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Away Bigger Carry On

Has anyone had any recent experience with the "Bigger Carry On" from Away? At 22.7” x 14.7” x 9.6” the dimensions are slightly larger than what it appears the international airlines are allowing. Flying Delta/Air France to Paris and AA home from Amsterdam. Wondering if we should risk this bag?

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No for Air France. Their carryon size is smaller than Delta's and I assume, American's.

Posted by
14581 posts

Bag manufacturers can call a bag "carry on" as long as there is one airline that will accept it as carry on.

If you are flying Delta or American you may have a problem. But you could.

If you are flying Air France, there will be a problem. And don't forget, they also consider weight. That bag weighs about 7.5 lbs empty. Air France only allows just under 18 lbs for your carry on.

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14581 posts

I used to travel with the Away regular carry and didn't have a problem. But I never traveled with it on Air France. However, it's within the limits of Air France carry on dimensions.

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1259 posts

If you are in the market for a new carryon, there are hundreds of choices. If I was replacing my carryon, I'd be looking for a unit that will easily pass any and all carryon luggage sizers.

Away's products are highly regarded among some travelers, heavily disparaged by others, so reviews are of mixed value. Away's construction appears sound, so, if you need the hard side or are interested in flouting the brand, it's a viable choice.

Editorial: With airlines in chaos and lost luggage becoming the typical arrival situation, carryon has become the only way to travel, at least for the next few months.

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302 posts

I bought the regular (smaller) Away carry on when they first were released. It has been a workhorse both domestically and internationally, and I really like it. (Mine is dark blue. The colors are fun and would help you see yours in a sea of black.) And I had no problem using it for trips up to 3 weeks as a veteran light packer.
I never considered its weight, though, at 6+ lbs. It always fit just fine in all sizers. Pre- COVID, my last travel, I found there was no way to meet the Norwegian Airlines weight limit with my trusty Away. I ended up using an Eddie Bauer duffle.
As said, there are now a plethora of options that have the Away- ish vibe. I can vouch for mine's durability and efficiency, but if weight limits are of concern for you might look for something lighter.

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Hi. Take a look at the Travelpro maxlite international rollaboard. It fits the AirFrance sizer, and it is 5.5#. It is a 45L bag. In economy, AirFrance and KLM have a weight Iimit of 12k, ie 26# 6 oz which includes both your carryon and your personal item. I have flown AirFrance and KLM several times and really like this bag.

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4177 posts

I also bought the international maxlite pro and air france did not question it.

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1259 posts

bogiesan - what are your thoughts on viable options for a good, right sized, carry on?

The problem with recommendations here on the forum is we have personal favorites but, unless you're Frank II, limited experience with the larger selections of options. And there are dozens of terrific spinners on the market in a wide range of prices.

Personally, I use a soft-sided 45 liter backpack that is always under-packed. It easily fits into any sizer I've encountered (but I have never flown the cheap airlines in Europe). My Aeronaut45 is from Tom Bihn USA but I have also used excellent 40 liter soft-side bags from PacSafe, REI, and Patagonia. I don't know much about spinners or wheelies except what I've read online over the years. One gives up a significant amount of internal volume to accommodate the handle and transmission and those things add a large amount of mass.