One of the perks of traveling internationally is that you don’t have to pay for a luggage cart. Sadly, that’s not the case when traveling domestically. If you’re traveling with a lot of luggage and gifts this holiday season, you’ll find this tip helpful: Instead of shelling out up to $6 for a cart, just go outside of arrivals near baggage claim.

I can almost guarantee you there will be unlocked carts that have not been returned near the taxi stand and pickup areas. If you still can’t find one, then walk to the parking lot and you will definitely find a cart there. There are usually plenty of them. This is what every limousine driver does as well.

Besides, hunting for a luggage cart gives you something to do while waiting for your bags to come out, which always seems like an eternity.

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9 Comments On "The Trick For Getting Airport Luggage Carts for Free"
  1. Johnny|

    Make sure, you’re able to get back into the security area. It might be wiser to pay for the cart, what mostly is a deposit fee anyway. Especially if you’re in a hurry…

  2. Sandra Boring|

    Prefer not to comment

  3. Rene Lagler|

    If I remember correctly that everywhere in the World the carts are free, but I recall years ago at LAX International Terminal they installed the PAYcarts and I saw foreigners aghast at the idea of paying as some had not exchanged their currency. Welcome to America!

  4. Bryant Petitt|

    I have been doing this for years!

  5. Kathleen|

    Me, too. Been doing this for years! : D

  6. Dan Nainan|

    I’ve done this in the past, it’s great! But for over 10 years, I’ve never checked a bag, not once, so I don’t need a cart.

    I remember when I first saw the luggage carts in Europe, and couldn’t believe they were free…now I realize somebody must’ve seen those overseas and thought, hey, maybe I can start this in America and make some money.

    1. Johnny Jet|


  7. Anonymous|

    just get a free one and then resell it to someone for 3 dollars

  8. SharonG|

    Hasn’t worked at MCO for 3 of our past 4 flights! And $6 each is really highway robbery to use the carts for 10 or 15 minutes. Those cart corral-jockies are very quick to round them up there!

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