Federal rules require airlines pay each passenger up to $3,300 in compensation for lost or delayed luggage.
Many people file a claim if their bag is never found, but you have the right to money even if your bag is just delayed.
Most airlines try to keep that a secret.
Sometimes consumer rights are posted; other times the details are buried on the airline's website.
When you're at the lost baggage counter, remember to use these words: "my legal rights", "delayed or lost luggage", and "compensation".
Then ask to file a claim and make sure the airline gives you a copy.
Some airlines will give you money right at the airport to help you with necessities until your bag is found.
Others will ask you to pay and reimburse you.
Others may give vouchers for purchases at the airport.
It's important to note, never expect money for electronics.
They are not covered, even if your bag is never found.