Sometimes luggage can be a hassle. And nowhere does that become more apparent when you’re stuck in the airport for hours and need to figure out how to juggle carry-ons, checked-in bags, purses and laptops, all the while shuffling through security and onto the plane. Here are a few quick tips to get to your destination with your bags and sanity intact.
1. Weigh your Luggage.
It can be a pain to pay overcharge fees for excess or oversized luggage. Be sure to check with the airlines their weight limit and size requirements online. Get a tape measure and a hand-held luggage scale to catch the exact measurements.
2. Fed up with Bag Fees? So are we
Even if you pack carefully, you might still find an unforeseen charge on your ticket. Some airlines include checked-in luggage on your ticket, but with the rising trend of the nickle-and-dime, certainly not all. Extra luggage purchased at the airport can cost anywhere from $60-80 and up. To avoid unnecessary bag costs, make sure you pre-purchase any necessary bags online prior to check-in. Some airlines cut off purchase deadline by up to 72 hours, so be sure to make these purchases at least 3 days in advance of your flight. If you need additional baggage allowance, buy this 3 days prior as well.
3. Carry-ons for the win!
It can be risky to check your luggage – there might be extra fees, the baggage handlers might lose it, you might be stuck waiting at the carousel. To speed your trip along, you can opt to pack everything in your carry-on. Of course, this means packing carefully and economically—but if you can manage it, it might save you a lot of trouble.
4. Or Maybe You’re Pro-Checked In?
Then again, maybe dragging along your luggage is a pain and you want to stick with just a luggage or backpack. Check in everything so you have less to worry about. You won’t have to worry about gels or liquids. You won’t have to worry about grabbing your bags between connecting flights. And best of all you won’t have to fight for space in the overhead bin.
5. Lost Bag! What Now?
The worst has happened and the luggage has been misplaced. If the carousel finishes its rotations without your luggage, file a report with the airline before you leave the airport. Make sure the airline rep gives you a copy of the report, their name and phone number so you can follow up with them—and that you supply them with a forwarding address. If your bag is declared lost by the airline, you’ll have to file a detailed report with an estimated value of the contents. Fortunately, the Department of Transportation ensures that all airlines reimburse consumers for lost bags. Note that this doesn’t count with delayed bags.
6. Long Layover? Leave your Luggage at the Airport
Have a long layover 5+ hours and want to spend it exploring the city? Check in a storage locker for a couple hours. Most airports have these for a small coin fee. You can dump your bags and explore the new town at leisure. Some airlines, like Singapore Changi Airport, run a shuttle specifically designed to take passengers around town while they wait for their connecting flight.
These tips and more from our qualified travel agents at Willamette Intl Travel. Call 503-224-0180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.