Travel Experts Shared Some A+ Tricks To Help You Get Your Luggage First At Baggage Claim
Tis the season, folks. No, I don’t mean the holiday season, though it is that too. (Don’t forget the gifts!) I mean traveling season. Unless, of course, you’re planning on flying American Airlines. If that’s the case then you might not have to worry about doing any traveling at all. But I digress…
For everyone else who plans on flying the (un)friendly skies this holiday season, first off, maybe stay away from Spirit Airlines, and second, try following these tips from travel experts on how to get your luggage first at the baggage claim.
According to the experts over at Travel + Leisure here are some tricks you need to try…
One of the ways to do this is by asking the representative at the check-in counter to attach a fragile sticker to your bag. Bags that are marked as fragile will typically be loaded later and come out before the other bags. Plus, they’re also likely to get less wear and tear.
Easy peezy. That is one I am going to try EVERY time.
Tip two is waiting to be the last person to check in. This can be tricky and not always feasible, but if you can pull it off a ramp worker and gate agent says, “Bags will always be loaded front to back on the bag carts, so if you check in last, your bags will be in the last bag cart, which will make them the last on the aircraft, and the first off the aircraft at your destination.”
Although, this means that you will have to gate check your bag so make sure you haven’t packed anything that could get you delayed by TSA.
Also, like any travel tip, this one doesn’t always work as loading and unloading systems can sometimes vary depending on the airline and/or aircraft.
Of course, you could always fly first or business class, or join an airline’s frequent flier club to get that sweet priority tag, but those options will obviously take even more money out of your pocket. Money that, these days, you probably already had to spend so your bags could actually fly to the same location you’re headed.