Travel Smart: 4 Tips To Avoid Paying Airline Baggage Fees

We are all quite familiar with the fact airline companies are increasingly finding ways to charge customers beyond the initial ticket price. Gone are the days of free checked luggage on most domestic flights. Here, and likely to stay, are the days of packing all belongings into an appropriate carry-on sized bags, all while meeting the ever-increasing stringent limits by Transportation Security Administration on what can and cannot be permitted in a carry-on bag.

In an attempt to reduce costs and frustrations, here are tips on purchasing the most travel-smart carry-on bag to make your travels  fee and hassle-free.


Bag Size

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the maximum carry-on size for a bag is 45 linear inches (the total of the height, width and depth of the bag). But be warned, even if a suitcase is purchased adorning the label, “Official Carry-On Size”, it may not meet a particular airline's specific size restrictions. For example, the maximum carry-on size on US Airways is 24” x 16” x 10”, while Delta Airline's maximum carry-on size is 22” x 14” x 9”. Though one can ask themselves if such a small difference will be noticed, is it worth the risk of having to return to the ticket counter to wait in line and check your bag? I'd say no.


Bag Organization

Depending on how long your trip is, fitting all of your belongings in a small 45 linear inch carry-on bag can be a daunting task. Furthermore, the idea of comfortably living out of this bag can seem equally impossible. Organization is key. Look for a bag that offers multiple zipper pockets of varying sizes to help keep your things organized. A product such as the Falcon Wheeled Duffle Bag has a zippered liner that allows you to use the bag as 2 separate compartments or unzip for a single open space, allowing a sense of place for all your items.


TSA-Friendly Bags

One of the most frustrating and time-consuming aspects of checking through security is having to take laptops out of their bag and place them in a separate container to check through the scanner systems. Today however, carry-on bags are beginning to be developed to accommodate the common electronics carried in luggage. For example, ECBC's FastPass® System allows you to unzip the specialized laptop compartment, lay the bag flat on the security conveyer and go through TSA without having to unpack your laptop, tablet and cables. Possibly the best function of a carry-on bag to date!


Combo Luggage: Rolling/Duffle/Backpack Bags

Navigating those narrow airplane aisles is much easier holding a bag than steering it between the packed in seats. An increasingly common carry-on bag is the versatile rolling luggage one can choose to carry on as a duffle. Another option urbanites are increasingly preferring are the rolling luggage that can easily convert into a backpack when climbing up and down stairs and escalators or weaving in between people at crowded terminals. ECBC's Pegasus Convertible Rolled Backpack is a perfect example of this, and for the price, it's essentially getting two bags for the price of one. Unzip the hidden back storage panel and find backpack straps tucked inside.


What is the upside beyond having a fully functional carry-on bag and no checked-bag fees? No more waiting at that pesky baggage claim area! Bag in hand, you'll be on your way to your next destination the minute you step off you're flight.

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