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A Potentially Cheaper Option For When You Have Too Much or Too Heavy Luggage

by SharonKurheg

Sometimes when you travel you just have too much luggage – too many bags, too much weight, you name it. Or another example – I remember one time Joe and I had a trip where we started in Los Angeles (where it was warm), and then went to Alaska (where it was cold), so we needed to have a week’s worth of entirely different sets of clothing. So what do you do? Well, you can pay for multiple bags. Or have overstuffed bags that are too heavy.

Or you can have your bags shipped!


Shipping your bags is sort of the best of all worlds. You don’t have to pay for your baggage on the plane AND you don’t have to drag your luggage with you from Point A to Point B. You just ship it. And that’s exactly what LugLess does. So you can travel without the baggage.

From www.lugless.com:

At LugLess our vision is to reinvent the way people travel by offering an easy and affordable alternative to checking luggage.

The LugLess brand was originally launched in 2009 and made waves with an appearance on Shark Tank. Shortly thereafter, LugLess was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of 100 Brilliant Companies.

As the company has grown, our mission has evolved to focus on providing a low-cost, flexible service that allows the convenience of luggage shipping to be a reality for every traveler.

The way Lugless works is pretty simple. Here’s how they explain it:

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  1. Print
    We find you the cheapest possible shipping label. You print it and securely attach it to your luggage.
  2. Ship
    Bring your luggage to any FedEx® or UPS® location before your trip – or pay for a doorstep pickup.
  3. Chill
    Head to the airport with just the essentials and enjoy traveling without the baggage.
  4. Voilà
    Your luggage arrives at your final destination, or have it held at a nearby FedEx® or UPS® location.

You get to control what kind of extras/options to include, if any, which can include pickup (as opposed to drop off), value protection, custom luggage tag, enhanced tracking, on-time guarantee, support via chat, email and/or phone support, and the flexibility to make your shipment changeable or refundable.

Besides carry-on or full-sized luggage, LugLess is able to ship larger items such as golf bags and skis, and is even able to ship items to/from school, say at the beginning or end of the semester.

Here are some examples if I wanted to ship what would normally be a checked 1 bag or 2 bags (under 50 pounds each) from Orlando for it/them to arrive at its destination on July 1, 2019:

To NYC (left – 1 bag, right – 2 bags)

To Los Angeles (left – 1 bag, right – 2 bags)

Besides how far out you’re willing/able to ship your bag out (the more days out, the cheaper it is), distance also plays a role in how much the cost is. So if you’re shipping something across the country, it’s going to cost more than if it’s just going a state or two away. Shipping 1 checked bag with Lugless winds up costing about the same as their airlines’ prices in these examples, but if you’d normally be checking 2 bags or more, that’s where the magic happens. OK, OK, except for Southwest 😉

If you ever have more luggage than you’d prefer to deal with and traveling within the U.S., perhaps shipping it would be a good idea.

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