Avoiding Long Check-In Lines

The uncovering of the recent alleged terror plot and implementation of new travel restrictions (see my previous blog: “Travel Alert-What You Can’t Pack In Your Carry-On“) has been a shot in the arm to some travel related businesses. Luggage forwarders, which pick up, ship and deliver bags for passengers (for a hefty price), are seeing brisk business as a result of the events in the United Kingdom.

Luggage forwarders have been using the recent terror alert to advertise their services to airline passengers looking to avoid standing in long check in lines. In fact, just yesterday, luggage forwarder Bags, Inc. announced that the number of bags it checked in for passengers at airport parking lots, convention centers, cruise ships and hotels rose sharply in the past three days. You should know Bags Inc. doesn’t deliver door-to-door, but “acts more like mobile skycaps and operates its own screening machines.” The bags they pick up fly with the passenger airlines, not cargo shippers.

However, if you are looking for a luggage forwarder that offers door-to-door delivery service you may want to contact Luggage Free . The company announced yesterday their number of customer calls has “tripled” since Thursday—most of them from frantic flyers needing last minute pick ups. The company also said that it would not be raising their rates despite the sharp increase in demand.

Another option is Luggage Forward a company, which “resells cargo delivery service by picking up bags from passengers and delivering them to their destination.” The company’s founder says they have seen a significant increase in customer inquiries since the new travel restrictions were issued. The company says it also saw a sharp increase in demand from customers in Europe, particularly from passengers traveling from European countries to the USA.

Earlier I made reference to the high prices luggage forwarders charge per bag. I should mention, in most instances (at least prior to last week’s events), luggage forwarder’s services are used primarily by business travelers who travel on expense accounts. If you opt to go with a luggage forwarder you eliminate having to wait in line to check and pick up your bags, and you avoid paying the penalty fees (about $50 to $80) that come with violating the airline’s weight restrictions. However, the service is not cheap. Luggagefree.com charges about $120 to ship a 50-pound bag from Boston to Las Vegas. But, keep in mind, luggage forwarders’ track record for actually getting bags to their final destination is substantially better than that of the airlines.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.