How you could save £82 per holiday by SENDING your bags ahead

But you could save big on your holiday by using a firm which will send your bag for you if you wish to check luggage in.

Fees vary from airline to airline, so it depends who you are travelling with and how much your bag weighs.

Money Saving Expert found that a family checking in a 55kg suitcase on Ryanair on flights to Malaga in August would pay £105 to do so each way – that’s £210 return in baggage fees.

But by using a company such as Send My Bag you’ll pay just £64 each way for the same bag, which is £128 on both legs of the journey.

This is a saving of £82 on your holiday – and more if you want to check in more luggage than this.

Companies such as Send My Bag also collect your bags directly from you and deliver them to your hotel using rail, air and sea networks.

This cuts out the hassle of having to check bags in at the airport.

And that depressing wait for your suitcase at the carousel when you get home from your week in the sun? A thing of the past.

The only catch is that you’ll have to hand your bags over several days before the flight – so you’ll need to be organised about what you’re packing in them and if you need to keep it with you until you fly.

Adam Ewert, CEO of Send My Bags, told Sun Online Travel: “In 2007 Ryanair had 80 per cent of people check in a bag.

“Now that’s down to under 20 per cent of people.

“And in the States in 2007 they made $400million (£296million) from baggage fees – in 2017 this had risen to $4.6billion (£3.4billion).

"Airlines are making a huge amount of money from checked baggage fees.

“Our goal is to be better value with the airline as well as meeting you at the hotel with your bags.

“We're currently handling over 250,000 bags per year and with the service growing ever more popular we're on track to exceed one million bags per year over the next few years."

If you’re taking a self-connecting flight with a stopover to save money you’ll need to be wary of baggage fees, too.

Adam said: “People book these cheaper tickets but forget to check out the baggage allowances on their connecting flights and can get stung that way.

“You might fly one way with Ryanair and then get onto a Norwegian plane – and you need to remember you’ll have to pay for baggage on both legs of the flight.

“You’re also spending hours longer at the airport collecting your baggage and then checking in again for your flight on the next airline.”

Adam also highlighted that airlines can charge extortionate fees for a second checked in bag.

He highlighted Emirates as one of the most expensive airlines if you're putting more than one piece of luggage in the hold.

Prices vary and depend on route and class of travel.

We have worked out that one adult travelling from London Gatwick to Dubai would pay £88 for a second 5kg bag, £170 for a second 10kg bag, and £266 for a second 15kg bag.

At the top end of the tier, if you were to check in a second 25kg bag you would pay the airline £444 on top of your ticket.

But with a service like Send My Bag you will pay a flat fee of £64 for each bag under 55kg.

Services such as Send My Bag also offer an app to track your bag’s progress – so you'll know exactly where it is in the world.

These services are certainly worth bearing in mind if you're planning to check in any luggage at all when you fly.

Sun Online Travel previously reported that Emirates have launched a service where they will come and collect your bags from you at home – if you're in Dubai.

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