Southwest Rapid Rewards - Checking Wine to Pennsylvania
Apr 25, 12, 2:34 pm
I will be traveling to Napa/Sonoma.
Can I check 2 boxes of wine in wine shippers as my checked bags? Also, is this legal to do in the state of Pennsylvania? Last time I went I checked one box but someone later told me that is not allowed which I do not believe.
I tried to search online for the answers to these questions for the state of PA but came up empty. Help would be appreciated.
Apr 25, 12, 2:39 pm
Can't help you on the legality of it but wine is normally the most legal thing to carry (stupid beer/liquor laws). I normally check both my bags as boxes of beer and I use the styrofoam shippers from uhaul and have never had problems nor not been allowed to check my beer.
I lived in Pennsylvania 6 years ago and you could not do this. I don't know if the law has changed but at that time you could not belong to an on-line wine club and have regular shipments of wine to your house.
Apr 26, 12, 8:45 am
I've transported wine to PA via WN twice a year for the past several years without incident. The most convenient way to do this is to ask the winery for the 6 pack shipping box. This is an insulated box that fits into most standard wheelie bags. Then I check my 2 WN bags with wine for free :D
Apr 26, 12, 9:14 am
PA law won't allow for shipping alcohol direct from a winery. I believe that's changing by the way. Checking wine as luggage shouldn't be an issue. The WN agents aren't police and aren't enforcing state regulations. When checked as luggage, you shouldn't have any issues, but either get it professionally packed or purchase a wine shipper. The airline will ask what's in the box. It's ok to tell them it's wine. I travel with wine all the time...to include PA. You shouldn't have a problem.
Apr 26, 12, 9:58 am
Just came back from Napa. Was told at the airport that wine had to be put in special sealed bags to check(this was on Virgin). The hotel coordinated to have the wine shipped to me -- I believed they used Buffalo's Shipping Post. It was about $75 with insurance per case to Maryland. DC was only $55, so it varies greatly based on your state. IMO, better option than lugging it to the airport, and they took care of all the packaging.