If you didn't have to pay for checked baggage...would you still carry on?
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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:19:01 PM
I'm taking a trip and I'm trying to decide whether to carry-on or check baggage. I don't have to pay for the checked baggage but I usually do carry-on anyway so that I don't have to wait at baggage claim. I'm just not sure I'm in the mood do deal with the carry-on WWYD?

ETA: this is a direct non-stop flight so the risk of losing them is smaller than with layover.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:20:50 PM
There's no gaurentee checked bags will make it to their final destination, so yes, I'd still bring a carry on.




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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:20:54 PM
I'd check it. I can't stand having my huge bag falling on my head when I try to get it out of the overhead. I prefer just carrying on what I need for the flight.

I'm usually so slow getting off, and using the rest rooms, that I've rarely had to wait for my bags. It's just not been an inconvenience for me.

ETA: anything critical or difficult to replace gets carried on. I've had a trip for a wedding where luggage was lost for 3 days, but we carried on the bridesmaid dress, so all was okay.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:23:08 PM
It depends. I like not having to wait to pick up my checked baggage, but I also like not having to lug a bunch of stuff through security and the airport. If I'm travelling with someone else who is checking baggage, it's a no-brainer. Otherwise, it depends on my mood, how heavy the bag I could check is, whether I'm with the kids and how crowded the flight is likely to be. Oh, and if it's USAir, I carry on for sure, because they have a history of losing my family's luggage.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:24:14 PM
Carry on. But I am on the road often, travel light, and I hate the time suck at the carousel. I also am not a fan of travelers who want to carry the kitchen sick on with them, so on those trips where I am pushing the baggage boundaries, I definitely check.




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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:29:43 PM
I pay for a checked bag most times and only carry on my backpack with my essentials in it.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:30:44 PM
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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:31:08 PM
Carry on luggage makes me irrationally angry. Honestly, I'm not much of a traveler but when I do and people are carrying on their huge suitcases, which may or may not meet the airline regulations for carry ons, I get really ticked off.

When we flew home from Vegas in October our flight was booked solid. We paid to check our bags, as we always do. After they boarded about half of the plane they offered free baggage checking to people who hadn't boarded yet because they knew they weren't going to fit it all in the overheads. There were very few people who opted to check their bags even without a charge.






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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:34:24 PM
I always take a carry on with stuff for one night and my medicine, camera, etc. You never know if the luggage gets left off the first plane, misdirected, destroyed on the belt, whatever. Some stuff I want to remain with me.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:05:08 PM
We get 2 free checked bags per person on Alaska air. We always check our bags even when we have to pay. I can't stand dragging bags behind us in the airport. Knock on wood but I have never had a lost bag.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:08:26 PM
I usually check my bag, even if I have to pay (don't like it) - yes I have to wait for it, but dealing with it at security, getting on the plane etc, is just a hassle for me.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:12:38 PM
Even now I only take what I have to onboard -- my camera bag and a shoulder bag with medications, iPhone and other electronics. Dragging luggage through security, with you to find a seat with lunch, to the bathroom is just a pain in the butt.

I guess that's why I lose my cool when someone takes up the overhead bin. Both of my pieces fit under the seat (which I can't say about 90% of the plane) but not together. When you use up the bin for your suit coat?

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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:14:36 PM
I'm with KelleeM. That irritates me to no end. Same luggage, I pay, theirs is checked for free. I asked at the gate one and was pretty much told, "Too bad, so sad".


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:15:30 PM
I too get irrationally irritated at people who carry on obscene amounts of stuff. I only carry on my purse or perhaps a small bag for my magazines and ipad and what not. I always think of the Seinfeld episode where the guy next to Elaine had a crazy amount of baggage with him, all piled around and in his seat. I know you can't even do that anymore....I get irritated with lots of things at airports.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:15:38 PM
I work for an airline. Please, please take your medicine, electronics and other valuables in a carry on. Nothing worse than an upset customer calling in because their laptop or camera is missing from their checked bags and we have to tell them that, unfortunately, the airline is not liable


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After watching the zipper on my expensive Victorinox suitcase get destroyed coming off the carrousel, I'm a dedicated carry on person.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:16:12 PM
Always! I pack my carry on with the things I need for that same and the next day. I have had many trips home ot Canada when my luggage came one or two days after I arrived! Luckily I've always been at my mom's when this happens, and I always have my most important items with me... I would be uber-annoyed to get to a fun tourist destination, or important business meeting, etc. and not have my luggage.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:17:48 PM
I hate to carry on a suitcase. The only time I would consider carrying on is if I was just going overnight and could pack a small tote bag.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:43:57 PM
Its ALWAYS a good idea to carry a small carry one with underwear, PJs, change of clothes, meds and anything else you might need for one night and day without your luggage.

Years ago I took a non-stop flight and my luggage ended up on the wrong plane somehow, in another city. I had checked in early, everything was tagged correctly, etc. It just had ended up in the wrong place after I had checked it. They found it and brought it to me the next day. I was very glad I had that carry on.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:56:40 PM
I hate carrying on, but I do. I've had too much luggage destroyed when checked.

In addition, on the way home from a recent trip, the overhead bins were full, so we were given no option but to check our bags. When we landed, we ended up stuck on the ramp for 1/2 hour. I was standing near the window, and I could see my bright yellow checked bag on the baggage escalator, waiting to go up into the airport. In the rain. For 1/2 hour. It was still sitting there when we were finally let off into the airport. Everything in my suitcase was soaked. The men standing there watching our luggage didn't seem to care in the least.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:05:49 PM
Personally, I would check, because I'd rather not be hauling big carry-ons all over the airport, on the plane, off the plane. I usually check one bag and take on a very small carry-on with necessities (meds, one change of clothes, small toiletries, jewelry, camera). I travel light.

I, also, have had things broken on my expensive luggage. My solution? Cheaper luggage! For the $1,400 I spent on two branded suitcases, for them not to hold up means it wasn't worth the $$$ I spent.

I'm close to a million mile flier on one airline and over 100k on another, and I have yet to lose any belongings. Damage to suitcases, yes. Loss of property, no.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:11:25 PM
I don't like to carry on either. I almost always check. I haven't had issues with luggage getting lost or damaged. Dh flies about every other week and is a pro-packer. He can do a 10 day trip in his carry on.


After they boarded about half of the plane they offered free baggage checking to people who hadn't boarded yet because they knew they weren't going to fit it all in the overheads. There were very few people who opted to check their bags even without a charge.



When we flew to FL this summer we checked two bags and carried on two (we had four flying.) Twice they said the carry on space was full and were offering to gate check carry on bags. Since we were carrying on dd's suitcase with just her clothes we gate checked it twice. Both times it was lost! Once it never made it on the plane...ended up staying at the check in desk at the gate. The other time it didn't make our connection (but our other checked bags did.)


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:11:43 PM
I don't like to carry on either. I almost always check. I haven't had issues with luggage getting lost or damaged. Dh flies about every other week and is a pro-packer. He can do a 10 day trip in his carry on.


After they boarded about half of the plane they offered free baggage checking to people who hadn't boarded yet because they knew they weren't going to fit it all in the overheads. There were very few people who opted to check their bags even without a charge.



When we flew to FL this summer we checked two bags and carried on two (we had four flying.) Twice they said the carry on space was full and were offering to gate check carry on bags. Since we were carrying on dd's suitcase with just her clothes we gate checked it twice. Both times it was lost! Once it never made it on the plane...ended up staying at the check in desk at the gate. The other time it didn't make our connection (but our other checked bags did.)


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:13:26 PM
I always would rather check a bag than carry on, especially if i'm going for longer than 2 days, that way I don't have to worry about how little I can bring or what I can or cannot take through security.

ETA: I always carry on a large tote or bookbag and possibly a purse for things that shouldnt' be checked, but I prefer that it's small enough to fit under the seat in front of me.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:20:03 PM
I hate carrying on. Hate it. Hate it also when other people carry on enormous bags and hold up the boarding process trying to find spaces for their stuff because they were too cheap to pay $25 to check the damn bag.

I carry a larger purse when I travel, and in the purse goes any medications, my camera in a padded case, my phone, my kindle and my jewelry. I usually also put in a toothbrush and travel sized toothpaste and a change of underwear. Everything else gets checked. The purse is small enough to fit under the seat in front of me.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:34:07 PM
It depends where I am going. When flying to a cruise, I carry on a suitcase with some of everything. Bathing suit, dresses, underwear, shorts, etc. I'm terrified that I'll end up on the ship with just the clothes on my back. The ship will not wait for lost luggage. On the way home, I'd check it all if I wasn't charged an arm and a leg.

I also carry on for business trips. Nothing worse than going to meetings in jeans you wore yesterday.

I've had luggage delayed a lot, but never completely lost.





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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:34:09 PM
Yes, I would still carry on because I've had my bags not get there in time a couple times. I always bring a change of clothes and my toiletries

ETA: oh yah, I forgot, I also pack my electronics and valuables as well. That is NOT stuff that I will check, EVER.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:37:25 PM
I always bring a carry-on because there are just some things that I do not want to risk being lost or damaged in any way.

Things like my phone, camera, any medications, one full outfit, money, etc..



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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:55:20 PM
When it is just me going to visit family, I carry-on. I bring a small amount of clothes and wash them at my mom's or sister's when I need clean ones. I can fit everything I need in a LEGALLY sized carry-on and a purse or briefcase or backpack.

When my dh and I travel just the two of us, we usually just do carry-ons, because we are rarely gone for more than 5 days, and we can pack everything we need into to LEGAL roller bags and two backpacks.

When we travel with the kids, we check. Just too hard to get all four of us off the plane with the kids trying to get their roller bags off without knocking into other travelers.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:56:58 PM
I would take a carry-on with what I would absoutely need if my checked bag got lost or delayed.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:03:27 PM
Both dh and I have carry ons that fit under the seat. I am not comfortable checking bags with medications, camera, jewelry, ipad or kindle. I'm amazed at what some people consider carry on. Sometimes they are bigger than our checked bag. We try, whenever possible to fly SW, no charge for baggage.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:06:48 PM
I can pack for 7-10 days in my carry on (which is on wheels and fits inside the carry-on sizer for WestJet and Air Canada) as long as I'm going to a warm destination, so I always do, whether checked bags cost extra or not. I love just being able to walk off the plane, hop in the car/taxi and go. When I have to go somewhere that sweaters and other warm clothes are involved, I use a bigger suitcase and check it. Either way, I have my purse as my 'personal item' and keep my camera, glasses, etc in it. I figure if my bags get lost, I'll just go buy some new clothes . The only time I take extra clothes with me when I check my bag is if my final destination is not likely to be near an easily accessible mall.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:07:43 PM
Yes, we never check bags domestically. We don't like screwing around at the baggage carousels.




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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:08:12 PM
we take the biggest carry-ons we can, plus computer bag size bag.

we have lost to much baggage not to anymore.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:55:03 PM
Yes, I've had luggage lost too many times. Or had it show up late.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:00:35 PM
YES. After the airline lost my luggage for 3 days I always take a carry on just in case.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:05:01 PM
I'd do carry on whenever possible.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:13:38 PM
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Posted: 1/28/2013 6:38:09 AM

For the $1,400 I spent on two branded suitcases



If you paid that much for suitcases they should have come with a lifetime warranty. When the airlines ruined my expensive suitcase I got a replacement free.

As for carry one, or check it....Check it! Of course it depends on where you're going, and for how long. Since I never travel without a laptop, Kindle, two cameras, phones, and what seems like 40lbs of cords and chargers, there isn't much room in my rolling briefcase for anything more than a change of underwear, minimal toiletries and make up, just in case my bags are delayed.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 7:33:23 AM
If I am travelling for business, I carry on a rolling suitcase and a briefcase. I never check my bags. My roller bag goes in the overhead bin and the briefcase goes under my seat (with my coat if I have one). I am well versed in how to get through security so I am not holding anyone up there. Depending on how full the overheads are and how early in the boarding process I am, it is possible that I would hold up the boarding looking for a spot for my suitcase. I always check my roller bag planeside when it is offered because I prefer not to roll my bag down the airplane aisle.

If I am travelling for leisure, I usually carry on a purse and tote and check my luggage (because usually its for more than a day or two and my stuff won't fit in a carry on bag).



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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:36:10 AM
I don't have to pay for checked luggage, and I carry on if my trip is 2 days or less. Anything more than that and I have toiletries that I can't fit in a quart sized ziploc bag.


I also carry on for business trips. Nothing worse than going to meetings in jeans you wore yesterday.




Aah yes, I've had that happen too! Jeans weren't an option and the 24 hour Walmart's business attire selection is pretty limited - especially shoes! But when you have to be at a meeting at 8 am the next morning, your options are quite limited.

When I carry on, I show my purse inside my (legal carry on sized) suitcase. I wear my backpack on my bag, which has my laptop in it. Backback goes under the seat, suitcase goes in the overhead bin, wheels first!


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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:41:34 AM
I always take a carry on with a change of clothes and anything I can't afford to lose. Luggage doesn't get lost often by the airlines, but we have had it happen a few times. Each time we did eventually get our luggage back, but having the essential things in a carry on can get a person by for a day or two if the luggage goes astray.

Even with a direct flight, there is still a chance of lost luggage. Small, but can still happen. And I would never check baggage with anything of value such as a camera, laptop, etc., due to the possibility of damage or theft.



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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:46:03 AM
I hate schlepping luggage. I always check my bag and just carry my purse on board. (And my dog if she's traveling with me ) I've had my luggage delayed a few times but it's always shown up and the airlines have delivered it to where I'm staying.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:51:26 AM
It depends on what is going on at the arrival point. If I will need the luggage IMMEDIATELY -- no time to deal with delays -- then I have a carry on with some essentials and some "extras".

The last time, heading home, carry on bags were being "gate checked through" for free -- I had the stuff I needed for airports in my travel purse (reading material, OTC meds, toothbrush, charging cords, ipad, Nook) -- I let them have the carry on. As it happened, my expected 3 hour layover turned into a 7 hour weather delay and it was great having only my travel purse to deal with.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:11:27 AM
For a non-stop flight I'd do a carry on. If my flight involves transfers I prefer to check my baggage and not have to be pulling it through airports.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:21:07 AM
I pay for checked baggage now so that I only need to carry on very little. One backpack to hold a jacket, kindle, purse, camera & snacks. So even if free, I would continue to check bags.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:22:26 AM
Yes, I fly a lot and my luggage has been lost too often. After the last time when the snotty airline rep said, "Well, if it's important, you should never trust it to us," I took them at their word.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:35:44 AM
The only time I carry-on is when I go to visit my mother in Florida. They are usually short trips and I keep shampoo, soap, toothbrush, etc there so I don't have to bring it with me. Otherwise, I'll check. I don't like dragging a bag around the airport, making sure I get overhead space, etc. I love walking on a plane with just my purse. DH will bring a backpack with his stuff and both fit right under the seat.
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