Last updated: 03:00 PM ET, Thu September 24 2015

How To Avoid Baggage Fees Through Advertising

Travel Technology | Patrick Clarke | September 24, 2015

How To Avoid Baggage Fees Through Advertising

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Air travelers desperate to avoid those pesky baggage fees should consider switching up their luggage.

Orion Travel Tech announced Thursday that it will become the world's first mobile traveling billboard luggage trolley, marking an opportunity for frequent air travelers to save money through advertising. 

The specialized luggage will feature a front and back advertising wrap that Orion will use to pay for participating travelers' roundtrip baggage fees up to six times per year. And just for signing up, you get the bags for free.

In addition to airports, the luggage is equipped for travel on trains, buses, taxis and cruise ships.

The two-piece set of free luggage, which is valued at $199, includes a 21-inch hard-shell trolley for carry-on purposes as well as a 29-inch hard-shell trolley. Both pieces come with a two-year warranty.

There are two sides to the Orion trolley, one wrapped by participating advertising partners and the other by brands in search of new customers.

"Essentially, it's a NASCAR hood that can travel the world in a day," Orion stated in a news release.

"With the invention of hard-shell luggage, it is now possible to approach advertisers and promoters with a whole new set of eyes combined with personalization," Orion founder Gary German said in a statement. "What's unique about this luggage, it literally can go worldwide in a day and it comes with its own salesperson."

While Orion claims that the first six months of membership are free, participants can expect to pay $20 per year after that. Plus, as already mentioned, participating in the program only guarantees that Orion will cover your roundtrip baggage fees six times over the course of a year.

You can learn more about the program by jumping to the 2:30 mark of the below video.


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