By Cindy Richards
Airplane Fees: How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees
When Kim Orlando, founder of TravelingMom.com, was traveling with her three kids this summer, every leg of her trip cost $100 more than she had planned–$25 for each checked bag. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Carrying on luggage is possible, even when you’re traveling with kids. The key is to pack light and buy the best carry-on bags.
We went in search of the best carry-on bag by asking luggage manufacturers to send us the carry-on that would hold enough to allow families to avoid checked baggage fees, but still be light and manageable enough for a child to pull it through the airport.
Six Bags Tested
Six companies responded to our request. We tested the:
Delsey Helium Breeze 2.0 Carry-On Bag ($240)
Eagle Creek Hovercraft Upright 22 ($250)
Travelpro’s WalkAbout Lite 3 ($320)
Briggs & Riley Transcend 21-inch Carry-On Expandable Upright ($299)
Brookstone 21-inch Dash ($119.95)
Athalon Fusion 22-inch Wheeling Carry-On Duffle with Zip-Off Top ($150)
I packed each with what I consider standard supplies for a three-day trip: one pair of jeans, one dress, one skirt, three tops, unmentionables, an extra pair of shoes, night shirt, swimsuit and cover-up and toiletries. Five of the six bags accommodated the gear easily. It fit inside the Dash as well, but it took a little work.