Moving makes me feel stupid. I don’t do it very often, so when the occasion does come around, I don’t really know what to do. But it seems like one of those things where someone who optimizes can potentially save a lot of time or hassle, but it’s unclear how much time to invest researching things since it’s a rare event.
So I’m moving soon and was looking into transporting my stuff. I don’t have that many belongings, but I am not yet at the point where I can throw all of my material belongings into a carry-on bag (although I do feel perfectly comfortable living out of a carry-on essentially indefinitely). I briefly looked into shipping boxes, but then I wondered what exactly my checked baggage allowance was as an Executive Platinum flyer on American Airlines.
It turns out that Executive Platinums, oneworld Emerald members, and First and Business class passengers all get three checked bags for free, each weighing up to 70 pounds. That’s up to 210 pounds of free shipping! It turns out that this isn’t that unusual as Delta and United provide the same checked baggage allowances to their top-tier elites and premium cabin passengers, but it was news to me since I try to avoid checking bags whenever possible.
Granted, there’s still the business of hauling 210 pounds of checked baggage (not including your carry-on baggage) to/from the airport, but it’s a potentially useful benefit every once in a while.