June 12, 2019 / By Shyla Esko Bare
Before you pack for a flight, make sure you check the luggage size and weight allowance for EVERY AIRLINE you are going to use on that trip. This is important for both checked and carry-on baggage.
My Sister recently flew on Alaska Airline. A carry-on bag that she had used on several flights with them, was now “too big.” They had changed the allowed size, reducing it from 24 x 17 x 10 to a significantly smaller 22 x 14 x 9. Don’t forget, this INCLUDES wheels and handles.
Internationally, the allowed carry-on size may be even smaller. This is especially true of no-frills airlines. So read the fine print for every airline each time you make a reservation. I usually verify, close to my flight date too. For instance, several airlines including Icelandair and Korean Air only allow carry-ons to be 21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8. There are probably some airlines with even smaller restrictions – so check before going to the airport.
Also, some airlines have weight restrictions on carry-ons. Icelandair has a limit of 22 lbs (10 kg.) If your bag is too big or too heavy you will be paying to take it with you. And overseas airlines tend to be stricter on the baggage rules.
If you go with a soft-sided carry-on, like my favorite, the Rick Steves Convertible Carry-on (which measures 21 x 14 x 9), you may be able to squeeze it into the size checker at the airport – but only if you don’t pack it full. Don’t forget size restrictions will apply for the flight home too, so you can’t over-fill your soft-sided bag with souvenirs.
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By Shyla Esko Bare, June 12, 2019 ©www.WildSpiritTravel.com
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