Do you check your luggage everytime you travel? Even for shorter getaways?
According to the Airline information technology company, SITA, a new baggage report for 2017 mishandled luggage rates reached a record low with the help of new technology implementations, with less than 6 bags per 1000 passengers that went astray.
However, the biggest ongoing problem is luggage mishandling between tight flight transfers with 47% of the bags being misplaced in this process.
Here are five reasons to avoid checking your luggage
Reduce your risk of missing a connection
Some airlines (especially the budget ones such as Ryan Air), will require getting your luggage between flights. In any event, that you have a tight connection you can easily miss your next flight.
Protect your luggage
Often luggage is mishandled by careless airline employees that can result in broken wheels, handles or dirty spots. If you have invested $$$ in a quality, brand name bags seeing your luggage mistreated is not a pretty sight.
Saves you time
When checking your luggage you have to add automatically an additional hour to your travel time. As a savvy traveler to save time, you will have either printed your boarding pass ahead of time, or you will have it on your mobile phone. In this scenario, you should be able to go straight to your gate after the immigration wheeling your carry on bag, instead of waiting on a line to check it in a heavy suitcase. In an event that your luggage got lost, you will have to spend at least a day of your vacation shopping for "must have" items instead of enjoying your time in the destination.
It can reduce stress
Have you ever thought how much stress is associated with a lost luggage? Think about the multiple phone calls, waiting on lines to make a claim, waiting for the luggage delivery etc., in my humble opinion, this is really something that can ruin your vacation.
Save $ on baggage fees
In the last years, unfortunately, most airlines have adopted the pay for check-in luggage policy, and this is one of their main profit sources. Unless you have a credit card issued through the airline you are flying with, which might wave the fee, you should expect to pay if you want to check your bag. In addition, the budget airlines are notorious for their business policy of charging for a carry-on bag as well. So, a key takeaway is to keep a sharper eye on baggage policies generally, especially when flying with a different airline with whom you might not be as familiar.
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