Category Archives: Travel Partners

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.

New Valet Parking Service in the Oldest City

Bags launched a new valet parking operation at St. Augustine’s Casa Monica hotel this year. Read about the history of the hotel, and the future of Bags.Welcome to the oldest city in America! Known as the “Ancient City,” St. Augustine is located between Northeast and Central East Florida and is convenient to Jacksonville, Orlando, and Daytona airports. And now, the beautiful and historic Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine is one more place that Bags® is helping to Make Travel Easier.

In 1997 the property was purchased by the Kessler Corporation out of Orlando and re-opened as the Casa Monica in 1999. It is a AAA Four-Diamond property and part of the Historic Hotels of America. It was the first hotel to kick-off Marriott’s new Autograph Collection in 2011. It is situated in the historic downtown area of St. Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited city. St. Augustine, named after the Patron Saint of Hyppo, will be celebrating its 450th birthday in September this year. The Casa Monica is named after St. Augustine’s mother, Monica, and is a tribute to her life as expressed in “The Confessions of St. Augustine.”

Bags launched a new valet parking operation at St. Augustine’s Casa Monica hotel this year. Read about the history of the hotel, and the future of Bags.Bags began offering valet parking services to the hotel on March 15th of this year. We provide valet parking at the Casa Monica Hotel as well as Costa Brave, the Hotel’s Restaurant. We also cater to local wedding venues, day parkers, wedding guests and temporary hotel visitors attending meetings. Bags currently serves about 4,000-8,000 guests a month and moves about 4,000 cars. The overnight parking rate is $24 and the day parking rate is $15.

The Parking and Guest Services arm of Bags continues to be a leading service provider in more than 250 U.S. cities. Our forward-thinking staff is empowered to look beyond standard parking procedures to improve guest experiences and create the most memorable arrival and departure services in the industry. Valet and bell team members are cross-trained to offer additional services such as Bags VIP luggage delivery, which allows flyers to skip baggage claim and have their luggage delivered to any address within 100 miles of more than 250 U.S. airports.

Bags Valet at the Grand Bohemian

Enjoy Bags valet services at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando. And guests can book Bags VIP luggage delivery service before or after their trip.Bags is pleased to announce our new partnership with the illustrious and sophisticated Grand Bohemian Hotel located in the middle of Orlando’s thriving downtown district. As of September 2014, Bags Parking & Guest Services is managing the valet staff and operations for one of Condé Nast Traveler‘s Top 20 Hotels in Florida.

Bags Inc. started more than 20 years ago as a valet parking company. The Parking and Guest Services arm of our company continues to be a leading service provider in more than 250 U.S. cities. From the moment they arrive, guests of the Grand Bohemian will receive first-rate customer service from Bags valet agents. Our highly trained team members—trusted to provide services for world-class hotels and resorts across the country—provide unparalleled valet services while utilizing leading-edge technology with capabilities such as text-request vehicle retrieval and options for mobile payments.

Enjoy Bags valet services at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando. And guests can book Bags VIP luggage delivery service before or after their trip.Looking to the future, Bags will soon provide our airline check-in service to the already amazing list of offers from the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Bags cross-trains guest service agents in all of the services we provide, creating a seamless travel experience for guests of the hotel from the moment they arrive at the Grand Bohemian until they return home.

Interested in visiting Orlando? Check out the Grand Bohemian Hotel for your stay, and look for Bags agents in the valet loop. For more information, click here. Guests can also book Bags VIP luggage delivery service before or after their trip and we’ll deliver your luggage from the airport to the Grand Bohemian so you can start your vacation the moment you land.

Bags Offers Services to Make Travel Easier for Guests at Rosen Hotels

Forget the hassle of shipping golf clubs and luggage

Use our Remote Airline Check-In and Bags VIP services as an alternative to shipping golf clubs when staying at Rosen Shingle Creek.

Take advantage of remote airline check-in when you stay at Rosen Shingle Creek. {Image courtesy Rosen Shingle Creek.}

Bags Inc. is proud to provide remote airline check-in and Bags VIP Luggage Delivery services at the Rosen hotels in Orlando, including Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Centre Hotel and Rosen Plaza Hotel. This affordable service allows departing guests to receive their airline boarding passes and check their baggage directly from the hotel. If you’re planning a round of golf at Shingle Creek Golf Club, forget the hassle of shipping golf clubs and let us do the heavy lifting. Travelers can rid themselves of their cumbersome baggage and avoid long airport check-in lines by simply presenting a government-issued identification and airline itinerary to the skycap desk in the hotel lobby. Fast and secure, the entire process takes only minutes.

  • We print luggage tags for checked bags.
  • Bags are trucked to the airport, sent through TSA screening and loaded on your flight home.
  • Boarding passes are issued.
  • With luggage checked and boarding pass in hand, passengers proceed directly to security.
  • Enjoy your last day in Orlando relaxing at your hotel or enjoying area attractions.
  • Cost: $15 per passenger, plus any applicable airline luggage fees.

Bags VIP luggage delivery service can also be added for additional convenience when guests travel to and from the hotel. Used in lieu of shipping golf clubs, strollers, etc., Rosen guests can make the most of their trip without the hassle of dealing with baggage claim. Major airlines, cruise lines and world-famous resorts trust Bags Inc. to handle their customers’ luggage every day – more than 5 million bags each year!

We value our partnership with the Rosen hotels, and look forward to making travel easier for their guests for many years to come!

For more information on these services, visit www.maketraveleasier.com.

We Value Our Bags Inc. Airline Partners

Bags Inc. Travel Airline Partners JetBlue

Image courtesy Flickr user Anthony Quintano.

Bags VIP luggage delivery allows you to bypass baggage claim (or baggage shipping) and begin making the most of your vacation or business trip right away, without the burden of luggage. Major cruise lines, world-famous resorts, and airline partners trust Bags Inc. to handle their customers’ luggage every day – more than 5 million bags each year.

American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Delta Airlines, AirTran, United Airlines, US Airways and Southwest Airlines, to name a few, partner with Bags Inc. to provide convenient luggage delivery services for their valued and busy passengers. Bags VIP service is offered as a great alternative to baggage shipping in more than 250 locations across the country, including locations in all 50 states. Our airline partners benefit from the many services we offer to make travel easier and more convenient.

Bags Inc. Travel Airline Partners United

Image courtesy Flickr user Deanna Keahey.

Skycap Services
We provide curb-side check-in and baggage handling services delivered by our world-class agents. Each agent is comprehensively trained and adheres to strict standards of appearance. We collect, audit, and account for all baggage fee revenue and help to reduce long lines at airport check-in counters. Our technology can also manage overflow scenarios during times of unusually high travel volume.

Wheelchair Assistance
Using state-of-the art proprietary technology (PUSH Wheelchair System), we provide sophisticated tracking of all special service requests. Our systems can track the precise time and location of agent activity at key check points with our secure Wi-Fi/scanning technology, providing a complete electronic history of each request and ensuring accountability on our end and liability protection for clients.

Forget the hassles of baggage shipping. Customers of Bags Inc. airline partners are given the opportunity to take advantage of our Bags VIP service via custom portals developed closely with each airline. Our services enhance the flying experience, and we are thrilled that our partner airlines have chosen Bags VIP and our other custom travel solutions to make travel easier and more enjoyable for their customers.

Update on Early Bag Check at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

From skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP to checking your bags the moment you arrive at the airport, we’re making travel easier for passengers at PHX.

From skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service to checking your bags the moment you arrive at the airport, travel is now easier for passengers at PHX.

Image courtesy of Flickr user solarno.

We are excited to announce that the very popular Early Bag Check service at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has expanded to their Rental Car Center. From skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service to checking your bags the moment you arrive at the airport, travel is now easier for passengers at PHX.

The free Early Bag Check service, already available at Sky Harbor’s East Economy Parking and 44th Street PHX Sky Train® station, officially launched at the Car Center in February of this year and has already seen much success.

From skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service to checking your bags the moment you arrive at the airport, travel is now easier for passengers at PHX.

Image courtesy Flickr user Randy Heinitz.

With this service, travelers using American Airlines, Southwest Airlines or US Airways are now able to check their bags right after they return their rental car, eliminating the need to carry all their luggage onto the free shuttle bus that transports passengers from the Car Rental Center to PHX’s three terminals.

Travelers flying these airlines can also have their boarding passes printed for them directly at the Rental Car Center Early Bag Check station.

Bags must be checked at least 90 minutes before their flight is scheduled to depart. There is no additional charge for the service, although airline baggage fees apply. Early Bag Check in the Sky Harbor Rental Car Center is open daily from 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Free Toys for ‘VIP Kids’ at Nathaniel’s Hope Toy Store

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Courtesy of Nathaniel’s Hope

Bags Inc. is proud to sponsor the Nathaniel’s Hope toy store event this year. Nathaniel’s Hope, founded in 2002, provides vital services to children with special needs (VIP Kids) and their families. Programs include respite care for the families, “buddy” programs for the children, and Christmas and birthday events held at various children’s hospitals throughout Florida.

In December of each year, Nathaniel’s Hope runs its annual toy store event where families in need can pick up holiday gifts for their VIP kids. Bags Inc. will contribute to this event by picking up and delivering donated toys from 20 Walgreens locations throughout Central Florida. Additionally, we will be present on Friday, December 13th, and Sunday, December 15th, to prepare and serve food for thousands of individuals at the event.

In addition to the annual toy store event, Nathaniel’s Hope also runs two holiday programs called Caroling for Kids and Caroling Caravan.

Here are the descriptions of the events, taken from the Nathaniel’s Hope website:

  1. Caroling for Kids teams share hope and encouragement with patients, families and caregivers at children’s hospitals on Christmas Day through caroling and bearing goodies and gifts!
  2. Caroling Caravan are caroling teams that visit medically fragile VIP kids and their families who are homebound for Christmas.  They deliver Christmas cheer and toys from Nathaniel’s Hope Toy Shop.
  3. Nathaniel’s Toy Shop provides FREE toys at Christmas to VIP families with financial need.

If you would like to participate in any of these events, you can register as a volunteer here. Volunteer opportunities include becoming part of the caroling team, wrapping and delivering gifts, shopping, and child care. You can also help by donating gifts, Christmas treats, candy canes, and small beanie babies, or by providing financial support.

Do you have any stories to share about Nathaniel’s Hope? Do you have any other community programs you would like to recognize?

Bags Inc. Launches Corporate Website

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We are excited to have reached another critical milestone in an eventful year: the launch of our new corporate website, located at www.bagsinc.com. The previous year has seen the establishment of many new partnerships, the expansion of our operations, and updates to our consumer website, among many other exciting changes taking place during a period of substantial growth.

Looking back, we’ve come a long way since our beginnings as a small valet parking company in Orlando, growing into a nationwide provider of innovative delivery, hospitality, and airport services. We now operate in more than 250 U.S. cities, employ more than 4,000 dedicated team members, and handle more than 5 million bags per year, finding new ways to answer the same question on which the company was founded: “How can we Make Travel Easier?”

The answers to that simple question are more than 20 years in the making, driving the development of innovative travel and hospitality solutions for businesses of any category and size. We hope that our corporate website adequately illustrates those solutions, and that our future business partners will discover the many benefits of partnering with Bags Inc.

A Special Thanks to Our Community Partners

giving thanksBags Inc. has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: dedicated employees, loyal customers, and a growing list of partnerships working to advance our mission to Make Travel Easier. But we are especially thankful for the organizations that work tirelessly in the community to enhance the quality of life.

This year, we wanted to give a special thanks to those dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with serious medical issues. From finding cures to creating awareness to offering moral support, these organizations fearlessly face the challenges of life-threatening illnesses — every day and often without recognition.

Bags Inc. is proud to support, through our charity efforts, many of these organizations, like Runway to Hope, Nathaniel’s Hope, American Cancer Society, Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, Kids Beating Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families, and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, among many other worthwhile causes. We want to thank these organizations for the support they’ve provided for countless families.

Which organizations or individuals, making a difference in the community, are you thankful for?

*Image courtesy Flickr user Hey Paul Studios.

 

Bags Inc. Partners with Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel to Offer Complimentary Airline Check-In

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There are many reasons to choose the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel: short, complimentary shuttle rides to the Atlanta Airport, proximity to many of Atlanta’s most popular attractions, and several amenities for a convenient and relaxing stay. Now, add airline check-in to the list.

Bags Inc., in partnership with the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, is pleased to offer complimentary airline check-in services. Guests can visit the Bags Airline Check-In desk in the hotel lobby, check their luggage, receive their boarding passes, and proceed to the airport luggage-free. Bags Inc. agents will safely and securely transport guests’ luggage to the airport for screening and loading onto the plane.

Remote airline check-in is another example of how Bags Inc. continues to Make Travel Easier. Combined with our Bags VIP luggage delivery service, our vision of luggage-free travel is being realized across the country.

Will airline check-in become the new standard in hotel services? Tell your favorite hotel you want the convenience of Bags Airline Check-In!