United Airlines Offers Baggage Delivery

United-baggage-delivery-BUnited Airlines is launching a baggage delivery option that allows customers to pay extra to have their checked bags delivered directly to their final destinations.

The destinations must be within 100 miles of the customer’s arrival airport. The service allows customers to 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, in a release. "Our customers have told us this type of option adds value to their travel experience."

The standard rates for bag delivery within a 40-mile radius are $29.95 for one bag, $39.95 for two bags and $49.95 for three to eight bags.

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.

American Airlines began offering a similar service via BagsVIP in August in more than 200 domestic locations.

Both airlines are promoting the service on their company Web sites.

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