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United And FedEx: Overnight Your Bags  
User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2920 posts, RR: 6
Posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4351 times:

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United and FedEx form a partnership allowing travelers the option of overnighting their baggage instead of checking it. Expensive, but interesting idea.

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User currently offlineStokes From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4289 times:

I confess I have been UPS-ing my bags for a while now, straight to destination. Before I leave, use tracking number to ensure your stuff is there or close. If you purchase the return freight, name hotels will be happy to ship them back for you. Carry nothing but work papers on the flight.

Because I must connect to get home, having no bags allows me to catch an early flight home if the previous flight is on time or early.

I will never check a bag again if I can help it. Silly state of affairs, but there it is.


User currently offlineYYZYYT From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 948 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4236 times:



Quoting Stokes (Reply 1):
I confess I have been UPS-ing my bags for a while now, straight to destination. Before I leave, use tracking number to ensure your stuff is there or close. If you purchase the return freight, name hotels will be happy to ship them back for you. Carry nothing but work papers on the flight.

I do the same thing, when travelling for work... usually I have several boxes of paper that would be a pain in the behind.

But the thought of doing it with baggage generally is intriguing. If the cost could be brought down, I'd be tempted to try it.


User currently offlineRwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2338 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3935 times:
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There are several services doing that for sports gear, particularly skiers, golfers, and others who can't really travel light. I've used Sports Express (obvious URL) indirectly - a group collected a pile for them, my stuff went in it.

User currently offlineDon81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3320 times:

The only real hinderance I can forsee (other than the cost) is on intercontinental flights. Customs would have a great old time nailing you for duties and taxes, since the articles purchased abroad must accompany you to be declared as tax/duty free. Other than that, even the higher cost would be worth it to ensure you bags actually end up where they're supposed to.


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User currently offlinePhelpsie87 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 498 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2871 times:



Quoting Don81603 (Reply 5):
The only real hinderance I can forsee (other than the cost) is on intercontinental flights. Customs would have a great old time nailing you for duties and taxes, since the articles purchased abroad must accompany you to be declared as tax/duty free. Other than that, even the higher cost would be worth it to ensure you bags actually end up where they're supposed to.

That shouldn't be a problem considering its only valid for the contiguous 48...


User currently offlineSq2ams From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2592 times:



Quoting Stokes (Reply 1):
I confess I have been UPS-ing my bags for a while now, straight to destination. Before I leave, use tracking number to ensure your stuff is there or close. If you purchase the return freight, name hotels will be happy to ship them back for you. Carry nothing but work papers on the flight.

I have to confess I have been doing the same for the past seven years. Since my domestic travel is only to connect to my int'l flight, I ship directly from my home in Florida to my residence in the Czech Republic. Duty free is not a problem since I usually carry on my duty free and do not put anything in my shipped bag that would hold it up in Customs. It's great, in seven years, traveling monthly, UPS has not lost or delayed my bag. Expensive, a little, but cheaper than all the bag fee's that would otherwise be applied to my two bags. Good luck to United and FedEx, but the thought of giving anything to United to ship is scary. I'll stick with UPS.  highfive 


User currently offlineUal777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1550 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

I just did a quick check and from ORD-SEA and here is what I found:

UPS would charge appx. $227.00 one way for a 45 lb. bag to arrive the next day by 3pm
Luggage Forwarders would cost $293.00 for next day service.
UA would cost $179.00

I also checked some other companies and they do not even offer next-day service.

With UA's prices being $40 cheaper than the nearest competitor I could find; I think they may have a winner with this one...

Either way, kudos to their management team for innovating for once.



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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2496 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2117 times:



Quoting Ual777 (Reply 7):
I also checked some other companies and they do not even offer next-day service.

With UA's prices being $40 cheaper than the nearest competitor I could find; I think they may have a winner with this one...

I noticed this while confirming some travel plans online earlier today - very interesting concept. I travel quite often for business and have become quite accustomed to packing light if for no other reason than to not check at all. I suppose that one group that will likely benefit are vacationers that plan to bring home extra "souvenirs" et al. By placing them into your already overweight bag and Fed-Exing them, you'd forego baggage overage fees and possibly postage.


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