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ellenh Jul 3rd, 2005 06:58 PM

shipping luggage to florida
I am taking my elderly mother to Florida for a week The thought of checking bags on the plane is daunting. has any one shipped luggage to hotels? who did you use and how did it work? Its hard enough getting my mom any where without lugging bags.(no pun intended) thanks

LoveItaly Jul 3rd, 2005 09:43 PM

Hi ellenh, I know there are some services that you can use but unfortunatly I don't have their names or websites. I bet if you went onto the search on Google you could find some. Or how about boxing up what your mother will need for the week and sending it ahead by UPS. That might be the easiest for you. Good luck!

starrsville Jul 4th, 2005 01:42 AM

Peter Greenberg, the travel guy for the Today show, always ships his luggage to and from the hotel via FedEx. He never checks a bag.

Another Fodorite once pointed out that NBC pays the shipping though! :-)

If you are going to be in one place, then you could easily ship a box as LoveItlay suggests - and then ship it home. The hotel may charge a $5 handling fee on top of the UPS charges, but it can be worth it.

nytraveler Jul 4th, 2005 05:53 AM

If you do this contact the hotel in advance and find out whose name to put on the box - and get e-mail confirmation how to do it - and that it has arrived.

If you simply send things in advance to a guest who has not yet arrived - it is often "stored" in the bowels of the hotel - and a couple of days later when the folks arrive no one knows where it is. (Take this from someone who ships stuff to hotels constantly for meetings.)

kybourbon Jul 4th, 2005 06:23 AM

Contact your airline and arrange assistance. This is done all the time for elderly passengers.

ellenh Jul 6th, 2005 08:44 PM

Thanks everyone, Im still working on it. I'll post what I find out.

Gretchen Jul 7th, 2005 02:52 AM

Agree with getting help from the airline. Check bags at the curb, get an electric cart to the gate.
But if you ship it use FedEx ground. They are TERRIFIC and reasonable. I am a complete convert from UPS. The USPS is laughable.

j_999_9 Jul 7th, 2005 09:22 AM

One other option that's a little less convenient:

You can ship luggage via Greyhound Bus Lines, but the kicker is that you have to go to the bus station to pick it up.

I've done this when I had a lot of luggage and didn't want to schlepp it to the airport. Stuff always gets there quickly and in good shape.

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