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Travel Tip: Holiday Shipping

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The holidays are here, and you know what that means…it’s time to shop. When your done, plan ahead and ship your those gifts ahead of time instead of carrying them on the plane. Here’s what you need to know to do it right.

UPS has announced that holiday shipping will jump 10 percent this year—that translates into 527 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And FedEx is expected to ship 13 percent more packages this year for a total of 280 million.

Of course, unpredictable weather is a factor this time of year, so take my advice and don’t wait. December 20 is expected to be      the busiest day of the year for shipping. If you’re trying to save by using Ground service, then ship by December 17.

Most companies do offer money-back guarantees on packages that arrive late, but remember that shipping charges are covered but you could be out taxes and fees.

And if you’re like me and shipping luggage or packages to a hotel, confirm the shipping address over the phone. It may be different than the public address on their website.

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