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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

How to make travel WAY easier

Can you imagine boarding a flight with just a wallet and your favorite book? Before you leave for vacation, LugLess will pick up your suitcases from your house and deliver them right to your destination.

A small suitcase costs $39 and a large suitcase costs $59, which are amazing prices considering that most airlines charge twenty-five bones to check a bag. Traveling without luggage would make a trip so much easier, especially when you have a wriggly baby in tow.

Having bags sent ahead is something I always assumed was reserved for the Rich & Famous, but this seems totally doable! Thumbs up, LugLess.

94 comments:

the lye's said...

seriously?? this sounds amazing! anything to make traveling on air planes easier these day's is welcomed by me! thanks for the great tip!

Cathi said...

Fabulous!

.Tinacious Me. said...

sending bags ahead of time. never thought of that! great idea!
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Nomadic D. said...

Genius. I always assumed sending your bags ahead would be prohibitively expensive, but you're right, considering that most airlines are charging for checked luggage anyway, this is totally reasonable and doable! Awesome.

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Giulia said...

Good. I'm glad someone is doing this...since the 80s, I FedEx'd my suitcase ahead almost every trip I took. I'm not the only one, either.

Anonymous said...

too bad they dont do international

gia said...

I kind of like having my things with me.. I like to just pack a carry on usually and often times I reach in to change my shoes or something...

Leica said...

Hmm... I got an estimate for a large bag and a regular bag (mom + baby stuff) that was $158, one way. Claiming it could be less than $40 sounds like sneaky marketing.

Bambi :) said...

What a great idea! But knowing me I'd probably worry about it all trip long haha >.< :)

Anonymous said...

This is amazing! I paid $25 just for an overhead on spirit!!!!!!!!!

negrilbride07 said...

Awesome! Travel with an active 20 month old can become overwhelming, so this is definitely a service I'd use. The fact that they also ship internationally is fantastic.

Miki's scrapbook said...

What a great idea! I didn't know that airlines charged per checked bag! :O

Hope you've started the week off with a big smile! ;D

Miki.

antique engagement rings said...

Why have I never heard of this? This sounds amazing!

Tragic Sandwich said...

I wonder how it compares to putting your things in a box and sending it overnight or second-day via UPS or FedEx. Regardless, the combined convenience of guaranteed delivery and not having to lug bags around the airport (even around check-in) is definitely worth something!

RosyRilli said...

Thanks for sharing! I just sent this to some contacts who travel often. Genius!

Tabitha said...

Best thing ever! I've totally used a similar service in Japan and not having to schlep bags around on public transit is the best!

Thanks for the heads up!

Sarah Carlson said...

That's a great idea! I am traveling to Florida with my huge extended family this summer and this would make the rushing around the airport with over ten people much easier!

Molly said...

It was only a matter of time before someone or some company was going to step up to fill in the gaps that the TSA and the airlines' customer service leave wide open.

Makes me wonder what's next?

I will seriously consider anything that makes travel more pleasant! Thanks for sharing!

A FANCY DAY said...

Wow that's amazing, I spent $50 last time I traveled for my luggage it's crazy.

Lauren said...

I think most airlines charge $25 for the first checked bag. Then again, if you have kiddos in tow you may be willing to pay a little more to get the luggage off your hands. Then again, it is greener to have the bags travel with you on the plane....

Tina Ramchandani said...

I think I'll be using that service often. At the same cost as checking bags, you think the airlines would at least try to improve their services!

Emily said...

What an AMAZING idea, thanks for the tip Joanna!

Emily x

Gesci said...

That is a great tip! It might also be an option to travel with film and avoid being "that person" at the security x-ray!
*I loved Up in the Air- great image to use!*

katie said...

Your use of the phrase "40 bones" here made me giggle at work. It just sounds so mobster! I love it! haha

Joanna Goddard said...

oh, they do international -- you can check their FAQs xoxo

Joanna Goddard said...

Leica, it's $39 for a small suitcase -- like the kind you'd put in an overhead. so if you squished your stuff, it could work:) xoxoxo

AmandaRose said...

This is pure genius. We are flying to Florida for a family wedding next month and I think we will use this! Especially wonderful for families in a city who don't own a car (us!). Lugging luggage on metro and shuttle with a squirmy 18 month old isn't the most fun ever.

Katie Muncie said...

This is seriously genius! I thought it was for the rich as well but this is great. Would be wonderful when you have different flights on different airlines and they refuse to connect your baggage for you too (yes I'm talking from experiences, so frustrating)

Ashley said...

Totally worth it! Thanks!

Hannah said...

I love this!!! Will definitely have to keep in mind for the future.

Jamie said...

This is awesome! I'm going to try it next time I travel.

POWDER GREY said...

Mmmh! I definately like the sound of this. Any thing that can make travelling easier, great.

Brooklyn said...

WOW is pretty much the only word I can think of right now! Who knew this service was available!?!?! Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca said...

BRILLIANT!!!

Glocal Girl said...

This would be great but all my travels are from the Netherlands (my current home) --> California (my parents/friends/old home). Don't think they will do that for $59... otherwise, I'm IN!!!


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Anonymous said...

Well.... I don't know how "genius" this is, since this was always a possibility. You can always ship your luggage ahead. It seems, though, that it might require me to plan ahead and pack a bit earlier than I usually would. There are also possible additional costs associated with storage at the end destination. Also, this could seriously add to the interrogation you get when flying internationally. They will ALWAYS question people more heavily when they arrive with no luggage.

It's also not such a great deal. The $39 is for pick-up and delivery of a small bag or carry-on - those things you can almost always fly with for free, and hassle-free (and which often add to your convenience in-flight and in the airport.) It's $59 for standard luggage. That's over twice as much as an airline charges.

It doesn't seem worth it to me to avoid lugging one suitcase to the check-in counter, and away from the baggage claim. But, it could be a good idea if traveling for an extended period of time (in which case I would always send my larger amount of luggage ahead) and also for traveling with a bike.

natalie said...

I'm so glad you mentioned this! On my most recent trip to NY I shipped a (giant) box via UPS. It took 2 days and $20. Checking my luggage would have cost $70! This is very common in Japan. Some hotels even did it complementary if it was shipped within the country.

Anonymous said...

That just shows you should use UPS!

Anonymous said...

This is brilliant!

{Liana} said...

Not a bad idea at all!!

Annie said...

while this is so convenient i fret over the added environmental impact of shipping. whther it be packing or additional fuel and flying etc. just for a bag. i am ok pulling my own weight, this just feels too indulgent to be ethical for me personally.

Prêt-à-Penser said...

I LOVE THIS!
Carrying a hundred bags while going from one gate to the other is terrible! And I have no hands to look through the duty free :) lol

great post

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Anonymous said...

Yep, I ship things directly to the hotel "hold for arrival" makes it easier.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't not having bags flag them to question or search you? Maybe that is only for international...not sure if that would raise questions for domestic.

Stacey said...

That is soooooo god to know, thank you!!!!

Abby said...

That is a glamorous idea! I never thought that was for the 'lay people' either.

Meadow said...

At first I thought this would be quite useless (take carry-on for plane, check the suitcase and be done, then get into waiting car/cab at destination), but when I remembered what a hassle it was lugging my suitcase, carry-on, and handbag on the London Tube, I'd seriously consider this!

Anonymous said...

Annie... get over yourself :)

The slow pace said...

That's a great idea!

Kira said...

That is a fabulous idea! I am always so paranoid that the airline is going to lose my luggage that I take the largest carry on that I can and completely fill it up just in case. It would be nice to not have to worry about that!

Hannah said...

The other option is not to take half your wardrobe when travelling. Packing light is easy, even with children.

We've traveled with just carry-on for trips of all lengths, three days to three months, both international and domestic. Everyone in our family has a backpack that is carry-on sized. Everything needs to fit in that backpack. Apart from anything, I hate waiting for baggage at the carousel, especially with tired kids who just want to go.

We've never been questioned for having just carry-on.

As others have cited, I don't think this is at all Eco-friendly. It also doesn't seem cost-effective. If the total was cheaper than taking it on board with you, then maybe.

Anonymous said...

Although it sounds like a great idea and might make sense if the trip is a very short distance (or if money is simply not an issue to you), I just tried a hypothetical trip on the site and it was EXPENSIVE! For a trip from Seattle to Miami (or any cross-country destination), the price for only one regular bag was almost $300.

For that price, I'll wheel my suitcase to the checked bag counter, pay the $25 fee, and drop it off.

Anonymous said...

You know what's even better? Fedex Green. It's by weight, but it's usually much cheaper than LugLess, although they are a good service also.

Heather said...

Definitely know people that FedEx their luggage. I just never want to be without my stuff for that long. But I might change my mind if I had a child in tow.

Ana Magdalena said...

Love what this company is doing.

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Diana said...

Do they offer services for international flights?

Luggage is something I always struggle with when I move to England. Carrying my weight in baggage through three airports and two train stations is NOT my idea of fun. This is a great idea!

Katherin Son said...

Wow! That is such a clever idea! Really good to know about..

It was so nice to meet you in person the other day while you were shopping at Madewell SOHO. I was the associate who assisted you in the fitting room. :)

Kristina said...

Such a great idea! Will definitely keep them in mind!! Thanks for sharing :)

Jada said...

I am guilty of always bringing so much stuff when I'm traveling, especially on the plane. I think shipping things ahead would be a lot easier...and not too much to worry about! Great tips!


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Anonymous said...

No, I've never been questioned for having just carry-on. However, if you show up in a foreign country with nothing but a purse and a book, I guarantee you'll be questioned.

Anonymous said...

Yikes. RIP.OFF. I had looked at the website but had not actually gotten a quote, so I just assumed $59 was the rate for a standard bag, one way. I just got a quote for two standard bags from the east coast of the US to Amsterdam (a trip I'm taking next week) and was quoted $496 for round-trip! One standard bag round-trip would be $248! A single carry-on round-trip would be $171! Not having my actual suitcase is tempting when traveling to a foreign city and having to deal with trams and trains and buses and subways. But... not worth it at this price. It would be much cheaper to just take a taxi from the airport to the hotel.

Traveling with carry-on luggage is different from traveling with NO luggage, which is the "dream" which might prompt someone to explore this. (See the original blog post.) But I have to say that the times I have traveled internationally with only backpacks (which I guess seem more riff-raff and "impermanent" than other carry-on luggage), I've been pulled aside for special gateside searching of my backpack... nevermind any scrutiny at customs and immigration.

Anonymous said...

its a flat rate per bag size nationally, meaning anywhere in the US. However, prices fluctuate internationally, this is where you would contact customer service to get a quote!!

Mystica said...

I am always way over the weight limits. Never can travel light.

Anonymous said...

We try to fly on airlines that do not charge for bags (or at least not for the first bag). With a family of 4 flying is expensive enough, without adding shipping charges. Even on our biggest trips, we don't take more than a suitcase per person anyway. For me, the biggest hassle is dealing with carseats through the airport, which we'd have to do regardless. But, I will say that if you are staying somewhere for a week or more with a baby, one great tip is to order diapers & wipes online and have those sent to your destination. That way they don't take up valuable luggage space/weight and it is easy to find free shipping and reasonable rates for those items online.

Kahani said...

Sorry to rain on the parade, but airport security has this nasty habit of being very suspicious of passengers flying internationally without luggage. They think you're on a suicide mission.

Anonymous said...

this is fantastic! i'm moving to spain next month and have been looking for a cheap way to ship all of my worldy possession in a way that they don't all get lost! thanks so much for the post!

Jules said...

What a great tip and catchy business name to boot! I think you might have broken their servers, Joanna :) I just tried to click through and got a server overload message. They got the Cup of Jo bump!

Kate said...

Great post, and great photo! George Clooney... swoon! x

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third room studio said...

Fantastic idea, I'm so nervous about travelling in the US and the huge charges for luggage that you have there, it's crazy!

Anonymous said...

in Switzerland we have a similar service with trains, you bring your luggages the day before or the morning of you trip and for 10chf = 9$ you find them at your arrival destination. it's so practical and easy.

nil said...

Hi! So I went through a bunch of posts on your blog, and might I add, I think it's gorgeous.
Definitely following you up! You have some GOOD stuff here, Jo :)

Anonymous said...

I'm flying with my 3 year old in a few weeks, and I thought this sounded like a great idea. I went straight to their website, and the quote I got (roundtrip from PA to FL) for just one standard bag.. $239! If I want to get the bag back 5 days after I return home, only $169. I will be checking my bag at the airport :)

Anonymous said...

This would be amazing for traveling with a baby. Imagine just having to take the stroller and a diaper bag!

Anonymous said...

the environmental impact of this is totally something to think about! Two flights- one for you and one for your luggage!

Elizabeth said...

I just priced where I live in Albuquerque, NM to the NYC zipcode at the bottom of their site. One standard bag one way was $239!
Even the person who wrote about flying from US to Amsterdam was cheaper!

Kate said...

A} Shut. Up. I'm a shockingly light packer, so this thrills me.

B} This is what I've learned ::

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Mo said...

This is awesome! Great to keep in mind for future travels.

Colosseum Tour said...

Wow ! What a great idea.. Traveling without luggage must make a trip so much easier, and also makes amazing for traveling

Anonymous said...

On the topic of airline baggage fees (which it seems are WAY LESS than Lugless charges) - I don't see what the big deal is. Some airlines (Southwest) don't charge. Most others charge $25 for your first bag (and allow a purse and another carry-on for free.) Even for longer trips (like my two-week Australian honeymoon) most people (even those who aren't particularly light packers) can get away with a purse, a carry-on, and a standard-sized suitcase. That's $50 round-trip for each person. (My husband and I actually usually each take a bag, a carry-on, and then share the standard-sized suitcase, so it's $50 round-trip for two people.) The thing is, those who fly frequently realize that airline tickets vary GREATLY in price, anyway. Honestly, would someone freak out if their ticket were $50 more round-trip? I don't think so. If this were tacked on as a tax, rather than an optional baggage charge, would people freak out? Probably not... people probably wouldn't even notice. The other funny thing I've noticed is that the people who seem to be most up in arms over "extra charges" are those who hear about them on the news and never even fly anyway.

Honestly, I feel like this whole "anti-corporate" and "anti-airline" mentality - fueled through intentionally alarmist TV news pieces designed to enrage the public - has opened the door for companies which really aren't any better - and might even be worse. People think they're "getting away with something" - somehow sticking it to the man by going this alternate route. Newsflash - you're paying a huge mark-up for minimal extra convenience (perhaps even inconvenience) to send your bags via lugless. If I were MOVING somewhere, I certainly wouldn't use this service - I'd send via FedEx and UPS - which is trackable and also can be insured, and would cost much less. If I were just traveling on vacation, I could use the money to pay my baggage charges, pay for a cab from the airport, and take myself out to a nice dinner, and buy a new outfit.

Rose said...

genius- hoping they have this in the UK

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thistycoon said...

Nice post Joanna...

Something that will be a subject of discussion on our next trip. My wife is one of those who doesn't know what "travel lite" means and I end up with all hands full this service will help me enjoy the travel instead of having to wrestle with all our luggage.

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