Don’t you agree that one of the most inconvenient parts of your flight, besides the incredibly small space in the plane, is lugging your bags?
Lugging your belongings on the airplane is not what is used to be. Airlines in the US have become very creative in adding fees and penalties for excessive and extra luggage (if your bag is overweight, you have to drop $50 more in penalties on top of the mandatory fees). In 2015 alone, the airline carriers in the United States made over $3 billion in added baggage fees.
Schlepping your bags around is both expensive and bothersome during transportation to and from the airport, checking them in and picking them up at the baggage claim center.
Fortunately, a good alternative to carrying your luggage is to ship them to your destination ahead of time. Shipping luggage, like going on African Safaris, was once considered something only the affluent could afford, but this is no longer the case. It’s true that shipping still costs more than checking in, however, the value is in the reliability and convenience.
Standard Delivery services include:
UPS, USPS, DHL and FedEx. The fees vary depending on the size and weight and the distance and your desired delivery speed. These services are reliable and the tracking number lets you track them anytime. The drawback of using these services is that you’d have to drop off your luggage at a designated location and arrange for special pickup and they may not be open on weekends. Prices vary depending on the weight and size of luggage, but generally, you end up paying $50 to $80 per bag for shipping. They would even can place your luggage in a box to prevent damage and scratch.
Custom Luggage Shipping Companies:
Luggage Club, Luggage Free, Luggage Forward, Luggage Concierge (to name a few).
These companies generally would pick up from your home or office at a designated time. You can also ship your golf clubs, ski boots and any other heavy items. Like standard delivery services, these companies may or may not be open on weekends, so you need to plan ahead.
These companies are very professional and will work with you around your schedule and ship to your hotel, villa or cruise ship. No need to wait in long lines at the carousel and/or worrying about lost or damaged luggage. A sample charge for a small bag is $69 (25 pounds) and $99 for a standard bag (50 pounds).
If you are traveling overseas, shipping your luggage is not a good option because of the cost associated with it. Sometimes shipping can be more expensive that your airline tickets.
Time is money. Next time when you are flying domestic, give these companies a call and see for yourself how flying can actually be less stressful. If you check in 24 hours ahead and pre-select your seat, you won’t have to arrive two hours early at the airport to check in your luggage. If you travel more than two or three times a year, throw in TSA Pre Check, then you’ll really save yourself a ton of time.