Travel Tips – Where are your bags?
Over the years I have traveled millions of miles and maintain top tier status frequent flyer status on several airlines. Today travel prices are increasing. Some of that is from the weakened dollar. Airlines are global so a weaker dollar results in higher prices. Depending on where you live you should think about travel in different ways.
If you do not want to loose your luggage the first thing is to avoid transfers. Should you live in a place like Dallas where there are no direct flights to Italy then make your transfers in Europe with a European based carrier. My experience has been that with millions of miles in Europe and in millions in the US I have never lost baggage in Europe while one out of five trips in the US has resulted in lost luggage. Sometimes the luggage was just late and sometimes it never turned up.
Airlines that have permanently lost luggage are: American, United, US Airways, ATA and Delta. Airlines that have never lost my luggage are British Airways, Alitalia, and Lufthansa. Of these European carriers I prefer Lufthansa and then British Airways. Lufthansa is a bit rigid in its guidelines but its on-time record is incredible. I have never had a cancelled flight and on the few occasions that the flight was late they had everything re-routed before I got off the plane. British Airways is also very good but customs at Heathrow in London is a bit of a hassle.
Food service, if you eat airline food, is generally better. This probably is due to the influences of the European culture. When I first came back to the US, I was disgusted by the frozen sandwiches you picked up on the Gangway before entering the plane. Should a European carrier provide something frozen, the passengers would most likely revolt using the inedible frozen bread as projectiles. This is not to say they are perfect, great and fantastic, simply that you have to fly, even a little less hassle means a great deal with an eleven hour flight.
Check with your travel agent or site and think about your route. The cheapest may end up costing you significantly more and ruin your entire vacation.
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