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Luggage: Leave Home Without It

Checking luggage is a big hassle at airports. Enter baggage delivery services

When Robert and Janet Nisi and their four children were packing for their August vacation to Colorado Springs, they didn't worry about the endless lines to check in luggage at the airport. Instead, they called Luggage Free, which came to their Riverside (Conn.) home, picked up and wrapped their six bags in plastic, and delivered them directly to the Broadmoor Hotel & Resort.

The one-way cost? A couple of hundred dollars: a dollar a pound for the luggage, plus a flat fee of $75 for a set of golf clubs and a $40 pickup charge. "For us, it makes traveling a real pleasure instead of a chore," says Janet, a stay-at-home mom whose husband is a partner at a New York hedge fund company. Their bags will get home the same way: "They'll pick them up from the concierge after we leave." The Nisi family's only carry-ons? Wallets, a DVD player, and a magazine.