I have several short domestic trips on the calendar and had asked awhile back for recommendations for a small, under seat rolling bag to replace my usual backpack. As I was looking at all my options, one color of the Amazon Basics under-seat rolling carryon dropped in price from $120 to $59 (and it wasn’t the Prime sale) making my decision easy. I actually love the bag and I am amazed how much it holds. I packed my Keen Rose sandals, pjs, two pair of pants, four tops, underwear, my iPad and all my toiletries with no problem. (The small RS packing cubes fit nicely.). The bag opens fully and has some nice pockets. The price bounces around. Right now all colors are in the $85 range.
One thing the bag is not is waterproof. And why would I know that??? I was flying Delta for which I have no priority as far as boarding. I was in the last boarding group. After the second from the last group, Main 2, boarded, the agent announced that there was no more room onboard for carryons and luggage would need to be checked. Unfortunately, I had a small tote with my jacket, snacks and kindle. I know it would have stored in a small place in the overhead, but no dice. My under-seat carryon had to be checked through to my final destination. There were two couples behind me that were headed overseas and had packed carryons for the trip. They were understandably aghast at having to check their bags. They begged to be able to retrieve them at the Atlantic layover, but no. There was no option for gate check, no option to retrieve the bags at Atlanta baggage. All luggage was going to the final destination.
When I changed planes in Atlanta it was POURING rain. When I retrieved my bag at my final destination it was soaked through and my clothes were wet on the side of the bag that must have been sitting up on the luggage cart. I assume my bag was on top as it was so small.
Did it fit under the seat? I don’t know. On my return flights there was room in the overhead and I popped it in to be efficient and not hold up the loading process playing with luggage. Lesson learned. No second bag, no matter how small. I saw on my return that Delta counted the tiniest little purse as a separate item. If a passenger couldn’t condense to two, a bag was checked, no matter space on the plane. I know, too, I will reinstate my airline credit card to give me priority boarding prior to my RS trip in the spring.
Sorry my saga got so lengthy!