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Best Brand of Luggage to get so we don't have to check it?

Best Brand of Luggage to get so we don't have to check it?

May 19th, 2004, 02:59 PM
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Joanne, I would suggest buying the lightest piece of luggage you can find. We leave tomorrow for England on BA and with their strict requirements for carry on lugguge even my Rick Steve's 22 inch piece convertible backpack without wheels doesn't allow me to put very much in it before I am over the 13 pounds allowed and the luggage itself I always considered lightweight. Female passengers are allowed to bring a purse as long as it doesn't resemble a backpack and my husband should he use a backpack then that is the only carry on he is allowed. BA's website states a first class ticket holder can bring a computer case as part of their carry on in addition to one more piece. So look for really light luggage and be prepared to pare down flying certain airlines. I think a brown paper bag might be the thing if flying BA in the future!!! Deborah
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May 19th, 2004, 03:33 PM
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BA has a travel class called "World
Traveller Plus" which seems to be a
step up from economy. They tout "enjoy
double the normal economy hand baggage
allowance...". They allow 2 pces.
one of which cannot weigh over 20 lbs.
Max. dim. are 22X16X8 in. and the 2nd
bag 18X14X8".

After weighing my empty 22" Atlantic
rollie and finding it weighs 5lbs more
than my backpack, I'm entering into
the twilight zone of trying to pack
a month's worth of presentable clothing
into a irregularly shaped small pack!
Quite the challenge but I'm willing and
able to accept it - anything rather than
arrive without my belongings! Enough
stress getting places without that kind
of pain.

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May 20th, 2004, 08:39 AM
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I am very confused about all the talk about 13 lb limits. The suitcase I took as a carry on on an Air France flight two months ago weighs that when empty. No one on AF--to my knowledge--ever weighed my bag.
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May 20th, 2004, 08:53 AM
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Different airlines have different regs.and the airlines that fly within Europe have very stringent weight limits with eye watering charges for overweight luggage. Continental has overhead bins that will accomodate 4 22" carryons put in lengthwise. So it just depends on what airline. The 13# limit on BA is for the cabin, I believe.
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May 20th, 2004, 09:22 AM
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Gretchen or anyone else, have you had any experience flying on Alpi Eagles? We just bought tickets to go from Naples to Nice and now I think I will be in trouble with my luggage. I don't mind too much paying extra if I am over, I just don't want to worry that for some reason I will not be able to take the luggage on at all. My luggage meets the size requirements but most likely will be overweight. Does anyone here have any expedrience flying this airline and can share some luggage info?
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May 20th, 2004, 09:48 AM
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As mentioned... recently I have had to check my 22" roller - due to weight not size (British Air). Ask your airlines the rules to be sure, I'm guessing, probably 1 rolling 19-20" and 1 small personal bag is the most you'll be able to have.

Once a dedicated "carry-on only" traveler I've recently converted to the concept of checking my one bag and have found it to be a relief.
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May 20th, 2004, 01:30 PM
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I've seen people post and recommend soft medium sized duffle bags for squeezing more into rental car trunks.
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