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Travelers have been piecing together baggage delivery like this for years, so it's good to see an airline work it into its program. Let's hope US Air keeps the service post-merger.

Starting today, American Airlines will offer to deliver your luggage direct to your home, office or hotel so you can skip the baggage carousel.

Of course, it costs extra.

The new service will cost a minimum of $29.95 for one bag, $39.95 for two bags and $49.95 for three to 10 bags.

That will get your luggage delivered to a location within 40 miles of the destination airport. But if the final destination for your bags is farther, you pay an extra $1 per mile.

The charges will be on top of the usual checked bag fee of $25 for the first bag, $35 for the second and $150 for additional luggage.

American is partnering with Bags VIP Luggage Delivery for the service.

Here’s how it works: You order the service online when you book a flight and drop off your luggage at the airport ticket counter. When you get to your destination, you skip the carousel and your luggage is delivered to the address you designated.

The service will be offered at about 200 airports across the country, including Los Angeles International Airport, Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana and Ontario International Airport.

“We think this service will be especially valuable to families traveling with children as well as our business travelers who need to go straight to a meeting or into the office,” said David Vance, the airline’s managing director for customer operations planning.

(c)2012 the Los Angeles Times. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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