The Problem: Lost luggage
Traveling with luggage has only gotten more expensive. In 2014, airlines collected more than $3.5 million in baggage fees. Of course, those fees in no way guarantee delivery. Airlines lost over 1 million bags last year, and more were misplaced.
"If the airline touches my bag the only thing they can do is disappoint me," says Bill Rinehart, founder and CEO of DUFL, an app that aims to make hauling luggage easy.
Sign up for DUFL and the valet service delivers a massive suitcase to your home. Fill it up and they'll ship it off to a warehouse where DUFL inventories, photographs, cleans, and stores the items. Before a trip, log onto the app, choose the items to be shipped, and everything is delivered on time to your hotel. At departure time, they pick it up. The service is $10/month and $99/trip.
For frequent travelers who can afford it, DUFL may be worth never worrying if your bag will be delivered late, to the wrong city, or not at all.