1. Good column.

    When I do check a bag — and I feel like a bit of a ‘tard doing it — I get these scarfs around my dog’s neck when he comes back from the groomer. I use those to tie around my checked bag for quick identification.

    I wouldn’t go for high-end checked bags, but I don’t want TOTALLY non-descript, my last bags that I’m ready to replace after 4 years or so were a dark green rather than generic black. Also a little bit easier to spot if/when lost.

    Status does help with lost luggage I find, at least 1K talking to the 1K baggage desk. And I’ve had good luck getting cash compensation after the fact for expenses incurred, and not United’s standard 50% offer either.

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