Here’s How Shipping Your Luggage Compares With Checking It At The Airport

With airlines constantly raising the price of checked baggage, many travelers might wonder if there’s a cheaper, faster, or easier way to get their stuff from point A to point B.

For example, a family traveling with three checked bags at $70 apiece might be looking at a $210 fee just to take their suitcases along. And then there’s the worry that your stuff has been tossed onto the wrong plane or damaged en route.

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So what’s the price difference? Sometimes, not that much. LugLess charges just $18 to $40 per 50-pound bag. However, it requires sending your stuff a few days before your departure and receiving it a few days after you get back. There are also options for faster delivery for a higher price.

Another popular service, Luggage Forward, charges $99 for five-day delivery of a 50-pound bag with doorstep pickup and delivery. If you want your stuff to show up in one day, the price jumps to $219.

Bottom line: if you’re okay with either sending your bags ahead of you or value convenience enough to pay a slightly higher price, shipping your luggage may be a good option. If you want same-day access to your stuff and are okay with paying the standard checked bag fee, entrusting the airline with your belongings might be the better route.