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How Does Bags VIP Luggage Delivery Work as an Alternative to Shipping Luggage?

What do you want to do when your plane arrives? Hang out at baggage claim waiting for your luggage? Wait for shipping luggage or shipping golf clubs? Or do you prefer to start your vacation right away? Use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and we’ll retrieve your checked luggage and deliver it to a destination of your choice, freeing you to make the most of your trip.

So how does it work? See our infographic below to see how we make travel easier (click on image to enlarge).

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Bags VIP Luggage Delivery or Luggage Shipping? A Comparison.

Forget luggage shipping and use luggage delivery!

Bags VIP Luggage Delivery vs Luggage ShippingWe have built the entire Bags VIP concept around the virtues of bypassing baggage claim. But you may ask, why use Bags VIP when you could achieve the same result using a luggage shipping service that picks up your luggage directly from your home? To answer this question, we compared Bags VIP with three major luggage shipping companies in two categories: (1) price, and (2) convenience.

Price
To evaluate pricing, we created three separate shipping scenarios with different combinations of items. We then compared the rates for Bags VIP with those of Luggage Forward, Lugless, and Luggage Free.*

Pricing for Luggage Forward, Lugless, and Luggage Free includes shipment charges for each item; pricing for Bags VIP includes delivery charges and airline baggage fees (airline baggage fees obtained from one of Bags’ major airline partners).

In all three scenarios, Bags VIP is the less expensive option compared to all three shipping-ahead luggage delivery companies — by as much as 49%. Even when paying airline baggage fees, Bags VIP luggage delivery service is significantly less expensive.

Convenience
Shipping luggage ahead admittedly has one advantage: you avoid having to transport your items to the airport. While this can be convenient, the additional burden associated with shipping items ahead eliminates the very convenience it is meant to create.

Luggage shipping creates the added hassle of having to prepare your luggage for shipment, select the shipping provider, and ship your items well in advance of the trip. In addition, after shipment, you inherit the risk of your items not arriving exactly when you expect them.

Conclusion
In terms of total convenience, peace of mind, and price, Bags VIP is the winner. Bags VIP is more economical, with rates from 20% to 49% lower in our shipping scenarios; it is also more convenient — your bags travel with you on the plane and are delivered within a more predictable and reliable time frame.

*Note on prices: Luggage Forward, Lugless, and Luggage Free (luggage shipping companies) prices based on rates posted on the their respective websites as of March 13, 2014, assuming flights are within the U.S. and standard 5-day shipping is selected. Bags VIP prices are based on rates posted as of March 13, 2014, assuming flights are within the U.S. and customers are flying with one of Bags’ major airline partners. Airline baggage fees based on rates as of March 13, 2014.

Best Spring Break Vacations for Families

Most people think of spring break as a time for college students to take to the beach and go wild. This can be a challenge for families looking to vacation with younger children. So what options are there for wholesome family fun during this week of infamous partying? Well you’re in luck. While the beaches may be packed with older spring breakers, there are still lots of options for you and your younger ones to have a lot of fun. If you’re planning a spring break getaway, make travel easier for you and your family. If you’ve considered shipping luggage, don’t give it another thought – our Bags VIP luggage delivery service is easier and more affordable for traveling families.

Hersey Park, PA

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Around since 1907, Hershey Park is the perfect vacation destination for the little sweet teeth in your family. But there’s more to do than just satisfy your candy cravings. Hershey is famous for its thrilling amusement park, packed with adrenaline inducing coasters, thrilling rides for the children, and entertaining shows. But there’s more to it that just the park. The city also houses many other one of a kind experiences.  Cocoa Avenue features miles of shopping and excellent restaurants. You’ll find luxury spas for adults. Go see the Hershey Bears professional hockey team. And before you arrive, be sure to check in to the many live performances and concert events at the Hershey Theater, The GIANT Center or Hershey Park Stadium. No matter what you choose you can know that everyone will have a great time.

Steamboat Springs, CO

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While not your typical sunny spring break destination, Steamboat Springs is a hot spot for families with kids. A great starting point for families is the Kids Vacation Center, featuring a fast check in process and a large facility to acclimate your young ones to the cold. They also provide excellent children’s ski instruction and other snow sport activities. Lessons are available for children starting at 2 years old, and special slopes for kids only allow them to practice their skiing before moving to the kiddies terrain park. Rough Rider Basin is a wild west themed attraction with teepees, a log cabin playhouse and snack areas. Your entire family can enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through the Great Rockies, and afterward take a soak in the natural hot springs. Kids Fly Free domestic packages coupled with Kids Rent Free and Kids Ski Free all reduce the price of one cool family vacation.

Six Flags Splash Town, TX

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A refreshing alternative to the crowded spring break beaches, Six Flags water park can help your family beat the heat and have a great time too. A wave pool, speed slides and more will keep you and your kids busy and cool all day. The park also has music festivals featuring Texas tune, and during springtime you can squeeze some learning in to by participating in a Math, Science, and Physics day.

 

Atlantis Resort, Bahamas

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This one stop legendary vacation will fulfill your whole families every spring break fantasy; for the parents, a luxurious and relaxing resort and for the kids, tons of outrageous and exciting activities. Kids can choose their own adventures at the stellar AKA (Atlantis Kids Adventure) program. They can unloose their creative side and make pizza and pretzels in culinary classes, or aspiring young architects can grab a hard hat and go to the Lego Construction room. There’s cozy reading rooms, an extravagant Victorian style dollhouse for tea parties, costumes to make movies, a craft room and even advanced video game systems. If you can pull the kids away from the clubhouse you can enjoy a nice family meal before the kids are off to the water slides, river rides, and rock climbing or marine habitats while the parents take advantage of spa treatments and world class casino.

Theme Parks, Central FL

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While this may seem like a cliché, it’s not one of the most popular family vacations for no reason. Wisk your family away for a magical spring break adventure they will never forget. Take your kids on dozens of exciting rides at any of the central florid parks themed after their favorite movies. Introduce them to all their beloved characters from shows and stories. With multiple parks all with vastly different experiences, your family will be sure to find enjoyment around every corner. And be sure to look out for special deals. For example, United airlines offer a “kids fly free” promotion to certain during springtime. Make sure to take advantage of the available savings and show your family and unforgettable time.

No matter where you decide to go, traveling as a family can be a challenge to say the least. The youngest family members travel with lots of “stuff,” but they can’t always be counted on to haul their own things. Adults have their own stuff, the kids’ stuff – sometimes even the kids themselves – and then those suitcases get heavy! Bags VIP is the answer to making the most of every second with your family: luggage free! Bags VIP can deliver up to 8 bags to any destination from the airport for one low price. So you can skip baggage claim and start your family vacation the moment you land.

Choosing the Right Cruise for You!

Planning your first cruise can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Many people assume that all cruises are the same, except for their destinations. However, there can be much more important factors that determine the success of your vacation than just where you’re going. Are you traveling with a group or as a single? Are you looking for adventure or relaxation? Traveling on a budget? Taking these ideas into consideration can be the difference between making and breaking your trip. Don’t bother shipping luggage! With Bags VIP, we can deliver your bags right to your cabin.

No need for shipping luggage for your cruise – Bags VIP will delivery your bags right do your cabin!

Traveling on a budget: Carnival Cruise Line

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Carnival favors affordable, three to seven night excursions to lengthy and expensive trips. With popular destinations in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexico, you can have an exotic vacation without breaking the bank. With some careful planning and timing, a Carnival cruise can cost you as little as $50 per person per night. In an effort to save you money, Carnival features simple cabins and does not go overboard with extra cost venues on board. For budget rates, avoid holiday periods, especially school vacations, and consider an Early Saver rate, which could knock 20 percent off the price simply by putting a $50 down payment on your trip.

Traveling with Teens: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

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Every parent knows older kids can be hard to please. They need exciting activities, and lots of them. Royal Caribbean has them. Depending on the ship, your teens can enjoy a bottomless well of energy with rock-climbing walls, zip-lines, ice- and inline-skating, surf simulators, a boxing ring, and basketball and volleyball courts. Onboard youth programs divide kids up by ages in order to provide the most age appropriate entertainment, while still making them feel like adults. With amenities like a Generation Y Spa designed especially for younger generations and their adolescent needs, a teens only “casino,” backstage ship tours, and a no grown-ups allowed club where they can dance, drink “mocktails,” and interact with new friends while parents enjoy their own time.

 

Traveling with Families & Children: Disney Cruise Line

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Disney is unique in the cruise industry in that it caters to the needs of the youngest travelers; babies and toddlers. While most ships only allow children six or twelve months old, Disney will accept tots as young as 3 months old. They provide nurseries for little ones up to 3 years old with water play areas just for them. The ships also feature signature Disney characters like Mickey, Goofy and the Princesses who interact with the youngsters during breakfast, tea times and meet-and-greets. With huge play areas designed after their favorite Disney and Pixar movies, lots of high-tech games, and interactive and educational programming, your little ones will never be short on things to do. Cabins and dining establishments are tailored for families, taking into account the practical needs like split bathrooms with tub/shower combos, and the magical wants like restaurants with fairy tale décor.

Mature cruisers: Holland America Line

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With all of today’s loud and crowded ships, some older cruisers may feel out of place on their vacation. Holland America Line offers quiet, relaxing pleasures like a Culinary Arts Center, which focuses on cooking demos, tastings and shore side market tours led by top chefs. You can go on a self-guided art tour on board the ship, or visit the Explorations Café with a library and visiting lecturers speaking on art, history and a variety of other topics. For those wishing to stay active on their vacation, you can enjoy amenities such as a golf putting green, yoga and tennis. Under the brand’s Signatures of Excellence initiative, the line is expanding their ships’ enrichment programs and renovating the public areas and staterooms with comforts such as the Mariner Dream bed and high quality cotton linens.

For singles: Norwegian Cruise Line

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In 2010, Norwegian Epic was unveiled featuring 128 Studios, 100-square-foot cabins that are perfect in size and price for parties of one. The ship also offers passengers in this category of cabin a keycard with access to the Living Room, a special lounge with a bar, snacks and activities that facilitate pairing up with fellow single travelers. The ship also offers a plethora of other bars, including the Svedka Ice Bar and Bliss Ultra Lounge, hip entertainment like the Second City improv show and Blue Man Group, and ship wide events such as pub crawls that are perfect for singles, or newly formed couples.

Adventurers Seekers: Lindblad Expeditions

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Looking for an out of the ordinary cruise experience? For the adventurous types, Lindblad Expeditions ventures to not so ordinary destinations like the Arctic, Antarctica, Galapagos, Amazon and other less-mainstream cruise destinations. On trips to the arctic, passengers travel aboard an ice-class vessel that plows through icy waters for extraordinary views of polar bears and other arctic wildlife. Its Cape Horn-to-Cape of Good Hope excursion that follows the path of ancient surveyors and circumnavigators. On trips to Antarctica, National Geographic naturalists, marine specialists and photographers live on board, offering insights and information to the passengers. For the most adventurous travelers, the cruise line is equipped with sea kayaks and underwater cameras for close up views. The company also advances sustainable practices and supports many conservation programs in the fragile destinations it visits.

No matter which vacation you choose, we can help make your travels easier. Most cruise lines offer onboard airline check-in services that allow guests to check-in for flights, receive boarding passes, and check luggage all from aboard the ship. Bags VIP luggage delivery service can also be added for additional convenience when guests travel to and from the port. Bags VIP luggage delivery allows you to bypass baggage claim after your flight and begin making the most of your vacation right away, without the burden of luggage. For more information on these services, click here.

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Say Bon Voyage to Stressful Cruise Embarkation and Debarkation

Make cruising easier and sign up for Bags VIP luggage delivery (skip luggage shipping).Vacations should be about relaxing, especially cruises. However, embarkation day can be pretty hectic. Last minute packing, travel to the airport, security, flight, baggage claim, ground transportation to the port, dealing with porters, security, cruise check-in, boarding, muster drill…and that’s all before your ship has left port.

Skip luggage shipping and use Bags VIP – we’ll deliver your bags right to your cruise cabin!

Make cruising easier and sign up for Bags VIP luggage delivery (skip luggage shipping). We’ll pick up your bags at the airport (you won’t even have to see them after you check them at your departing airport) and deliver them to your ship, where they will be delivered to your cabin. That frees up your embarkation day so you can enjoy lunch on the lido deck, sip a cocktail, explore the ship, or take a dip in the pool.

Toward the end of your trip, most cruise lines offer onboard airline check-in, but despite being an amazing time saver, this service is not widely publicized. When you sign up for onboard airline check-in, you will save yourself from the headaches that can occur on debarkation day, when 2000-6000 other passengers get off the ship at the same time. The terminal luggage carousels can be confusing and crowded, a chaotic end to an otherwise relaxing vacation. You can skip the luggage carousels if you use onboard airline check-in. In addition to being checked into your flight, you won’t have to retrieve your bags in the cruise terminal…they are automatically transported to the airport and loaded onto your flight!

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You’ll get on your ship faster and start vacation fun sooner when you skip baggage claim and have your luggage delivered to your cabin. Image courtesy ruben i via Flickr.

Each cruise line brands onboard airline check-in differently (and offers it out of different home ports and with different airlines) but it is essentially the same service:

The top five reasons to use Bags VIP luggage delivery service before your cruise and onboard airline check-in after your cruise:
1. You can skip baggage claim.
2. After you check in for your flight at your departing airport, you won’t have to see or touch your luggage until it arrives in your stateroom.

Start your vacation right away with our cruise tips! You can when you don't have to wait at baggage claim for your luggage! Image courtesy Phil Comeau via Flickr.

Start your vacation right away! You can when you don’t have to wait at baggage claim for your luggage! Image courtesy Phil Comeau via Flickr.

3. You can check in for your flight before you even leave the ship.
4. You will get off the ship faster since you won’t have to retrieve your bags in the cruise terminal.
5. You will save on airport transportation since you won’t have to transport your luggage.

Want to make your trip home even easier? Sign up for Bags VIP luggage delivery for your return flight and we will delivery your bags to your home, office or any other address within 100 miles of the airport! Follow these cruise tips on your next vacation and your trip will be smooth sailing.

Bon voyage!

Share the Love this Valentine’s Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to show you some love and give you the chance to share that love with your friends. Between now and Friday, you can enter to win Bags VIP luggage delivery (a great alternative to shipping luggage or shipping golf clubs) for your next trip. Just visit our Facebook page and click the Share the Love tab. Enter your name and email address and you’re done! Want more entries? Share the promotion with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or email and you’ll receive an additional entry for each friend who enters via your shared link.

Enter to win Bags VIP luggage delivery (a great alternative to shipping luggage or shipping golf clubs) for your next trip.

Where are you going on your next trip? You can use your Bags VIP prize to arrange for delivery of to eight bags to your home, hotel, cruise ship, or any other location within 40 miles of more than 250 airports nationwide. And we’ll be providing two vouchers…so you can use Bags VIP on your trip home too! Good luck!

Baggage fees or no baggage fees? Do flyers want to ship luggage?

Flyers are open to paying for services. Bags VIP is a smart alternative than paying to ship luggage.

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Most people know that airlines make their real money in ancillary fees; those extra charges, like bag fees and seat selection charges that we all hate. In fact, a recent industry report suggests that North American carriers collected $17.2 billion in ancillary revenue last year. But is the revenue stream worth the stream of complaints and criticisms from customers? A survey from fly.com sheds some light on what fliers really hate being charged for, and for which services (including if they want to ship luggage) they would be willing to shell out more.

Fly.com questioned 613 U.S. travelers. 89% voiced the opinion that it is important airlines stop charging passengers for checked baggage. However, of the same travelers surveyed, 42% said they would pay extra for a reserved overhead storage bin on the plane. Reserved overhead storage was only one of a host of other services or upgrades travelers say they would be willing to pay more for, especially in lieu of baggage fees. It seems that in most cases, customers would pay an extra charge for services that improve the comfort and/or efficiency of travel. For instance:

45% would pay for extra leg room

36% would buy a security fast pass at the airport

34% would dish out to prevent the seat in front of them from reclining

26% would pay to have an empty middle seat next to them

Is it possible that charges for these kinds of services would make up for what would be lost if the airlines were to discontinue baggage fees? This may be an important consideration for airlines if they want to retain the business of the frugal traveler. Said best by Warren Chang, vice president and GM of Fly.com “While lucrative, it is important that airlines balance profit against the needs and interests of their passengers.  Our latest survey reveals the type of ancillary opportunities that can bolster passenger satisfaction, while also delivering new revenue streams to the airline industry.”

The survey results also reported that 35% of people would pay to have their checked luggage come out first at baggage claim. Why not make it even easier? With Bags VIP luggage delivery, you can bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your vacation or business trip right away, without the burden of luggage. Major airlines, cruise lines and world-famous resorts trust Bags to handle their customers’ luggage every day – more than 5 million bags each year! Now, you can Make Travel Easier and more enjoyable by having a Bags VIP agent retrieve your luggage from baggage claim when you arrive and deliver it to your hotel, home or office.

We Service More Than 250 Airports Nationwide

It’s one thing to just say we service over 250 airports nationwide; it’s another to illustrate it. So we put together this map on Pinterest indicating all the locations at which you can utilize our Bags VIP luggage delivery service. The service is a great alternative to shipping luggage or shipping golf clubs. No matter where in the country you fly to, chances are we are there. Let us pick up your bags and deliver them to the location of your choice so that you can skip baggage claim and head to your hotel, home, or any other destination within 100 miles of these airports.

We service over 250 airports nationwide so there's no need for shipping luggage or shipping golf clubs.

We service over 250 airports nationwide so there's no need for shipping luggage or shipping golf clubs.

Top 5 Travel Myths Debunked

The do’s and don’ts of travel are usually pretty straightforward. Get to the airport early. Put your tray tables up when you land. Don’t lose your passport. However, there are many things we hear about what to do when traveling that seem strange, or even just nonsensical. Below, we will discuss 5 common myths and half truths about what to do or not do when on a trip. Follow these tips and skip the hassle of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery – advice that will make travel easier.

1)    Jet lag is a result of a lack of sleep:

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This is one of the most common myths about traveling by plane. The feeling of jet lag is often attributed to early and late flight times depriving travelers of sleep. The swift changes in time zones can indeed disrupt your daily schedule and make it difficult to sleep during a flight. However, the kind of jet lag that stays with a traveler for several days after a flight has almost nothing to do with the amount of sleep you get on the plane. Jet lag results from changes to your body’s circadian rhythm.  Your circadian rhythm is the internal clock that tells your body when you’re hungry and when to go to the bathroom. It even regulates body temperature and blood pressure. The timing of this natural cycle is impacted significantly by cues your body gets from exposure to daylight.  In different time zones, those daylight cues occur at different times and your body is forced to re-synchronize its patterns. The easiest way to lessen the effects of jet lag is to begin timing your in-flight and pre-flight sleeping and eating patterns with the time zone at your destination.

2)    Last minute deals on booking:

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This is a travel myth that used to be true, and occasionally still can be, but relying on it to be true will cost you money in the modern world of travel. In years past, holding out until the last minute to buy airline tickets could help you get the best prices because airlines would rush to fill their empty seats at any price. Now, with better search engines, record travel levels, and more sold out flights, this cannot be counted upon. According to industry experts, looking for special deals (usually four to eight weeks before the flight) is the best option for saving some money when booking a flight. Once in a while you can still find a deal at the last minute, but those deals are becoming fewer and farther between.

3)     Your cellphone could crash the plane:

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“Please power down all electronic devices.” Ever heard this before? Since as far back as 1990, the use of cell phones on flights has been banned for fear that they would interfere with the planes’ instruments and cause accidents. Though the ban is still in effect, a study done by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2006 could not find a correlation between phone use and flight accidents. However, they were also unable to prove conclusively that phones did not lead to accidents and the ban has remained in effect.  So, is it a myth or not?  The trend seems to be toward agreement that this is in fact a myth. Today, more and more airlines are allowing in flight calls and access to mobile devices, with no reports of them having caused accidents to date

4)    Guided tours are inauthentic:

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Many people feel that guided tours are a superficial and “touristy” experience. They would rather have the experience of independently exploring a new city, to get a real feeling of having been somewhere new. However, well organized tours with an informed guide can enhance the experience of a new place, and provide knowledge and insights you may miss if exploring by yourself. A good local tour guide can shed light on which places you should visit, which you should avoid, and can provide an experience that is unavailable to the independent traveler.

5)    The airline will lose your luggage:

Lots of people worry about leaving their bags at the check-in desk and never getting them back.Follow these tips and skip the hassle of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery - advice that will make travel easier. In reality, only between one and two percent of luggage that is checked gets “lost.” Also, most of the luggage in that statistic is really only delayed, not lost, and gets returned to the owner within a matter of hours, or days in the worst cases. A bag actually getting lost is quite rare. You can help reduce any chance of your luggage being lost by checking it early, and including contact information on your suitcase. Be sure to clearly display your email address as well as your physical one.

So next time you decide to travel, make sure you know fact from fiction, so you can make the most of your trip. Have a myth of your own? Share it with us!

Bags VIP for International Travel

Bags VIP luggage delivery is available for international travelers arriving in the U.S. from airports with Pre-Clearance, like Vancouver (image courtesy Ed Bierman via Flickr).

Bags VIP luggage delivery is available for international travelers arriving in the U.S. from airports with Pre-Clearance, like Vancouver (image courtesy Ed Bierman via Flickr).

While Bags VIP is available for most domestic flights, you may not know that Bags VIP is also available for select international flights arriving in the U.S. Since the subject of international travel is a little trickier, it requires a bit more explanation.

First, Bags VIP is available only at U.S. airports. For the complete list of more than 250 participating U.S. airports, see our locations. Bags VIP is not currently available at any airports outside of the U.S.

In general, for international flights arriving at U.S. airports, the Bags VIP service is not available due to U.S. Customs and Border Protection policies. Our agents are not authorized to collect luggage, from an international flight, that has not been inspected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

However, there are three scenarios in which the Bags VIP service is available to passengers on international flights arriving at one of the more than 250 participating U.S. airports.

Pre-Clearance is available at Dublin Airport. Image courtesy ozz13x via Flickr.

Pre-Clearance is available at Dublin Airport. Image courtesy ozz13x via Flickr.

  1. The originating airport is located in a U.S. territory and the luggage does not have to clear customs.
  2. The international airport operates U.S. border pre-clearance (here is the complete list of pre-clearance airports) and the luggage does not have to clear customs.
  3. The departing international flight has a connecting flight within the U.S. As long as the final destination flight arrives at a participating U.S. airport from another U.S. airport — even if the original flight departs from an international location — the Bags VIP service is available.

If you’re still unsure, you can always ask one of our customer service representatives. We can be reached 24/7 by dialing 1-877-847-0045 or by emailing bagsvip@maketraveleasier.com.