10 Best Luggage Shipping Services

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Sometimes it’s easier to ship baggage than to check it in. Here’s what you need to know about how it works, plus a list of the best luggage shipping companies.

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FNew moments are more frustrating during travel than when the baggage carousel stops and you realize your bag didn’t survive.

While mobile tracking helps airlines make sure your checked bags get to their destination safely and on time, this system is still far from perfect. During In the second half of 2021, about 1.25 million bags were mishandled by US airlines out of 220 million checked bags, according to BaggageHeroesa luggage storage company.

That’s about six out of every 1,000 bags that are mishandled (ie delayed, damaged, lost or stolen). That’s a high enough number that some travelers wonder if there’s another, better option.

Enter: baggage shipping services.

In recent years, a number of baggage handling companies have sprung up, offering a potentially attractive alternative for travelers, especially those who don’t mind the hassle of carrying luggage through busy airports.

Some even compete with airlines on cost, especially if you want to ship multiple bags. While most US-based airlines charge $30 or $35 for your first piece of luggage, prices rise dramatically with additional packages. For example, on United, the first bag per customer costs $35, then $45 for a second, $15,000 for a third, and $200 for a fourth. Shipping companies, however, offer the same price per bag regardless of how many you choose to send.

Luggage transport companies also offer additional services such as pick-up and drop-off and the transport of larger items (such as golf clubs, ski equipment or bicycles). Here are some luggage shipping companies that can help travelers get their luggage from A to Z, hassle-free.

Front luggage

This The Boston-based company ships luggage domestically and to more than 200 countries around the world, but specializes in shipping to cruise ships (meaning the bag will be in the passenger cabin on board). boarding) all over the world. Forward luggage prices include pick-up and door-to-door delivery (from your home or office to your hotel or cruise ship and back), 24-hour telephone assistance, insurance (which covers lost and damaged items)shipping labels mailed to customers and an on-time delivery guarantee that promises full refunds and up to $500 in additional expense reimbursement if the bags do not make it by the date indicated.

Cost: $89 for a 25 lb bag; $99 for a 50 lb bag; $149 for a 75 lb bag. Also, $89 for standard skis or snowboards; $99 for a standard golf bag; $189 for a bike case. Includes shipping in five business days (overnight options available at additional cost).

UPS, fedexand DHL

Of course, traditional shipping companies can also get your bag to your destination. However, don’t expect the same conveniences as boutique operators specializing in luggage shipping. You will still need to drop off your suitcase (as is or boxed) at one of their dispatch centers or schedule a one-time pickup several days before you leave, but at least you’ll receive a tracking number so you can track your items as they travel.

Cost: $50 to $75 for suitcases under 50 pounds; $100 for a 70-pound bag, all with four-day ground shipping.

SendMyBag

This UK-based shipping service is a solid choice for those traveling within Europe – in many cases its rates are cheaper than the airlines (shipping from the UK to Spain, for example , costs just £35, or $43 at the current exchange rate, for a 24kg or 53lb bag).

It is also a good option for those moving to a new country, either long-term or for a study semester abroad, as the company provides users with all the information and forms they need. need to get bags through customs hassle-free (a process that can be tricky to navigate on your own).

Travelers simply print their tags and schedule a pickup day, either from their home, dorm or office. From there, SendMyBag picks it up and sends it to your next address.

Cost: Prices are the cheapest in Europe, starting at £20 ($25 at the current exchange rate), for bags up to 30kg. (66 pounds). From the US to Europe, expect prices to start at £109 ($135 at current exchange rates) and increase depending on the destination. Most bags are delivered within four working days.

BaggageToShip

This economy New York-based shipping service ships worldwide. The company is able to ship everything from suitcases to boxes to sports equipment. What makes this outfit unique is that it offers free storage – it will keep any item for up to six months (after that it’s $10 per month). It’s convenient for those who don’t have extra space in the house for large items like ski gear.

Cost: Prices start at $30 and go up from there depending on the distance your luggage has traveled and the total weight.

Without baggage

If you’re looking for premium service (and are willing to pay extra for it), New York-based free baggage service is a good option. All you need to do is pack your bag and they’ll take care of pickup and drop-off, shipping labels, and customs forms.

Free Baggage ships between 150 countries and guarantees on-time delivery. If for some reason your bag does not arrive on the appointed day, they will waive the charge. There is also a free insurance policy on every shipment, up to $500 for loss or damage.

Cost: Prices vary depending on the services selected. Some examples include $219 for a 50 pound bag shipped from New York to Los Angeles, $280 for a bag shipped from the US to Hong Kong, $499 for a bag shipped from the US to South Africa..

Without pod

This Boston-based baggage shipping service offers airline-like rates for checked baggage if travelers are ready to send their bags five or six days before departure and receive them five or six days after their departure. to return to. The prices are calculated according to the size of the bag, the distance traveled and the speed at which you want it. With that in mind, sending a 50lb bag using the company’s slowest service costs between $15 and $50 (within the continental United States). The faster you want the baggage to be sent, the more services you want with that baggage, such as optional door-to-door pickup and drop-off (vs. dropping off at a UPS location), insurance, assistance customer and redeemability, the higher the price. mounted. It should be noted that LugLess does not offer international shipping.

Cost: Prices start at $15 but increase based on pack size and weight, distance traveled, and optional extras.

AirPort

Although not really a shipping company, London-based AirPortr offers a check-in service, which collects passengers’ baggage from their home, office or hotel and checks it in at certain UK and Swiss airports. AirPortr says the service is intended to free up passengers who want to get around the city without their bags before their flight as well as help families trying to manage carrying children and bags, sporty travelers carrying gear and the elderly or people with reduced mobility. passengers unable to carry their luggage. Airportr recommends scheduling your pickup the day before your flight.

Cost: The service starts at £15 ($18.50 at the current exchange rate) per bag.

ShipGo

Headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, ShipGo picks up bags from your home, business or hotel and has them delivered to your desired destination in over 180 countries (including some fairly remote locations , such as Fiji, Bangladesh and the Seychelles). Travelers can plan the shipping date online, then attach the provided shipping labels. ShipGo offers an on-time delivery guarantee, free insurance on every shipment (which covers loss or damage), and real-time tracking.

Cost: Starting at $35 and may increase depending on the distance traveled by your luggage and the total weight.

Michelle Baran contributed reporting for this article.

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