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December 06, 2011

How to Prevent Losing Your Luggage with Airlines

Lost Luggage

Airlines around the globe mishandle about 1 percent of the 3 billion bags checked each year. Airlines in the U.S. alone lose 10,000 pieces of luggage a day. Although airlines claim to return roughly 98% of lost luggage within a few hours to a few days, it makes traveling, and more importantly, enjoying your vacation, difficult.

So, what can travelers do to avoid lost luggage?

"Airlines in the U.S. alone lose about 10,000 pieces of luggage a day."

The best solution would be to carry on your luggage. But, with carry on luggage restrictions down to specific sizes, for most travelers it is nearly impossible to carry on enough, even for a long weekend getaway.

One of the simplest solutions is to Ship it... UPS and FedEx are more reliable than the airlines, and they have much better tracking technology in place.

Here are a few tips to try and avoid lost luggage dilemmas:

  • Have your luggage shipped directly to your destination: For a fee, there are many services out there that will ship your luggage directly to your destination, cutting out the airlines all together. Google luggage shipping services. Make sure you research each one to ensure they are a reputable company. UPS & Fedex are most reliable.

  • Use a Global Tracking service such as, a unique item retrieval service enabling you to register your valuable items on a secure database. Find all tips here.



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