After several airlines all recently raised their baggage fees, travelers may be wondering whether shipping their suitcases is a better option than checking them. By Michelle Baran Over the past month, there’s been a veritable avalanche of baggage fee increases from the airlines. At the end of August, JetBlue, United Airlines, Air Canada, and WestJet
You walk up to the check-in counter, hand over your ID, put your suitcase onto the scale - where it hopefully is just the right weight and size - you get your luggage receipt, and your bag disappears. I don't know about you, but I've always wondered what exactly happens to
A passenger waiting to board a Hawaiian Airlines flight at Honolulu airport caught this luggage abuse on camera. To be fair, the attendant has a railing blocking the top of the slide, so she has no choice but to do this to the gate checked bags. This kind of abuse is
There a couple of schools of thought. The first is to buy cheap luggage because who wants to spend a pile of money on a suitcase that's just going to get banged up and mistreated? A suitcase is a suitcase. They all do the same thing. The second is to spend
Zoonie is constantly on the lookout for travel stuff to make your life easier. Not everyone wants a virtual reality gizmo like the woman above, but Zoonie has preferences for more practical, smaller things so you can travel lightly and more easily. Click on the images to find out more. This is
What do you take? What do you leave at home? Do you fold everything, or do you roll it? What kind of gadgets and gizmos should you take? Click here for some answers.
How many times have you had a purse, backpack or other item sitting on top of your roller bag, only to have it fall off, and usually at the worst time? Well, I have, many times. I was so happy when I found this Travelon Travel Bag Bungee. It holds just
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Are you a clothes roller or a flat packer? Rolling your clothes supposedly reduces wrinkles and creates more room in your suitcase. Flat packing supposedly does the opposite. So, which method actually allows you to get more stuff into that carry-on? Condé Nast Traveler did a thoroughly unscientific test, and produced a
The big push by US based airlines to become more like European budget airlines makes air travel even more confusing. Depending on the type of ticket you purchase, you may not be able to bring a carry-on to put in the overhead bins at all, unless you are willing to pay
This is my favorite piece of luggage. Here's a picture of my bag. I love the color orange. Unfortunately, they don't make the orange one any more, but it comes in a bunch of different colors. First, it's a backpack. It's comfortable to carry while you're walking, and it holds a lot.
By Ana Luisa Suarez I‘ve been flying on airplanes for nearly two decades, but only last year did I stop checking a bag and started exclusively using carry-on luggage. (more…)
How to Pack a Carry-On Bag to Avoid Checking a Bag By SHIVANI VORA Why bother with the hassle of checked luggage when it’s possible to travel to any destination with only a carry-on? At least that’s what Anne McAlpin, a packing expert and the author of the book “Pack It Up:
A lot of thought goes into your luggage when you head out on vacation: what to pack, how to pack it, carry it on or check it. But, once you get to the airport have you ever thought of the journey your bag takes to get to your final destination?
According to the DOT, in 2014 U.S. airlines averaged 3.62 reports of mishandled (defined as lost, damaged or delayed) baggage for every 1,000 passengers. (Photo: Flickr/TheeErin) (more…)
From petite to plus size, these versatile, wrinkle-free, and odor-resistant pieces will rock your summer travel wardrobe. By Caroline Morse (more…)
by KAYLA MATTHEWS We’re gonna say it: Going through airport security is one of the least enjoyable parts of traveling. When you’re exhausted, under-caffeinated and itching to get to your gate with enough time for a drink, you’re not exactly in the mood to get held up by the metal detectors. Airport security
Here's my packing philosophy. Lay out everything you want to take and have somebody else remove half of it. Read the comments for many great tips. But there are times where shipping your luggage makes sense. This New York Times article has some valuable information. By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM John F. Stephenson/Topical Press
Traveling has become an endurance contest. Besides the horrible security check-in lines, the airlines have figured out how to make money from just about everything. I'm surprised they haven't instituted a bathroom usage fee. Checked baggage is now a big revenue stream for the airlines. So, more fliers have figured out