Best and Worst Airlines for Lost Luggage

Delta airplanes at airport termal
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Lyndsey Matthews

Choose your airline wisely to improve the odds of arriving with your luggage intact.

No. 4 Delta

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The best of the mega airlines when it comes to baggage, Delta carried more than 98 million passengers during the survey period and lost or damaged around 200,000 of their bags—a remarkable record when you consider the volume of luggage the airline is maneuvering through airports like Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest. Delta’s proficiency was given a huge boost in 2008 when it merged with Northwest, historically one of the nation’s best baggage handlers.

Baggage Reports per 1,000 Passengers: 2.10

Total Baggage Reports: 205,943

Enplaned Passengers: 98.07 million

Baggage Fees: $25 for first checked bag; $35 for second

Delta airplanes at airport termal

Best and Worst Airlines for Lost Luggage

No. 4 Delta

The best of the mega airlines when it comes to baggage, Delta carried more than 98 million passengers during the survey period and lost or damaged around 200,000 of their bags—a remarkable record when you consider the volume of luggage the airline is maneuvering through airports like Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest. Delta’s proficiency was given a huge boost in 2008 when it merged with Northwest, historically one of the nation’s best baggage handlers.

Baggage Reports per 1,000 Passengers: 2.10

Total Baggage Reports: 205,943

Enplaned Passengers: 98.07 million

Baggage Fees: $25 for first checked bag; $35 for second

Lyndsey Matthews
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