Ship Your Bags
One way to avoid paying the airlines’ baggage fees (besides flying with an airline that doesn’t charge for checking a bag like Southwest) is to ship your bags to your destination ahead of time. This only works well if you’re traveling domestically, if you do it a week ahead of time and if you ship it via ground service, not air.FedEx, UPS or the USPS will do it—and with FedEx, you don’t even have to use a box. Just bring the bag to them and they’ll send it out, just like that.
If you’re shipping to a hotel, make sure it doesn’t charge a receiving or hold fee. Some hotels now charge by weight for receiving packages for guests.
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