American Airlines Offers Baggage Delivery to Home or Hotel

Perhaps you like checking a bag but hate wasting all that time at the luggage carousel. Now, you don’t have to, if you fly American Airlines and pay the carrier’s brand new bag delivery fee.

Listen as air travel analyst Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott wonder if this fee is worth it.

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Baggage Delivery Starts Aug. 6

American will begin offering this service Aug. 6. Here’s how it works: Passengers reserve baggage delivery at least two hours before departure, and the bag or bags will be delivered to homes or hotels or wherever – within a 40-mile radius – within four hours of arrival. The service will be available  seven days a week from 200 airports (including some outside the U.S.) and cost varies as follows:

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Baggage Delivery from $29.95

  • 1 bag: $29.95
  • 2 bags: $39.95
  • 3-10 bags: $49.95

The airline suggests this will be a boon to free-spending business travelers, as well as bag-laden family groups.

Unique Baggage Fee

American claims this is a unique fee and there seems to be no argument with that, although it is somewhat reminiscent of United’s old Premier Baggage which was a flat rate price of just under $300 covering all baggage fees for a year. It should be noted that the American’s new delivery fee does not include the normal transport fee of $25 for a first checked-bag and $35 for the second. Oversize and overweight baggage fees are also extra.

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Published: August 2, 2012