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Which is best 22" carry on?

Old Jul 11th, 2001, 11:02 PM
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PAt, that's a great idea with the duffel bag! We'll definitely do that!

TFTT! (Thanks for the tip!)

Old Jul 11th, 2001, 11:08 PM
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Babela, the 22in. Expandable Rollaboard Suiter we purchased for $99 each is item # ED8223.

The promo I mentioned for the free Deluxe Tote (ED8201) IS available, but oddly enough they don't list it on the 22in item description (go figure)... but it IS listed on the page for the Deluxe Tote (ED8201):

"Free when you purchase TWO (2) Flightpro Rollaboards"

I can't say yet if the luggage is any good or not, since we haven't received the shipment yet, but since it's TravelPro, I expect it will be good -- and meet our needs for carry on luggage. We really wanted to get carry on luggage so we wouldn't have to worry about the airlines losing our luggage during our first trip to Europe!

Old Jan 18th, 2003, 08:04 PM
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I don't know what equipment I was boarding but my 21"Riccardo fit in the overhead and several other passengers were told they had to get theirs checked.
Question: How am I giong to get my four bottles of Bordeaux home if Airfrance has as stingey a limit as Luftstasa?
I too, send my dirty laundry home in a fold up gym bag and roll my goodies on in my 21".
Old Jan 19th, 2003, 07:20 AM
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An important consideration is the weight of the suitcase. Most of the airlines have a weight limit of 40 lb for a carry-on. If you don't need all the bells and whistles, a lighter one is better.
Old Jan 19th, 2003, 08:37 AM
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As noted above, many airlines, for international flights,have weight limits for carryons that are much less than 40 lbs. At last check, BA only allowed 11 or 13 pounds, I forget which. So it is important to check on weight restrictions in advance, dimensions don't guarantee anything.
Old Jan 19th, 2003, 03:48 PM
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It has been a few years since I have flown- how many carry-ons are allowed? Is it only one?

Also- flying to Europe- I have an inexpensive rolling case- and a new Samsonite. Would you take the older one so you would not care if it got beat? My other is a part of a matched set and if it gets travel worn or trashed- it would make the set different. The Sam. is nicer- newer- but does it matter what your luggage looks like? TIA Karen
Old Jan 20th, 2003, 06:52 AM
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The allowance varies by airline.

My suggestion is to use whichever suitcase fits better with this trip. After a while, I began to feel that "matched sets" don't matter unless you want to impress somebody. Of course, if you think it is important.....
Old Jan 20th, 2003, 07:21 AM
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Dave- sorry- that doesn't come close to answering my question.
I travel A LOT around the US, CAN, and Mexico. I go those places with my family- and I would use my larger matched set. So would I want to have one of my set possibly damaged?

And yes- I might feel funny checking into 4&5 star hotels with shabbier luggage. But does that really matter?
Probably not-like I care what a hotel thinks about my luggae- I think I just answered my own question- so thanks Dave.....
Old Jan 20th, 2003, 08:57 AM
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Carryon allowance varies GREATLY by airline. Aer Lingus for example, has a very small carryon size - 9x14x18 26 lb.
( Most of the US airlines follow the 22" / 45"total dimension rule)

I just went through this issue ( there is another thread , linked through the Ireland board).
Now - due to carryon issues, I possess a 17" rolling tote, a 20" rolling duffel , and a 22" rolling pilot case.
I now check the airline right away after booking, to double check carryon sizes, so I am not surprised.
Old Jan 20th, 2003, 10:39 AM
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I will check United's web site to see how many carry-ons I am allowed.
Old Jan 20th, 2003, 11:20 AM
weight vs. size
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On international flights (US/Europe) a 22" is not a guarantee to be an allowable carryon. I used the same suitcase as in the past, but this summer BA went by weight, rather than size. And because I *pack* my 22" roller, it ended up needing to go as checked baggage.

Not a big deal, but good to know ahead of time in terms or what and how you pack the suitcase.
Old Jan 23rd, 2003, 04:18 PM
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One of the best deals around is the luggage sold by Costco. Extremely well made and sturdy, but priced at far less the the "name" brands. We have made several trips to asia and europe with it and haven't had a single problem
Old Jan 24th, 2003, 07:18 PM
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Samsonite is a great choice. Great guarantee, but can be expensive.
Old Jan 25th, 2003, 04:48 AM
Mary Ann
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We have used and really like the Briggs and Reilly 22 inch. It is expandable has a garment bag section. When flying over we leave it at 22 to carry on (US does not usually weigh it). This way if luggage is lost we have our dress clothes in the garment section, sleeping stuff, plus a couple days clothes. Once over we regroup luggage and expand it. This way we only have to take in the one suitcase plus toileteries tote. Coming home we usually check the now 24 inch bag. It works well fo us.
Old Jan 25th, 2003, 06:10 AM
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One consideration that I don't think I've seen mentioned here previously about carry-ons. Besides checking to see that you don't exceed the weight limits for the airlines you will be flying, also be sure to check **whether you can lift the bag over your head to put it in the overhead bins**. I learned this a long time ago. I'm short plus don't have great upper body strength and it is very unfair for me to expect someone else to have to lift *my* luggage to the overhead bin. If you can't lift it yourself, then it needs to be checked. While you *may* find friendly people who are willing to help you, it is an imposition to plan on it.
Old Jan 25th, 2003, 09:35 AM
cha cha
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If I was buying a brand new 22" suitcase my primary concern would be how much the suitcase itself weighs empty.

Lightweight with good wheels would be my deciding factors.
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