HOUSTON -

United Airlines has launched a new option that enables customers to have their checked bags delivered directly to their final destinations.

Officials with the airline said the baggage can be delivered anywhere within 100 miles of their airport. This service allows customers to skip baggage claim upon arrival.

Officials said the option will initially be available to customers departing from any domestic airport and arriving in several cities, including Houston. The airline said it plans to expand the service to more than 190 domestic airports in the coming months.

"United's new baggage delivery service offers an alternative for travelers who prefer the convenience of having their checked bags delivered directly to their homes, offices or hotels," said Tom O'Toole, United's senior vice president of marketing and loyalty.

Rates start at around $30 for one bag and $50 for three to eight bags. Officials said you can get your bags delivered outside the 100-mile radius, but there will be additional charges. To order the service, customers are encouraged to call 1-877-847-0045, or visit United's website.