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Old 07-24-2015, 08:16 AM
 
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As I just had a cheap suitcase get destroyed on me on my most recent trip, I'm looking into buying a new piece of luggage to replace. I've been looking at the larger 28-29" hardside spinners. The piece that just broke was a 29" softside (plastic shell). Now, I hadn't traveled with that bag a ton or anything, but I must've used it on at least 10 flights with never a problem.

Now, as I'm reading some reviews on Amazon and stuff, all of a sudden I see it's a common concern that bags these size are often hit for oversized charges. I've never had an issue before, and now I'm a bit nervous to spend decent money on a big suitcase that could cause me issues. Even a single hit with an oversize fee and I'd consider it a bad purchase. Are airlines cracking down or something? Should I go with the 25", or is 29" fine?
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:50 AM
 
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It's the total linear inches (w+h+l) of 62" that these may be running afoul. Be careful about overloading these larger bags however or you will run into overweight (more than 50 lbs in most cases) charges. Given the way airlines will arbitrarily change their rules, I'd be careful about anything over 60".
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:54 AM
 
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They're probably getting 29" bags with an expansion zipper, and then packing it so tight that it bulges all over, thus causing their bag to be oversized.

So for example, Delta's checked bag limit is 62" (L+W+H). This suitcase's dimensions are 29"x21"x10.5" (60.5"). Now if someone expands it and stuffs it to the point of bulging, it would easily add more than 1.5" to the size. So yeah, they could get hit with oversized charges.
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:24 AM
 
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Ok, yes I know it's commonly 62". When I travel with my old bag, I commonly overstuff it and surely it's easily over 62". Yet never once has it ever even been checked.

The other thing I'm hesitant on is most airlines don't specify with or without wheels. The bags I'm looking at are all right around 60-62" without wheels. With wheels would put them over. I could easily pack it tight to ensure without wheels is safe, but do I risk them adding the wheels to the equation?

I'd rather be safe than sorry. But at the same time if the fears are just from paranoid people and not a really policy that's ever checked, I see no reason to get a smaller suitcase.
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:43 AM
 
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Always assume that a policy will be enforced. That's the best way to avoid finding yourself in an unhappy situation.

And yes, wheels and handles count.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Play it safe and get a 25-26" bag. And take a look at Briggs and Riley; their bags carry a lifetime warranty and are extremely sturdy.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Play it safe and get a 25-26" bag. And take a look at Briggs and Riley; their bags carry a lifetime warranty and are extremely sturdy.
$500, $600 for a bag, $200+ for a 16" backpack??! Are that THAT good?
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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$500, $600 for a bag, $200+ for a 16" backpack??! Are that THAT good?
Yes. Their lifetime warranty is the real deal: if the bag is damaged and they can't fix it, they'll give you a replacement free of charge. And they are sturdy enough that the airline luggage gorillas have to work very, VERY hard to damage them.

There are two very different approaches you can take when it comes to bags that are going to be checked regularly: buy inexpensive and be prepared to replace the bag every now and then, or buy high quality only once. Briggs and Riley is for the folks who prefer option 2. Whichever option you choose, you're probably going to be spending the same amount of money in the long run if you travel regularly. (If you only check a bag rarely, obviously option 1 will be more cost-effective for you.)
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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If you don't have an active emergency, wait until January/February when the luggage companies are trying to get rid of discontinued models. Sites like Sierra Trading Post, The Clymb, and Left Lane Sports will have 50% or more off original retail price for a number of good quality luggage brands.

Briggs and Riley shows up at Sierra every so often and even more during clearance season, but you have to be actively looking for it there because it can sell out fast, especially if you can further discount it with one of Sierra's irregular but frequent 40% off non clearance items days.
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Old 07-25-2015, 05:34 AM
 
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I would never get something that is considered oversized as the airlines are now becoming more strict with enforcing size restrictions.
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