Maybe you should just send your luggage

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Flights are at the same time a triumph of human engineering expertise and a good example of the frustrations of modern life. On the one hand, a huge metal tube is lifted into the air and transports you at an incredible speed. On the other hand, you have to resort to various hacks to make the experience more bearable.

Luggage is one of the main contributors to flying misery. Aside from the hassle of carrying around lots of heavy bags, who hasn’t arrived the plane a few minutes late only to discover that every single overhead bin is busy? Have you seen anyone try to put a clearly oversized bag in one of these trash cans? Not to mention the dystopian experience of waiting for checked baggage to show up at baggage claim.

Not dealing with luggage will make your flight experience better – which is why you should send your luggage instead of checking it.

Save yourself lots of trouble

The benefits of sending your luggage are clear:

  • Less to take with you: You do not have to carry two hundred pounds of things with you through the airport – instead you can glide through just with your personal item.
  • Save time: You do not have to go to the counter to check your luggage and have them weighed. You do not have to stand around the luggage storage after the flight and wait for the luggage to be thrown up by the airport guy. And you do not have to take your luggage to the post office – many luggage delivery services come to your home and pick them up.
  • Save Money: May be. Sends your luggage can saves you some money, but it is not guaranteed.
  • Save the headache. When you check your luggage with the airline, you are acting in faith. And when your luggage lands a thousand miles away – or completely lost – you usually have no way out. Shipping services offer tracking and warranty against loss.

Send to save

In general, most airlines allow one personal item and one piece of luggage to fit in one overhead bin per passenger. After that, you have to check your luggage – and this is rarely free unless you are a member of a program that includes free luggage as an advantage. The fees vary, however the median fee for the first checked baggage is approx. $ 25, and it can go as high as $ 50, depending on the airline. The median fee for an extra bag is $ 35, up to $ 60. It is a wide spreadA fourth piece of luggage on a domestic United flight will cost you $ 150, for example, while Southwest checks your first two pieces of luggage for free and charges $ 75 for each additional bag.

The fact that airlines charge more for each extra checked baggage is important, because that’s where you can save money. The fees charged by most baggage freight services are higher than the airlines – but are the same no matter how many bags you send. This means that you may not save money if you send one bag instead of checking it – but if you send four bags or more, you will probably do better.

You can, of course, ship your luggage on your own using FedEx or UPS, but it can be a bit laborious, since you have to do everything yourself. Going through a service – even one that relies on FedEx and UPS for its logistics – usually comes with benefits like insurance, warranties and even limited storage options in case your trip is delayed.

How much does it cost to ship luggage?

ShipGo Prices start at $ 35 / bag, but increase depending on weight and distance. A bag weighing 25 pounds will cost you $ 55 to travel from New Jersey to Texas, for example, so four such bags will cost you $ 220. If you fly United and check these bags, you pay $ 370. On the other hand, if you are flying southwest from New York to Austin, you only pay $ 150 for the four checked-in luggage, so shipping may not be the best option. And remember that if you have heavier, larger bags or more of them, the costs also increase – both at the airport and for a freight service – so do the math first if you prioritize saving money.

Another option is LugLesswho use standard shippers like FedEx and UPS to get your luggage from A to B. Shipping the four bags to Austin at their lowest level of service (which involves printing your own labels and delivering your luggage to a FedEx or UPS store) will cost just $ 138.

Alternatively, upscale senders like Luggage free costs more (about $ 300 for our example 4 bags), but offers additional services, including pickup and handling of all paperwork (such as customs forms), if needed.

The disadvantage, of course, is that yyou need to be ready to unload your luggage before you leave – maybe a few days early, depending on the sender – so they are at your destination when you arrive.

Carrying your luggage will always win when it comes to travel convenience, if not at cost. If it makes sense to you, you will be rewarded with a tranquil experience by moving through the airport while everyone else is sweating it out, pulls the huge piece of rolling luggage with one broken wheel.