baggage deliveryHate dealing with your travel bags?  Well, United Airlines has joined American Airlines in offering  travelers the option of having checked luggage delivered to a home, office or hotel for a fee.  The service will deliver luggage to locations in a 40-mile radius of an airport within four hours of a flight’s arrival. Delivery may be booked online or via phone up to an hour before a flight’s departure.

In addition to regular checked bags fees, delivery costs $29.95 for one bag, $39.95 for two bags and $49.95 for three to eight bags on United — and up to ten bags on American. Fees and delivery times are adjusted for destinations beyond 40 miles and up to 100 miles from an airport.  If bags arrive outside the delivery window, service fees are refunded.

If you’re worried that this service will only increase the chances that your luggage will be lost, take heart in the fact that lost luggage rates are on the decline.  The latest luggage data shows that 99.7 percent of all U.S. airline passengers have their bags properly handled.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC), which collects information about aviation accidents and safety, has published its annual Airline Safety Ranking.  Sixty (60) airlines were ranked, but if you’re interested in knowing the ten with the worst safety records, give this story a read.  And for the record, according to the Aviation Safety Network, 2012 was the safest year for air travel since the dawn of the jet age in 1945.
  • The New York Times recently spotlighted “3 Tips for Finding Rental Car Deals.”  Rental cars can be pricey, so these simple tips could help you save a bundle on you next trip.
  • SmarterTravel has created “The Ultimate Packing List” for your checked luggage – ensuring you’ll never forget your underwear or passport again.  The list even comes complete with suggestions of items to separate out into a carry-on.  Print it out, then customize it for your trip by crossing out list items that don’t apply to you and adding any new ones that do.
Of 60 ranked airlines, here are the ten with the worst safety records, including the number of hull losses and passenger deaths in these accidents since 1983Of 60 ranked airlines, here are the ten with the worst safety records, including the number of hull losses and passenger deaths in these accidents since 198ccording to the Aviation Safety Network, 2012 was the safest year for air travel since the dawn of the jet age in 1945.