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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.
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Despite what we thought the future would hold for us, there still doesn’t appear to be a way to transport our suitcase from here to there without lugging it around. Teleportation still isn’t a thing—and it’s probably not coming anytime soon—so United is trying to improve on the whole experience with their new baggage delivery service.
They’re patterning with another group of luggage luggers, as BagsVIP is helping them out with this new delivery service. Basically it’s going to allow you to skip the wait at the baggage carousel, as a (hopefully) friendly employee will assist your luggage in making its final leg of the journey right to your hotel or home. They promise that you will get your bags within four hours of your arrival as long as your destination is located within 40 miles of the airport. They’ll go a little bit farther as well, but it’s going to be a six hour wait if you’re more than 40 miles—but less than 100 miles—away from the airport.
The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show begins this week and so, as happens every year, the weekend saw a bevy of new items fighting for space on the tech blogs. One that broke through is a new product called Trakdot, which promises to give travelers realtime tracking of lost luggage via a $50 tracking device plus $12.99 per year.
Given some of the travel hell we've gone through with lost luggage that airlines couldn't quite find in quite a bit of time, you'll understand why we were instantly intrigued. And given how 26 million bags per year get lost every year according to the Trakdot press release, we're assuming that at least some of you guys are going to be intrigued as well.
Some of Jaunted's posts deal with in-depth travel industry dynamics. Others deal with how events in the world of politics travel - up to and including civil wars, economic collapses, and terrorist attacks - affect tourism. This is a post about a piece of robot luggage named Hop that will one day follow its owner around airports.
You can track Hop's development on its home website, which also has illustrations on the different luggage sizes which will be available once the robot is available for sale. The technology's creator remains unnamed, though ReadWriteWeb rightly draws attention to a quote from the website about how loyal luggage that call roll through airports will change travel:
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We haven’t even visited Edmonton International Airport, but their baggage claim area is now one of our favorites.
As part of a larger renovation of the airport, officials have just added three different sports-themed baggage carousels. The suitcase chutes and conveyor belts now feature graphics, logos, and colors from the city’s local sports teams. The Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings, and the Edmonton Eskimos (they’re part of the Canadian Football league) are all well represented.
Televisions feature highlights and team history, although, we’re optimistic that they’ll beam live coverage of the games sooner than later. There’s even some oversized players doing their thing while the suitcases rotate around them.
American Airlines wants your bags, and they want to be responsible for them all the way to your hotel, house, or cubicle. We’re a little hesitant trusting the airlines with our luggage, but American hopes that they can change the minds of folks like us.
The airline is rolling out a new luggage delivery service and of course it’s going to come with a fee. Technically it’s not American Airlines running the behind-the-scenes stuff, as they’re partnering with BAGS VIP Luggage Delivery to get it done. The service started up earlier in the week, and it’ll set you back about $30 for your first bag and $40 for two bags. All in all, there will be roughly 200 airports across the country where the service should be available, so both your leisure and business travels should be pretty much covered.
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You might have already done so overseas, but here at home slapping your JFK or LAX bag tag onto your suitcase yourself is certainly the exception and not the norm. That might change soon enough if Alaska Airlines gets their way, as they’re the airline that’s leading the charge.
Recently over at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Alaska Airlines finished installation some of their first baggage tag printers. That means passengers are now free to go crazy and slap on their own stickers and bags tags—assuming they can be trusted. It sounds like they’re already hungry for more, as future airports are scheduled to receive similar options later this summer. However, for now it looks like you’ll have to be departing from SEA to play with the stickers.
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With all of the drama and outrage about certain airlines decreasing baggage limits, charging for extra baggage, and even (over)charging for carry-on baggage, here is a story that make you feel excited to fly. Yes, Virginia, there is happiness in flying.
Believe it or not, there are airlines that don't nickle and dime their passengers by charging to check a bag in the belly of the plane. And there are even airlines that have chosen to get even more liberal with how much they allow you to stuff in one suitcase. Or even up to three suitcases. We can't be more excited for these new rules.