February 27, 2018 11:00 am

Travel Tuesday: what you can do to prevent lost luggage

U.S. officials say American airlines lose an average of about 10,000 bags a day.

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It’s travel Tuesday, where we check in with travel expert Claire Newell from Travel Best Bets for tips to make your next vacation a breeze. 

It’s becoming increasingly common for the average air traveller to have their baggage lost or damaged, so many are packing what they can into their carry-on luggage or looking for an alternative solution.

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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, American airlines lose an average of about 10,000 bags a day. In the U.K., at least 10 passengers per flight lost checked baggage this summer.

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Airlines here in Canada aren’t required to report incidents of lost or damaged baggage, so we don’t have exact numbers.

With luggage fees and the worry of lost bags, more people seem to be carrying on than ever. This is a good option, but be aware of the size restrictions your airline has in place or you will be forced to check your bag anyway.

On Air Canada, for example, your bag must be no larger than 55 cm x 23 cm x 40 cm. On WestJet, the restriction is 53 cm x 23 cm x 38 cm.

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Your other option is to use a specialized transportation company. It’s a concept that’s popped up in the last few years as passengers grow increasingly frustrated with the airlines.

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These are companies that will ship your luggage — whether it be golf clubs, skis, suitcases or boxes — to your destination. Once you arrive, your luggage is delivered. It’s not cheap though.

A company like Luggage Free charges $7 per pound, plus a $50 handling fee. It’s an expensive alternative, but one that might pique your interest if you’ve got some precious cargo that has to make it on time.

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