I hear that Airlines performance with checked luggage is getting better.
According to a SITA Baggage Report for 2017 about one bag for every 170 passengers fails to arrive at the carousel.
Only a small proportion of those cases are permanently lost, around 1 case per 2,500 customers.
Reason for loss
Almost half of all cases of lost checked in luggage is due to the case going missing when changing planes, particularly when there is a tight connection.
I would say my experience tends to back up the figures in the last ten years and a couple of hundred flights my checked in bags have got missing 3 times.
Twice with transfer times of much less than an hour.
The other time it got held up in immigration at Los Angeles even though the transfer time was 6 hours.
Every time the bags have turned up within 24 hours.
My Travel Hacks
After 3 occurrences I now rarely check in luggage, even if I am travelling for a couple of weeks.
Even when I check in luggage I still have my carry-on with 4-5 days of clothes.
Flying to the US I aim to stay at least one night at the place where I go through immigration.
This High Sierra duffel has been my ‘Go To’ carry on bag for the last couple of years . . . . . . so why do I like it?
Lightweight (but No Wheels)
The whole bag weighs just under 500grams, even though it uses a heavy duty nylon fabric and heavy duty zips.
That weight saving compared with the typical wheeled carry on means I can take an extra 1.5kg of clothes compared to the standard carry on trolley bag.
Carry-on Size, Even for Smaller Aircraft
When you fly on many commuter flights the overhead bins are quite small and people with hard sided bags find they are parted from their bag.
Soft sized duffels can normally be pushed into the restricted space easily.
I hate lots of pockets as they add complexity, weight, and extra zips that can break.
I just want one pocket for my liquids so they are easy to access at security scanning.
The bag has two adjustable carrying handles and adjustable shoulder strap.
It means I can carry it conventionally, over the shoulder, or even as a backpack.
I can also adjust the carrying handles to hold my coat to the top of the bag.
I haven’t been paid or received any benefit from this post. I have seen several bags similar to this for around $30-$50.