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Can you get a refund for a checked bag that was lost?

Question:  The airline lost my suitcase that I paid $35 to check. Eventually it was found and returned. Am I entitled to a refund? Answer: Not according to the law. The majority of airlines won’t provide a refund for the checked bag, even if it takes days to find it.  The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to change that, but the airlines are fighting it, arguing it would raise prices across the board.       For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to   Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit