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Old 12-26-2011, 06:51 PM   #1
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Pre-shipping luggage? Is it worth it?

I just booked a domestic flight for the spring to go visit some friends for about a month. I've done a fair amount of business travel over the past few years so I know about the various fees that the airlines have been tacking on to travelers.

When I got the flight confirmation, I see that the baggage charge is $25 for the first checked bag, $35 for each extra bag. I'm wondering if it is worth it to consider pre-shipping the luggage via FedEx or UPS. Has anyone any experience with this? Any tips?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:44 PM   #2
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what airline? often there are frequent flier programs to get one traveler 1 or 2 bags
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You are taking too much luggage if you have more than carryon.

I'm sure your friends will let you wash your clothes. Or you can buy new clothes. Even hotels have laundromats nowadays ... about $4 to wash and dry a load.
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:23 PM   #4
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what airline? often there are frequent flier programs to get one traveler 1 or 2 bags
It's American Airlines (who, last I heard, are going bankrupt). A little further research makes me think that pre-shipping is prohibitively expensive, so I guess the solution is to pack lighter and tighter. And maybe sign up for another frequent flier program as you say
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I did some checking into freight for my daughter who recently moved to out of state and left things behind at my home. "Bus Freight" seems to be one of the lower cost ways to ship things like additional suitcases.
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I only fly Southwest, no fees for luggage.
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A month is a long visit. You can ship one box of clothes and stuff you need via FedEx ground for around $20, takes 3-4 days to arrive. The box can be bought at Office Depot for $3.
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I think shipping a box of clothes makes a lot of sense. That an a good sized carry-on to get you through to when the clothes arrive and you should be all set.
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A month is a long visit. You can ship one box of clothes and stuff you need via FedEx ground for around $20, takes 3-4 days to arrive. The box can be bought at Office Depot for $3.
X 2 to ship excess clothes home, but it probably makes a lot of sense. I've never been on a trip (involving air travel) longer than 12 days, new territory. And I plan on laundry for anything more than a week. YMMV
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I make several trips a year to our condo in Phoenix - only take a carry-on. Sometimes I UPS myself other stuff- send boxes from my office in Illinois to the UPS store a block away from my condo. I call them to make sure I can still do it, then send the package to "Ronstar" at "UPS Store". I fly to Phoenix, and go pick up my package at the store. I do it this way because I do not want UPS leaving boxes outside my condo door. They also charge a nominal fee per day for holding the packages, but I time the mailing so that the package and I arrive on the same day. I don't know what they charge for shipping because I run it through with the rest of the office UPS mailings. It is a convenient way to get stuff to where you're going without the airport hassles and $.
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Thanks for your replies, everyone - very helpful. I may have gotten too high an estimate of the costs earlier so I will look into it again. I still have a few months before taking off, so there should be plenty of time to have a closer look and additional estimates.
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:36 PM   #12
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My .02.
I'm good for a Max of two days away from home. After that this trip isn't fun anymore.
I fill a box with the suitcase et al and mail it home the day before departure.
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I make several trips a year to our condo in Phoenix - only take a carry-on. Sometimes I UPS myself other stuff- send boxes from my office in Illinois to the UPS store a block away from my condo. I call them to make sure I can still do it, then send the package to "Ronstar" at "UPS Store". I fly to Phoenix, and go pick up my package at the store. I do it this way because I do not want UPS leaving boxes outside my condo door. They also charge a nominal fee per day for holding the packages, but I time the mailing so that the package and I arrive on the same day. I don't know what they charge for shipping because I run it through with the rest of the office UPS mailings. It is a convenient way to get stuff to where you're going without the airport hassles and $.
Ronstar, I'm curious why you can't simply leave some of your stuff in the condo. Perhaps you have a timeshare?

I have a fractional ownership of a vacation condo and all items left behind will be removed by the cleaning staff before the next owner arrives. However, each owner has secure storage space and can leave a large rubberized container full of stuff (no food).
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Thanks for your replies, everyone - very helpful. I may have gotten too high an estimate of the costs earlier so I will look into it again. I still have a few months before taking off, so there should be plenty of time to have a closer look and additional estimates.
I ship a 12x15x22 box (20-25 lbs)FedEx ground for around $17. That has a 20% discount, so figure $20, plus $3 for the box, means $43 for the round trip. Slightly less expensive that checking in one suitcase each way, holds as much as I need and much more convenient at the airport
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I only fly Southwest, no fees for luggage.
+1 - We flew SW to Oregon for Christmas and bags were free and they actually seem to like their customers.
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Ronstar, I'm curious why you can't simply leave some of your stuff in the condo. Perhaps you have a timeshare?

I have a fractional ownership of a vacation condo and all items left behind will be removed by the cleaning staff before the next owner arrives. However, each owner has secure storage space and can leave a large rubberized container full of stuff (no food).
Meadbh - Ours is not a timeshare - we're the only owner. Almost everything I sent UPS was a household item - bedding, kitchen stuff, blinds, decorating stuff - everything we needed to set the place up initially. I haven't sent anything in a couple of years. Everything I sent is stuff for the condo and stays at the condo.

Whenever DW is shopping in Illinois and finds something "cute" for the condo, I send it UPS and I pick it up at the UPS store. UPS will not drop off anything at the condo without our signature, and I don't want to wait around all day for a delivery. So I have stuff delivered to the UPS store and I pick it up there.

Since we fly Southwest, DW transfers her clothes via luggage. But I could see sending clothes UPS if Southwest did not have free luggage and it was cost effective.
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Clothing- wise, why not visit a thrift store or rummage sale on your trip, and toss your clothes before returning?
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