United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

flying with carry-on vs checked bags

Jump to last reply

What's the general consensus here on whether to just do carry-on bags or to check some? We have always just done carry-on (even before airlines started charging) to speed things up getting out of the airport and so we wouldn't have any lost bags.

For our upcoming trip we're considering checking a bag or two but we're completely torn. It's a 17 day trip and it would be sooo nice to have an extra bag with a few comforts of home... favorite coffee, Hot Shot machine (instant hot water for tea, oatmeal, etc) enough clothes/boots to keep me warm, umbrella, and we could go ahead and pre-purchase a lot of the things we would have to buy there (toiletries, picnic stuff, etc) .

It's $50 to check one bag round trip, so we're considering upgrading our American Express card to the next level for $40 so all 4 of us would actually be able to check a bag for "free" (plus we'd get 10,000 bonus FF miles).

Our big concern is LOST baggage. We would still carry-on the valuables and things we couldn't do without. Our other concerns are lugging around the extra luggage and having to wait for it rather than a quick airport exit.

Checking bags also has advantages beyond being able to take extra things. For once it would be so nice for us not to have 8 bags that the 4 of us need to go through security with and then on the plane quickly stow and get out of the way.

Just looking for a push one way or the other!

59 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Writers Needed for Mexico
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 24, 14 at 12:19 PM
  • Writers Needed for Georgia Coast
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Rwanda and Uganda
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Best Seattle Casual and Fun Eateries...
  2. 2 Suite hotel in Washington DC: where to stay?
  3. 3 Seattle, Portland, and day trips all around
  4. 4 Boston to Chicago drive (things to do)
  5. 5 Pub with food in Seattle
  6. 6 Atascadero -> Pacific Grove -> San Francisco
  7. 7 A weekend escape around cooperstown ny
  8. 8 Trip Report What a great weekend in Cooperstown (July 24-27)
  9. 9 Half Moon Bay, CA - stay there or go to Napa Valley?
  10. 10 Road Trip SW
  11. 11 Lighting for photos at Mt Ranier
  12. 12 Santa Barbara, California
  13. 13 Nice Houston area spa for mother-daughter
  14. 14 Seatle in September 19-22, Where to stay? Avg prices?
  15. 15 Trip Report Aloha from Paradise (aka Kauai)
  16. 16 Kauai -- Music Lovers!!!
  17. 17 DENALI FLIGHTSEEING/BUS TOUR OPTION?
  18. 18 Day Cruise from Whittier or Steward?
  19. 19 May visit to Denali
  20. 20 Fancy car rental - LA to Vegas!
  21. 21 Best places to stay on drive from Houston to Los Angeles
  22. 22 Fall vacation in Colorado
  23. 23 Philly
  24. 24 Chelsea Antiques Garage flea market -- RIP
  25. 25 NYC IN AUGUST
View next 25 » Back to the top