If you are flying US Airways, American or United airlines and want to skip the wait at the luggage carousel, you now have the option to have your bags delivered to your home, hotel, or office — for a fee.
US Airways is the latest U.S. carrier to offer to-your-door baggage delivery from about 200 U.S. airports and a few international destinations.
The luggage delivery is provided by the Orlando, Fla.-based company Bags VIP, which gets a cut of the fees.
The service is billed as a customer amenity, but it’s also another way for airlines to make money.
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The cost is $29.95 for one bag, $39.95 for two, and $49.95 for three to 10 bags. The charge is in addition to the airline’s checked-bag fees.
So who would want the service?
“It could be somebody in a hurry, or whose flight was delayed and they are already late to get to the office, a meeting, or somewhere,” said George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, a fare-tracking website.
American Airlines began offering the bag delivery last August. United launched it in January.
“We started with about 10 domestic airports,” said United spokesman Charles Hobart. “We saw high demand.”
US Airways currently uses Bags VIP to deliver misconnected bags — free of charge — that do not make the passenger’s flight. Missed luggage will still be delivered for free and at the airline’s expense.
Here’s how the bag delivery works:
Book your trip on the airline website. If you are traveling US Airways, click on “travel tools” and “baggage” and from there link to maketraveleasier.com/usairways to schedule and pay for Bags VIP.
The luggage delivery can be scheduled up to one hour before departure. Bags are checked as usual at the airport. Bags VIP collects them at the arrival city and makes deliveries within four hours in a 40-mile radius. Longer distances up to 100 miles cost more and can take six hours.
“Once we recover the bag from the airport, we start sending you emails that your bag has been recovered, your driver has it on its way, your bag has been delivered,” said D’Anne Mica, spokeswoman for Bags VIP.