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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.  
  
 
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Traveling with checked-in luggage is becoming increasingly stressful 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.
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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The advantages of luggage delivery services are numerous:  
 
The advantages of luggage delivery services are numerous:  
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* Avoid the queue at the baggage carousel at your destination airport.  
 
* Avoid the queue at the baggage carousel at your destination airport.  
 
* Eliminate incidents of airline lost, delayed or damaged luggage  
 
* Eliminate incidents of airline lost, delayed or damaged luggage  
* Minimise the impact of excess luggage costs
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* Can ship surfboards and other oddly-shaped items that airlines may not accept as checked luggage.
 
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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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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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* 2005  -  30 million luggage mishandlings
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But there are disadvantages too:
* 2006  -  34.3 million luggage mishandlings (14% increase)
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* 2007  -  42 million luggage mishandlings (27% increase)
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* Luggage delivery '''costs money''', while checked bags are either free or nearly so. A small bag for a US transcontinental flight (say, NY to LA) will cost at least $50, while a 20 kg (44 lb) pound bag from US to Asia could set you back over $300, ''plus'' 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 unaccompanied baggage may cause '''Customs hassles''', although most luggage deliverers take care of the paperwork.
  
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==Luggage delivery service providers===
  
http://www.personalporter/com.au - Personal Porter provide global door-to-door luggage delivery services. Operations in Australia and the UK. The wesbite provides instant, accurate and all-inclusive pricing.
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* Luggage Free [http://www.luggagefree.com]. US domestic and some European countries.
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* Personal Porter [http://www.personalporter.com.au]. Australia to UK, US, some other countries.

Revision as of 17:27, 7 July 2008

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 becoming increasingly stressful 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.

The advantages of luggage delivery services are numerous:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eliminate incidents of airline lost, delayed or damaged 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 small bag for a US transcontinental flight (say, NY to LA) will cost at least $50, while a 20 kg (44 lb) pound bag from US to Asia could set you back over $300, plus 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 unaccompanied baggage may cause Customs hassles, although most luggage deliverers take care of the paperwork.

Luggage delivery service providers=

  • Luggage Free [1]. US domestic and some European countries.
  • Personal Porter [2]. Australia to UK, US, some other countries.

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