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New Carry-On Restrictions For Air Travel Can Cost You Money

Updated on June 10, 2014

If you're a frequent traveler like we are, you probably are already aware of the fairly new pricing for checked luggage. And, if you're a frugal traveler like we are, you want to make sure you never ever have to check luggage. After all, what good is that fantastic weekend fare you found to Las Vegas if you have to add another $25-50 to check luggage?

But, even if you're a frequent traveler, I'll bet you're a bit in the dark about the new movement toward restricted size carry on bags - you read that right. Now, certain airlines (read: American, Delta and United) have lowered the size of the customary carry on. Anything over 22" tall or 14" wide must be checked on these dastardly airlines. I call 'foul,' but doubt they'll ever hear me. I especially call 'foul' as there is no FAA requirement on this type of bag sizing - at least, not yet.

Having just invested in a fantastic Samsonite Cosmolite suitcase in the 20" size, I was dismayed to find that my favorite suitcase was 1" over the width limitation, coming in at a bulky (?) 15". So, I set out to find another bag that matched the airlines requirements (I tend to travel a lot on United although I may start to rethink that policy).

One of the few bags I found was the Briggs & Riley Baseline Domestic Carry-On Spinner Bag. Having four wheels was a requirement of mine as it's just delightful to wheel these new suitcases around without having to lean them back and have the burden of the suitcase's weight on my wrists. Note: these four wheel spinner suitcases do tend to run away though on a hill so keep a close eye on them when unpacking the car in the airport's parking lot.

This Briggs & Riley suitcase would make an excellent Christmas present for anyone who has the travel bug. Add a ticket to a unique destination as an added surprise.

It was hard finding luggage that was only 14" wide as most small carry on suitcases are at least 15". I'm sure manufacturers will bend to the the new airline terms and start producing luggage that meets the mark. So, bookmark this page and I'll add additional items as they become available.

Travelpro Luggage Platinum Magna 21 Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter, Black, One Size
Travelpro Luggage Platinum Magna 21 Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter, Black, One Size

This suitcase meets the requirements for overhead compartment travel on all airlines, even with the new restrictions.

Samsonite Black Label Cosmolite Carry-on 20 IN Silver
Samsonite Black Label Cosmolite Carry-on 20 IN Silver

This is our new bag which is amazing but 1" too wide for the new restrictions. Regardless, I love it. It's feather lite as is it's 29" companion.

John and me snorkeling at Isla Mujeres
John and me snorkeling at Isla Mujeres

Got travel woes? Let em fly here (pun intended). I love to hear from my readers.

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    • gottaloveit2 profile image

      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      I'm not sure how strictly the airlines are applying the new sizes. I just flew with my regular carry on and had no problems.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks goodness for Kindle or my bag would always be overweight from all the books I need when I travel.

    • Frischy profile image

      Frischy 3 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I don't get the opportunity to do much flying, but next time I do I will be sure to head to this page to shop for my new luggage.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yep, I just flew a few weeks ago and was diligent about the dimensions of my bag. Frankly I'm surprised they didn't make me check my "big" carry-on bag.