4 Tips to Buy Luggage That Lasts

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

If you travel more than once every few years, even once a year, you’ll want to get luggage you can return to again and again. If you’re a frequent traveler, visiting the airport or train station more than four times a year, you need luggage that’s going to be with you for the long haul.

So how do you choose the luggage that’s going to give you what you need? The first step is to assess the kind of traveling you’re going to do the most frequently.

Tpro Bold 2 Group Photo - Blue

Our new Tpro Bold 2 line.

If you’re traveling for business, you probably want a carry-on size, usually because you’re only going to be in one location for a few days at a time. But if you’re traveling with your family, especially a family with small children, you probably want a large piece of luggage that can accommodate the whole clan to some extent.

Choose luggage based on the size and durability based on your total usage, not just your next trip. Disposable luggage can end up being more expensive than a single piece of high-quality luggage due to the fact that you might have to continually replace it.

You should also check out the warranty information of the piece you’re considering. That will give you an idea of whether the company stands behind their work, and how much protection you have if your bag starts shredding after just a couple months.

It’s also not a bad idea to stay with a well-known brand when buying your luggage. Luggage takes a beating, as travel is never easy, especially if you check your bags at the airport. Look at the value of your chosen bag, not just the price. Don’t compare the cheapest, flimsiest piece of luggage from one line to the best-in-show piece from another line. It’s like comparing apples to sports cars.

Crew 10 Computer Bag

Crew 10 Computer Bag

Assess the various features the luggage has. Check that the moving parts are high quality and durable. Look at the handles, wheels, and zippers, to see if they look durable or flimsy. Also check out the interior of the suitcase and make sure it looks like it will serve your needs as you travel. A good luggage manufacturer will have tested these things already, to determine whether they meet their high standards.

Finally, visit a specialized travel goods store, which will allow you to test the luggage extensively. The staff are very knowledgeable about travel and luggage, unlike some department stores. The travel goods stores also get feedback from frequent travelers, so they know what actually works.

If you’re not sure of what bag to get, it could be worth paying the travel goods store a visit, because they’ll understand what you need and can help you figure out which bag you should get.

How do you assess your own luggage purchases? Do you look for anything in particular, or visit a particular kind of store? Leave a comment below or post something on our Facebook page, and let us hear from you.

Travelpro Announces “Win a Trip to Las Vegas” Sweepstakes in Celebration of Sony Pictures’ Upcoming Motion Picture Comedy, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″

March 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design, is proud to announce its “Win A Trip to Las Vegas Sweepstakes” in celebration of the upcoming Sony Pictures’ motion picture comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” in theaters April 17, 2015.

Paul Blart 2 photoThe Sweepstakes winner and a guest will fly roundtrip and stay at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Wynn Las Vegas resort. In addition, the winner will experience Le Rêve –The Dream, the aquatic and aerial theatrical production named Best Show in Las Vegas for four consecutive years, presented exclusively at Wynn Las Vegas. Additionally, the winner will receive two pieces of Travelpro luggage. Look for Travelpro luggage in the movie and at retailers nationwide and online.

One trip for two (2) to Las Vegas includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare for two (2) to Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Three (3) night stay in a Wynn Deluxe Resort room
  • 2 premium tickets to Le Rêve –The Dream
  • 2 carry-on size Travelpro luggage
  • $200 spending cash

The sweepstakes runs from March 20 through May 1. To enter, simply register at www.travelpro.com/mallcop-sweepstakes. Visit this same site to view the complete sweepstakes official rules. No purchase is required to enter the sweepstakes. Void where prohibited.

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 once again be voted as the “World’s Best Luggage” by Premier Traveler Magazine in 2014.

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 “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″

After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. Directed by Andy Fickman. Produced by Todd Garner, Kevin James, Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo. Written by Kevin James & Nick Bakay.

About Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to www.sonypictures.com.

About Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn and Encore Las Vegas are two luxury hotel and casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. The iconic travel destinations are operated by international resort developer Wynn Resorts, recipient of more Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards than any other independent hotel company in the world. Wynn Las Vegas opened on April 28, 2005 and has been recognized as the best resort in Nevada on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” for six consecutive years. The resort features 2,714 lavish guest rooms and suites, more than 111,000 square feet of state-of-the-art casino space, 14 casual and fine dining restaurants, a spa and salon and an on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealership and 18-hole golf course. Wynn Las Vegas is home to Le Rêve – The Dream, the aquatic and aerial theatrical experience named Best Show in Las Vegas for four consecutive years, and Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers, a production with 35 singers and dancers and a full 31-piece on-stage orchestra composed of quintessential numbers from some of the most celebrated composers and lyricists to ever grace American theater stages. Encore, an expansion of Wynn Las Vegas, opened on Dec. 22, 2008. Featuring an additional 2,034 all-suite accommodations, a 72,000-square-foot casino, five restaurants and a spa and salon, Encore is located adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas. Combined, the two resorts boast four distinct nightlife and day club experiences, approximately 283,000 square feet of meeting space and 98,000 square feet of retail space. For more information on Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, visit www.wynnpressroom.com, follow on Twitter and Instagram at @WynnLasVegas and www.facebook.com/wynnlasvegas.

Travelpro to Debut Dynamic New Luggage Collections at 2015 Travel Goods Association Show

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and winner of the 2013 Travel Goods Association’s (TGA) New Product Innovation Award, will proudly introduce its latest luggage innovations at the 2015 TGA Show, which will take place in Las Vegas from March 10 – 12. Travelpro will introduce three new lines designed to delight frequent business and leisure travelers – the Platinum Magna 2 Collection, the Maxlite Hardside Collection and the TPro Bold 2.0 Collection.

Travelpro redefines luxury travel with the Platinum Magna 2 Collection. Handsomely crafted with premium fabrics and genuine leather accents, this ultra-durable 13-model collection is the pinnacle of fashion, smart functionality and design innovation. Backed by Travelpro’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, Platinum Magna 2 ensures a lifetime of satisfaction.

Maxlite Hardside Spinner Collection

Maxlite Hardside Spinner Collection

Platinum Magna 2 features self-aligning MagnaTrac spinner wheels that ensure the luggage rolls in a straight line, a patented Contour Grip with updated design accents and cushioned touch points, and the robust PowerScope extension handle system that minimizes wobble. The high density ballistic nylon fabric, available in black and olive green colorways, comes standard with DuraGuard coating for stain and abrasion protection. The roomy main compartment has tapered expansion of up to 2″ on select models, maximizing space and packing flexibility, while keeping the center of gravity low.

Flyers can travel light and travel right with Travelpro’s Maxlite Hardside Collection, an amazingly lightweight 4-piece series that features a strong 100% polycarbonate hard shell for premier protection plus the patented Contour Grip to ensure effortless maneuverability and superior comfort and control. Featuring 2″ of expansion capacity, a Business Plus model and a dual wheel spinner system, the versatile Maxlite collection is a breakthrough in lightweight durability, style and value. All models in the collection are available in black and grape shell colors.

Crash protection is provided by protective side feet, molded wheel housings and built-in skid guards. The telescoping handle adds length and strength with airline-grade aluminum handle system with stops at 38″ and an extra-tall 42.5″ to ensure a comfortable roll for users of different heights. Travelers can relax knowing this collection features ergonomic, high-tensile strength zipper pulls that fasten directly to the built-in TSA lock to secure luggage contents. The split construction design allows for easy packing of clothes and contents within two full compartments that create separation of belongings. An interior divider panel with accessory pockets and a built-in mesh pocket provide handy storage for electronics, power cables and more.

Tpro Bold 2 Group Photo

Tpro Bold 2 line of bags

The TPro Bold 2.0 Collection by Travelpro is a durable, lightweight and versatile 9-piece collection which is perfect for those with a sense of adventure. It is ready to go anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. Loaded with extras, creature comforts and flexible packing options, this premier collection embodies Travelpro’s next generation of action 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. 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 once again be voted as the “World’s Best Luggage” by Premier Traveler Magazine in 2014.

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.

Airplane Cabin Designed for Optimal Rollaboard Luggage Space

February 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A recent article on the PSFK.com website discusses the emergence of a way more convenient form of travel. The Embraer Air E2 jet seeks to maximize the room for your carry on luggage as well as make the flight itself more comfortable. There’s 40 percent more room for luggage onboard the plane, and you can actually fit an airline standard piece of luggage in the overhead bin, wheels first. Not having to obsess over the size of your suitcase would be a wonderful feeling.

Skywest Airlines Embraer EMB-120ER

Skywest Airlines Embraer EMB-120ER, a precursor to the new E2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Plus, each traveler has a lot of personal space. Seats move around independently, and there’s enough room for it so no one will yell at you for leaning back or putting your knees in the back of their seat. The seats can even be staggered so you’re not directly next to the person in your row.

The designers tried to rethink the way flyers experience their trip, so the planes were designed to be more comfortable and personable. They wanted to give passengers a feeling of having their own territory during the flight.

The Embraer Air E2 jet is slated to come out in 2018. However, it may not be very likely that the weary American traveler will see one of these up close and personal. Embraer, a Brazilian company, serves the market for planes that seat up to 130. That’s definitely smaller than our large jets. And although it’s around the size of a commuter jet, it seems unlikely that the folks flying local routes between regional airports are going to spring for a high-end plane.

That said, SkyWest has apparently placed an order for 100 of them, so you may be one of the lucky few if you book a SkyWest flight in three years or so.

Love Your Luggage with Gifts from Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage This Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Special Pieces Make Hearts Race

Make that special someone’s Valentine’s Day memorable this year with selections from Travelpro’s “2015 Valentine’s Travel Gift Guide.” Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design, announces stylish and unique items under the Travelpro and Atlantic brands.

“Flowers and candy are nice. But nothing compares to giving the gift of traveling in style with Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage,” said Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “We have many options for this special day that fit every budget and lifestyle.”

Crew Executive Choice Ladies' Tote

Crew Executive Choice Ladies’ Tote

For the ladies we love, the “2015 Valentine’s Travel Gift Guide”‘ features the Crew Executive Choice Ladies Business Tote, perfect for today’s female business and frequent travelers. This premium tote integrates fine leather accents and durable fabrics with functionality, including a padded, removable laptop sleeve, an RFID blocking pocket to keep credit cards and passports safe and a business organizer to store business essentials. The attention to detail, confident style and functional efficiency are a reflection of Travelpro’s commitment to business travelers worldwide.

Whether your sweetheart is male or female, they will be excited to receive the T-Pro Bold 2.0 Computer Backpack. This multi-functional piece has it all — a padded computer and tablet sleeve that secures and protects your devices during travel and an organizer that holds pens, pencils, keys and other essentials. A quick loop on the back allows you to secure the backpack over the handle of Rollaboard or Spinner luggage when travelling, and multiple exterior pockets allow easy access to cables and other electronic accessories. The T-Pro Bold 2.0 Soft Duffel Bag is sure to please anyone you want to be your Valentine. With a large main compartment for ample capacity and front and side pockets for storage of quick access items, you can’t go wrong with this gift. An adjustable strap and three handles make for easy lifting and loading into the airplane overhead bin or the trunk of a car.

The Crew 10 Hardside collection

The Crew 10 Hardside collection

Everyone you adore will appreciate Travelpro’s Crew 10 Business Plus Hardside Spinner, which incorporates the most advanced technology for Hardside Spinner luggage. Available in black or merlot, this stylish dual-wheel spinner model features Travelpro’s latest innovations, including our PowerScope Extension Handle, Contour Grip, Mobile Office Pocket, Duraflex buckles and SUPRA Zipper Heads. A tough, high-impact polycarbonate shell and fashionable accents make this luggage a must have for any frequent traveler.

The Atlantic Solstice 20″ Expandable Hardside Spinner will be a favorite gift for the female traveler this Valentine’s Day. The 100% polypropylene hard shell material is lightweight, durable and scratch resistant. With four bright, vibrant colors: Bubblegum Pink, Blueberry, Grape and Orange Sherbet, this carry-on model won’t get lost in the sea of luggage at the airport.

The new Atlantic Ultra Lite 3 21″ Expandable Spinner is a special gift for a traveler who likes the ease of use of lightweight luggage and durability that is backed by a 10-year warranty. Available in Turquoise, Purple and Black colorways, Atlantic Ultra Lite 3 is equipped with an intelligent interior for packing flexibility, including two side mesh pockets to store accessories, a full lid pocket to keep shirts and blouses wrinkle free and adjustable tie-down straps with Duraflex buckles to keep your clothes securely in place.

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.

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.

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