The Airlines Most Likely To Lose, Misdirect Or Damage Your Luggage (& What To Do If It Happens)

It’s happened to everyone at some point. You arrive in Austin on American Airlines, while your checked luggage arrives in Boise (that really did happen to us, several years ago. They got the bag to us about 12 hours later). Or you arrive at JFK on United and your 4-wheeled bag now has 3 wheels…or a rip…or a dent (that happened to me too, 20+  years ago). Or you arrive in San Francisco on SouthWest and your bag just…disappears. Forever (Well, eventually they’ll find it, but if they can’t figure out who it belongs to, like if your luggage tag broke off and there’s no airline sticker on the bag, it’ll eventually wind up at this place. You don’t want it to go there.).

As it turns out, there’s a group paying attention to, not only how often peoples’ bags are lost, misdirected or damaged, but also which airlines do the most and least amounts of losing, misdirecting and damaging. Of course, trying to figure out the U.S. Department of Transportations’ (USDT) info is like searching for a needle in a haystack, but luckily another group has done the hard work for us.

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Is That Ticket Still Valid?, Don’t Pay Resort Fees If You Don’t Have To, How To Drive Someone Crazy While Traveling, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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I Pimped Our Flight. What’s It Like When You Buy “The Works” Upgrade Package

When I search for flights from Orlando, one airline often shows at the top of the list as the cheapest option, Frontier. While the price shown in the search is the actual fare, it wouldn’t be the price we’d pay to fly with them, as we’d eventually have to pay for a checked bag, carry-on bag or a seat assignment.

If you’re going really cheap, you can fly with only a small personal item like Sharon did when she surprised me on my business trip. However, this trip wasn’t going to be a short hop. We were going to Texas for four days to visit a water park. On top of our usual clothes, we’d be bringing beach towels, swimsuits, pool shoes, suntan lotion, and a cooler (for snacks in the park and in case we wanted to bring home any food).

When booking my ticket, I had the option of adding on the various options. With Frontier, you’ll get the lowest price if you pay for the extras when booking the ticket.

It wasn’t going to be cheap.

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How You Can Earn Double SkyMiles (Or More) On Your Delta Flight By Checking A Bag

I was recently spending time with a friend who just flew home on Delta from a two-week business trip. He flew from LAX-ATL-MCO and while his flight was delayed over an hour due to a mechanical issue, the biggest grump he had was that it took over 45 minutes for his luggage to arrive after landing.

Now I grew up flying out of Newark Airport so long waits for luggage are nothing new for me. In fact, I was always amazed at how fast my baggage showed up when flying to Orlando compared to what I was accustomed to at home.

Times have changed and Orlando Airport is no longer a small airport in Central Florida. It’s the biggest airport in the state and is going through some growing pains.

While most departing passengers notice the long lines at the TSA checkpoints, Orlando residents know that it’s been taking longer and longer for checked bags to show up at the carousels.

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Dear TSA Agents: Wait, I Can EXPLAIN!!!

The TSA admittedly doesn’t have the best reputation in the world. People complain of long delays, being yelled at, “TSA approved” locks being broken on checked luggage, contents in checked luggage being messed up or gone missing, and even being “felt up” when frisked.

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We even posted an article about where to complain if you have a problem with the TSA (or any major airline, for that matter).

Sometimes though, you have to take chance and make sure the TSA knows how important the contents of your luggage are, even if said contents may appear to be a little…extreme? Such was the recent case of a Florida playwright named Michael Presley Bobbit.

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