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Consumers will stop at nothing to avoid bag fees, even going so far as to buy fancy expanding suitcases. But that doesn’t mean airlines won’t find creative new ways to cash in. According to L.A. Times’ Hugo Martin, American Airlines is jumping on the bag shipping trend first seen with companies like LugLess that charge a flat fee for literally lugging flier’s bags from door to destination.
LugLess’ rates start at $39, so American Airlines’ service could bring some friendly competition. Martin reports the carrier will charge $29.95 for one bag, $39.95 for two bags, and $49.95 for three to 10 bags. It will also assess a $1 fee for delivering to addresses 41 to 100 miles from one of the 200 airports that will participate.
American Airlines is teaming up with BAGS VIP Luggage to launch the service, which will function like regular bag check-in. Customers can simply arrive at the airport, get their boarding pass, then drop off their bags.
Of course as BI’s Mandi Woodruff reported before, there are pros and cons to bag shipping. While the convenience is nice—who doesn’t want to skip the carousel?—and can take a load off heavy packers’ backs, travellers will need to plan well ahead of their flight, as standard shipping ranges from one to five days, depending where they’re headed.