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Luggage Purchase Tips

 

 

Choosing luggage

 

Selecting your next piece of luggage doesn't need to be confusing. Onlinebags.com offers a large variety of cases from a large group of brands in a wide selection of price points. Our entire luggage collection is recommended for airline travel. Our entire luggage collection is covered by our luggage warranties. Here are just a few of the things you may want to consider.

 

How often do you travel?

 

Of course the more you travel, the more you require durable luggage. Generally it is safe to assume that the more money you spend on luggage the better quality has been built in.

Soft-sided luggage:

The materials most recommended for the outside of the cases are ballistic nylons and polyesters.  Both materials offer durability and both have the ability to resist the rigors of airline travel.  Hardware such as zippers, handles, wheels, etc.  used to complement your cases also affect the quality of your luggage. Onlinebags.com and its suppliers have an extensive quality control program. All luggage sold on our site is inspected prior to shipping.

Furthermore, our requirements are above industry standards for materials and hardware selected for the make up of the luggage on our site. Buy with confidence. Soft-sided luggage is favored mostly because it is light, durable, stackable and foldable when not in use.

Hard-sided shells:

Perhaps the two most common materials found in hard-sided cases today are ABS plastic (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene-easy for you to say) and Polypropylene.

Advantages - resistant to stains, protects fragile items (provided case is properly packed/padded). The major drawback to a hard-sided case is partly related to the weight and partly related to the plastic itself. On larger cases there is a tendency for the corners of these cases to crack or dent should they receive a severe blow.

 

Length of stay


The longer the trip the bigger the bag? Not necessarily. With today's wheeled luggage, it's easy to carry three or more bags by attaching the extras to your one wheeled bag. Even though a single large bag might seem like a good idea, remember what it will weigh when fully packed. Plus, if you get something smaller, it will be useful for shorter trips too.

 

What type of trip will you be taking?


The needs of a business traveler are different than a tourist. Will you be traveling to one destination and staying, or living out of your luggage? If you'll be living out of your luggage, you might want a lot of pockets for organizing, or several small organizers to pack in your luggage. Business travelers need to keep their clothing looking neat, so the right kind of luggage will help there too. Garment bags for hanging clothing and accessories seem to be a favorite. They can be purchased with wheels and in carry-on sizes.

 

Tips


If you plan on doing lots of shopping in your travels you may want to consider two bags, one that can fit into another. When you start shopping and need packing room, take the smaller case out of the larger one. To make this system work, you can buy a 26" (66cm) and 28" (71cm) of the same series case, or give yourself 3" (8cm) room if you are mixing and matching different cases. You might also wish to consider an expandable case. 

 

Caution


Before you pack, check the condition of your luggage carefully. Airlines can refuse to accept fragile or damaged pieces. If your bags are visibly damaged, the airlines can also make you sign a waiver releasing them from responsibility for any further damage to the cases, or their contents. Baggage restrictions can vary from flight to flight. Charter flights have much more stringent rules than the regular commercial flights. Please ensure that the luggage you want to take conforms to your carrier’s standards.

 

Airline policies on luggage & carry-on approved

 

Before you take your next flight, check the baggage policy of your airline to insure that your luggage meets these requirements and that you are aware of any excess baggage charges you may incur. Recent changes could cost you if you don't know the rules. Airlines all have different Luggage policies, charges and restrictions.

CHECKED BAGGAGE POLICIES VARY BY AIRLINE, FREQUENT FLYER STATUS, BOOKING CLASS, BAG SIZE AND WEIGHT. FEES MAY APPLY IF (1) YOU PLAN TO CHECK MORE THAN ONE BAG OR (2) YOU PLAN TO CARRY SPORTS EQUIPMENT OR AN ODD-SHAPED ITEM OR (3) YOUR BAG EXCEEDS AIRLINE WEIGHT LIMITS.

Also, please note that if you are traveling Internationally and you have connecting flights or have point-to-point flights within a Foreign country, there are different baggage restrictions for those flights. Please check ahead of time.

To view official Airline Baggage information, please verify the detailed information via websites on the Airlines listed below:

 

All Nippon Airways:
 1-800-235-9262

Air Canada:
 1-888-247-2262

Air China:
 1-800-882-8122

Air France:
 1-800-237-2747

Air New Zealand:
 1-800-262-1234

Alaska Airlines:
 1-800-426-0333

American Airlines:
 1-800-222-2377

Asiana Airlines:
 1-800-227-4262

British Airways:
 1-866-393-0961

Cathay Airline:
 1-800-233-2742

Continental Airlines:
 1-800-335-2247

Cubana Airlines:
 1-888-667-1222

Delta:
 1-800-221-1212

Egyptair:
 1-800-334-6787

Japan Airlines:
 1-800-585-3663

Jazz:
 1-888-247-2262

Jet Blue:
 1-800-538-2583

Jordanian Airline:
 1-300-366-337

KLM Airline:
 1-800-225-2525

Lufthansa:
 1-800-399-LUFT

Northwest:
 1-800-225-2525

Porter:
 1-888-619-8622

Qantas Airways:
 1-800-227-4500

Ryanair:
 +353-1-812-1212

Singapore:
 1-800-235-9262

Spanair:
 +34-902-13-14-15

Shanghai Airlines:
 1-800-820-1018

Southwest:
 1-800-435-9792

Sunwing:
 1-877-877-1755

Swiss Air Lines:
 1-877-359-7947

Thai Air:
 1-800-426-5204

Transat:
 1-800-388-5836

United Airlines:
 1-800-538-2929

US Airways:
 1-800-428-4322

Virgin Atlantic:
 1-800-862-8621

West Jet:
 1-800-538-5696