You Don't Have to Check Baggage
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. ( MainStreet) -- In a travel era of increasing fees and hourlong airport lines for anyone checking bags, more travelers are opting to use baggage shipping services, once considered a luxury reserved for only the wealthiest of vacationers. Companies such as Luggage Forward , Luggage Free and Lugless are part of a growing group of white-glove shipping companies that specialize in keeping you far away from the delays of airport bag drops and baggage claim.
If you're a commuter flier who's created a mathematical formula for folding as much as possible into your carry-on to avoid having to check baggage, most likely you're not the ideal candidate for these specialty shipping companies. If you're a heavy packer, golfer who likes his own clubs or a skier that wouldn't think about slipping on a pair of someone else's boots, these companies offer a time-saving and sometimes cheaper alternative to schlepping your gear to the airport and the extra hour of waiting for check-in and pickup of your bulky items on return.
|More travelers are opting to use baggage shipping services, once considered a luxury reserved for only the wealthiest of vacationers.|
Many customers are surprised at the added benefit of packing well in advance, often freeing them up mentally before their travels and making for a more restful departure.
Considered one of the best in the breed, Luggage Forward offers door-to-door service to more than 200 countries for bags of virtually any size. Customers choose between an array of bag sizes including small bags up to 25 pounds, oversize bags up to 75 pounds and bulky items such as large golf bags or the occasional Louis Vuitton trunk. Customers are encouraged to pack as they would for airline travel, keeping in mind weight restrictions as well as items to avoid, such as aerosol cans.
From there customers choose between basic, standard, priority and express delivery, and their bags are picked up at their doorstep anywhere from a week to a day before arrival. Agents pick up from homes, businesses or hotels, whether left on a front porch or with a doorman; customers are not required to be there. Shipping documents are sent ahead of pickup, with tracking information and tags that are easy to apply. Luggage Forward also provides and completes all the necessary customs documents for those shipping abroad.
Following pickup, Luggage Forward provides clients with a confirmation call that their luggage is en route to its destination, as well as a real-time Luggage Tracker system so they can watch its progress online. Luggage Forward offers a standard insurance policy on all bags of $500, with supplemental policies up to $10,000.
Luggage is shipped through the company's network of local couriers and national shipping companies including FDX(FedEx) , UPS(UPS) and DHL for far less than if you were to ship it yourself. Costs vary by bag size and type of shipping required, but a golf bag shipped from Los Angeles to Carmel's Pebble Beach can cost lest than $100 each way -- rather reasonable given the $100 fee typical on most airlines for adding a golf bag to checked luggage.