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Deal Diva: Are luggage shipping companies worth it?

Pros and Cons of luggage shipping companies
Published: May. 8, 2019 at 5:22 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Rising baggage fees makes traveling the friendly skies anything but; the cost of multiple bags can add up to hundreds of dollars.

However, a growing number of companies now offer to take care of your luggage for you, saying your possessions will be at your destination waiting for you. However, travel experts say travelers should make sure they understand what they’re getting before signing up.

Luggage service companies have been around for a while, but are now becoming more popular as they offer a new way for travelers to put those rising checked bag fees in check.

Prices for these companies range from $19.99 for a carry-on-sized bag to more than $200 for door-to-door pick-up and delivery, and even international travel.

One budget-friendly company, Lugless, is worth noting. The company looks to find discounts with Fed Ex and UPS. Drop off luggage at a local drop-off point and travelers can also make pick-up arrangements for an extra charge.

Travel experts say international travelers can really cut costs by sending luggage ahead for cruise ships and study aboard programs, and it’s ideal for shipping golf clubs, skis, and other sporting equipment.

Ultimately, the services can still be pricey compared to airlines. Travel experts say it really comes down to paying for the convenience of traveling light, and not having to worry about airport handlers mishandling bags.

Travelers who are last-minute packers might find these services are not the best for them. To guarantee luggage will arrive on time, it needs to be shipped several days in advance.

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