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Have you used baggage delivery service through United in the U.S.?

Four of us will be traveling from BOS to SFO and won't all fit in one car with all of our luggage (including some golf clubs), so I'm wondering if baggage delivery service for our largest bags might make sense. Has anyone used this service? How was the cost and service?

Thanks for any info you can provide.

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My limited experience with baggage forwarding is that they tend to be very expensive for the service. But just call them up and ask the price. Any price here is a guess.

If you have a receiving point in SFO, have you considered Fed EX or UPS. Both give a great deal of control over the delivery point and time.

Posted by
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would it be cheaper and easier to rent another car?

Posted by
928 posts

Nigel had same though that I had. You used airport codes but are you driving cross country from Boston to San Francisco? I'd rent a large, comfortable car with plenty of room for everything. Maybe a big SUV or even a van.

Posted by
2849 posts

Of course, renting a car to drive from Boston to California could be prohibitively expensive, depending on when her trip is. When you look at rental car prices, be sure to include the taxes.

Posted by
7641 posts

How time critical is the stuff that has to be shipped,, getting to SF?
Would USPS or UPS/FEDEX (ground) be viable?

If the plan is a rental car, would a larger vehicle, work?

Would one person flying and taking the 'extra' as additional luggage be a solution?

At present Amtrak has suspended their cargo service, but in the past I found it was a cost effective means of cross country shipping.

And lastly, contact UAL -- https://www.unitedcargo.com/contactUs/contactus.jsp -- to find out what the cost is for what you want to ship.

Posted by
7641 posts

Thanks everyone. I think I've come up with a solution.

Which is....

Posted by
349 posts

@Joe32F: My original question was not clear enough--we are flying both ways, but have extra luggage to transport on the way home. A friend has become available to help us out. Sorry for the confusion.

Posted by
26088 posts

Great Barbara N, that sounds like a great solution!!