United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Zurich airport connections
  2. 2 Trip Report NEW ORLEANS AND CAJUN COUNTRY...A WEEK-LONG FOOD QUEST
  3. 3 Las vegas hotel off the beaten path
  4. 4 Miami airport--safety??
  5. 5 Mesa Verde National Park Colorado
  6. 6 Cape Cod summer vacation
  7. 7 Looking for advice on my hitchhike trip plan
  8. 8 Things to do in Toronto
  9. 9 I95 or I81 to Florida from NJ on Memorial Day Weekend Friday?
  10. 10 Trip Report San Fran & Monterey Bay with Tweens
  11. 11 Santa Fe, New Mexico looking for a house
  12. 12 How Much??-Taxi from Atlanta airport to Emory University
  13. 13 LA/ Santa Monica with boyfriend and another couple!
  14. 14 UC Santa Barbara hotels
  15. 15 US whole month of January where to
  16. 16 HAWAII- best islands at xmas time
  17. 17 Boston hotel in May - Suburb and using the T-line
  18. 18 Drive from Ohio to NYC
  19. 19 Recent Spam Attacks
  20. 20 Family trip Las Vegas to Zion, Bryce, Page, GC and Sedona?
  21. 21 Road Trip-San Francisco and Los Angeles
  22. 22 Central Coast CA kayaking?
  23. 23 Heading to Asheville, NC
  24. 24 Driving from Glacier National Park to Hood River
  25. 25 Pacific Grove for 5 or 6 nights
View next 25 » Back to the top

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

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement