An interesting development in travel, largely inspired I assume by the hassles of airplane security and the increasing cost of jet fuel, is the entry of delivery companies into the luggage transport field. Dana blogged about a couple of services for business travelers taking this idea to the extreme over at the Geek Buffet.
Today while I was looking at shipping a package via DHL, I discovered a new service they’re offering within Germany. They’ll transport up to 31.5 kg (70 lbs) of luggage for a flat 13.90 euros. If you want them to pick it up, that’s an extra 3 euros.
Regardless of whether you are traveling to deepest Bavaria or the Müritz National Park up in the North, your travel bags will arrive at your destination normally within two working days. The only exceptions are the islands in the North Sea and the Baltic where the delivery normally requires four working days. No surcharge will be claimed for transport to these vacation islands.
If you’re flying within Germany on a low-cost carrier and need to transport a lot (or simply heavy) baggage, this could actually save you money over excess luggage fees (RyanAir, for example, charges 8 euros/kg over 15 kg and maxes out at 25 kg total per passenger). Or if you’re hiking from one mountain to another and want to pare down your stuff, it’s likely worth the 14 euros to pick it up at your final hotel or destination.
If you can fit your suitcase in a box (max. 120x60x60 cm), you can save money using their traditional package handling service. If you pay online, you can have up to 31.5 kgs with home pickup included delivered within Germany for 12.90 euros. For boxes, they advertise next business day delivery.
Even the lazy can schlep lots of luggage on a budget!