Luggage to avoid the airline baggage fees

Whilst we all look forward to the annual holiday or that short city break, booking the trip can become a real headache.

Booking the time from work, researching hotels to make sure that you don’t end up at Fawlty Towers and working out how to get to and from the airport at either end of your journey are all massive headaches but perhaps the biggest stress of booking your holiday is actually getting those seemingly elusive “bargain” flights.

We have all seen the adverts for flights that offer to take us half-way across Europe for less than your bus fare to the airport, but actually getting them is often a different matter. By the time you have added various fees, taxes and baggage costs, that cheap flight doesn’t start to look so cheap.

Baggage fees can be a big expense when it comes to low-cost airlines, especially if you try to take on a bag as hand luggage that is slightly too big for the sizing box.

So we have been looking for a handful of bags and cases that you won’t have to pay through the nose for to stick in an aircraft hold. The target size here is 55cm x 40cm x 20cm – the size typically allowed by most budget airlines including Ryanair and bmiBaby*. Those dimensions are also well within the limits for easyjet and Jet2*, so let’s see what we can find.

To start with, we have picked out the Antler Tourlite II Small Cabin Rollercase. At 45cm x 34cm x 20cm, this fits well within the sizing restrictions and the telescopic handle sits completely flush with the case when not in use. At just 2.4kg, the case is lightweight and comes with a TSA padlock, meaning that the locking system meets the requirements for airport security if you are planning on travelling to the USA.

You also have the peace of mind of durable buffers for strength and protection, as well as Antler’s 10-year warranty.

The REVELATION By Antler Salento Euro Cabin Case is next up in our look at budget airline friendly cases, offering a little bit more versatility than the Tourlite model. This is because the case doesn’t have that rigid shape that many cases have, as well as offering a zipped front pocket with top and side handle. At 55x35x20cms it is still within our limits and at 2.3kg, it won’t eat into your weight allowance. It also comes with a seven year warranty.

Finally, we look at the similarly named REVELATION By Antler Salento Cabin Roller Case. This is slightly lighter than the previous model at 2.2kgs, offers a different colour scheme and three front pockets. It is also easy to use hold either as a hold-all style back or as a trolley bag.

Hopefully, those three cases will help you to beat those budget airline fees and cut the cost of your next getaway that little bit more. Just don’t forget your sun cream and toothbrush!

*Baggage limits correct at time of writing. Baggage restrictions may vary between airlines. Please check with your airline, tour operator or travel agent for actual size and weight restrictions.

28th March 2011
Written by Very_Lauren