Travel Tips: When it comes to baggage tags, off with the old, on with the new. Via @TravelLatte.net

Travel140: Ditch the Airline Tags

#Travel140 Travel Tips:

With airline baggage tags, it’s Off with the Old before it’s On with the New.

Baggage Tags: those kind of cool, kind of annoying tags that airlines wrap around the handle of your luggage. (Or, more frequently, you attempt to DIY at the ticket kiosk.) People seem to fall in three camps:

Travel Tips: When it comes to baggage tags, off with the old, on with the new. Via @TravelLatte.net

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  • – Those who rip them off the second they leave the airport.
  • – Those who save them.
  • – And those who just leave them on the bags.

If you fall into that last camp, you, my friend, are just begging to lose a bag. Here’s the problem: Baggage handlers and all of the electronic gizmos that direct your luggage through the belly of the aiports, read those tags to find out where you bags are supposed to be going. When they’re handling thousands of bags a day, there’s no time to sort though which tag is the right one. They will eyeball it – or scan it – and send it on its way.

So, wherever you are headed, if you have a couple of old baggage tags on your luggage, it may not be joining you.

Tag Keeper? Read on.

If you’re in the second group that likes to hang on to them, join the crowd. We do too, and have a shoebox full of them. What do you do with yours?

If you are at least a little bit crafty, our friends Phil & Garth have a great solution. Check out their post, 20 Ways to Collect and Display Souvenirs.

Let us know what you do with your old luggage tags. Do you ditch them on landing, or hang on to them as “free” souvenirs? Feel free to share your favorite souvenir and travel tips. We’ll re-post the best tips, so be sure to include your Twitter handle and a link to your blog, if you have one. Or click for more #Travel140!

Baggage Tag Souvenirs, via Phil & Garth.

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