UPS Provides Suitcase
Shipping Alternatives For Air Passengers
July 1, 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
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
select U.S 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 theupsstore.com to view a luggage box information
sheet with details about box dimensions, weight limitations and declared
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.
packing experts at The UPS Store also specialize in packing odd,
oversized items, such as skis, golf clubs and fishing poles - items
travelers would prefer to have waiting at their destination.
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