Airlines collected 3.5 BILLION dollars in baggage fees in 2012, some of which was from bags that weighed too much. Don’t get charged for your bag weighing more than the limit!
Here are a few tips to help you avoid extra charges at the airport.
Stay up to date on your airline’s weight limits and restrictions. Check their website periodically prior to your trip.
Make sure your luggage collection is up to date:
If your luggage collection is more than 5 years old, it may be time to reinvest in a new luggage collection. Luggage manufacturers have started to respond to the excessive charges from airlines by offering fully-featured, lightweight bags in multiple sizes. For instance, if you are a packing whiz, you may not need a 28in piece of luggage, a smaller 26in bag may do the trick. For examples of lightweight luggage, check out the Travelpro Maxlite 2 Luggage Collection.
Confer with your hotel concierge to see if they offer a laundry service, if not ask if they could refer you to a service that will launder your clothes while you are on the go.
Are you going on an extended trip? Ship some of your casual clothes to your hotel, alert the staff you are expecting a package and they will have it waiting for you upon check-in. Also, make sure the hotel can ship out the items when you leave. If this service cannot be provided, the staff should be able to direct you to a UPS or FedEx store in the area where you can drop off items to ship back home when you leave.
A luggage scale can be your most important travel accessory. The Lewis N Clark Balanzza Digital Luggage scale is well worth the investment. Small enough to pack, lightweight and accurate, this pocket-sized lifesaver will pay for itself after your first trip!
Do you have a travel question? Want to know which piece of luggage is best for your trip? Ask us here in the comments section, or stop by the Luggage Factory Ringoes, NJ location. We’re here to help.
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