• Luggage box helps avoid baggage fees


    Those who want to save money should always be up on the latest travel tips and tricks to help them out. Baggage fees are increasingly becoming a nuisance for frugal travelers, and many are exploring alternate options for getting their things to a destination.

    UPS has introduced a new luggage box that takes the place of a regular suitcase. Travelers can pack this box with whatever they plan to take on their trip and then ship it ahead of time to their destination at a flat rate. The shipping service offers small and large versions of the box.

    Shipping can also help with oddly-shaped or difficult-to-carry items, like sports equipment.

    "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. Luggage shipping picked up when the airlines began increasing fees for checked bags and carry-ons," said John Minetola, who owns a UPS store in Pennsylvania.

    According to the latest data gathered by the Department of Transportation, airlines collected $770 million in baggage fees during the first quarter of 2010, a 33 percent increase over the same period last year.

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