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Boston’s Callahan Tunnel Closing Update

Boston Logan International Airport. Image courtesy Flickr user David Wilson.

Boston Logan International Airport. Image courtesy Flickr user David Wilson.

Last month, we told you about the temporary closing of Boston’s Callahan Tunnel, the main artery from the North End to Logan International Airport. The tunnel normally carries an average of 30,000 cars on weekdays, but closed on December 27 for a $34.9 million overhaul. Crews are working 20 hours a day to rehabilitate the tunnel’s deck, curb line, and gutters, in addition to replacing the wall panels.

Alternate routes (marked in grey, below) include the Ted Williams Tunnel, which is experiencing quite an increase in traffic due to the Callahan closure, over the Tobin Bridge, or along Route 16 east to Route 1A south. As you can see, these routes are adding significant travel time to airport goers’ trips. Because traffic is backed up leaving the city, it’s causing more congestion for those entering the city.

Alternate routes from the city to Logan International are marked in grey.

Alternate routes from the city to Logan International are marked in grey.

If you’re flying into Boston, either as a visitor or a resident returning home, consider bypassing the hassles of construction traffic. Sign up for our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and skip, not only baggage claim, but also the headaches. Starting at $29.95, we’ll deliver your luggage to your home, hotel or any other address within 100 miles of the airport. It’s great for families too. We offer a flat rate of $49.95 for 3-8 bags. Use Bags VIP and take public transport into the city. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Silver Line, which connects the airport to the heart of the city via bus, will run service to and from Logan International consistently every day. Or take the subway, known as the T. Free shuttles take you from your terminal to the airport station, which runs on the blue line into the city. This option is faster, easier and much more affordable than renting a car or taking a taxi. Cabs run $20-40 each way, depending on where in the city you are headed. The T costs $2.50 for a one-time ride or $11-18 for daily or weekly passes.

The Callahan Tunnel is scheduled to re-open March 12.

Bags Inc. Year-In-Review 2013

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To say that this has been a busy year for Bags Inc. would be a major understatement. In our more than 20 year history of making travel easier, 2013 will go down as one of the company’s most eventful years.

We first began offering our Bags VIP luggage delivery service in 2012, available out of a limited number of airports for passengers flying on select airlines. Now, in 2013 — after the establishment of partnerships with the major U.S. airlines — we are able to offer the Bags VIP service at more than 250 U.S. airports across every state.

In addition to the expansion of Bags VIP, we have also expanded our Bags Airline Check-In service in 2013 by forming new partnerships across the country. Highlights include the first partnership between Bags Inc. and a shopping center, where we provide concierge services and remote airline check-in service to guests at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. We’ve also brought the convenience of remote airline check-in to Las Vegas resorts and casinos, additional cruise lines, additional hotels, and many more.

Not to be outdone, Bags Parking & Guest Services had a busy year in 2013 providing parking management, valet, and guest services for numerous events and conferences, including UCF basketball games, the press conference announcing the addition of Orlando City Soccer Club as Major League Soccer’s 21st team, and many more. Bags Parking & Guest Services has also established several new partnerships with major hotels and resorts.   

This rapid expansion of services — all in the name of making travel easier — also required the expansion of our staff and the establishment of a more robust online presence. In 2013, we launched our new consumer website along with rejuvenated social media channels. Now, you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and our Bags Inc. blog for travel advice and company news. And — to complete our online revamp — we introduced our new corporate website to better explain to our business partners the many benefits of partnering with Bags Inc.

We’ve had many successes in 2013, but we’re looking forward to the coming year where big plans are in the works. At Bags Inc., we always find new ways to accomplish our mission, so stay tuned for even easier travel in 2014.  

Tunnel to Boston’s Logan Airport to Close for 3 Months

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By Rene Schwietzke (Own work)

The Callahan Tunnel, carrying a weekday average of 30,000 cars, will close for 3 months beginning on December 27 of this year. The 52-year-old tunnel, which connects downtown Boston to Logan International Airport, is scheduled for a $34.9 million overhaul as engineers will rehabilitate the tunnel’s deck, curb line, and gutters, in addition to replacing the wall panels.

Commuting through the hectic streets of Boston has never been an easy task, and now travelers will have to cope with alternate routes, detours, and public transportation options to and from the airport. If you toss luggage transportation into the mix, you’re in for a turbulent day of travel.

Avoid the chaos and make Boston travel easier by registering for our Bags VIP luggage delivery service. When your flight lands at Logan International, bypass baggage claim and seek the most efficient route to your destination without dragging around your luggage. Let us deal with the detours and we’ll deliver your bags from baggage claim to any address within 100 miles of Logan International — no matter how difficult the route.

Checking In for the Holidays

Happy Holidays

By Marcus Quigmire from Florida, USA (happy Holidays Uploaded by Princess Mérida) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

In anticipation of the busy 2013 holiday travel season, many people think that packing light is the only option for air travel. The problem is, the holiday season is the least-suited time for traveling light.

What if you want to bring your Christmas tree with you wherever you’re headed? What if you want to take back some family-favorite foods on the return flight? What if you have multiple gifts to deliver, or you need to get your Black Friday purchases back home? As it turns out, you can check many of these items on your flight, and Bags VIP will deliver them for you.

While you should confirm with your specific airline, you can travel with many holiday items including ice skates, snow globes, Christmas trees, pies and cakes, antlers, food items, and gifts.

So the next time you have holiday items to transport, use the service that even Santa wished he had used: Bags VIP!

What holiday items have you checked in on a flight? If you could fill a suitcase with your favorite holiday food, what would it be?

 

Bags VIP vs. Shipping Ahead

Baggage Claim

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We’ve 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).

Scenario 1: One small bag and one set of golf clubs

Shipping one small bag and one standard set of golf clubs would cost the following:

Bags VIP: $79.95

Luggage Forward: $158.00

Lugless: $148.00

Luggage Free: $153.75

Using Bags VIP in this scenario would save you an average of $73.30, or 48%, versus shipping ahead.

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15 Time-Saving Tips for Business Travel

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By Kitt Hodsden [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes to retrieve your luggage at airport baggage claim. That’s 1-to-1.5 hours, every trip, of accomplishing nothing other than waiting for bags to make their way around a carousel. Factor in the time we spend packing, checking-in for flights, booking rental cars, filling out expense reports, and forgetting where we parked, and we’re left with disconcertingly little time for actual business.

You may have a sense for where we’re going with this: a recommendation to register for our Bags VIP luggage delivery service. You saw that coming.

But we’re going to take it a step further: while our Bags VIP service saves a significant amount of time and adds substantial convenience, it is only one part of a larger time-saving travel strategy. We’ve amassed a list of time-saving travel tips that, when combined our Bags VIP luggage delivery service, have the potential to save an enormous amount of business-travel time.

Here are 15 start-to-finish time-saving tips for business travel:

  1. Enroll in our Bags VIP luggage delivery service – Bags VIP allows you to bypass baggage claim while our agents deliver your luggage – saving you up to 30-45 minutes every time you fly. We can even deliver equipment so you don’t have to worry about things like shipping golf clubs or skis ahead.
  2. Keep a packed bag – if you travel on business frequently, maintaining a packed bag at all times can save several hours of last minute packing.
  3. Seek out the most direct travel routes – not necessarily the most inexpensive option, but you could save a couple of hours if you can book a direct flight or can fly out of a regional airport rather than a more prominent one.
  4. Check-in for your flight online – avoid long airport check-in lines and print your boarding passes from home. Also, checking-in online will allow you to select your seats on the flight, which could get you off the plane quicker if the seat is located near the front.
  5. Consider obtaining a Clear Security Pass – this pass provides access to faster airport security lines, eliminating the need for early arrival or providing you with more time in the airport to review that sales presentation.
  6. Enroll in frequent flyer programs – if you’re loyal to a particular airline, accumulating frequent flyer miles may grant you access to faster check-in lines, priority boarding, and free upgrades.
  7. Save time moving through airport security – Use a clear Ziploc bag to carry keys, wallets, phones, and any other items you would normally carry in your pockets. That way, you can have security screen all of your items at once without having to fumble through your pockets loading and unloading the security bins.
  8. Use the hotel concierge – utilize the hotel concierge to make advanced dinner reservations so you won’t have to allot any time to meal planning when you arrive.
  9. Use mobile expense reporting – rather than wasting time manually filling out paperwork, complete it on-the-go with an online expense application. For example, with Concur for Mobile, you can book itineraries, capture receipts, and submit expense reports all from your smartphone or tablet.
  10. Consider an airport VIP lounge pass – if you can’t avoid time spent at the airport, due to either flight delays or layovers, an airport VIP lounge is a quiet and comfortable place to get some work done. Equipped with Wi-Fi and conference rooms, you can squeeze in some business between flights.
  11. Get around quicker – if you’re renting a car, consider enrolling in any available frequent rental programs for a quicker check-in process. Also, ensure that the rental car facility is located in the airport and not at an off-site address. This will prevent wasted time commuting from the airport to the rental car facility.
  12. Pre-program your GPS – taking the time to pre-program addresses into your GPS before arrival can save commuting time.
  13. Keep organized – designate one folder for all travel related documents such as itineraries, boarding passes, and receipts. You’ve worked hard to save time using the other strategies; don’t waste time on something as simple as not being able to find a document.
  14. Park smarter – searching for your parked car after your flight lands is not a good use of time. Many airports offer parking plans and valet services that can speed vehicle retrieval. If you want to avoid the expense, simply take a photo of the lot with your smart phone for reference.
  15. Register for our Bags VIP luggage delivery service for the return flight – bypass baggage claim and head home while we deliver your bags.

Individually, some tips have more time-saving potential than others; collectively, their time-saving potential is enormous. Using a Clear Security Pass will get you through security quicker on departure, booking Bags VIP luggage delivery service will get you past baggage claim on arrival, and between the two services a significant amount of time has been saved on both legs of the trip. Incorporate the other recommendations and you’ll now have the time to start adding additional meetings to every business trip.

Let’s see how long we can grow this list: share your time-saving travel tips with us.

 

 

Bags VIP Delivers More than Just Your Standard Suitcase

Organ & Golf Clubs

By Alan Levine from Strawberry, United States (Clubs and Keys Uploaded by clusternote) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bags VIP is the perfect solution for skipping baggage claim and making the most of your trip—while our trusted agents retrieve and deliver your bags directly to the location of your choice. But did you know that, with the exception of your pet, Bags VIP can deliver just about any item that can be checked on a passenger flight?*

Here are some examples of items that Bags VIP can deliver—above and beyond the standard suitcase.

  • Sporting equipment
    • baseball bats
    • golf clubs
    • hockey sticks
    • skis
    • pool cues
    • lacrosse sticks
    • tennis rackets
    • fishing rods
    • bicycles
  • Power tools
  • Video equipment
  • Telescopes
  • Musical equipment
    • Guitars
    • Violins
    • Amplifiers
  • Car seats and strollers
  • Full suits of armor

And yes, someone actually has checked-in a full suit of armor. See the CNN article “10 weird things found in unclaimed luggage.” And remember, no matter how weird, if you can check it we can probably deliver it.

What is the weirdest item you’ve seen checked-in on a commercial airline?

 

*With the exception of live animals, as long as your baggage meets travel guidelines for checked baggage traveling on the major airline carriers and is within 100 miles of the arrival airport, it is eligible for delivery. Detailed restrictions are covered in our Terms and Conditions section of our website.

For a comprehensive list of items that can and cannot be transported on a passenger flight, visit the TSA website.

 

Bags Inc. Unveils New Website

The new MakeTravelEasier.com Website

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new and improved website at www.maketraveleasier.com. We have enhanced the design and functionality of the site, making navigation easier while more effectively highlighting the unique and increasingly popular Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

The launch of the new website is one of many exciting changes taking place at Bags Inc. Over the last year we’ve added three additional major airlines to our growing list of Bags VIP airline partners, increased the number of locations where travelers can use our Bags Remote Airline Check-In service, and strengthened our reputation for providing top-notch customer service.  As we continue to grow and our message continues to spread, more and more travelers are discovering how Bags Inc. can truly Make Travel Easier.

Make sure to check back with us for more exciting news and developments, and as always we would love to hear any feedback you have regarding our new website or our services.

Bags Inc. Welcomes US Airways to the Bags VIP Luggage Delivery Family

Image courtesy US Airways.

Bags Inc., the world leader in luggage delivery and multi-airline remote check-in services, added another airline to the growing list of clients now offering the Bags VIP luggage delivery service. US Airways is the third major US carrier to offer the service directly to their customers.

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Bags Inc. Welcomes US Airways to the Bags VIP Luggage

Please see the full press release Bags Inc. Welcomes US Airways to the Bags VIP Luggage Delivery Family for more information.

Images courtesy US Airways.

Bags Inc. Brings Airline Check-in Service to Its First Mall Location

Image courtesy Fashion Outlets of Chicago.

Image courtesy Fashion Outlets of Chicago.

Orlando based Bags Inc., the world leader in luggage delivery and multi-airline remote check-in services, embarked into the mall services business by launching its innovative concierge service that includes Bags Airline Check-In and Bags VIP Luggage Delivery services. The Bags services will be offered when the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, the first fully-enclosed outlet mall built in Chicago in more than two decades, opens its doors today.

Please see the full press release Bags Inc. Brings Airline Check-In Service to its First Mall Location for more information.