Travel Tips Informative - Cruise ships, Airlines, hotels and rental cars

Review by GothicSmurf on 2008-01-28
What's covered in case your suitcase is lost:

"We’re not responsible for your checked luggage:
Think an airline will compensate you for the luggage it loses? Think again. Check the airline’s conditions of carriage and you’ll find a long, long list of items that aren’t covered. They contracts are all more or less the same. Here’s American Airlines’ list of exclusions: antiques, artifacts, artwork, books and documents, china, computers and other electronic equipment, computer software, fragile items (including child/infant restraint devices such as strollers and car seats), eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses … you get the idea.

Anolik, the travel attorney, says this is the most-complained about clause in the travel industry. “When you take out the heirlooms, electronics, and cash, it leaves you with your dirty underwear,” he says. That makes the $3,000 an airline could compensate you for lost luggage a highly theoretical number.

I recently asked an airline vice president why there were so many exclusions (other than the obvious reason that the airline would have to pay virtually no damages to their customers when their bags are lost). The answer? The contract is a guide that is meant to help passenger know what to pack. Or, to be more precise, what not to pack."

And cruise ships aren't guaranteed not to sink!


Comments:11 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-01-28
Posted by MRM on 2008-01-28:
Thanks for informing your readers about the importance of reading the fine print when traveling. GothicSmurf, is it possible if you could post another review on "ways to increase your refund." Mario The Great was suppose to give us some tips but hes nowhere to be found.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-28:
Gothic, good post and info as always! Thanks.
Posted by GothicSmurf on 2008-01-28:
Let me see if I can come across anything in the news about it.
Posted by MRM on 2008-01-28:
Yea, I know one co-worker of mine that claims three kids as hers even though it was not her own, on her tax return. Any tips will be greatly appreciated on the tax refund tips!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-28:
Thanks GothicSmurf! As always a very good read suggestion. (VH)
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-28:
MRM - The most common costly mistake I see is people who are legally able to claim head of household file single instead because they don't have any exemptions other than themselves.
Posted by Mario The Great on 2008-01-28:

Don't know why no one else saw the tips I posted, but here you go. :)
Posted by MRM on 2008-01-28:
Cool! Thanks "Mario The Great" for the valuable tips! I did not go back to that post.
Posted by Chris on 2008-01-28:
Gothic, good review, as always. VH
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-28:
Good post, thanks!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-28:
Thanks for the tips for the unknowing. I always wonder who in the world packs real valuables (heirlooms, electronic equipment, jewelry, etc) in their luggage? I guess the very trusting!

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