There’s an old saying that the only two kinds of luggage are carry on and lost.
Increasingly airlines are using technology to track bags, prevent loss, and even let you monitor your luggage throughout their journey. That doesn’t mean they’ll be handled with care by staff, and it still doesn’t mean the bags will always make it.
One of the most frustrating parts of losing luggage is waiting to have your bags delivered. It’s not fair to have to make a return trip to the airport, you may be nowhere near the airport. But relying on the airline for that ‘last mile’ getting bags reunited with their owners is tough, it’s hard to know when they’ll ever turn up once they’re handed over to a local delivery service.
In the meantime wear whatever you’ve got or make a claim with the credit card company you used to buy your tickets (provided your card has delayed baggage coverage) so that the expenses you need to incur while your bags are gone can be covered.
Delta is taking a new stab at reuniting lost bags with their owners by leveraging the new gig economy. You can sign up with Roadie and deliver lost luggage for Delta!
Luggage delivery drivers can make anywhere from $8 to $50 for local deliveries and up to $650 (!) for long-haul oversize bag drop-offs.
This actually seems like a pretty decent gig for someone that’s already traveling, already at the airport. If you have time to kill on arrival fire up the app while at baggage claim and see if you can pick up some cash on your way into town from the airport.
My all-time favorite here’s the singer from Puddle of Mudd riding the baggage carousel in Denver.
(HT: Rob F.)