Oh gosh, that's awful! I hope they give you decent compensation if they can't find it!
I've never lost luggage, but when I was coming home from the US a couple of years ago, they left our luggage out in the rain in Florida for HOURS. We only found out when we picked it up at the airport in the UK, and by that time all of our photos etc were ruined
So yeah, complain like crazy until they compensate you for THEIR mistake - that's my advice!
I'm so sorry this happened to you!
Thanks - I hope it will turn up but I have a bad feeling about it. The airline is so NOT helpful. I can't report a claim for five days, and then it takes them 20 business days to respond to one. Oh, and I'd need to have receipts for EVERYTHING. Who keeps every receipt for jeans, blow dryer and the like? My travel insurance doesn't need all those receipts but it won't kick in until the airline claim has been exhausted. It's ridiculous. No one can wait that long to replace items.
I'm heading to Italy later this week so I'll need to replace certain items (suitcase, blow dryer, straightener, skin care, fave jeans and the like) before I've gotten permission to rebuy which means nothing will be covered. Nothing.
If that suitcase shows up I will be very relieved. I try to avoid checking luggage as much as I can but I was spending five days in an office so had three suits with me. Luckily I was wearing one of them.