How to Get Your Luggage Safely To Its Final Destination

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Of all the potential headaches involved with air travel these days — random flight cancellations, endless tarmac delays, crowded flights, a rude (or super extra friendly!) seatmate, among many others — the biggest one of all may not happen until you reach your destination: lost or damaged luggage.

Even if you’ve been delayed by hours and hours, all that stress can melt away with a hot shower and change of clothes back at the hotel. But if you suddenly find yourself without all the comforts of home you have packed, that stress only intensifies — not to mention the stress of losing valuable belongings.

Baggage Claim Carousel Photo i005 by Grant Wickes

Baggage Claim Carousel Photo i005 by Grant Wickes (Photo credit: Grant Wickes)

ABC’s 20/20 recently published a story — “8 Tips To Get Your Luggage Safely To Its Destination” — and we’re always happy to see major news outlets working to make travel safer, simpler and less stressful for everyday travelers.

20/20′s advice is fairly good, but there are often other factors to consider.

Tips That Make Sense

Packing in a sturdy bag is a great tip. So is purchasing traveler’s insurance: In addition to that $3,400 cap on airlines’ liability, even the sturdiest luggage is limited by its manufacturer’s warranty, which almost never covers loss or damage caused by carriers. (One exception: the Travelpro Platinum luggage series that covers airline baggage handler damage.)

The best tip we read, of course: Carry your luggage on whenever possible. If you’re on a commuter jet, it’s likely your carry-on luggage will need to be gate checked, but it’s in your hands for as long as it can be, including all the way up to the gate.

20/20 Tips To Skip

But the recommendation to bypass the curbside baggage check line? Yes, the outdoor bag check adds complexity and a chance for loss or damage, but sometimes you have no choice! If the check-in desk line is incredibly long and you’re risking missing your flight, for instance, the convenience can pay off in getting your luggage on the flight, period.

What’s your top tip? What do you think, experienced travelers? What tips can you offer to others for ensuring their luggage makes it to their destinations safely and in one piece?

How To Protect Your Money When Traveling

June 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

For some, international travel can be that once-in-a-lifetime adventure they’ve planned for years. For others, it’s just another day at the office. But whether you’re setting foot on new shores for the first time, or everyone shouts your name when you walk into the airport, your trip can turn sour if you don’t know how to protect yourself and your money.

Here are a few tips to keep worry-free about your money during your overseas travel.

    Money

    Do not carry this much money, or carry it like this, when traveling. (Photo credit: AMagill)

  • Make several copies of your identification. Carry your driver’s license with you, but have a backup copy with a friend or spouse. Do the same with your passports.
  • Alert your bank that you will be traveling, especially if you’re traveling internationally. Because while you know you’re in Istanbul, and your family knows you’re in Istanbul, all your bank sees is a sudden flurry of activity in Turkey. They may freeze your account to protect you against fraudulent purchases. Let them know beforehand to ensure your money is available when you need it.
  • Slim down your wallet. Bring identification, debit/credit cards and insurance cards, but leave the extras at home. If you lose your wallet, it will save you time from having to replace every card you’ve ever accumulated. Finally, carry little cash, as it bulks up your wallet and makes you an easy target for pickpockets. Carry your cash in a front pocket.
  • Do not use a money belt. A money belt, just like a fat wallet, will make you an easy target for thieves.
  • Finally, we are releasing a business case line with RFID (radio frequency identification) protection. Since many credit cards, and even the U.S. passport, use RFID, it’s easy for an identify thief to just stand nearby and capture all your electronic information. Our RFID protective cases block these individuals from gathering your information, leaving your finances, and your trip, intact.

What are some other money-protecting traveling tips you have? What strategies do you use? Or what are some lessons you learned the hard way? Leave a comment here or on our Facebook page.

Travelpro’s Testing Methods

June 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever seen a lifetime warranty for a product and wondered just how the company can offer lifetime insurance against defects in materials and workmanship? At Travelpro, when we offer a lifetime warranty on our bags, it means we’ve thoroughly and rigorously tested each product line to our demanding testing standards.

Before we introduce a new collection, the luggage goes through a myriad of demanding laboratory tests to ensure the performance, aesthetics and durability of the wheels, handles, fabrics and zippers. The testing process is designed to replicate the hazards and perils that luggage faces over time in the real world. For example, we test the retractable handle for 15,000 up and down cycles.

We test our bags because they have to go through this.

We test our bags because they have to go through this.

If a bag fails even a single test, it’s sent back to the factory along with a detailed report on what failed. After improvements are made at the factory and the new sample is received, the bag is tested again. This process continues until all tests are passed. Only after all the tests are passed, the new luggage collection is ready for the first production run.

Initial production is inspected thoroughly by Travelpro’s inspection team at the factory and shipped to our distribution centers. At the distribution centers additional quality verification testing is conducted to ensure that the product produced meets our standards.

The process doesn’t stop with the first shipment to our distribution centers. Throughout the life of a product line, we’ll randomly pull bags from new shipments for testing to make sure they still carry the same level of quality. If not, we send them back to the factory for retooling and replacements.

It’s through our rigorous testing that we are able to provide high quality products. The tougher a bag is, the longer it will last. The longer it lasts, the less expensive owning that bag becomes to our customers (compared to buying a new, less expensive bag every couple of years). And thanks to our constant testing, our products continue to meet the needs of the frequent traveler.

Newest Innovations In Travelpro Luggage

June 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We don’t often talk about our luggage on our blog, but we’ve come up with some innovations that we think will improve travelers’ experience. The changes to our products were far from cosmetic, and designed to solve a common issue with modern luggage: stability.

When using four- or eight-wheel spinner luggage, the luggage has a tendency to swerve to the left or right. This puts a strain on the traveler’s wrist and shoulder as he or she compensates to keep the luggage moving in a straight line. This isn’t unlike a car whose wheels are out of alignment. In order to keep the vehicle in a straight path, the driver must constantly correct the direction.

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

We came up with a solution to the drifting issue by designing our patent-pending MagnaTrac Spinner wheels which incorporate magnetic wheel technology. Made specifically for spinner luggage, we created a system where the wheels will always line up and go straight, but can still be turned easily. The result is less strain on your body, which can mean a more enjoyable (or less tiring) trip.

We also introduced two other patented features, the Contour Grip and the PowerScope handle. Contour Grip is a handle specifically designed for use with Spinner wheels. The handle is made from two cushioned halves that fit directly into the palm of your hand, cushioning it while you push your bag through the airport. This improved handle gives you more comfort and control of your luggage, regardless of whether you push or pull.

The Powerscope Handle is made to resist the pressure points that form when pushing luggage and reduce the wobble in the handle. This gives you more control over the bag, and helps prevent breakage.

All three TravelPro designs won awards at the Travel Goods Association Product Innovation Awards in 2012 and 2013, including 1st place for the MagnaTrac™ Spinner innovation. These designs will be applied to multiple Travelpro product lines so the improvements can fit within most travelers’ budgets.

Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage Announce the “2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide” [PRESS RELEASE]

June 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Make this a Special Father’s Day with Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and Atlantic Luggage, part of the Travelpro family of brands, are proud to announce their “2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide.” Make this an unforgettable Father’s Day with a luxurious gift from their expansive lines of innovative spinner and carry-on luggage, designed to suit the needs of the business and leisure traveler.

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

Surprise the special man in your life with the new Travelpro Marquis 21″ Expandable Spinner. With its revolutionary self-aligning MagnaTrac system, magnets instantly align the 4 spinner wheels to roll straight in any direction the user desires. Moreover, the lightweight Marquis 21″ Expandable Spinner includes tapered expansion capability of up to 2″, maximizing packing flexibility while keeping the center of gravity low, making it the rolling carry-on item of choice this Father’s Day. Available in both stylish sapphire blue and elegant black, the Marquis 21″ Expandable Spinner retails for an affordable $179.99.

“The ’2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide’ provides shoppers with a variety of high quality luggage choices that are wonderful gifts for fathers who travel for business or leisure,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.

The Travelpro Platinum Magna 22″ Duffel Bag is also an excellent gift for Father’s Day. Lightweight and built to go the distance, this spacious carry-on duffel features a comfortable adjustable shoulder strap, multiple pockets to store bulky items like belts, cables and socks and a large open area for high capacity packing. Additionally, the Platinum Magna 22″ Duffel Bag is part of Travelpro’s 2013 TGA Innovation Award winning Platinum Magna Collection. The award is an acknowledgment of the cutting edge consumer research that served as a foundation for the design of the line. Ideal for a two – three day business trips or a weekend vacation getaway, the Duffel Bag is available in fashionable sienna and black fabric colors with leather accents, for a retail price of $169.99.

Atlantic 25 inch Compass Spinner

Atlantic 25 inch Compass Spinner

Make family travel effortless and stress-free this Father’s Day with the Atlantic Compass Unite 25″ Expandable Spinner. Featuring the revolutionary Link2Go system, two pieces of luggage can connect back to back with Velcro straps so you can easily roll two pieces with one hand and hold your child’s hand in the other. The Link2Go feature is ideal for Dad when he is travelling with the family where multiple pieces of luggage are the norm. The 25″ Expandable Spinner is available in elegant Cobalt Blue and Black fabric colors, for a retail price of $139.99.

Travelling can be hassle free this Father’s Day with the Travelpro Maxlite 3 Garment Bag. This versatile, lightweight garment bag is the ideal carry-on to keep Dad’s suits, pants and dress shirts wrinkle free. Water resistant coating protects contents from foul weather, while interior pockets keep essentials handy and ready for use. The adjustable shoulder strap adapts to users’ different heights. The Maxlite 3 Garment bag is available in elegant black for a low retail price of $99.99.

Additionally, the Travelpro Crew 9 Business Brief is an ideal fit this Father’s Day for Dads who travel on business and want highly organized convenience and style. The Crew 9 Business Brief features multiple pockets, a padded laptop sleeve and a convenient business organizer for everyday use at the office or for business travel. In addition, the Crew Business Brief includes an adjustable, non-slip shoulder strap for maximum comfort when traveling. The Crew Business Brief is available for a retail price of $129.99.

About Atlantic Brand Luggage

Since 1919, the Atlantic brand has been synonymous with affordable, value-added and lightweight luggage. As a market leader in the lightweight luggage segment, including neatly designed uprights and spinners to trendy and smart garment bags and totes, all Atlantic branded luggage is of superior quality and durability. Whether for business or pleasure, travel is easier with Atlantic luggage, now part of the Travelpro family of brands. Please visit Atlantic Luggage at www.atlanticluggage.com for a list of the latest products available for purchase and the nearest retail locations.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard wheeled luggage, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers worldwide. Travelpro is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently understanding and exceeding their needs. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

KLM Introduces Innovative Boarding Technique

May 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The premiere airline carrier of the Netherlands, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, has introduced a new method for passengers boarding planes in an effort to improve efficiency.

Replacing the standard boarding procedures will be a new, numerical process that will assign each passenger a number as they reach the boarding gate. That number corresponds to their seat number, and as that number is displayed by screens on the boarding gate, the passenger is allowed to board the plan and find his or her seat.

English: Aircraft: Boeing 747-406M Airline: KL...

Aircraft: Boeing 747-406M Airline: KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines at Schiphol Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This new procedure will, of course, allow priority members, those with reduced mobility and passengers with children to be seated first.

After those individuals have been seated, the other passengers will be seated starting in the rear and working towards the front. Travelers with window seating will be seated first in each row, followed by middle seats and finally passengers seated in the aisle.

KLM designed the process with hopes to minimize the overall waiting time and increase the passenger experience. Instead of having to waste time idle in line, travelers can spend that time relaxing in the lounge. Because each seat is assigned a number as they reach the gate, there will be no confusion about sitting in another passenger’s seat.

The new process has been seen by many as a much-needed improvement for the traveler. However, a red flag has been raised. Some travelers are concerned that having to wait to be called to board will decrease the chance they will be able to use the overhead bins for carry-on luggage. While this may be a small complaint, it is one that must be addressed if the boarding technique is to be seen as a success and adopted by other airlines.

The current boarding technique is occurring on a test run with select flights. If all goes well, the procedure will be expanded to other flights in the coming months.

If you had to design a plane boarding procedure, what would you come up with? Any suggestions?

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Atlantic Luggage Announces its “Win a Delta Vacations Trip for Four to Los Angeles, CA or Washington, DC Sweepstakes”

May 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sweepstakes runs May 15 through June 15, 2014

Atlantic luggage, part of the Travelpro family of brands and a market leader in affordable, lightweight luggage since 1919, is proud to announce its “Win a Delta Vacations Trip For Four to Los Angeles or Washington, DC Sweepstakes.”

Ideal for families who like to travel, Atlantic is offering the chance for a grand prize winner and three guests to win a fabulous Delta Vacations trip to either Los Angeles or Washington, DC. The winner will receive a certificate valid for roundtrip airfare for four (4) on Delta Air Lines; choice of Delta Vacations hotel accommodations; an activity package; and four (4) Atlantic carry-on sized suitcases.

If you're the Grand Prize Winner, you can bring two more people.

If you’re the Grand Prize Winner, you can bring two more people.

“Atlantic Luggage has a 95 year history of designing luggage known for its lightweight durability, affordability and style, perfect for families on the go.” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro and the Atlantic Luggage brands. “In commemoration of our long standing customers, we are pleased to offer a grand prize winner and three guests the opportunity to visit a city of their choice, either Los Angeles, CA or Washington, DC.”

The Grand Prize Package includes a certificate valid for:

  • Round-trip economy airfare for four (4) on Delta Air Lines.
  • Choice of Delta Vacations Hotel Accommodations for four (4).
  • A Delta Vacations activity package of the winner’s choice.
  • Four (4) Atlantic carry-on sized suitcases.

The sweepstakes begins May 15th and ends June 15th, 2014. To enter or view the official sweepstakes rules please visit the Atlantic Luggage sweepstakes site. No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win.

About Atlantic Brand Luggage

Since 1919, the Atlantic brand has been synonymous with affordable, value-added and lightweight luggage. As a market leader in the lightweight luggage segment, including neatly designed uprights and spinners to trendy and smart garment bags and totes, all Atlantic branded luggage is of superior quality and durability. Whether for business or pleasure, travel is easier with Atlantic luggage, now part of the Travelpro family of brands. Please visit Atlantic Luggage at www.atlanticluggage.com for a list of the latest products available for purchase and the nearest retail locations.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard wheeled luggage, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers worldwide. Travelpro is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently understanding and exceeding their needs. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Delta Vacations

Delta Vacations offers convenient one-stop shopping for affordable vacation packages that combine Delta Air Lines or Delta’s codeshare partner flights with hotel stays, rental car, sightseeing and entertainment, escorted tours and more. Delta Vacations, in partnership with Air France Holidays and Alitalia Vacations, originate from more than 220 cities across the United States and Canada; destinations include more than 4,000 world-class hotels and resorts throughout Mexico, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Delta Vacations is managed and marketed by MLT Vacations, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines.

A New Adjustable Seat That Gives You More Room

May 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tired of cramming into a tiny seat while your five year old looks like, well, a five-year-old sitting in a grownup seat? Don’t you wish you could shift the arm over just a couple inches to give your hips a little relief?

The Morph airline seat, by British company Seymourpowell, allows the width of seats to be changed, giving a more comfortable flying experience for everyone. If the normal seats are too small — a common complaint — you can adjust the width of the seat which, admittedly, will narrow the seat next to you.

While we like the idea of a little extra hip room, we have a few concerns for both passengers and airlines.

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So, what if you could change the width of one of these to suit your hips? (Photo credit: mikecogh)

The benefit of the Morph seat is the ability to accommodate passengers of varying width. Small children can have the seat moved in, while larger passengers can expand their seat. And since the seats are made with fabric, the adjustment will be easy.

However, would airlines charge passengers more for wider seats? And what will that do for passengers with smaller seats? Will they be given a discount for reducing their, uh, footprint? And how will airlines monitor the system? Some passengers might want to save a few bucks and request a smaller seat when they really need an average one. The problem is that the airlines won’t know if the passenger will fit until he or she arrives.

And what about unsold seats? If two passengers request larger seats in the same row, there may be a very small seat that no one wants. If it’s the last seat, it can go unfilled, which is great for the two passengers, but is a problem for the airline. Will the cost of the wider seats make up for the lost one? And if so, how much more will the wider seats cost?

We don’t think the Morph Seat is a bad idea. In fact, it’s a great concept for passengers with small children. Parents can get the larger seat, while children can get the narrow seats. But we suggest only having a few rows of Morph seats per flight, to avoid the issue of unsold seats and raising ticket prices to offset the losses.

The current up-selling on flights has given the passenger more options like larger seats and more leg room in first class and business class, as well as Economy Plus. These options add choice, but also add complexity. The Morph seat is especially complicated because it came about right after the Airbus regulation that all airlines must offer at least an 18-inch seat width to all passengers. Only time and trial will tell if this concept will be a success on economy flights.

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Five Baggage Handling Solutions That Can Enhance the Passenger Experience

May 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We’re seeing a lot of technological changes that can improve travelers’ experience as they fly around the world. Here are five baggage handling solutions that we think, if they were adopted around the world, would make flying much more enjoyable (or at least less stressful).

1. Home-Printed Bag Tags

Example of IATA airport code printed on a bagg...

Example of IATA airport code printed on a baggage tag, showing DCA (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bag tags printed from home allow passengers to skip check-in and have the bags ready to go when arriving at the airport. You will have more control over your travel experience and could lower your drop off time to as little as 30 seconds. One drawback is some passengers don’t have the printing capabilities, so not everyone can take advantage of it. In addition, if your home printer is low on ink, the tag will not be able to be read by the baggage scanning device. Even with these potential drawbacks, the number of passengers who will not need to print tags at the airport will dramatically speed up check-in times.

2. Permanent Bag Tags

To those annoying bag tag stickers that can fall off, we say enough! The Vanguard ID company has created the ViewTag, designed to replace the throw-a-way paper tags used today. This permanent tag can be updated with a synchronization of a smartphone or tablet. Think about the positive environmental impact of using a permanent tag. Think about the waste of the huge number of throw-a-way bag tags that are created throughout the world’s airports.

After meeting Rick Warther from Vanguard in our office, we know how hard it is to design a permanent tag. There are still some things to consider when thinking about wear and tear and the clarity of the tags for scanning over time.

3. Bag Drops

A few airports are allowing offsite or remote bag drops for travelers, leaving them at a location like your hotel. It’s one less thing to worry about at the airport, but not many have adopted it. We nearly tried it out at a hotel in Las Vegas, but they needed the bags there too early so it didn’t meet our timeline. Aside from some minor issues, we think bag drops are a great idea, and expect to see more convenient systems in the future.

4. Bag Delivery

A delivery service called Airportr will allow passengers traveling to and from an airport in London to have their bags delivered, making the process less stressful. The VIP Luggage Delivery in the U.S. offers the same service now. Our only concern is the issue of security and the ability for a complete stranger to take a cartload of bags without being stopped.

5. Lost Luggage Improvements

Using the WorldTracer App on iPads, airline agents can scan your boarding pass and pull up your information quicker than trying to call the “hotline” for your airline, or visiting the lost luggage desk. You can even trace your own bag with other devices like the Trakdot device.

What are some baggage handling solutions you would like to see? What would make your own travel experience more enjoyable when it comes to dealing with your luggage? Leave a comment and let us hear from you.

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New Atlantic Luggage Line, Compass Unite (VIDEO)

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Atlantic Compass Unite 21 inch spinner

Atlantic Compass Unite 21 inch spinner

The new Compass Unite collection from Atlantic Luggage connects back-to-back, allowing you to roll two pieces with one hand.

Link2Go is an innovative new way to easily attach two Spinners together. Just attach Compass Unite Spinners back-to-back with the side Velcro straps, and you’re ready to go. Effortlessly maneuver two pieces of luggage through airports with just one hand, or comfortably roll four pieces at once when the whole family is traveling. Versatile and affordable, this lightweight collection is ideal for family travelers on the move. Discover why Compass Unite is the only way to roll.

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