Big January Giveaway - Click Here For More Details
Loading, please wait...
Get comprehensive travel insurance for your next trip, with policies starting from just *
Lost baggage travel insurance
Lost luggage is a problem no traveller wants to face on their holiday. Taking out a travel insurance policy could save you a lot of trouble, should you find that your baggage has been lost by the airline.
Delayed baggage compensation
Under the 'Montreal Convention' you have the right to demand delayed baggage compensation or lost baggage compensation from airlines. While claiming directly from the airline is always worth trying, it can often be tricky and you're not guaranteed to be adequately compensated. Typical compensation from airlines would include, payment for the bare essentials and part of the cost for replacing or repairing lost luggage.
With Holiday Extras personal luggage cover, you are insured up to £2,000 and up to £300 on individual items if your luggage is lost, stolen or delayed.
Claiming lost baggage insurance
When making a claim for lost baggage, either from the airline or with Holiday Extras, there are a few recommended steps to take.
Report the incident - As soon as you realise that something is wrong with your baggage, report the problem to the airline. If you intend to claim directly from the airline, you'll stand a better chance of getting compensation if you act quickly. If you aren't able to make the report at the airport, then contact the airline through their website.
Property Irregularity report - You will need to fill one of these out, whether you decide to claim from the airline or with Holiday Extras. Property irregularity reports can be obtained at the airport from customer services in the baggage claims hall. It's always a good idea to keep a copy of your PIR as this can really help with your claim.
It's important to have these documents to hand, as many will be necessary items of proof, should your baggage be lost:
Boarding Pass - This acts as proof to the airline that you are a legitimate customer.
Luggage labels - Having this will make it easier for either us or the airline to trace the location of your lost luggage.
Property Irregularity report - This acts as proof that you report the incident to the airline.
Proof of purchase - You will need to provide some evidence of your ownership of the lost items. Typically this might be a receipt or credit card statement.
Photos of damaged luggage - If your luggage was damaged, then you should provide some photographic evidence of this.
Cost estimates - It's helpful to provide a rough estimate for any repairs you're claiming for.
How do I make sure my luggage doesn't get lost?
Check in early - A major reason why luggage may go missing is when a passenger leaves it too late to check in their baggage. Time is needed to process luggage, and when baggage handlers are pressed for time, the margin for error increases. Checking in early ensures that baggage handlers have plenty of time to process your luggage.
Avoid short layovers - In line with the previous point, avoiding short lay-overs will again reduce the chances of baggage handlers misplacing your luggage as you'll have more time to comfortably check-in your luggage. It's recommended to allow at least 2 to 3 hours on an international lay-over, where re-checking your baggage is required.
Get rid of old tags - As obvious as this may seem, disposing of old luggage tags will greatly reduce the likelihood of baggage being misplaced. A bag with two different tags has the potential to confuse, so bin old tags as soon as possible.
Head straight to baggage reclaim - The longer your baggage remains on the luggage belt, the greater the chance of someone else picking it up (mistakenly or not). For this reason, it's wise to get to baggage reclaim as soon as possible.
Personalise your bag - An easy way to make sure your bag isn't mistakenly taken by another passenger is to make it unique, perhaps by adding a colourful tie or kerchief to the handle, or stickers on the lid.
Add a copy of itinerary and contact details inside the bag - should (even after our previous tips) your bag unfortunately end up lost, adding a copy of your itinerary and relevant contact details like phone number or email, will make it easier for airlines to reunite you with your lost luggage. These details can be securely taped to the inside lid of the bag.
What do airports do with lost luggage?
If you aren't reunited with your luggage after 90 days, then the luggage is officially declared as lost and the airline will need to pay out the relevant compensation. But the question remains as to what happens to this luggage that is never claimed? In most instances, it'll end up at an auction house that deals specifically in unclaimed luggage, the profits of which usually go to charity.
If you've had the misfortune of losing your luggage in this way, you can at least find some comfort in the knowledge that it's gone for a good cause…
- Travel insurance homepage
- Travel insurance FAQs
- Our policies:
- Cheap Travel Insurance
- Single Trip Travel Insurance
- Annual Travel Insurance
- Cruise Travel Insurance
- Our cover levels:
- Bronze cover policy
- Silver cover policy
- Gold cover policy
- Platnium cover policy
- Additional cover:
- Gadget Travel Insurance
- Sports Travel Insurance
- Ski Insurance
- Water Sports Travel Insurance
- Wedding Travel Insurance
- What Happens If You Miss Your Flight?
- Winter Sports Travel Insurance
- Family travel:
- Children's Travel Insurance
- Family Travel Insurance
- Single Parent Travel Insurance
- Over 65's Travel Insurance
- Medical Insurance Homepage
- Allergies Travel Insurance
- Angina Travel Insurance
- Arthritis Travel Insurance
- Asthma Travel Insurance
- Brain Tumour Travel Insurance
- Breast Cancer Travel Insurance
- Broken Bones Travel Insurance
- Cancer Travel Insurance
- COPD Travel Insurance
- Crohn's Disease Travel Insurance
- Dementia Travel Insurance
- Depression Travel Insurance
- Diabetes Travel Insurance
- Disability Travel Insurance
- DVT Travel Insurance
- Epilepsy Travel Insurance
- Heart Condition Travel Insurance
- High Blood Pressure Travel Insurance
- Gall Stones Travel Insurance
- Lupus Travel Insurance
- MS Travel Insurance
- Prostate Cancer Travel Insurance
- Stroke Travel Insurance
- Children with Medical Conditions Travel Insurance
- Cruise Travel Insurance with Medical Conditions
- Senior Travel Insurance with Medical Conditions
- Travelling With Medication
- Travelling With Diabetes
- Adventure Travel Insurance
- Annual Cruise Travel Insurance
- Couple's Travel Insurance
- Extreme Sports Travel Insurance
- Gap Year Travel Insurance
- Group Travel Insurance
- Hiking Insurance
- Interrail Travel Insurance
- International Travel Insurance
- Long Term Travel Insurance
- Off-piste Ski Insurance
- Over 70's Travel Insurance
- Over 80's Travel Insurance
- Pregnancy Travel Insurance
- Sailing Travel Insurance
- Scuba-diving Travel Insurance
- Senior Travel Insurance
- Student Travel Insurance
- Travel Health Travel Insurance
- Under 16 Travel Insurance
- Under 18 Travel Insurance
- Volunteering Abroad Travel Insurance
- Weekend Travel Insurance
- Working Holiday Insurance
- Holiday Cancellation Insurance
- EHIC Information
- Car Hire Excess Cover
- Compare Travel Insurance
- Worldwide Travel Insurance
- European Travel Insurance
- France Travel insurance
- Halong Bay Vietnam
- Indonesia Travel Insurance
- New Orleans
- New York
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Vietnam Travel Insurance
Holiday Extras Cover Ltd and Holiday Extras Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Holiday Extras Cover Ltd 05058680 and Holiday Extras Ltd 01693250 are registered in England and Wales. Registered address: Ashford Road, Newingreen, Kent CT21 4JF.
Holiday Extras is underwritten by Travel Insurance Facilities plc which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered address: 2nd Floor, 1 Tower View, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4UY. Company number 03220410.