Baggage Handlers

It all started in 2006 when Ryanair introduced fees for each checked-in piece of luggage. Now a slew of carriers — including, most recently, American Airlines, Continental and Delta — are charging for checked bags. And with airlines facing record lost-luggage levels, there's still no guarantee your suitcase will end up in the same place you do.

But there are a few services that help make air travel if not cheaper, then certainly less stressful. Luggage Forward (www.luggageforward.com) ships baggage from your home or office directly to your destination, with rates starting at $52. It can...

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