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What are the size limits of a carry-on suitcase?

Dear Editors,

What are the size limits of a carry-on suitcase?

Rosanne


Dear Rosanne,

I’m glad you asked this question. Many casual travelers believe that as long as they limit their carry-on baggage to one suitcase, they’re good to go. Not true. Every ticketed passenger on every domestic airline (with the exception of Spirit, which charges for carry-on bags) is entitled to one piece of luggage and one personal item (such a a purse, diaper bag or laptop bag). However, that piece of luggage must be regulation size. And while there is no industry-wide standard, your carrier will have on its web site the exact dimensions your bag must adhere to in order to avoid being sent back to the check-in counter to pay for a too-big bag.

What are the size limits of a carry-on suitcase

Dear Rosanne,

I’m glad you asked this question. Many casual travelers believe that as long as they limit their carry-on baggage to one suitcase, they’re good to go. Not true. Every ticketed passenger on every domestic airline (with the exception of Spirit, which charges for carry-on bags) is entitled to one piece of luggage and on personal item (such a a purse, diaper bag or laptop bag). However, that piece of luggage must be regulation size. And while there is no industry-wide standard, your carrier will have on its web site the exact dimensions your bag must adhere to in order to avoid being sent back to the check-in counter to pay for a too-big bag.

Helpful hint: In general, if you add the width + length + height of your carry-on luggage and the total number is less than 45 inches, you’re probably good to go.

Here’s a list of links to the carry-on policies for most major airlines:

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What if I miss my connection

Dear Editors,

I am trying to book a flight and don’t have many options. There is one flight with a 45 minute layover through Denver and one that is more than three hours. What happens if I chance it with the shorter layover and miss my connection?

John


Hi John,

 

I always recommend booking a direct flight, but I know that’s not always an option. Denver is an easy airport for connections, so getting to your gate within 45 minutes shouldn’t be an issue – if your flight is on time! The short connection time doesn’t leave room for errors, though.