Tripps Travel Network shares these tips to help you avoid travel problems.

Millions of us travel each year, and of these millions, there are some who are going to encounter baggage issues of some sort at some point. From lost bags to mishandled or delayed luggage, it may not be a large percent, but any percent of almost 1 billion travelers in one year is not a small number.

According to the latest Tripps Travel Network reviews the Air Consumer division shows the following statistics. The fewest complaints were filed by passengers of Virgin America who had 533 reports of a total of 552,000 passengers. The worst was issued by ExpressJet Airlines who reported a total of 19,000+ complaints of some 2.8 million passengers for a total of 6.8 charges of every 1,000 passengers. The airline industry in whole in the U.S. reported a total of 187,000 baggage complaints of 53.3 million passengers as of July 2012, which is up some in full, but in percent, is lower than 2011.

So the question then begs, how do you avoid losing luggage?

Tripps Travel Network suggests even though as paying customers, we believe that we should have no trouble, and despite large fees which we may understand should limit these issues, this is just not the case. As informed and prepared travelers, it is our job to know what we can do to help avoid these types of complaints.

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Make sure your luggage is well marked outside and consider putting your contact information inside as well. Do not merely rely on the tags on the handle, affix something a bit more permanent in case the card comes off.

Make your luggage easy to see. While you don’t want to make your bag super visible, the less your bag looks like everyone else’s the less likely it is to be “accidentally” picked up by someone else.

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Try to keep all your belongings in carryon. With a shoulder bag and carry on that should be enough unless traveling for longer than seven days

Skip the layovers if you can. While you are not going to save money traveling direct, the odds that your baggage will go missing are going to decrease. Every time you have a layover so does your bag, and the shorter the delay, the more likely your bag is to miss the connection.

If you must endure a layover, make it long enough for your bag to get with you on the plane.

Whether your bag is lost, damaged or stolen, it is imperative that you report it immediately and that you have an accurate list of all that you have in your bag in case you need to file a claim. Be prepared and avoid becoming a victim when you travel with tips to help you from Tripps Travel Network.

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