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No More LOST Luggage!
Okay, I'm hooked. For the first time, I decided to ship my large suitcase. I've had a suitcase lost before, and sometimes (or most times), that just isn't an experience you want to go through. WHAT was in it??? WHAT is really not replaceable??
I needed to go to a 3 day conference, which was scheduled right before my planned vacation. Well, I didn't want to lug around my big vacation suitcase all over - - and risk losing it during the 4 flights I'd be taking to get to my final destination.
I heard about shipping luggage some time ago, and checked out some of the specialized luggage shipping companies. Typically, for a large suitcase (40-50 pounds), I was looking at $80 and up. So I gave up that idea.
A month ago, I bought a new suitcase online, and it was shipped in this wonderful box. So I measured the box and guesstimating a weight of 40-50 pounds again, I went to the UPS / FedEx / DHL websites to price out shipping. All three sites had comparable prices - in the range of $25-28. THAT I could handle!!
So I shipped my suitcase to my aunt's home, and it was there in two days - ground shipping. Another benefit was I didn't have to stand around at the baggage carousel, wondering, will my bag be here??? Since I only had my carryon - I got off my flight and left the building!
When I shipped my bag, I asked "what if I hadn't had this box to match my suitcase?" I was told - no problem - - they'd box it up for me. Also, if you're not shipping to my aunt's house :>} contact your hotel. Most are willing to hold your bag before your arrival.
One caveat - the suitcase HAS to be in a box. If you wanted to ship it just as is, the price jumps considerably. Some won't take it at all without a box. Okay - - - I'll take the box!
I'm planning to ship my suitcase back home, after my vacation. Why not????