Lost Luggage? Here's How to Handle It

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There are a lot of reasons to feel miserable at the airport, but there’s nothing quite like the sinking feeling of waiting at baggage claim—and waiting, and waiting, and waiting, until all the bags are gone, and you’re still standing there without your luggage. Airlines do occasionally misplace suitcases, and there are a few different steps you should take to make sure you get your bag back and, in some cases, get compensated for the airline’s mistake.

The first step, according to LifeHacker, is to report your bag missing. Head over to the airline’s desk at baggage claim, where you’ll have to fill out a Property Irregularity Report describing your lost bag and giving the airline your local contact information. (Don’t leave the airport before doing this.) Conde Nast Traveler suggests snapping a picture of your bag and placing a business card or other contact information inside to help the airline identify it if something goes wrong. You should also make a detailed list of everything inside the lost bag.

While you’re filling out the paperwork, ask the airline about their reimbursement policies. Some airlines will pay you back for some expenses, like if you have to purchase clothes, toiletries, or other essentials while your bag is missing. Delta airlines provides one of the most generous coverage packages of the U.S. airlines, at $50 a day for up to five days. Be sure to keep receipts for everything you buy so that you can file a claim.

Before you leave the airport, make sure you get a copy of the report you filed and a contact number to follow up on the status of your bag. You should also ask how the airline will deliver the bag to you once it’s found and whether that will cost you anything.

Even if the airline doesn’t offer much in the way of compensation, your credit card might. Cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Citi Prestige offer coverage for lost and delayed luggage, reimbursing you if you have to purchase items for personal or business use while your luggage is missing. Many of these cards extend baggage delay coverage to family members and people traveling on the same itinerary as the cardholder. The benefits often kick in after just a few hours of delay. In order to file your claim, you’ll want to keep whatever record the airline gave you of that Property Irregularity Report you filled out.

If the airline loses your bag for good, you’re entitled to up to $3500, according to current Department of Transportation rules. On international flights, the Montreal Convention entitled you to about $1675. Unfortunately, airlines will probably lowball you on the value of your stuff, calculating its depreciated value as used goods, rather than what it will cost to replace those items.

If you have rental insurance, it likely covers your stuff even if you’re away from home, so check with your insurance company to see if you can file a claim there for your lost items as well.

And remember, this is why you need to pack your medications and valuables in your carry-on bag.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Turn Your Couch or Bed Into an Office With This Comfortable Lap Desk

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LapGear

If you're not working in an office right now, you'll understand the freedom of taking a Zoom meeting from your back porch, jotting down notes from your bed, and filling out spreadsheets from your sofa. But working from home isn't always as comfortable as everyone thinks it is, especially if you're trying to get through the day while balancing a notebook, computer, and stationery on your lap. To give you the space you need while maintaining your well-earned place on the couch, LapGear has the perfect solution to your problems with their lap desk, which you can find on Amazon for $35.

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With more than 6000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on Amazon, the lap desk can fit laptops and tablets up to 15.6 inches across and includes an integrated 5-inch-by-9-inch mouse pad and cell phone slot for better organization. There's even a ledge built into the desk to help keep your device from sliding when you're at an angle.

For some added comfort, the bottom of the desk is designed with dual-bolster cushions, so you'll never have to feel a hot laptop on your thighs again. The top surface is available in various colors like white marble ($30), silver carbon ($35), and oak woodgrain ($35) to work with your design aesthetic.

Find out more about LapGear’s lap desk here on Amazon.

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