August 20, 2013 5:29 pm

Getting luggage delivered

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Having your luggage picked up from your home or office and delivered to your hotel or vice versa saves the time and hassle of check-in and baggage collection. What is available and when should you use luggage services?

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What’s out there?

Services such as Carry My Luggage, Virtual Bellhop and First Luggage will pick up and deliver your bags for you. Fees depend on the size and weight of the luggage and the delivery time. Similar services are offered by airlines, such as American and United , and train companies, including First Great Western and Deutsche Bahn.

How do the bags get there?

Luggage delivery companies normally send the bags through services such as FedEx or DHL. Although it is possible to ship with these companies yourself, luggage delivery groups provide a more user-friendly front end and time guarantees.

What are the main benefits?

Luggage and travel expert Anne McAlpin says: “You’re paying for peace of mind – you know the items will be there when you arrive and, if you’re in a rush, you may be paying to avoid time spent at baggage reclaim.”

The services are prized mainly by travellers who have particularly bulky or plentiful baggage, whether it is because of equipment needed on the journey or the trip is being combined with a holiday. “If you have a month-long business trip or you’re going to two places with different climates it could work well,” Ms McAlpin says.

What else do I need to consider?

Luggage delivery is not such good value for very short trips, when carry-on baggage will almost always be the better option.

You also need to be a bit organised, as most of the companies involved need at least a few days’ notice.

Finally, make sure you tell your hotel that your luggage will be arriving before you do.

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