Does shipping luggage to your destination make more sense than carrying it with you? Here’s how the options stack up.

Stirling Kelso, Jennifer Coogan, Nina Fedrizzi, Emily Hsieh, Alison Miller, Nicholas Teddy
August 12, 2010

Luggage Free

(luggagefree.com)

What it Is: A dedicated baggage-delivery company that offers four tiers of service, from the flat-rate domestic Luggage Free Economy to the more expensive Luggage Concierge.

Cost: For economy service, $70 per bag weighing up to 50 pounds, anywhere in the continental U.S.; insured up to $100.

Speed: Overnight to three business days.

Ease of Use: They’ll pick up or you can drop off at any location FedEx serves; shipments can be scheduled 14 days in advance. Track bags online.

Door-to-Door Baggage

(United.com/doortodoor)

What it Is: This partnership between FedEx and United Airlines allows passengers to schedule and pay for bag shipping on united.com for flights in the continental U.S.

Cost: $79 per bag when flying 1,000 miles or fewer; $99 for longer flights. Insurance capped at $3,300.

Speed: Overnight, excluding Sundays and holidays.

Ease of Use: They’ll pick up or you can drop off at any location FedEx serves; shipments scheduled 10 days in advance. Track bags online.

UPS

(Ups.com)

What it Is: The global giant eliminates the need for a suitcase by selling two sizes of cardboard luggage boxes with handles that can be shipped within the U.S. and abroad.

Cost: Varies. A 30-pound box sent from Los Angeles to New York City starts at $41 for a five-day delivery.

Speed: Options range from next-day air to five-day ground service.

Ease of Use: They’ll pick up from any location or UPS Store. Track bags online or via smart phone.

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