Bring This, Not That: Duffel Bags versus Rolling Suitcases

January 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Are rolling suitcases the better choice for business travel? Or can a case be made for duffel bags? Is one a business-only choice, while the other is only for weekends and trips to the gym? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each bag.

30 inch Tpro Bold Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel

30 inch Tpro Bold Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel

Duffel bags can be a handy alternative for the casual traveler who doesn’t want to lug around all the infrastructure associated with a rolling suitcase. They tend to be lighter and are sometimes easier to maneuver than their upright counterparts in the luggage world.

Better yet, some even come with wheels. A big duffel bag on wheels is narrower than a medium or large suitcase and it could even be a little easier to roll around a crowded airport.

Despite the general lack of structure with a duffel bag, you might have more organizational options in terms of little pockets throughout: on the exterior, the top, the bottom, and the sides. Some duffels even offer the benefit of a divider panel to separate the bag into two main compartments.

TravelPro offers a drop bottom duffel. There’s a large upper compartment where you put the vast majority of your stuff and then down below there’s another compartment that’s not quite as large. It’s a great area to store things like shoes or oddly-shaped items. If you don’t want to use that bottom compartment, you can also zip out the interior separator and just have one big packing space.

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

That said, a traditional suitcase usually offers small garment sleeves where you can pack your dress clothes. These sleeves can prevent your clothing from getting wrinkled and protect it from shoes.

Also, rolling suitcases often offer an expansion feature that duffels don’t always have. TravelPro does offer a duffel with expansion, but your average duffels do not. Some of our rolling suitcase models also have expansion features, if you need to pack some additional items.

Bottom line: Duffels can help give a feeling of freedom to your travel experience. A duffel is great for a totally casual trip, especially if you have a lot of shoes or a lot of power cords or odd shaped items. Duffels are great for when traveling with gifts.

If you’re doing a more formal trip, or you want to wheel your bag instead of carry it around, you’ll probably want to stick with traditional luggage, and use the rolling suitcase.

Which do you prefer? Are you a casual duffel-er or do you prefer the tradition of the suitcase? Leave us a comment and let us hear from you.

New T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection by Travelpro Represents Next Generation of Action Luggage

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Perfect for Travelers with a Sense of Adventure

The T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection by Travelpro is ready to go anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, over rough terrain or down city streets. Amazingly durable, lightweight and versatile, this 9-piece collection is perfect for individuals and families with a sense of adventure. Loaded with extras, creature comforts and flexible packing options, Bold 2.0 embodies Travelpro’s next generation of action luggage.

Tpro Bold 2 Group Photo

Tpro Bold 2 line of bags

“Travelpro has always prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the finest luggage for the experienced traveler,” said Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “The T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection is a sporty addition to our long tradition of quality luggage.”

Made of rugged, high-density polyester fabric with a water-repellent coating for greater stain and abrasion resistance, this line features a comprehensive offering, including Rollaboard and Spinner models, a backpack, a soft duffel bag and two drop bottom rolling duffel bags. Multiple carry handles make the luggage easy to transport in and out of a car or airplane overhead bin.

Tpro Bold 2 Duffel - Open

Tpro Bold 2 Duffel

The drop bottom rolling duffel models include a zippered divider panel for two separate packing spaces or, if opened, one large main compartment. The backpack, 22″ Rollaboard and 21″ Spinner models provide a padded tablet pocket for protection and easy access during travel. An “intelligent” interior offers packing flexibility with a mesh pocket and wet pocket, ideal for toiletries or wet clothing, built into the lid.

Available in distinctive blue and purple fabric colors with black accents, the T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection offers dual spinner wheel models that allow an effortless roll in any direction, an aircraft-grade aluminum telescoping handle system strong enough to support a tote or case, and protective wheel housings, skid guards and molded rubber corner guards for crash protection. Compression straps provide extra security, while a hidden back pocket allows quick access to keys, electronic cables, phones and more.

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 follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @Travelprointl.

Airlines Putting a Stop to Mileage Runs

January 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Airline mileage mavens, take note. The days of making mileage runs to boost your frequent flier membership levels may be coming to an end.

A recent article in the Seattle Times says that United and Delta airlines are cracking down on a practice known as “mileage running”.

Basically, this practice entails purchasing a low-cost, long-distance ticket and just flying in order to make sure you stay eligible for elite flying status on an airline. For example, if you’re 15,000 miles short of keeping your Super Elite Titanium level, you might purchase the lowest-cost ticket to fly from Chicago to London to Frankfurt to Rome, and back again, all in a four day whirlwind trip.

For short to medium-haul flights.

Business class for short- to medium-haul flights. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Keeping a higher status can earn you extra miles and other perks such as upgrades to business class or the ability to hang out in the premium lounge. The mileage run often involves a round trip ticket to a destination the traveler has no time to enjoy, connecting through as many stopovers as possible.

It’s not that surprising airlines are cracking down on this. What is surprising is that people are willing to take such drastic steps, such as spending an entire weekend flying to Europe or South America and back just to gain these ticket points. I have to wonder whether it’s all worth the effort and discomfort.

I find that the elite airline mileage programs tend to be problematic anyway. I’ve had trouble booking tickets to the place I want to go and at the time I want them. A lot of blackouts and restrictions apply, not just for the free tickets, but also on what tickets you can use toward getting the free tickets. For me, getting rewards from my credit card has proven to be a lot more worthwhile. I find fewer restrictions in every area of the transaction. There are some credit cards that are specifically geared toward accruing travel points, and I use those whenever possible.

Plus, consider how valuable your time is. Many people don’t have the time to take a long haul trip over a weekend like that. It may be worthwhile to spring for a business class ticket once in a while rather than spending 36 hours traveling just to get upgraded. You have to calculate whether the benefit is greater than the cost, both concrete and abstract.

Travelpro Voted “World’s Best Luggage” by Premier Traveler Magazine for 2nd Consecutive Year

January 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a market leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design, was honored to receive the prestigious “World’s Best Luggage Award,” from Premier Traveler Magazine’s reader survey for the second consecutive year. Travelpro Vice President of Marketing, Scott Applebee, was on hand to receive the award at Premier Traveler Magazine’s festive gala event, celebrating the upper echelon of the global travel industry, held at the Sofitel Los Angeles Hotel.

Over 14,000 Premier Traveler readers voted for the Best of 2014 Awards in a survey posted on premiertravelerusa.com from June 1st through September 20th, 2014. The survey consisted of open-ended questions only, with no company names given or choices provided. As a result, the luggage Premier Traveler readers favored most was Travelpro, the luggage choice of flight crews and frequent travelers and its comprehensive offering of innovative luggage collections.

“We want to thank Premier Traveler readers, our customers, retail partners and the media for all their complementary comments on our products,” said Applebee, after receiving the award from Premier Traveler. “By listening to customer feedback via social and traditional media, product reviews and observational research, we were able to identify the implicit needs of the customer that led to the development of a series of groundbreaking luggage innovations. One of the most recognized developments has been the MagnaTrac spinner wheel system, which eliminates the drifting and pulling effect that typically occurs when pushing other 4- and 8-wheel Spinner luggage.”

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner with contour handle

Another breakthrough innovation is the patented Contour handle grip. It was the first handle grip designed specifically for Spinner luggage. The Contour Grip provides superior comfort and control, relieving fatigue on the shoulder, arm, hand and wrist when pushing Spinner luggage. In addition, the exceptionally strong, patented PowerScope Extension Handle minimizes wobble when fully extended. Strong enough to support a tote or case, PowerScope had been tested over 10,000 up and down cycles.

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 follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @Travelprointl.

About Premier Traveler

Premier Traveler was designed with its readers in mind: frequent travelers who are perpetually on-the go (both domestically and abroad), who have high expectations and a taste for luxury. With a focus on excellence in writing and response to reader requests, Premier Traveler provides valuable and relevant insights in an intelligent, energetic style. The magazine is noted for responding to its readers by providing detailed informational surveys, insider reviews and in-depth answers to issues concerning frequent travelers.

Some of the Best Luggage Hacks Ever

December 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone loves a list of life hacks, so we were unable to resist a recent article on Australia’s News.com called The 15 Best Luggage Hacks Ever.

There are some great ideas on this list, and we’ve even talked about some of them in the past, but we found a few old favorites as well as a couple new ones.

Everyone should follow rule number one on this list, which is to put some sort of distinctive marker on your luggage so that you can easily pick it out from the crowd when retrieving it from the luggage carousel after your flight. Most suitcases, including ours, are black. We make several others with distinctive colors, but still, the majority of bags you see on a carousel are black. So tie a bright piece of cloth around the handle or put a sticker somewhere easy to see, as a way to distinguish your black bag from everyone else’s black bag.

Maxlite3 Expansion Spinner

Maxlite3 Expansion Spinner

We especially liked tip number 14, Buy a lightweight suitcase. Most airlines charge extra if a packed bag exceeds their weight limit, so you want to start with luggage that doesn’t weigh very much to begin with.

That’s where our line of Maxlite 3 suitcases comes in handy. We designed them to be lightweight and sturdy, so they hold up well to the rigors of travel without adding a lot of weight. We also recommend that you choose your size wisely. If you only need a medium sized bag, don’t lug a large one to the airport; that only adds to your load and the overall price tag.

We did wonder a bit at some of the suggestions in tip number 15 Have a little bag full of these random but useful essentials. The list includes small sheet of bubble wrap, universal bath plug, pencil sharpener, and a calculator. Those don’t strike us as essential items. And since many of the other items listed are very sharp (mini scissors, safety pins, tweezers) make sure you don’t stow this little kit into your carry on as the TSA could possibly confiscate it (or at least the sharp pieces).

Other good tips on the list include suggestions to keep your luggage fresh by sticking a scented dryer sheet in there during down times, using compression bags to save space, and turning light colored clothes inside out so they don’t get marked up if they happen to come in contact with the bottom of your shoes.

What are some valuable luggage hacks you’ve learned over the years? Share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Bring This, Not That: Packing for Older Children

December 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

How and what should you pack for older children? When packing for children, the rule “less is more” is always true. Don’t pack for every contingency, plan for the worst and pack for that.

Once your kids get to be 7 or 8, they should be responsible for packing and carrying their own bags. However be sure to inspect the packing process or do a check after they’re done. If you leave it up to them, you may end up with a suitcase full of Legos or stuffed animals, and the wrong types of clothes for the climate you’re visiting. Have a conversation with your child about what he or she thinks they need. It can be a fun way to teach them to plan ahead.

Children's SuitcaseYou can also leave the carrying of the suitcase up to your child while you’re traveling. Don’t go overboard. Make sure your 7-year-old gets some assistance putting her carry-on in the overhead bin, but make sure she takes responsibility for knowing where it is. Again, you want to make sure she’s taking care of business, but having her keep track of her bag will give her a sense of responsibility.

For the flight itself, you can pack light. Bring some healthy snacks and perhaps one toy or book. And if you have a tablet device — iPad, Galaxy, or Kindle Fire — load a few movies, games, and favorite music to keep them occupied.

At this age, kids love entertaining themselves with video games, so sneak in some learning while you’re at it. Load some educational games and books and puzzles to keep your kid’s mind sharp.

Don’t forget that wi-fi may get spotty from time to time or not be available on your flight, so make sure you’ve downloaded the electronic goodies, rather than relying on streaming services. This way, they can switch between activities during the trip.

What else do you recommend for kids? Any other tips or suggestions? Leave a comment or comment on our Facebook page.

Photo credit: Pixababy.com (Creative Commons)

Atlantic Luggage Introduces the Atlantic Ultra LITE 3 Collection

December 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

For families on the go looking for the perfect travel companions, the Atlantic Ultra LITE 3 collection of Spinners meets all their needs with lightweight luggage at affordable prices. Made with water-repellent polyester fabric and high-mileage wheels like the company’s more expensive luggage, this attractive trio of Spinners is built to go the distance.

“The Atlantic Ultra LITE 3 collection is the ultimate in lightweight luggage, allowing you to pack more and avoid overweight baggage fees,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands which includes Atlantic. “It offers plenty of room to expand, as well as a variety of interior and exterior pockets for packing flexibility.”

American Ultralite 3 CoverAvailable in elegant black, turquoise and purple and three sizes, the Atlantic Ultra LITE 3 collection has innovative features that include 360 degree spinner wheels which roll effortlessly in any direction, retractable aluminum-grade extension handles with two stops at 38″ and 42″, and protective wheel housings, skid guards and molded rubber corner guards for crash protection. The roomy main compartment has tapered expansion of up to 2″, maximizing packing capacity while keeping the center of gravity low to resist tipping. With a 10-year warranty, this collection combines sturdiness with style, definitely a winning combination.

About Atlantic 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 at @Travelprointl.

Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage Present the “2014 Holiday Gift Guide”

November 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Make Wishes Come True with the Gift of Quality Luggage for the Travelers in Your Life

The holiday season is right around the corner. As thoughts turn to making wishes come true for family and friends, Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage are ahead of the curve with their “2014 Holiday Gift Guide.” You can be rest assured that holiday memories will last for years to come by purchasing the ideal luggage for the business, leisure or adventure traveler in your life.

Crew Executive Choice Checkpoint-Friendly Computer Backpack

Crew Executive Choice Checkpoint-Friendly Computer Backpack

“No matter how uncompromising or discerning the person you are buying for, our 2014 Gift Guide includes items to please everyone on your list,” said Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “Our products embody the most advanced technology available today, offering amazingly durable construction, travel-tested features, impressive design and superior materials built to go the distance.”

For the traveler looking for convenience and functionality, Travelpro is proud to present the Travelpro Crew Executive Choice Checkpoint Friendly Computer Backpack. At a typical retail price of $199.99, this stylish and sophisticated item features a padded and quilted corduroy pocket for laptops up to 15.6″, plus a separate padded tablet pocket. A built-in business organizer and removable cord pouch provide efficient storage for business essentials and power cables. Added security is ensured with an RFID-blocking pocket which keeps credit cards and passports hidden to protect against loss and identity theft.

Another thoughtful gift-giving choice is the Travelpro Crew 10 19″ Business Plus Hardside Spinner at a common retail price of $249.99. Travelpro’s Crew 10 Hardside product line incorporates the most sophisticated technology and style for hardside spinner luggage in today’s market. Featuring its patented PowerScope Extension Handle and Contour Grip, this product is constructed from 100% polycarbonate material, engineered to withstand high impact handling and the rigors of long distance travel, while still being lightweight. A built-in business organizer and padded laptop/tablet sleeve are located in the front pocket for easy access to business essentials during travel.

Atlantic Solstice Collection group photo

Atlantic Solstice Collection

For those on your list who like to express their own unique style, you can’t go wrong with the purchase of the Atlantic Solstice 20″Expandable Carry-on Hardside Spinner for around $99.99 at retail. This carry-on includes dual-wheel spinner wheels for a smooth roll in any direction, a built-in TSA lock for added security and 2″ of expansion to maximize space and packing flexibility. Available in bright, vibrant colors, the durable hard shell is stylishly textured and resistant to scratching. The 20″ expandable carry-on is outfitted with multiple pockets to help organize your things and make travel fun. In keeping with the brand’s reputation for quality, Atlantic Solstice comes with a 10-year limited warranty.

Bring on the holiday fun kids! The National Geographic Explorer Lunch Bags, Totes and Kid’s Hardside Luggage are featured in our 2014 Gift Giving Guide. The lunch bags and totes come with stunning National Geographic photo images of a leopard and shark for the lunch bags and flowers and a tropical scene for the totes. The Kid’s Hardside rolling luggage is 16″ high and is made of 100% ABS material with PC film. It features a single tube extension handle with multiple stops, a low profile top carry handle, high‐performance inline skate wheels and two-compartment design for easy packing.

National Geographic Explorer Double Gusset Brief

National Geographic Explorer Double Gusset Brief

Around the world or around the block, the National Geographic Explorer Cape Town Collection Double Gusset Briefcase at $79.99 brings together vintage styling with abundant storage and durable canvas fabric that’s perfect for today’s traveller. Features include a removable padded sleeve which holds laptops up to 15.6″, a spacious main compartment ideal for storage of a tablet, file folders and power cords. The outer pocket business organizer holds pens, business cards and a phone, while the interior rear zippered pocket ensures smaller items won’t get lost. The padded and adjustable shoulder strap, made of sturdy cotton webbing, provide extra cushioned comfort.

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 at @Travelprointl.

About Atlantic 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.

Travelpro Launches Crew 10 Hardside Spinner Collection (PRESS RELEASE)

October 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Travelpro, the inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a market leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design, is pleased to debut the revolutionary Crew 10 Hardside Spinner Collection. This creative collection provides the perfect combination of durability, technology and style for today’s frequent travelers.

The Crew 10 Hardside collection

The Crew 10 Hardside collection

“The Crew 10 Hardside Collection has all the qualities that frequent travelers look for,” said Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “It embodies the most advanced technology today, offering amazingly durable construction, travel tested features, impressive design and superior materials built to go the distance.”

Travelpro’s Crew 10 Hardside product line incorporates the most sophisticated technology for Hardside Spinner luggage in today’s market. Featuring its patented PowerScope Extension Handle that minimizes wobble and with stops at 38″ and 42.5″, the Crew 10 Hardside line ensures that travelers of varying heights can comfortably maneuver through crowded airports and airplane aisles.

Crew 10 Computer Case - openThe Crew 10 Hardside is constructed from 100% polycarbonate material, engineered to withstand high impact handling and the rigors of long distance travel, while still being lightweight. The roomy main compartment expands up to 2″ to maximize space and flexibility for difficult return flight packing. A deluxe hold-down system secures clothing while keeping it wrinkle-free and features mesh pockets for extra storage and easy-to-adjust straps with Duraflex anti-break buckles.

Packed with innovation, the Crew 10 Hardside Collection’s 19″ Business Plus Spinner includes a convenient mobile office in the front pocket that holds pens, smartphones, cords and adapters for easy access on the run. Additionally, a separate built-in padded sleeve provides electronic travel protection for up to a 15.6″ laptop or tablet.

The entire collection is available in both stylish merlot and elegant black, and is backed by a lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship.

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 at @Travelprointl.

New Crew 10 Luggage Promotional Video

September 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This is our latest video for our newest line, the Crew 10 series. We’re very proud of our new line and the changes and improvements we’ve made.

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