Avoid Extra Airline Fees with Smaller Carry-On Bags!
For those of you who haven’t read this article on Huffington Post’s site (or for those of you who didn’t already find out from a different source), it was announced on April 6, 2010 that Spirit Airlines has decided to initiate extra fees for travelers’ carry-on bags that are over a particular size. I won’t involve any of my opinions here regarding that decision, but I will suggest a few compact travel cases that just may get you out of having to pay more once you’re on that flight!
According to the Huffington Post article, Spirit Airlines won’t charge its travelers anything extra for a carry-on bag that’s within the 16″ x 14″ x 12″ dimensions. Well, you’re in luck, because I managed to find a few tote bags, briefcases, and duffels on the Quality Logo Products site that fit the criteria! The first one I found, the Mini Duffel Travel Kit, would not only be the PERFECT companion for airline passengers, but it would also be the PERFECT promotional item for travel-related businesses. (I liked this duffel so much that I also made it the picture at the head of this post!) These duffels aren’t very expensive, either, so if your staff or your customers travel frequently then you may want to consider buying some with your logo!
Another option is the Conference Bag or the Nexus Laptop Bag - both bags are within the dimensions but still allow for plenty of storage. The Nexus Laptop Bag can comfortably contain a laptop, but the Conference Bag would probably be best for less fragile items. Of course, you’re not going to be able to fit as much into these totes as you would in a larger carry-on bag, and it is ultimately up to you whether or not the extra airline charge is worth it. But remember that Spirit Airlines will charge you between $20 and $45 if it has to go in the overhead storage bin, so you should consider all of your options anyway!
Spirit Airlines may be the first American airline to charge a fee for carry-on luggage, but I doubt they’ll be the last. It can’t hurt to start thinking ahead and to possibly even purchase some airline-optimized travel bags for your company, right? If you need help finding more travel bags within the 16″ x 14″ x 12″ dimensions, just let us know! You can contact Quality Logo Products by emailing us (firstname.lastname@example.org), by calling us (866-312-5646), by contacting us on Twitter or Facebook, or by replying to this blog post. Thanks for reading our blog, and we hope to see you again!