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Bringing additional boxes when flying

I'm heading back for a visit to the States. On the return to CR, is it pretty easy to just check 4-5 file-box size - and pay the $25 each as checked baggage? Nothing is all that new.. mainly kitchen supplies and clothes. Thanks for your help!

BTarnay :

I'm heading back for a visit to the States. On the return to CR, is it pretty easy to just check 4-5 file-box size - and pay the $25 each as checked baggage? Nothing is all that new.. mainly kitchen supplies and clothes. Thanks for your help!

Hola BTarnay,

Welcome to Expat.com!

NO, you cannot bring boxes period.  You can add items to luggage but not "boxes."  The only way to bring boxes is to ship them through an airline approved carrier - too expensive, a big hassle and you WILL be taxed on it.

Each airline charges differently for their luggage fees.  Check with who you'll be flying with.  No one is $25 per bag that I'm aware of.  It averages about $25 for the first checked bag, $50 for the second and then $125+ for the third bag.  This is why if I find an inexpensive flight, I review their baggage fees before booking.  Their fees might be cheap but the baggage fees might make up for the difference.

I fly to Orlando for my shopping trips using Jet Blue.  They have direct flights, only three hours long, and their baggage fees are reasonable.  Taking a shopping and "eat good food" trip in a few weeks myself.   :proud

- Expat Dave
Expat.com Team Member

Boxes are accepted on airlines, as luggage. I just did it in August. The boxes must be no greater than 62 linear inches, same size as luggage.
Just call the airline you are using.

Southwest allows two bags (under 62 linear inches and 50 lbs ea) for free. A box 62 - 80 linear inches is oversized and costs $75. If over weight also, that is an additional $75.

A box 62 linear inches is not oversized:
from SWA
Maximum weight is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height) per check piece of luggage. Overweight items from 51 to 100 pounds and oversized items in excess of 62 inches but not more than 80 inches will be accepted for an overweight and oversize baggage fee of $75 per item.




Baggage Policies - Southwest Airlines

lafdbuf :

Boxes are accepted on airlines, as luggage. I just did it in August. The boxes must be no greater than 62 linear inches, same size as luggage.
Just call the airline you are using.

Thanks for that info.   I guess they must have changed the rules back since I tried to ship boxes back from Florida.

- Expat Dave

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