tying a colorful ribbon on the handle or adding other personal touches.  This will not only help you spot your bags, it also makes them easy to describe to an airline employee.

What else?  Keep valuable items such as jewelry, medication and your laptop in your carry-on.  Create an itemized list of your suitcase contents or snap a quick picture in case you need to make an insurance claim.

If you really want to go high-tech, there are also tools like TrakDot6 which fit inside your bag. Upon landing, you can use your phone to determine whether your bag is close by or stranded at another airport.

Hope these tips help!

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