The airline industry is constantly looking for ways to increase revenue. As gas prices go up they are forced to look at every avenue possible to bring in more cash. We have seen pretty much everything that used to be free now only be available at a cost. Meals, snacks, drinks, and baggage charges are common place on most carriers these days.
United is now offering a service that is new to the industry but that could save you some time once you arrive at your destination.
BagsVIP is their new offering to deliver your bags to your house or hotel so you don’t have to wait around at baggage claim. I could see this being incredibly valuable for all kinds of different travelers.
People with kids can help to alleviate their stress a little but walking off the plane and heading straight to their hotel. Business travelers who may be in a rush to get to a meeting can save crucial minutes. While many business travelers don’t usually check bags, this may allow them to do so and not have to be so frugal with their travel amenities.
This is one of the more reasonable options that I have seen an airline offer that really provides a nice service. I would not be surprised to see more of the airlines, if not all of them provide a similar service in the very near future.
The full press release can be found below.
OFFERS CUSTOMERS THE OPTION TO HAVE CHECKED BAGS DELIVERED TO THEIR FINAL DESTINATIONS
CHICAGO, Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — United Airlines today launched a new baggage delivery option, enabling customers to have their checked bags delivered directly to their final destinations – within 100 miles of their arrival airports – and skip baggage claim upon arrival. Baggage delivery by BagsVIP will initially be available to customers departing from any domestic airport and arriving in Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles and Orlando. The airline plans to expand the service to more than 190 domestic airports in the coming months.
“United’s new baggage delivery service offers an alternative for travelers who prefer the convenience of having their checked bags delivered directly to their homes, offices or hotels,” said Tom O’Toole, United’s senior vice president of marketing and loyalty. “Our customers have told us this type of option adds value to their travel experience.”
Standard rates for bag delivery within a 40-mile radius are as follows:
Delivery is available up to a 100-mile radius for an additional charge that varies by distance. Delivery pricing is in addition to any standard checked-bag charges that might otherwise apply.
Customers can order the service directly from BagsVIP online, or by calling 1-877-847-0045.
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