Why has my luggage gone missing on Airberlin?

If you’re planning to fly Airberlin any time soon, consider traveling without luggage or shipping it ahead to your final destination.

Our advocates and our forum members have been seeing a big uptick in cases involving missing and delayed luggage on Airberlin. We’re wondering: Why is Airberlin having so much trouble transporting luggage with its owners?

Airberlin changed my flight and added a 19-hour layover

Stella Clark is traveling through Europe when she receives an alert of a schedule change to her upcoming Airberlin flight — one that turns a four-hour jaunt into a 29-hour overnight journey. Why won’t the airline allow her to cancel this unpleasant itinerary?

Airberlin won’t compensate you for “time and inconvenience,” but will they pay for your missing clothes?

When Timothy Korst’s Airberlin flight arrives in Paris without his baggage, he files a claim for his lost bags. But Airberlin will not offer as much compensation as he wants — including reimbursement for “time and inconvenience.” Is Korst out of luck?

Booked in business class — confirmed in economy

When Lars Koch checked his flight confirmation, he discovered something troubling. He had expected to be seated in business class on each leg of his round-trip flight on Airberlin to Germany. But the confirmation showed that he was to be seated in the back of the plane for two legs of his trip.

Why is my delayed baggage only worth $350?

Alyson Marlin and her husband were rerouted mid-trip, from a British Airways flight to an Airberlin flight. When they landed, neither British Airways or Airberlin had their luggage. They spent the entire nine-day trip without their bags. Marlin claimed $750 in reimbursable expenditures for both the bags. But Airberlin would only compensate Marlin for less than half of her claim.

Help! Airberlin only offered to pay me for half of my clothes

Christian Markgraaff is traveling with his baby and wife when the airline loses all their checked luggage. They purchase $1,000 worth of replacement items while waiting for their baggage to be found. Airberlin offers him a 50-euro voucher for future travel, which he rejects. Three months later Markgraaff is still trying to get compensation.

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