I have not flown in a while and I would rather not have any checked in luggage (and pay fees).
I am using this as reference for dimensions: http://www.airtran.com/common/images/_content/baggage.gif, http://www.aa.com/content/images/travelInformation/baggageInfo/ba2_bags_dim.png
I have these two available with me that I can use to pack my clothes in:
- camping backpack: 24" * 14" * 7". It's 24" when fully extended, but I can make it shorter by folding the top down a bit
- carry-on bag: 26 * 18 * 9 (53 linear inches: off by 8 inches from the 45 linear inches regulation)
Neither of these bags will be filled up edge to edge and will be ~20% empty anyways. The gross weight of either of these would be well within 30 lbs, if not way less.
One leg of my flight is on UA 738 and the other on AA 2394. I called the CSRs and asked the questions below and got conflicting answers: they really wanted me to check either of these in and told me I would have to pay fees both ways.
My questions are:
Which of these can I use as a carry-on instead of checking it in (and pay fees)
(While the backpack does not seem to be much of a risk, the bag can be classified as checked in luggage by the agent on technicality. It's a cloth bag so its not rigid and can fit into a bin, and is going to have sufficient empty space)
Does UA need me to keep this with me in the cabin, or do they tag it as carry-on at the checkin counter and put it in the cargo bin anyways (same place where they put checked in luggage)?
Does AA need me to keep this with me in the cabin, or do they tag it as carry-on at the checkin counter and put it in the cargo bin anyways (same place where they put checked in luggage)?
I am asking #2 and #3 as on USAirways' site, under 'Carry-on rules for US Airways Express' I noticed this: "1 small carry-on bag. Your carry-on bag will be tagged, placed in the cargo bin and returned plane-side or in the jetway when you arrive"
It does seem nice that I won't have to haul my luggage from plane to airport during the connecting flights, but was wondering if this is a feature specific to USAirways or does UA and AA offer this too?