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Why AirTags are a “must have” for your next trip

Jennifer Yellin
May 8, 2024
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If there’s one thing I can’t recommend enough for travelers, it’s Apple AirTags. These affordable little silver disks can be connected to your iPhone, and with Bluetooth technology, work as a tracking device for anything you own. And while many people might use them at home — affixing one to their keychain, wallet, or even their pets — AirTags are actually a terrific option for tracking your bags while traveling.

Imagine this scenario: You land at your beach destination, only to find out that your luggage never made it onto the plane. It happens more than you think. In fact, it happened to me just a few months ago during a trip to Grand Cayman.

But instead of being blindsided, I already knew this was likely to be the case before we even departed, all because I was able to track the whereabouts of my luggage thanks to an AirTag being in one of the pockets.

While on the runway at takeoff, I was unfortunately able to see on my phone that my bag was quite far from the belly of the plane. While this knowledge didn’t help me get my bag on the flight, it allowed me time in the air to prepare for the inevitable. It also meant I could track the whereabouts of my luggage for the next 24 hours without having to rely on spotty communication from the airline, ensuring it was in fact making progress to my destination.

But even on flights when my luggage actually does make it onto the aircraft — such as my recent ski trip — having an AirTag in each piece of luggage gives me peace of mind that my items will be waiting for me upon arrival.

I also keep an AirTag in each of my carry-on bags while traveling, and in my backpack as well. I am by no means an alarmist, but you never know when a purse or backpack can go missing, or another passenger will accidentally walk away with the wrong item. I also have a habit of misplacing items, so an AirTag helps in my everyday life as well.

AirTags typically run between $24 to $29 apiece, depending on the current sale price. But, the best option is to purchase an AirTag 4-Pack . Typically you can snag this multipack for somewhere between $75 and $100, bringing the price down to as low as $18 each. And while you can place an AirTag into the pocket of any bag, I currently also have a few of them in a keychain holder .

So before you jet off on your next getaway, consider placing AirTags in all your checked — and even carry-on — luggage. For a small out-of-pocket cost, you’ll feel much more secure when traveling. And if your luggage does get lost, you’ll have a much easier time tracking it down.

Do you have a credit card with American Express , Chase , Discover or U.S. Bank ? Check to see if you’re eligible to get a discount on this and many other products by using your credit card points.

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