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At this point there’s a whole bunch of carriers that have realized that dragging bags to—and through—the airport is a bummer. That’s why they’ve teamed up with baggage delivery services to get the heavy lifting done and over with. Of course there’s a fee associated with the convenience, but in the right situation it just might be worth it.
It looks like JetBlue is the latest carrier to offer delivery service for checked baggage. They have joined forces with Bags VIP, and the service will be offered up at pretty much and all domestic airports as well as spots in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
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There’s some good news this week for those who love to over pack and feel the need to lug along one of those baggage scales. Officials just did a sweep of luggage scales in and around the airports in New York City, and it looks like the scores are worthy of hanging on the refrigerator.
The city’s Department of Consumer Affairs has been driving around checking things out, and they’ve found that 96 percent of scales are accurate. They didn’t just check one or two either, as they claim they checked out each and every scale at both JFK and LaGuardia airports.
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Self-service baggage tagging is far from breaking newswe told you about Alaskan Airlines leading the charge last yearbut the TSA has just granted the privilege to its first international carrier, British Airways.
The airline has chosen Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport (of all places) as "the first airport in the US to conduct its trial." Self tagging your bags is a breeze, but we do find a bit of humor in Sin City being selected as the pilot location. We guess BA figures that if the blurry-eyed tourists leaving Las Vegas can figure out the procedure, the rest of the nation shouldn't have much a problem.
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It’s been a little bit of time since we heard any news regarding checked bagged fees, which is good thing really. Alas, Alaska Airlines is in the news this week to disrupt the brief peace, as the carrier recently announced that they’re raising fees. Thankfully nothing is too crazy or out of line, but that’s assuming that you’ve already rolled over and accepted the whole paying for your luggage thing.
For tickets booked after October 30, most baggage fees are going up by $5. The first and second checked bags fees will rise to $25 per bag from $20, but after that things get a little pricier. Bag number three will cost you $75 and that will also be the case for bag number four. We’re just hoping that you’re able to cram everything into bags one and two before you get to those more expensive checked baggage options.
With Independence Day arriving next week, this weekend will be prime time for purchasing fireworks to celebrate July 4. Because every state decides its own fireworks policywith some banning the sale of fireworks entirelythere's often an increase in road trips with the express purpose of loading up the back of a pick-up with those red, white, and blue boxes of sparkle power.
In case you were hoping to do some firework shopping and then fly home, the TSA issued their annual "no fireworks allowed" warning on the official TSA blog. Wondering what exactly is banned? Here's a list:
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Over at Airbus headquarters they’re usually hard at work designing things like airplanes—and um—more airplanes. Well we guess that’s not necessarily the only thing they have time for, as the aircraft manufacturer is also working on some other innovative travel ideas. Specifically, they're pondering ways to improve the checked baggage experience, and they've just revealed the first hint of some kind of smart bag.
The new suitcase comes complete with its very own iPhone app, and there’s a way to track your bag no matter where it decides to go. That includes when your bag goes on a little bit of a side trip away from your intended location. The new idea—for now known as "Bag2Go"—was cooked up with a couple of other organizations including T-Mobile and Rimowa—the latter a famous German luggage producer.
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We’re not quite ready to start handing out a Jaunty award just yet, but it does look like do-it-yourself bag tagging is becoming a travel trend. We’ve seen carriers like Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines test things out in the past, and now it looks like American Airlines is expanding their offerings as well.
The last we checked they were trying things out in Austin, and now it looks like they’re on the move to one of their hubs—this time it’s Miami. In theory this should save you some time, and you might even be able to skip a longer line in favor of a shorter one.
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At this point you probably have a favorite luggage tag. It might be the one that came with your suitcase, or maybe it’s a snazzy one that you scored in your travels. For quite some time ours was a just free paper one—thanks Delta—that was hanging on by a thread; however, we’ve thankfully upgraded and moved on from that one. If you’re still in the market for a piece of suitcase flair, head over to GoCodes and they will get you set up.
GoCodes take a unique spin on the traditional luggage tag, as in addition to pictures of flags, flowers, or kitties there’s also one of those QR codes on the back. The code is linked to your account, so if your bag every goes on vacation without you it’ll be able to find its way back home—at least in theory.
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There’s a new fun activity to try on your next trip to Hawaii, and you won’t even need to leave the airport. It’s do-it-yourself baggage tagging, and it’s a brand new option thanks to Hawaiian Airlines. We’re sure you now want to visit the Aloha State now more than ever—right?
Seriously though we kind of love the idea, and imagine that it should be a pretty slick process for those checking their bags back to the mainland, other countries, or just over to one of the neighboring islands. Passengers at Honolulu International Airport will be able to weigh and tag their own bags, and Hawaiian Airlines is quick to point out that they’re the first carrier in the US to go all in with this process at one of their hubs.
If you’re in the market for a new suitcase we’ve got some good news for you. No need to pick one out that only fits some of your needs and only part of your style, as Samsonite is inviting you to design your very own piece of luggage. It’s all up to you, and they’re running a little bit of a contest to find the next great design.
Bust out the crayons and markers, as the contest is all about your original artwork. Basically, Samsonite is looking for aspiring artists to design some snazzy artwork to slap on the outer shell of a Samsonite suitcase like the Cosmolite or the Firelite. The only bummer is that they want real artists working on these designs—so we’re excluded—because it’s only open to registered undergraduate and graduate art and design students.
There’s plenty of stuff to do as US Airways and American Airlines move toward their merger, but in the interim American Airlines has some ideas on how to move the carrier forward. We’ve already seen how they’re looking to install the latest in design, style, and comfort up in the air, and now it looks like they’re even thinking about changing up the way in which we board their planes.
AA is testing a new boarding process, a system that allows those without carry-on baggage to hop aboard the airplane before everyone else. The thought is that this will speed up the boarding process, and it’ll kind of reward those willing to pay to check their bags beforehand. It sounds like a win-win situation for all, really.
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Besides those pesky low cost carriers it seems that once you crossed the pond you were somewhat safe from the dreaded checked baggage fees and charges. For the long-haul flights you’re probably still okay checking a bag for free, but now when your fit hit the ground over in Europe you might need to take out the credit card.
It looks like KLM is going to be one of the first traditional carriers over in Europe to start charging for checked baggage for travel within Europe. The charges hit the airport ticket counters beginning on April 22, as it will be in effect for tickets booked on or after that day. It’s going to be 15 euros for those checking a bag in advance, but it doubles if you’re paying at the airport—that’s roughly $40 if we converted things correctly. Other carriers like Air France, Alitalia, and British Airways don’t seem to be interested in this kind of thing just yet, but now we’re getting a little nervous.