How to avoid airline luggage fees

FrontpagelogoAngry about the airlines’ new bag fees? Here’s a way to use some of those frequent flyer points to save some cash … if you’re the type who plans ahead.

You can use Marriott Rewards points to get your stuff from here to there … maybe.  A company called The Luggage Club will pick it up … from roll-on’s to surfboards and deliver them as soon as next morning. A 70-pound suitcase, picked up in Washington and delivered to Boston, delivered in three days, will cost about $80.  The ‘next day" price is $301.

But you can avoid paying the fees if you’re a member of Marriott Rewards.  “This is a service that we think will be extremely valuable to our members who spend many of their days navigating airports," an executive with the hotel chain said.  Marriott Rewards members can pay for Luggage Club services at the rate of 10 points per dollar.

The only glitch maybe that this service doesn’t work to the VI’s.  An “instant quote” test order, to Cruz Bay, Zip Code 00830, returned no price chart, but there is a phone number for international rates, 877-231-5111.

Here’s the Marriott announcement: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/080623/nem092.html?.v=48

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