Alternatives Take the “Lug” Out of Luggage; Save Time, Money
SAN DIEGO, June 29, 2010 – The UPS Store® can ease air travelers’ burdens this summer with three luggage shipping alternatives, including a new luggage box that takes the place of a suitcase, to help reduce hassles of long lines, security searches and increasing baggage fees.
“Not having to carry a suitcase while traveling is a great convenience. Even better is luggage awaiting your arrival at a destination or hotel,” said John Minetola, The UPS Store franchisee from Wyoming, Pa. “You can ship your luggage as is; place it in a box for shipment, or at select locations purchase a luggage box, eliminating the need for a suitcase altogether.”
When shipped UPS Ground service, the luggage box is competitively priced with the airlines’ baggage fees, especially when compared to the major airlines, many of which are charging well over $100 for comparable baggage. Additionally, members of the Automobile Association of America (AAA) can receive a 15 percent discount off the full retail price of The UPS Store eligible products and services and five percent off domestic U.S. UPS shipping costs.
The new luggage box comes as the AAA predicts an increase in summer travel this year.
“AAA’s Memorial Day forecast predicted a more than five percent increase in Americans traveling, a trend we expect to continue this summer,” said Heather Hunter, AAA spokesperson. “Additionally, our travel agents are reporting double-digit increases in the percentage of travelers making advanced bookings for tours and cruises as well as an increase in hotel bookings via AAA.com.”
Available at select U.S. The UPS Store locations only, the luggage box comes in two sizes, large and small; has a sturdy handle for easy carrying, and is made of recyclable corrugate. Because it weighs less than an empty suitcase, packing directly into the box can help lower shipping costs. Travelers also can include packaging tape and a return UPS shipping label for use when returning home.
“We’ve seen more customers shipping golf clubs and skis ahead over the past few years as well as more ‘snow birds’ packing items for annual travel to warmer climates,” Minetola added. “Luggage shipping picked up when the airlines began increasing fees for checked bags and carry-ons.”
Both luggage boxes meet airline baggage restrictions for travelers opting to fly with their belongings. The small box can be carried on and the large box can be checked in, minimizing the chance of paying airline oversize or overweight charges. The luggage boxes have been professionally tested. Travelers can visit www.theupsstore.com to view a luggage box information sheet with details about box dimensions, weight limitations and declared value.
Luggage solutions from The UPS Store also allow travelers to easily track shipments with UPS mobile apps for cell phones, PDAs or other web-enabled wireless devices or receive e-mail shipment notification.
Planning ahead allows travelers to choose a less expensive shipping option like UPS Ground service. Additional information to consider when planning to ship luggage includes:
In addition to domestic and international shipping, The UPS Store offers full-service packaging; online and digital printing; black-and-white and color copies; document finishing (binding, laminating, etc.); printing services (business cards, letterhead, rubber stamps, etc.); notary; custom crating and shipping for large items (furniture, artwork, motorcycles, etc.); mailbox and postal services; office and packaging supplies, and more.
Travelers can find the nearest The UPS Store location online or by calling 1-800-789-4623.
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