Infographic: Lost Luggage Statistics
Lost Luggage: Don't Let Your Baggage Become a Statistic
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As Americans prepare to travel this holiday season, our "Lost Luggage" infographic helps you lessen the aggravation that comes along with lost luggage.
Did you know, some credit cards offer baggage insurance as a benefit?
"Traveling is stressful enough with security and the long lines. Now Americans have to worry about their baggage," says Charles Tran, founder of the credit card comparison website, CreditDonkey.com. "As Americans embark on holiday travel, we recommend travelers to consider using a credit card with complimentary baggage insurance benefit."
With $1.67 billion in baggage fees collected in the first half of 2011 alone, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), airlines acquire a significant amount of revenue by charging baggage fees.
At the same time, statistics from BTS show that 2.04 million bags were mishandled in 2010. On average, 3.57 reports per 1,000 passengers.
We recommend travelers consider using credit cards with baggage insurance.
Find out the Real Cost of Flying. Visit Expedia to view side-by-side comparisons of baggage fees of different airlines. Also, as fees are subject to change, remember to confirm the baggage fees on each airline’s website.
View your airline’s baggage policy, often found online, to see limitations such as baggage size, weight, or number of carry-ons and checked bags. There may be other exceptions as well, such as those with disabilities or in the military. If you fly frequently enough, it may be a good idea to purchase new lightweight luggage that allows you to carry everything in a carry-on or in one big checked-in bag instead of two. View airline size and weight limits first.
You definitely do not want to pack and drive to the airport only to discover security must confiscate something from you. Many people have lost valuable items this way. Go to the TSA website to learn more. Additionally, once on the website, read the “Other” category carefully as this limits many items, including things innocuous as peanut butter.
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