Carry On Bags: The Best For Each Airline

In a world where most airlines are now charging fees for checked bags (and who wants to nab cheap tickets only to be hit with costly fees later?), a good carry-on bag is a traveler’s best friend. But shopping for one that can fit the overhead bins on your preferred airline can be tricky, so we have done some homework for you.

We rounded up 10 of the best-reviewed carry-on bags and even did a little math to figure out which airlines’ overhead bins they will fit in.

Good Bags for Larger-Sized Overhead Bins

Skyway Sigma 2 26″ Expandable Vertical Packing Case

Average Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (58 reviews)
Price: $120
Dimensions: 26 x 15 x 10 inches (51 inches)
Weight: 7 pounds
Customer review: “This bag is super light weight but still sturdy enough for normal use. With the 50 lb limits on baggage, you really need something like this if you want to carry more than a few items.”
Fits carry-on sizes for: Alaska Airlines and US Airways

 

Travelers Choice Siena 2-In-1 Hybrid Hard-Shell Carry-On Wheeled Garment Suitcase

Average Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (32 reviews)
Price: $70
Dimensions: 24 x 15 x 10 inches (49 inches)
Weight: 9 pounds
Customer review: “I usually fill this bag with 1-2 sports coats, 2 button-down shirts and 2 pairs of pants on the garment bag side. On the other side I have 4 T-shirts, a set of workout clothes, work out shoes, dress shoes etc. Perfect for 2-3 days of travel during the week. Best part of this is that I have taken the bag on several types of planes (757, 767, MD-80/88 (both the 2 and 3 seat sides), A319/320, DC-9(both 2 and 3 seat sides) and it fits in the overhead compartment perfectly.”
Fits carry-on sizes for: AirTran, Alaska, JetBlue, Southwest, Virgin America

 

Good Bags for Average-Sized Overhead Bins

Rockland Luggage Rolling 22 Inch Duffle Bag

Average Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (56 reviews)
Price: $23.49
Dimensions: 22 x 11 x 12 inches (45 inches)
Weight: 6 pounds
Customer review: “I have packed up to 2 weeks worth of clothes into this bag and, best of all, even when totally stuffed, it has always fit into overhead bins, even on fairly small planes.”
Fits carry-on sizes for: AirTran, Alaska Air, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, United, US Airways and Virgin America

 

Travelpro Crew 8 22 Inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter

Average Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (44 reviews)
Price: $186.99
Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9 inches (45 inches)
Weight: 8.7 pounds
Customer review: “My first observation was that this 22″ bag was expandable so I could sneak a couple extra days worth of clothes into an overhead approved bag. I did so on my first trip out. I was amazed that the bag still fit into the overhead wheels first.”
Fits carry-on sizes for: AirTran, Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Airways, Virgin America

 

Rick Steves Convertible Carry On

Average Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (40 reviews)
Price: $79.96
Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 9 inches (44 inches)
Weight: 9 pounds
Customer review: “I recently carried this bag on a pair of flights in a small regional jet. Some other bags I had used would not fit in the overhead bins and I had to valet check them at the gate. However, Rick’s bag fit perfectly. The soft body design means it can squeeze, compress, and expand as necessary.”
Fits carry-on sizes for: American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Airways, Virgin America

 

London Fog Oxford 21″ Upright

Average Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (29 reviews)
Price: $86.39
Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 8 inches (43 inches)
Weight: 9 pounds
Customer review: “The bag is solidly made and I have not had any problems fitting it in the overhead bins of medium sized aircraft (e.g. Boeing 737 and Airbus A318). It does need to be gate-checked for smaller regional jets. The tan color looks nice and is quite distinguishable from other carry-on bags.”
Fits carry-on sizes for: AirTran, Alaska Air, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Midwest, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, United, US Airways and Virgin America

 

Osprey Porter 46 Travel Duffle

Average Amazon rating: 5 out of 5 stars (28 reviews)
Price: $99
Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9 inches (45 inches)
Weight: 3.7 pounds
Customer review: “Me: 5’9″ and my husband: 6’1″. 14 days, 3 countries, and traveling by train & plane in the snow! Only bags we took and never once did we have to check our bags – they fit perfectly under the seat [even on a Delta plane in coach class!] over the seat [on the trains], or in luggage bins under hostel bunk beds! LOVE this bag.”
Fits carry-on sizes for: AirTran, Alaska Air, American, Continental, Dleta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Sun Country, United, US Airways, Virgin America

 

Samsonite Women’s Xspace 21.5″ Expandable Spinner

Average Amazon Rating: 4 stars out of 5 (27 reviews)
Price: $115.64
Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 8 inches (43 inches)
Weight: 10.9 pounds
Customer review: “Samsonite is a name I trust and this bag is awesome. Key points:
1) The 4 wheels are simply a great convenience. You can turn it sideways and push down the narrow aisle on the plane without effort.
2) Fits nicely in the overhead bin – no crunching or smashing.
3) Fit 4 nights & 5 days worth of work and leisure clothes.
4) Great value for the price”
Fits carry-on sizes for: AirTran, Alaska Air, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, MidWest, Southwest, Spirit, United, US Airways, Virgin America

 

How to protect your checked baggage when travelingGood Bags for Smaller-Sized Overhead Bins

Travelon Wheeled Underseat Carry-On with Back-Up Bag

Average Amazon Rating: 4 stars out of 5 (27 reviews)
Price: $69.65
Dimensions: 14 x 12 x 8.5 inches (34.5 inches)
Weight: 9 pounds
Customer review: “I can’t believe how much stuff I can get into this. Everything has a place and is organized. Easy to maneuver in the airport and right down the jetway. Slips easily under the seat and out of the way. Super nice when you don’t have an aisle seat and can’t get out to get to an overhead, everything is right under your seat.”
Fits carry-on sizes for: AirTran, Alaska Air, Allegiant, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Midwest, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, United, US Airways and Virgin America

 

LUCAS Wheeled Under the Seat Cabin Bag

Average Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (23 reviews)
Price: $39.99
Dimensions: 15.7 x 15.7 x 9.8 inches (41.2 inches)
Weight: 6.5 pounds
Customer review: “This is the perfect carry-on bag. It rolls easily down the aisle and stows under the seat. There are enough compartments to hold different things that I need. The main compartment holds enough clothes for a short vacation or an extended weekend trip. The quality of the construction is very good and the bag is sturdy.”
Fits carry-on sizes for: AirTran, Alaska Air, Allegiant, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Midwest, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, United, US Airways and Virgin America

  

Carry-on bag specifications for American carriers:
(Learn more about each airlines bag specifications and checked-bag fees on our chart)

AirTran – one carry-on 55 inches

Alaska Air – one carry-on 24 L x 17 W x 10 H (51 inches)

Allegiant Airlines – 19 L x 16 W x 9 H (44 inches)

American Airlines – 45 inches, 40 pounds

Continental – 45 inches, 40 pounds

Delta – 22 L x 14 W x 9 H in. (45 inches), 40 pounds

Frontier Airlines – 49 inches, 35 pounds

Hawaiian Airlines – 22 L x 14 W x 9 H (45 in.), 25 pounds

JetBlue – 26 L x 18 W x 12 H or 24L x 16W x 10H, 50-56 pounds, depending on airline

Midwest Airlines – 21 L x 15 W x 9 H (45 in.), 50 pounds

Southwest Airlines – 24 L x 16 W x 10 H (50 inches)

Spirit Airlines – 22 L x 13 W x 10 H (45 inches)

Sun Country Airlines – 22 L x 13 W x 10 H (45 inches), 35 pounds

United Airlines – 22 L x 14 W x 9 H (45 inches)

US Airways – 26 L x 14 W x 11 H (51 inches), 40 pounds

Virgin America – 24 L x 16 W x 10 H, (50 inches), 16 pounds

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Published: December 20, 2011