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Will You Ship Your Luggage Next Time You Fly?

Checked bagged fees are getting ridiculous, and the most recent not-so-subtle 50 percent increase on Delta's second-bag fee is expensive evidence. More travelers have been using the rate calculators on and to determine if shipping their bags would be more cost effective than checking them at the airport. By factoring in distance, weight and travel time, passengers can get price quotes for potentially shipping luggage to destinations.

Shipping bags means you'll need to pack about five days in advance (for the least expensive shipping options), but delivery services offer insurance for lost bags, which airlines do not.


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