Why use UPS' luggage box? They make a pretty good case:
It's not just a box; it’s a suitcase with options. Pack it, ship it, check it or carry it on. You choose. Visit The UPS Store the next time you run out of space in your suitcase or need a quick shipping solution. We’re here to make it easy and we’ve got you covered. Not traveling? The luggage box makes a great tradeshow or conference carrier, or it can even be used as a keepsake storage. Its possibilities are endless!
We're really liking this idea, especially if it means competition for the airlines and their escalating fees. Thus, we've compared the two options:
· Conventional checked baggage: Haul it to the airport and up to a ticket counter. Wait in line. Check it, pay the checked baggage fee (assuming it's not overweight, then pay even more) and put it through the airline's scanner. Watch as an airline employee corrals your bag with other luggage and then leave it behind. At your destination, spend time anxiously hoping it arrives at baggage claim. Schlep it out of the airport and off to your hotel.
· UPS Luggage Box: Call your local UPS store in advance to make sure they have the luggage box in stock. Drag your luggage to the UPS store and stick it in the box. Pay for it. Leave. Call your hotel to inform them to be expecting a box. Pick it up from the concierge at your destination hotel.
There's more information on the new luggage box here, but we're pretty sold. Next time we absolutely have to check luggage, it'll be going UPS.