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 (, 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!

Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. Jill writes for the QLP blog and assists with the company’s social media accounts. You can connect with Jill on Google+.


  1. Jana

    On one hand, I’m annoyed that the airlines are trying to hose us on ANOTHER damn fee. I almost never check bags, so I usually have a pretty decent sized carry on (well, not too big, but a full backpack). On the other hand, it always takes forever for idiots to cram their giant suitcases (not carry-ons) into overhead compartments and whining that they have to search for an open spot. Six of one, half dozen of the other…

  2. QLP Jill

    I can certainly see both sides of the argument as well. It’s an inconvenience to pay extra but I do agree that some people’s suitcases take up WAY too much room in the overhead compartments. Just like all of the other fees airlines have been incorporating, I suppose we’ll just have to grin and bear it! But that doesn’t mean we can’t try to find creative ways around it by finding carry-on bags that are under the limit (take that, airlines!)

    Man, I wish I had the opportunity to travel more so that I could actually be PISSED about this! 😉

  3. Barb Miller

    I travel quite a bit, and am always annoyed by the passengers who bring on full-sized luggage and expect to heft it into an overhead compartment. I know that with the charge for luggage it is often a necessity to carry on items, but part of the problem is that the airlines themselves don’t monitor the luggage that is coming on board. My personal preference is to check my luggage. It is worth the $20 to me if I am not flying Southwest. You’d think the other airlines would take a hint and understand why Southwest is making money during our economically challenged times and they aren’t! Keep giving us those options for timely solutions to what is happening here and now!

    • QLP Jill

      I agree, Barb – airlines should be monitoring the suitcases that people lug on board with them! Besides, how much time to the flight attendants waste trying to rearrange everything when some greedy traveler’s gigantic bag occupies an entire compartment, you know? I usually check my luggage as well; sure, there are horror stories of things getting lost forever, but I’ll take my chances. And thanks for the encouragement. I appreciate it! 🙂

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