If you remember the good ol days when you could show up to the airport with a purchased airline ticket and you didn't need a whole wad of cash to pay those surprise airline check baggage fees, Gephardt found a way to fight back.
When it comes to baggage, people have had enough, already. Some end up paying hundreds of dollars above the price of their fare.
Spencer Harris is in the U.S. Army and has had enough of the fees and the hassle. He also has the solution.
“I figured it was a lot cheaper to ship everything," said Harris.
That's right. Spencer is bagging his baggage, and instead, shipping his stuff to Georgia.
Shipping still costs money, but is anything really being saved?
So, ABC 4 tried a test.
We packed two suit cases, with enough clothing and provisions to get Matt Gephardt through a week.
We dumped in a box, weighed it at the ups store, and found out it would cost $35 to ship the contents of two bags to Miami.
That's $25 cheaper than Delta, United and American. They each want $60 bucks to ship the 2 bags - each way.
Southwest will let us take 2 for free, and if you’re only shipping to Los Angeles?
UPS store employee Erin says, "Oh, so that's a lot cheaper than the airlines."
Erin also told ABC 4 if you think that’s a deal, that's nothing. One customer could have taken a comforter and pillows with her on the airlines for $200, but was able to ship it for $24.
So, if you can plan ahead and pack ahead, maybe you can keep from throwing your money at the airlines…at least until the airlines figure out another way to get us.
The UPS store says if you are going to ship, pack your stuff as tightly as possible.
The smaller the box, the cheaper.