If you have read this blog for any period of time you’ve probably recognized my obsession with carrying on my suitcase whenever possible. It saves time, money, and my sanity–what’s not to like? In my experience most of my fellow business travelers are like me in this respect–they hate checking their bag and will do whatever they have to to avoid it.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a story about how business travelers file official complaints more often than personal travelers when traveling. The findings came from an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. In that same survey it asked business and personal fliers “Did you pay fees to check luggage on your most recent flight?” The options were “No-Did not Check” and “Yes-Checked Bag”. First of all, before I address the results I want to point out that there should be a third option that says “No-Checked with no fee.” It’s just so easy to see the question as “Did you pay a fee…” And one could be selecting “No-Did not Check” when in reality they checked but just didn’t get charged a fee. See what I mean? On the very few occasions that I check my bag I certainly don’t pay a fee, mostly because of my status. What does that mean? Well it means that even more business travelers could be checking their bags than this survey is giving credit for, which I want to talk about.
Even with the possible skued results this survey says at least 42% of business travelers regularly check their bags, while only 31% of personal fliers check their bags in the survey. Seriously?? I have to say, I’m really surprised by these numbers. I’m surprised that so many business travelers check their bags, and I’m baffled that they check their bags more than personal travelers. In the story part of the results it says that business travelers could be checking their bag more because they are either being reimbursed or have a perk where they don’t have to pay to check (which again I wish was broken out in the survey results). It also says not having to compete for overhead bin space and hauling around luggage are incentives to check.
I don’t know about you guys, but even though I never pay to check my bag I still won’t check it. The payment is not the point! Here are the main reasons I recommend for business travelers to not check their bag:
It saves time. This is the most important reason! When you go to the the airport as often as a frequent business traveler you want to minimize the time spent as much as possible. That means not waiting in line to check your bag, and that definitely means not waiting at baggage claim once you arrive. There are far more important things to spend time one, like work and sleep. This is especially true if you are traveling with others. If everyone in your group has their bag and they are all waiting on your enormous suitcase at baggage claim, let’s just say it just doesn’t make you the favorite.
The airline is less likely to lose your bag. Raise your hand if an airline has Ever lost your bag, or you have made it to your destination before your suitcase. I’m sure even if you carry on the airline could still find a way to magically lose your bag. That being said, the chances are hugely diminished if you don’t give it to them in the first place. The first time this happened to me on a work trip the one bag that didn’t make it was full of irreplaceable items that I needed immediately–makeup, shoes, and a tablecloth for a vendor expo. After a late night trip to Target where I spent way too much money I swore I would never check my bag again.
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