Luggage Web site can cut through clutter

02/07/2010 12:00 AM

02/07/2010 10:10 AM

What's the next big thing in travel services on the Internet? A Connecticut boarding-school math teacher named Luke Dudley thinks it's, which he created to keep people from incurring ruinous luggage fees (an increasing problem) or extra airline charges because they have exceeded various luggage limits. To me, the new Web site seems ultra-timely and valuable now that luggage has become such a bone of contention, with airlines charging increasing amounts for checked luggage, limiting the size of carry-ons and causing other hangups and pitfalls for the innocent passenger.

Dudley says he started noticing how his students (or more precisely, their parents) were footing the bills for a small fortune in excess luggage fees when starting and ending the school year. Because of that, and his own airline luggage misadventures, he decided to launch the site in 2009 (specifically, Aug. 5) in order to help travelers "simplify the process of finding airline luggage allowances and compare airline luggage fees before booking a flight." The Web site can, he claims, save valuable time and endless clicking, especially since "passengers will find airline Web sites can be very tedious and difficult to navigate in order to find the right luggage information. And once they find the correct page, they have to decipher codes and other information to figure out the allowance relevant to their specific journey and ticket class."

On, you log on, select one of more than 100 airlines large and small, worldwide (Air Kiribati, anyone?), then enter your departure and arrival airports. Within a second all the relevant information for that flight will appear in the default economy-class ticket, including checked bag costs, carry-on allowances, overweight luggage dimensions and costs, and airline policy on things such as pets and unaccompanied minors.

From there, users can select a different ticket class if they have a better ticket (including benefits offered by frequent-flier programs), or they can select a different airline and hit search again, to quickly compare a different airline.

Basically, has done all the research work for you and can filter out all the non-relevant information, leaving you with the exact information you need, including carry-on baggage, checked baggage, excess baggage sizes and fees. There's also a helpful section on luggage shipping.

In short, in the increasingly confusing morass that is air travel in 2010, this site can cut through some of the clutter and help you make valuable flying decisions.

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