Infographic: Lost Luggage - Don't Let Your Baggage Become a Statistic

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Americans have to worry about their baggage

As Americans prepare to travel this holiday season,, a credit card comparison site, recently published a "Lost Luggage" infographic to help Americans lessen the aggravation that comes along with lost luggage.


"Traveling is stressful enough with security and the long lines. Now Americans have to worry about their baggage," says Charles Tran, founder of the credit card comparison website, "As Americans embark on holiday travel, we recommend travelers to consider using a credit card with complimentary baggage insurance benefit."

With $1.67 billion in baggage fees collected in the first half of 2011 alone, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), airlines acquire a significant amount of revenue by charging baggage fees.

At the same time, statistics from BTS show that 2.04 million bags were mishandled in 2010. On average, 3.57 reports per 1,000 passengers.

To view the full "Don't Let Your Baggage Weigh You Down" infographic, please visit CreditDonkey.

The experts at recommend the following credit card deals with baggage insurance:

  •     Citi Thank You Preferred Card: $250 gift card - When you redeem the 25,000 bonus ThankYou® Points received after $2,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening. Provides up to $3,000 in lost luggage coverage when you charge the entire common carrier fare to the card -- covers permanently lost, stolen or damage baggage or personal articles checked with a common carrier; see issuer's website for full details. $0 annual fee.
  •     Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months- that's $625 toward travel. Provides travel, protection and security benefits; see issuer's website for full details. $95 annual fee; no annual fee for the first year.
  •     American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card: Membership Rewards(R) bonus: 15K points, redeemable for select gift cards valued at $150, when you spend $1,000 in your first three months of card membership. Baggage insurance plan provides up to $1,250 for carry-on baggage and up to $500 for checked baggage; see issuer's website for full details. $175 annual fee; no annual fee for the first year.

Travelers can visit to compare baggage insurance credit cards., a credit card comparison site, helps consumers evaluate credit options -- empowering consumers to make informed and responsible decisions about credit. They can search, compare and apply online, finding the best credit cards for their needs.

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