In the unlikely event of your luggage being lost or badly damaged when flying with Virgin Atlantic, here's some information on making a claim.
Here’s how the process works:
There are very strict time limits for making claims relating to delayed, lost and badly damaged baggage. Please note that we will not accept any claims submitted outside of the time limits. On its own reporting the incident to our staff in the baggage hall or elsewhere does not constitute notification of a claim.
If you wish to make a claim for significant damage to checked baggage and/or contents, you must notify us in writing (using our damaged baggage claim form below is the easiest way to do this) within 7 days of receipt of the baggage at the latest.
If you wish to make a claim for irretrievably lost checked baggage you must wait 21 days after the Property Irregularity Report (PIR) has been created by our ground staff in the baggage hall and then send us a completed ‘ Baggage Claim Form for irretrievably lost baggage’ .
The appropriate form should be printed out, completed in full and returned (or scanned and emailed) to our Central Baggage Claims Department in the UK or in the US.
To view our claim form online, you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader (opens in a new window) installed on your computer. If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download a free copy.
Having trouble downloading the form? Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send a form to you directly.
UK residents and non-US residents should send completed claim forms to our UK address below, with any supporting paperwork (receipts, proof of purchase or repair estimates).
If you’re a resident of the United States, may return completed claim forms and supporting documentation to our US address, from where it will be forwarded to the Central Baggage Claims Department in the UK.
You wouldn't go on holiday and leave your house or car unlocked so don’t do it to your checked in baggage.
Our liability regarding lost and/or damaged baggage is strictly limited in accordance with the Montreal Convention. Please take a look at our Conditions of Carriage for more information. Due to these limits of liability, we strongly recommend that passengers take out their own insurance.
We are unable to accept claims for cosmetic or minor damage to baggage, for example scuff marks, ripped labels and dents that do not affect the structure of the bag. This is general wear and tear that occurs during the normal handling of bags at each airport , or even inside the containers during the flight.
All baggage claims must be substantiated by documented proof of purchase, including the date and purchase price. Depreciation will be deducted at our discretion.
We regret that we cannot accept liability damage and/or loss of articles contained in baggage deemed to be over packed, unsuitably packed and/or protected, already damaged and/or those not suitable as checked baggage for example carrier bags or paper boxes.