What is the real cost to ship luggage?

A comprehensive look at the total cost to ship luggage.

Luggage Forward luggage shipping cost

Cost to ship luggage with Luggage Forward

At Luggage Forward, we believe in total transparency when it comes to the cost of your luggage shipment. We publish all-inclusive rates to each of the 200+ countries that we ship luggage to. The price you see is the price you pay. No surprises. With Luggage Forward, there are never any additional fees or surcharges. See our prices:

Cost to Ship Luggage

Cost to ship luggage with other shippers

The cost of shipping luggage via FedEx or other traditional shipping companies may not be what it first appears. The “base price” or “freight charge” is just a portion of the total cost of shipping luggage because there are many basic shipping features that you’ll pay extra for – like a pickup. Here are a few of the charges to be aware of if you’re comparing the cost of shipping luggage with FedEx or UPS:


Pickup Fee

If you would like your luggage picked up at your home or business, it will cost you. Most shippers charge between $4 and $12 per package for a residential pickup. Some specialty luggage shipping services even charge $50 just to pickup your bags!


Fuel Surcharge

Fuel surcharges are charged by all traditional shipping companies and some specialty luggage shipping companies as well. Fuel surcharges are calculated as a percentage of the shipping price and can really increase the cost of shipping luggage. Percentages will vary, usually on a month to month basis, so be sure you’re aware of the current rate when you get a luggage shipping price.


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If you want to have the value of your luggage and contents covered with a traditional shipping company, you’ll have to make sure it’s packaged in a box or corrugated container. If you don’t have a box that will fit your suitcase, you can go to The UPS Store or FedEx Office where they will package your items for a fee. If you want to send your luggage without a box, you can do that but the bag and contents will not be covered for loss or damage…and you’ll be charged $8.50 by the shipper for and “additional handling” charge!


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Value Protection

Luggage Forward includes $500 of value protection coverage with every bag we ship. The same coverage from FedEx or UPS would cost an additional $4.50 per bag. Some specialty luggage shipping companies charge $20 per $500 of coverage!


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Residential Surcharge

Yup, there’s a fee to have your items delivered to a residence with traditional shipping providers. This adds to the cost of shipping luggage with UPS or FedEx if you want to have your bags delivered back to your home after a vacation.