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Becoming increasingly popular for air travellers. Luggage delivery services provide a door-to-door luggage delivery service, whereby your luggage or sports equipment is picked-up from your home, office or any physical address and delivered to your hotel, resort or any other physical address.
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'''Luggage delivery services''' provide a door-to-door luggage delivery service, where your luggage or sports equipment is picked-up from your home, office or any physical address and delivered to your hotel, resort or any other physical address.
  
Traveling with checked-in luggage is becomingincreasingly stressfull and frustrating as security is becoming evermore strict, luggage allowances are reducing and excess luggage fees increasing. For some travellers the situation is even worse, especially those travelling with kids and those that cannot physically manage their luggage, in particular some senior travellers and travellers with disabilities.
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Luggage allowances are decreasing and excess luggage fees increasing. Some travelers cannot physically manage their luggage, in particular some senior travelers and travelers with disabilities.
  
The advantages of luggage delivery services are numerous:  
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The advantages of luggage delivery services are:  
  
 
* You can travel with just your hand luggage
 
* You can travel with just your hand luggage
* Reduce the queues at check-in. Travelling with hand luggage only means you can check-in at the hand-luggage only counter and avoid the prolonged luggage check-in queues.  
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* Reduce the queues at check-in. Traveling with hand luggage only means you can check-in at the hand-luggage only counter and avoid the prolonged luggage check-in queues.  
 
* If you check-in online, it means you can bypass the traditional check-in desk altogether, also meaning that you can arrive at the airport closer to the departure time of your flight.  
 
* If you check-in online, it means you can bypass the traditional check-in desk altogether, also meaning that you can arrive at the airport closer to the departure time of your flight.  
* Avoid the queue at the baggage carousel at your destination airport.  
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* Avoid the wait at the baggage carousel at your destination airport.  
* Eliminate incidents of airline lost, delayed or damaged luggage  
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* Eliminate incidents of airline lost, delayed or damaged luggage.
* Minimise the impact of excess luggage costs
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* Avoid having to tip airport and hotel staff to handle your luggage.
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* Can ship surfboards and other oddly-shaped items that airlines may not accept as checked luggage.
  
Some airlines are also restrict what sports equipment you can check-in. BA for example does not allow surf-boards to be checked-in, whilst any item that is longer than 200cm is restricted by many other airlines. It is essential for passengers to check with their airline on the current luggage allowances and restrictions as they change frequently.
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But there are disadvantages too:
  
Mishandled luggage is also a primary reason that travellers use luggage delivery services as incidents of mishandled luggage are increasing year on year.
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* Luggage delivery '''costs money''', while checked bags are either free or nearly so. A suitcase for a US transcontinental return flight (say, NY to LA) will cost around $100, while a 20 kg (44 lb) pound bag return from US to Asia could set you back over $300.  And in some cases there are additional pick up fees, fuel surcharges, etc.
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* Luggage delivery is '''slow'''.  Typical delivery time is 5 business days, or even more for international flights.  Express services are available, but they can easily double or triple the cost.
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* Luggage delivery as international unaccompanied baggage may cause '''Customs hassles''' and charges.  Unaccompanied baggage is not subject to the usual duty-free exemptions that apply to accompanied baggage.
  
* 2005  -  30 million luggage mishandlings
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* 2006  -  34.3 million luggage mishandlings (14% increase)
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* 2007  -  42 million luggage mishandlings (27% increase)
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Latest revision as of 19:15, 8 November 2012

    This article is a travel topic

Luggage delivery services provide a door-to-door luggage delivery service, where your luggage or sports equipment is picked-up from your home, office or any physical address and delivered to your hotel, resort or any other physical address.

Luggage allowances are decreasing and excess luggage fees increasing. Some travelers cannot physically manage their luggage, in particular some senior travelers and travelers with disabilities.

The advantages of luggage delivery services are:

  • You can travel with just your hand luggage
  • Reduce the queues at check-in. Traveling with hand luggage only means you can check-in at the hand-luggage only counter and avoid the prolonged luggage check-in queues.
  • If you check-in online, it means you can bypass the traditional check-in desk altogether, also meaning that you can arrive at the airport closer to the departure time of your flight.
  • Avoid the wait at the baggage carousel at your destination airport.
  • Eliminate incidents of airline lost, delayed or damaged luggage.
  • Avoid having to tip airport and hotel staff to handle your luggage.
  • Can ship surfboards and other oddly-shaped items that airlines may not accept as checked luggage.

But there are disadvantages too:

  • Luggage delivery costs money, while checked bags are either free or nearly so. A suitcase for a US transcontinental return flight (say, NY to LA) will cost around $100, while a 20 kg (44 lb) pound bag return from US to Asia could set you back over $300. And in some cases there are additional pick up fees, fuel surcharges, etc.
  • Luggage delivery is slow. Typical delivery time is 5 business days, or even more for international flights. Express services are available, but they can easily double or triple the cost.
  • Luggage delivery as international unaccompanied baggage may cause Customs hassles and charges. Unaccompanied baggage is not subject to the usual duty-free exemptions that apply to accompanied baggage.


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