Leaving luggage in San Francisco
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Dec 13, 2009 12:31 PM Last Post By: inxs900
Dec 26, 2008 11:06 PM
Leaving luggage in San FranciscoI will arrive in SFO, have a 5.5 h layover time, then fly someplace else (domestic) and arrive back at SFO 7 days later. I will have 2 giant suitcases that I'd like to leave in SF during these 7 days. Has anyone got any ideas how to do this cheaply? Looking at the airport FAQ there is a luggage storage, but it will cost around 10*2*7=140 usd !! Do you think I'll have time to travel downtown to leave it somewhere? If so, any suggestions? I guess I can just go into any random small store and offer the owner $50 to keep the luggage for a week...
Dec 27, 2008 6:10 AM
Dec 27, 2008 8:40 AM
Dec 27, 2008 10:50 AM
3Does that 5.5 hours include clearing customs & immigration and checking in for your domestic flight, or is it what you estimate you have outside of those things. If it's just the time between flights, then you really only have about 3.5 hours,. If your incoming flight is late, then you even less time. If they really are two giant suitcases, then you have to factor in cab fare if you store them outside of the airport. SFO is actually south of SF. The nearest cities are San Bruno and Millbrae.
The California Welcome Center at Pier 39 has luggage storage, but I don't know if they will store it overnight. The web site has a email address.
You can always plan an overnight in SF on your return. A lot of lodging places will then hold the suitcases for you. There are many hotels near the airport.
Dec 27, 2008 1:44 PM
4That's 5.5 hours between flight 1 is supposed to land and flight 2 leaves. Thanks for your input. About leaving it in a store, I've done it before in latin america and asia, but yeah I understand things might be different in USA. What about the hotels near the airport, do you think they will hold the bags for significantly cheaper than $140 even if I'm not staying there?
I have got another, brilliant, idea though. I briefly know someone who lives in San Jose. I will write his name and address on the address tags and just not collect the bags. So they will be left on the belt and eventually sent to him. Then one week later I'll just pick them up at his place. It won't cost me a cent!
Dec 27, 2008 2:01 PM
I don't think hotels will store bags if you aren't staying there. The ones with luggage storage are mostly large, chain hotels.
Finding a cooperative shopkeeper would probably take you hours unless you can find a very helpful cabdriver. And you might find that either the cab driver or the shopkeeper has called the police to report a suspicious package.
Some of the hostels in SF will store luggage. Pacific Tradewinds says it's $1 per day per bag. But you still will have to pay that taxi or shuttle service to get to the hostel & back to the airport. And they may not be willing to store luggage for non guests.
I'd pay the $140 just for the convenience.
Dec 27, 2008 2:03 PM
Dec 29, 2008 11:24 AM
7Why would you assume that since you have done this is central and south america that this would be acceptable in the USA? Completely different places. Employees at stores most likely are not authorized to make an agreement to store your junk for 7 days. Leaving it rotating on the baggage claim carousel has already been addressed as not possible. Not too many options other than calling your friend and sseeing if they'd be willing to meet you there and watch your stuff or sucking it up and dropping about $150.
Dec 29, 2008 1:14 PM
Jan 5, 2009 9:36 PM
9Alright, thanks for your replies. Although #8 and #9 were kind of pointless. I'm not counting on a lot of people, just one is enough. And $140 is more than I spend on booze in one year. This trip was actually to visit an orphanage, not to get drunk. But thanks for the assumption. Moreover, #8, please read posts a bit more carefully next time before you reply. I did not talk about employees, I wrote "owner" and "small store". I'm pretty sure it works in USA too, although not as easy as in other places.
In the end, I met my friend at a caltrain station about halfway to San Jose. Having checked in for my next flight before I left the airport, I had plenty of time.
Dec 13, 2009 12:31 PM
10Unbelievable you can just rent a storage unit in the city for as long as you want for $100 a month and that comes with insurance.Stay clear of the likes of these guys with their random stores stating that $50 is cheap for a week with absolutely no insurance and who knows if your stuff would be there when you got back. Just use common sense and go to the people who do storage as a business !
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