It’s frustrating when your baggage doesn’t make it to your destination with you. Your plans can be thrown off by losing them. The first thing you might think is, “Where’s my stuff?” followed by, “What do I do?” In the event that your baggage is delayed, lost, or stolen, don’t panic. There are steps you can take to either retrieve them or get some reimbursement for the articles within them. We can help you navigate through what you need to do. Having a travel protection plan before you depart is always a good idea. Travel Insured offers benefits to assist you when the unexpected happens.
As soon as you find out your bags are missing, go to the baggage claim desk. It’s usually located near the baggage carousels. Once you notify the staff about your situation, you’ll be asked to fill out a property irregularity report (PIR). Have information like your reservation number, description of your baggage, and address where you’ll be staying on hand. Make sure you file this report before you leave the airport. You’ll be given a filing number and a copy of the report which you can use to track your baggage afterward. The airport can track your bags through the “World Tracer” tool. It can check where your baggage is and where it was lost. While at the desk you can request an overnight kit. Standard ones normally contain basic essentials like shampoo, soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush, a razor and shaving cream. We recommend giving the airline up to 24 hours before you check the status of your bags. Checking every other hour may cause you a bit of frustration.
If you choose to purchase replacement clothes and personal effects to hold you over, a travel protection plan can be very beneficial. Keep your receipts as well as documentation of your baggage delay or loss from the claim desk. If your bags have been stolen, be sure to file a police report. You can use those documents to file a claim. For delays, your bags will have to be delayed a certain number of hours listed in your plan to be eligible for benefits. If your bags are lost or stolen, there is an allowance per article in your bags that we may be able to reimburse.
We know it’s frustrating when your bags go missing. Taking the right steps to handle the situation will make all the difference. Remember that we’ve got your back in baggage scenarios and more. For additional information, check out our plans at www.travelinsured.com. You can compare and download plan information at your convenience. Let us help you when things go awry. It’s our specialty.