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5 Most Affordable Destinations This Winter

Wanting to go on a vacation soon but concerned about your budget? No worries — we found the 5 most affordable destinations this winter. Whether you’re looking for a spot to escape the cold or to embrace it, there’s a place for everyone to visit.

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Bahamas

Would you believe us if we said a roundtrip flight to the Bahamas costs about the same for a roundtrip to LA? Well, it does. So if you’re worried about the cost of flying, there are places that are affordable when it comes to travel. One of the other great things about destinations like the Bahamas is that there are many hotels and resorts that are all-inclusive. This means you can enjoy more and spend less. TripAdvisor offers vacation packages that are affordable and make it possible to make 2016 the year that you finally make it to the Bahamas. You deserve the beach and some sun.

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Ireland

Although it may seem like a less desirable spot when it comes to a destination during the winter, it is actually a great time to check out Ireland. Ireland during winter has a reputation for being cold and rainy, but it’s important to remember that that’s just how the island nation always is. Ireland’s weather is relatively temperate year-round, yet people tend to travel during winter less, making it cheaper to visit. If Ireland has always been on your list of places to see, then why not visit now and save a lot of money? Main attractions are still open, it’s not actually that cold, and the off-season means great deals. Learn more about why you should pick Ireland as a winter destination.

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Vancouver, Canada

O Canada, thank you for having Vancouver be one of our favorite and most affordable vacation spots this winter. There may not be much history in this Canadian city, but they make up for it in scenery. Surrounded by mountains and beaches, it comes to no surprise that Vancouver is an ideal setting for film and TV. Want to save on flying? Choose a flight to Seattle, then take a shuttle into Downtown Vancouver. Also, save on gas (it tends to cost more up North) by utilizing the public transport. For more on traveling to Vancouver, check out these tips.

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Bermuda

Like the Bahamas, Bermuda is another dream getaway. It seems pretty unrealistic that a vacation to Bermuda is possible when it comes to being on a budget, but it is! Because May to September is Bermuda’s peak season, it’s uncrowded and affordable. Although temperatures are in the 60s, there’s still so much to enjoy and so much to see. Restaurants also offer great deals because they tend to suffer throughout the winter months from less tourists. The key to planning an affordable trip to Bermuda is, well, to PLAN. Plan in advance so you can save more. TripAvisor offers the best deals when it comes to a romantic vacation, family trip or an all-inclusive holiday.

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Denver, Colorado

This one’s for all of you who are ready to embrace winter and all of its wonderful qualities. It’s pretty uncommon for U.S. ski destinations to offer lower seasonal rates during winter, but Denver is the exception. With attractions like Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park, it shouldn’t come to a surprise why Denver is an ideal spot for winter sports and activities. Still not convinced? Read more about the breathtaking city here.

 

It’s time to take an affordable winter vacation. Vacations are for relaxing — so when you travel to one of these five places this winter, leave the stress of your luggage with us. You can now fly into all five of these affordable destinations while using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service. See the full list of locations.

Bags Transports Baggage for Pope Francis and his Entourage

Bags delivered luggage and trip-related items for Pope Francis and his traveling party during his September 22-27 visit to Washington, DC and New York City.Bags is honored to have delivered the luggage and trip-related items for Pope Francis and his large traveling party during his September 22-27 visit to Washington, DC and New York City.

Bags was entrusted to ensure everything traveling with the papal entourage aboard Shepherd One arrived secure and on time.

Bags complied with rigorous security requirements for handing and escorting baggage through numerous stops between Washington, DC and New York City. Those requirements included collaboration with the Secret Service, New York City Police Department, and Swiss Guard, which is traditionally responsible for the security of the pope during his travels and in Vatican City.

Bags delivered luggage and trip-related items for Pope Francis and his traveling party during his September 22-27 visit to Washington, DC and New York City.Bags delivered luggage and trip-related items for Pope Francis and his traveling party during his September 22-27 visit to Washington, DC and New York City.Bags is trusted nationwide to handle luggage logistics for clients, events, meetings, and conventions of any size. From remote baggage check-in to valet parking management, from luggage delivery to bell and concierge services, Bags handles more than 5 million checked bags per year and provides the highest level of service, not just for the Pope, but for every customer who entrusts us with their luggage.

Tips for Traveling with the Family

Even the most seasoned travelers know that going anywhere with the family along brings a new level of stress to any trip. Use Bags VIP luggage delivery to handle the excess baggage.Even the most seasoned travelers know that going anywhere with the family along brings a new level of stress to any trip. More bags, more people and more money equals more problems. Here are just a few tips from Bags to help make a vacation with the whole family a little easier on you and on them:

Only the Essentials
Skip the frills on a family trip. The more you bring with you, the more you have to carry and keep up with during your trip.

Be Prepared
While packing light its good, packing smart is better. Always expect the unexpected and have essentials in your carry on, like diapers, wipes, medications, a change of clothes and snacks.

Bring the Fun
Vacations are fun, but traveling is boring. Make sure to bring entertainment for everyone. Backpacks for each child are a great way to make sure that everyone in the family gets to bring their chosen toy or game.

Safety First
Car seats do not count as checked luggage on any airline. You will not be charged. Get yourself a durable car seat cover and check it for your trip.

Even the most seasoned travelers know that going anywhere with the family along brings a new level of stress to any trip. Use Bags VIP luggage delivery to handle the excess baggage.Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Being open, understanding, and above all flexible will always make your trip smoother. Lines will be long, traffic will be heavy, flights will be delayed and children (and adults) will get grumpy. But with just a little planning and an open mind, you’ll survive and enjoy another family vacation.

Use Bags VIP
Imagine your family stepping off of a plane and straight into your vacation. Now you can head to your destination with the confidence that your luggage will meet you there safely. Traveling luggage-free is the simple way to enjoy every moment with your family. And with Bags VIP luggage delivery handling the excess baggage, your biggest worry will be where to grab lunch.

Bags VIP Luggage Delivery FAQs

With Bags VIP luggage delivery service, you get a proven service on which you can rely. Your luggage travels with you and there's no need to ship it ahead.We understand that trusting someone with your luggage is a big deal. You don’t want just anyone to be responsible for everything you need on your trip. That’s where we come in. With Bags VIP luggage delivery service, you get a proven service on which you can rely. Bags® travel partners, including major airlines, cruise lines and world-famous resorts, trust Bags to handle their customers’ luggage every day, more than 5 million bags each year! Below are answers to some of our frequently asked questions that should assure you that you can walk confidently past baggage claim, trusting Bags VIP to retrieve and deliver your items, as promised. It is a responsibility we take seriously!

What is Bags VIP?
Bags VIP is a service that allows you to skip baggage claim and have your baggage delivered directly to the location of your choice (home, office, hotel, golf course, etc.) within 100 miles of a participating destination airport.

From traveling hassle-free to saving time to great customer service, our customers tell us why they love using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service.Can I schedule a Bags VIP delivery if I’m already at the airport?
Yes, as long as you book your delivery at least one hour before your scheduled flight departure, your destination is a participating airport, your baggage will not need to clear customs, and the delivery address is within 100 miles of the airport, you can participate in the Bags VIP service.

How will Bags VIP know which bags to deliver?
When you place your order, we get a detailed description of each bag included in the order. Our local delivery agent will use the description you provided to find your bag.

Do I need to prepare my bags for the delivery service?
Most luggage shipping services require your items to be picked up days in advance and specially packed. With Bags VIP, you don’t. As long as your items can be checked with the airlines, we will deliver it as is, including skis, golf clubs, and strollers.

Does my luggage travel separately from me?
With Bags VIP, your luggage travels on the same plane as you, instead of being shipped ahead. You get the peace of mind knowing your bags will be traveling with you, and will be delivered in a time frame you can plan around.

For answers to any and all of your questions about Bags VIP luggage delivery service, visit our FAQs page for a more detailed list of questions.

History of Luggage and Luggage Delivery

The history of luggage and luggage delivery is fascinating. From wooden chests to modern day luggage, we tell the story of luggage's evolution.

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Love it or hate it, luggage is an integral part of almost every vacation or trip you will take. Everyone has luggage, and everyone uses luggage, but most people don’t know anything about how luggage has changed over time or its history. We tend to think of luggage in terms of the sleek, wheeled, and lightweight cases we see today. However, luggage has been used for centuries, and was very different up until just a short time ago.

The history of luggage and luggage delivery is fascinating. From wooden chests to modern day luggage, we tell the story of luggage's evolution.

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According to The Oxford English Dictionary the word ‘luggage’ enters printed English in 1596. The word derives from lug (v.) “to drag” and literally means, “that which needs to be lugged about.” For most of history, luggage commonly came in the form of chests or trunks made of wood, ivory, or other heavy materials.

The history of luggage and luggage delivery is fascinating. From wooden chests to modern day luggage, we tell the story of luggage's evolution.

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Due to their bulk and weight, these chests and trunks would be shipped by professional movers. It was not until the end of World War II that smaller and more lightweight suitcases and bags that are carried on your person became the more popular and acceptable form of taking your possessions along on a trip.

While steamship travel in the past required luggage to be strong, waterproof and sturdy for journeys, bags and luggage needed to be quite the opposite for plane trips. Zips replaced clasps, suitcases were no longer required to be waterproof, and wheels and towing handles became more commonplace features in luggage design. Travelers now carry their own cases in transit – and the old fashioned porters have become a thing of the past.

With Bags VIP luggage delivery service, you get a proven service on which you can rely. Your luggage travels with you and there's no need to ship it ahead.While luggage has had many amazing transformations in the past, we saved the best improvement for last. In 2012, Bags launched its now nationally recognized and used Bags VIP luge delivery service to help travelers across the country Make Travel Easier. Bags VIP allows you to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your vacation or business trip right away, without the burden of luggage. Don’t live in the past, click here to book Bags VIP for your next business trip or vacation!

Making the most of your airport wait time

Most of us have been there – stuck between flights and in need of a way to pass the time at the airport. Nowadays most people turn to their mobile devices, but games and apps can use a lot of data and even more of your phone or tablet’s precious battery life. So here are some other options for making the most of your down time at the gate:

We offer ways you can spend your idle time at the airport better, courtesy of Bags® VIP Luggage Delivery Service.

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Catch up on current events: With all that’s going on in the world, there’s always time to get up to date on the goings on of the world outside of our daily bubbles. Find a TV showing the news or pick up a newspaper and learn what’s happening overseas, or even new developments around the country that you’ve missed.

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Train your brain: Puzzles and books are one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to waste your extra time waiting for a flight. Puzzle books like Sudoku or crosswords can help you eat up a lot of time, and bringing a few novels or magazines along is always a great way to distract yourself from the wait.

 

We offer ways you can spend your idle time at the airport better, courtesy of Bags® VIP Luggage Delivery Service.

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Bar Hop: Every airport has at least one or two places to grab a drink, and most have far more than that. Sit down, relax, and have a drink while you wait for your flight. Just always remember to drink responsibly. It’s a great way to loosen up for your flight and burn some down time. Try chatting with another patron – you never know who you may meet!

We offer ways you can spend your idle time at the airport better, courtesy of Bags® VIP Luggage Delivery Service.

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Catch up on sleep: Waiting for your flight is the perfect time to grab some z’s before you’re off. Whether it’s before an early morning flight or waiting for a connection, grabbing some shut eye during the wait will make you feel better when you’re finally at your destination.

 

 

If what you really want on your next trip is to save time, not waste it, we have a solution for that too. Bags®VIP luggage delivery service allows you to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your vacation or business trip right away, without the hassle of luggage.

Trust Us, We’ve Got Your Bags

With Bags VIP luggage delivery service, you get a proven service on which you can rely. Your luggage travels with you and there's no need to ship it ahead.We understand that trusting someone with your luggage is a big deal. You don’t want just anyone to be responsible for everything you need on your trip. That’s where we come in. With Bags VIP luggage delivery service, you get a proven service on which you can rely. Bags® travel partners, including major airlines, cruise lines and world-famous resorts, trust Bags to handle their customers’ luggage every day, more than 5 million bags each year! Below are a few facts that should assure you that you can walk confidently past baggage claim, trusting Bags VIP to retrieve and deliver your items, as promised. It is a responsibility we take seriously!

Your Luggage Travels with You
With Bags VIP, your luggage travels on the same plane as you, instead of being shipped ahead. You get the peace of mind knowing your bags will be traveling with you, and will be delivered in a time frame you can plan around.

With Bags VIP luggage delivery service, you get a proven service on which you can rely. Your luggage travels with you and there's no need to ship it ahead.Don’t Pack and Ship Days Ahead
Most luggage shipping services require your items to be picked up days in advance and specially packed. With Bags VIP, you don’t. As long as your items can be checked with the airlines, we will deliver it as is, including skis, golf clubs, and strollers.

Better Value than Shipping
Our pricing model is simple. We offer rates for one, two, or three to eight bags, starting at just $29.95. In a recent example, delivering a set of golf clubs through Bags VIP was 27 percent cheaper than delivering with a well-known luggage shipping company.*

Excellent Customer Service
Bags VIP agents strive to provide the best customer service in the industry. Our agents are cross trained in all aspects of the business, and with 24/7 customer service, we’re always just a call away.

*Example based on checking a set of golf clubs as a second checked bag with one of our major airline partners, then adding the standard Bags VIP delivery price for that one bag and comparing against the price posted on the luggage shipping company’s website.

How does Bags VIP luggage delivery work?

Reduce the likelihood that your bags will need to be searched and avoid delays or damage to your personal belongings. Or use Bags VIP luggage delivery services and skip the wait at baggage claim.

Bags VIP luggage delivery lets you skip baggage claim.

Traveling can be stressful enough without the extra hassle of luggage. At Bags®, we want to help you Make Travel Easier with our Bags VIP baggage delivery service. Bags VIP baggage delivery allows you to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your vacation or business trip right away, without the burden of luggage. And signing up for Bags VIP is quick and easy. Just follow these five steps:

1. Click on the “Book Now” button on MakeTravelEasier.com and complete your reservation at least one hour before your scheduled departure.

2. When you arrive at the airport from which you are departing, check in your luggage as usual and pay any baggage fees you owe the airlines. Airline baggage fees still apply to Bags VIP customers.

From traveling hassle-free to saving time to great customer service, our customers tell us why they love using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service.3. Enjoy your flight, knowing you won’t have to deal with your luggage again until it joins you at the delivery location you specified on the reservation form.

4. When you arrive at your destination airport, bypass baggage claim. A Bags VIP agent will retrieve your luggage and deliver it to your chosen destination, safely and securely.

5. Along the way, you will receive email updates about the progress of your delivery, and Bags VIP’s world-class customer service is always just a phone call or an email away.

It’s that simple! Just a few easy steps and you can be on your way to luggage free, hassle free travel. For more about Bags VIP or to book your Bags VIP baggage delivery service, go to our website and let us help you Make Travel Easier.

What Will Bags Deliver For You?

Planning a trip but don’t know how to get your large items like fishing poles or strollers safely to your destination? Forget the risk, cost and hassle of shipping it ahead. With Bags VIP luggage delivery, your equipment travels with you as checked baggage. Whether it’s your skis for a trip to Aspen, your clubs for a golf weekend getaway, or your child’s car seat for a family vacation, Bags VIP has you covered!

If you can check it on the airplane, Bags VIP can save you the trouble of lugging your heavy items from the baggage carousel. At your destination, a Bags VIP luggage delivery agent will retrieve your equipment from baggage claim and deliver it to your resort, golf course, lodge, country club, hotel or any location you choose.

Most luggage shipping services require your items to be picked up days in advance and specially packed. But Bags VIP luggage delivery agents will retrieve your checked luggage same-day and deliver it within 100 miles of more than 250 U.S. airports so you can take care of what really matters – you. And with so many service locations across the country, you can travel VIP style, no matter where you are or where you are going.* Begin enjoying your trip knowing that your items will be there when you need them.

With Bags VIP luggage delivery, your equipment travels with you as checked baggage. Whether it’s your skis for a trip to Aspen, your clubs for a golf weekend getaway, or your child’s car seat for a family vacation, Bags VIP has you covered!

*Bags VIP luggage delivery is available for international travelers arriving in the U.S. from airports with Pre-Clearance , from U.S. Territories, or when an international traveler clears Customs and Border Protection at a U.S. airport prior to boarding a domestic connecting flight to a destination where Bags VIP is offered.

Tips for Airport Travel – Including Stress-Free Luggage Delivery

Helpful airport tips you can follow in order to ease the headaches of travel, including using Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

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Vacations can be a wonderful, relaxing experience. A way to break from the mundane and hectic lives we live and just enjoy doing nothing. However, all too often these intended breaks from the trials and tribulations of life begin in one of the most stress-infused places in the world – the airport. While handling airport bureaucracy many times puts a dark cloud over family vacations or trips, there are some ways to alleviate the headaches and begin your escape on the right side of the terminal.

Before you Arrive:
One of the first things you should do when planning a flight is also one of the most overlooked – know where you’re going! Never underestimate the value of knowing the best way to get to the airport and where you need to go once you’re there. This can save tons of time and stress on your trip right from the start. Having your boarding pass printed ahead of time is also a great time saver when traveling by plane. Have yours on you when you arrive, either printed or saved to your mobile device, to avoid waiting to have it printed at the airport. Finally, make sure to arrive at least an hour before your flight – this ensures you don’t have to rush around at the last minute and allows for the inevitable delays that come with any trip.

Helpful airport tips you can follow in order to ease the headaches of travel, including using Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

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At Security:
Getting through security at the airport is always a hassle, but there are a few easy ways to make it as painless as possible. Pack your bags properly. This means pack neatly, avoiding liquids in your luggage, and packing all coats and jackets in checked bags. Be prepared for the screening process by removing metal items and shoes ahead of time. Finally, make sure to have your boarding pass and identification ready when you approach security.

At the Gate:
So you made it through check-in, passed security and are finally at your gate. While this seems like the easiest part of the airport experience, it can in fact be the most annoying. Combat potential delays with reading materials to keep you busy. Bring crossword or other puzzles to occupy yourself. In this day and age, most people rely on their phones for entertainment, so make sure to have your phone charger handy, and even consider bringing an outlet splitter just in case others are similarly relocated to the often sparse terminal outlets.

On the Plane:
One you finally take your seat, there are just a few more things to keep in mind. Keep some gum handy during take-off and landing to help relieve pressure aches. Make sure those reading materials are handy and your phone is on airplane mode. And the number one thing to make sure you have from start to finish of your airport adventure – patience. Take a deep breath and keep your cool to make the entire experience less frustrating and get where you’re going with less stress.

The best way to make sure your arrival is just as hassle free is to use Bags VIP luggage delivery service. Bags VIP luggage delivery allows you to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your vacation or business trip right away, without the burden of luggage. Use Bags VIP to and from your destination and enjoy luggage free travel from beginning to end.