The Travelpro Marquis Collection (VIDEO)

April 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

picture of travelpro marquis luggage lineMarquis combines lightweight design with the best of Travelpro’s “smart” technologies in one innovative collection for business and leisure travelers. Straight-rolling MagnaTrac wheels, Contour Grip and PowerScope Extension Handle all maximize comfort and control on a trio of Spinner styles.

This stylish collection also features 2-wheel Rollaboard luggage and matching Totes. With a large selection of seven Carry-Ons all under 7 pounds and several sizes for international travel, Marquis is the smart way to roll. Plus, every piece is backed by our reassuring Lifetime Warranty.

You can also download the Marquis hang tag here.

Travelpro Announces its “Win a Trip to the Golf Championship” Sweepstakes

April 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sweepstakes runs April 1 through May 10, 2014

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 the Golf Championship” sweepstakes featuring a trip for two to the U.S. Open.

The U. S. Open Golf Championship is the second of the four major golf championships in the nation and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. This year’s championship will take place, June 9 – 22 at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. From April 1 – May 10, Travelpro is offering the chance for a grand prize winner and guest to win a trip to one of golf’s most prestigious events.

111th U.S. Open Championship

111th U.S. Open Championship (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

“Travelpro has a history of providing flight crews and frequent travelers with innovative and stylish luggage that’s designed for the long haul,” said Scott Applebee, Travelpro International’s Vice President of Marketing. “We are pleased to offer a winner and guest the opportunity to witness the world’s most talented professional golfers at the iconic 2014 US Open Championship.”

The Sweepstakes winner will receive a $1,000 voucher for personal airfare and one travel companion. A two night stay at the legendary Pinehurst Resort in the Village of Pinehurst, where the game of golf is rooted in its history. One $300 prepaid credit card and two Travelpro carry-on suitcases, along with two 2014 U.S. Open Championship tickets for Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13. Each ticket will provide access to the SI Golf Group’s corporate hospitality tent in the Ross Village and complimentary food and beverage on the dates specified.

The Grand Prize Package Includes:

  • Two (2) U.S. Open Championship tickets
  • $1000 voucher for airfare
  • Two (2) night hotel stay (one room, double occupancy)
  • $300 gift card
  • Two (2) Travelpro carry-on sized suitcases

The sweepstakes begins April 1 and ends May 10. To enter or view the official sweepstakes rules please visit: http://www.travelpro.com/golf-sweepstakes/. No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win. The United States Golf Association which conducts the U.S. Open Championship has not endorsed or sponsored this promotion, or the prizes associated with this promotion in any way.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself in 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.

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Travelpro Introduces New Maxlite 3 Collection (PRESS RELEASE)

March 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Travelpro, the inventor of Rollaboard luggage, announces the Maxlite 3 Collection of 4-wheel Spinner and Rollaboard Luggage

Travelpro the inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a market leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design is pleased to introduce the ultra-lightweight Maxlite 3 Collection, the successor of its award-winning Maxlite 2 product line. This new collection of Rollaboard and Spinner luggage offers lightweight durability, functionality, style and affordability for the business and leisure traveler.

Maxlite 3 Group Photo

Maxlite 3 Luggage

“We pride ourselves in creating outstanding durability, practicality, fashion and innovation in each of our luggage designs,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “Maxlite 3 continues the Travelpro legacy of innovation, with its patented Contour Grip, which allows the user to push 4-wheel Spinner luggage easier, reducing fatigue on the shoulder, arm, wrist and hand.”

Maxlite 3 is Travelpro’s lightest luggage collection ever. A 21″ 4-wheel Carry-on model weighs 6 1/2 pounds, making it easier to lift into airplane overhead bins and the trunk of a car. A unique bottom tray aligns and stabilizes the wheels for enhanced durability over the long haul.

With 360 degree rotation, Maxlite 3 4-wheel Spinner luggage provides superior maneuverability and an effortless glide in every direction, making it easy to navigate through airport check-in lines and airplane aisles. The smooth-action and strong telescoping handle system has two extension stops at 38″ and an extra tall 42.5″ to ensure a comfortable roll for travelers of various heights. Complete with flexible packing options and dynamic accents, Maxlite 3 has the look and feel of topof-the-line luggage, without the hefty price tag. Available in elegant black and ocean mist blue fabric colors, the Maxlite 3 uprights feature a full length front pocket, perfect for storing tablets, laptops as well as any other last minute items. In addition, a zippered, interior side mesh pocket serves as an ideal storage location for bulky power cables, chargers and socks or belts. Every piece is backed by Travelpro’s reassuring lifetime warranty, ensuring that the luggage is free from defects in materials and workmanship.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself in 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.

Mitch Joel’s Best Piece of Travel Advice

February 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Many people ask: what’s the secret to a positive air travel experience? Having traveled plenty in my lifetime, I have survived every possible scenario: flight delays, cancelled flights, red eye flights, missed connections and stressful flights. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about how to travel better and more efficiently. So what’s the secret to a stress free trip?

Mitch Joel on Marketing Yourself

Mitch Joel on Marketing Yourself (Photo credit: watchmojo)

To summarize a recent post by Mitch Joel, seize the moment.

As they say, preparation is everything, and this is especially true for air travel. This means filling out your customs declaration form the night before, and checking in and printing your boarding pass in advance. Packing snacks in case you’re stuck sitting on a runway, and using a carry-on bag instead of checking luggage whenever possible. Come prepared with magazines, books or other entertainment so you don’t find yourself rushing through the airport to grab a magazine before your flight boards.

If you’re flying across several time zones, my number one tip is to get acclimated to your new time zone before you arrive. Before your plane takes off, set your watch to your new time zone and adjust your routine accordingly. This may mean that you’ll be sleeping while others on your flight are eating lunch, but so be it. Many people spend a full day recuperating from jet lag when traveling across several time zones. A day spent sleeping off jet lag could be a day spent touring a city, spending time with your family or getting extra work done.

Finally, if you’re a frequent traveler, consider applying for a program such as the TSA Precheck which will allow you to move through security lines faster – or in some cases, skip them entirely. This investment can ultimately save you up to an hour per trip – and if you travel often, that can result in days of saved time.

What’s your best piece of travel advice? Share with us in the comments section below.

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Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage 2014 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide [PRESS RELEASE]

January 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

For Those Who Love to Travel in Style

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and Atlantic Luggage, part of the Travelpro family of brands, announce their “2014 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide” for special loved ones this Valentine’s Day, with fashionable and durable spinner and hardside luggage, totes and a business brief.

“The ‘2014 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide’ offers shoppers a variety of innovative and well-crafted new lines of spinner luggage and totes to choose from that will fit their budget and make a wonderful gift for that special someone in their lives,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.

Closeup photo of Atlantic Lumina Expansion

The Atlantic Lumina expansion feature.

Present your loved one with the new Atlantic Lumina 24″ Expandable Hardside Spinner. Featuring a unique polyurethane finish on a sculpted hard shell, you have to touch Lumina to appreciate its rich, satin texture. Complete with a dual-wheel spinner system and an expandable packing compartment, Lumina’s superior storage space is perfect for traveling families or vacationing couples. Available in fashionable ruby red, midnight blue and black, the Atlantic Lumina collection is backed by a 10-year warranty. The suggested retail price is $139.99.

Another great gift idea for your Valentine is the Atlantic Debut Rolling Tote. Available in both eye-catching pink and turquoise fabric colors, the tote combines the very best of today’s high fashion and lightweight design, while resisting abrasion and absorbing shock during everyday travels. The Debut Rolling Tote is the item of choice this Valentine’s Day for the special women in your life and is available at a great value of $89.99 with a 10-year warranty.

This Valentine’s Day, Travelpro introduces the Maxlite 3 21″ Expandable Spinner, an economical and ultra-lightweight 4-wheel spinner design, ideal for carry-on use by frequent business and leisure travelers. The patented Contour handle grip makes it easy to maneuver through busy airports and narrow airplane aisles. Maxlite 3 has the look and feel of top-of-the-line luggage, without the hefty price tag. Available in both beautiful ocean mist blue and black fabric colors, Maxlite 3 is backed by Travelpro’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, for a retail price of $139.99.

Surprise your Valentine with the Travelpro Platinum Magna Deluxe Tote, a special gift for a man or woman in need of a stylish and easy-to-pack carry-on bag for quick trips. Available in both sienna and black fabric colors, the Platinum Magna Deluxe Tote is equipped with a laptop sleeve, tablet pocket, business organizer and a compartment for overnight clothes storage. The suggested retail price is $129.99 and comes standard with Travelpro’s “Worry-Free” Lifetime Warranty.

Crew 9 BriefAdditionally, the Travelpro Crew 9 Business Brief is an ideal fit this Valentine’s Day for a loved one seeking highly organized convenience. 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 9 Business Brief includes an adjustable, non-slip shoulder strap for maximum comfort when traveling.

For more information, or to purchase Atlantic brand luggage, please visit www.atlanticluggage.com, For more information or to purchase Travelpro brand luggage, please visit www.travelpro.com.

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 the Atlantic Luggage website for a full list of the latest products.

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.

Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage Announce their “2013 Holiday Gift Guide”

November 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The perfect holiday gift ideas for relatives and friends who love to travel

As the holiday season quickly approaches, Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage are pleased to announce the “2013 Holiday Gift Guide.” Make this holiday a memorable one with a gift for the business, leisure or adventure traveler, from the innovative Travelpro and Atlantic lines of luggage.

“Whether your family member, friend or work colleague is a frequent business traveler or they are planning for an upcoming vacation, the ’2013 Holiday Gift Guide’ for travelers offers a wide variety of luggage and briefcases that make great gifts for the holidays,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage brands.

Platinum Mangna 21 inch Expandable Spinner

Platinum Mangna 21 inch Expandable Spinner

This holiday season, Travelpro is proud to present the award-winning Platinum Magna 21″ Expandable Spinner with Suiter. The Platinum Magna line won the “New Product Innovation Award” at the “2013 Travel Goods Association Show”, thanks to Travelpro’s cutting-edge use of consumer research, from blogs, reviews, forums, Twitter and Facebook to hone-in on very specific consumer needs and wants. As a result, Platinum Magna features five new patent-pending technologies, including the unique Duraframe framing system, which lessens luggage weight significantly while providing strong protection from the impacts of travel. Moreover, Platinum Magna luggage always rolls straight with the MagnaTrac 8-wheel Spinner system that includes self-aligning magnetic wheels that eliminate the “drifting” that is common when wheeling other spinner luggage. The ease of travel makes it the ideal gift for travellers accustomed to crowded airports and busy schedules. This elegant piece of luggage is available at retail for $319.99.

Also available this holiday is the Platinum Magna Rolling Tote with Computer Sleeve. The Platinum Magna Rolling Tote is specifically designed for the modern day traveller with a built in business organizer and padded computer sleeve that fits most laptops and tablets. Both Platinum Magna items are backed by Travelpro’s “Worry-Free” lifetime warranty and are available in stylish sienna and black fabric colors. The Platinum Magna Rolling Tote is available at retail for $249.99.

Crew 9 Backpack is great for a college student or new professional.For the frequent business traveler on-the-go, the Travelpro Crew 9 Business Backpack is a smart holiday gift choice. This checkpoint-friendly backpack has four deep pockets for storing laptop computers, tablets, smart phones, cables, folders and other business essentials. Adjustable straps accommodate users of different heights. An elastic quick loop on the back of the bag allows you to attach it over the handle of your Rollaboard luggage when moving through airports. Travelpro backs the Crew 9 collection with a lifetime warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. The Crew 9 Business Backpack retails for $149.99. The backpack is available in black and titanium gray.

Atlantic Luggage is also pleased to announce the Atlantic Lumina 24″ Expandable Hardside Spinner. Complete with a dual-wheeled spinner system and expandable packing compartment, the Lumina 24″ Expandable Hardside Spinner combines superior strength with 360 degrees of mobility. A unique polyurethane finish on the sculpted hardside shell creates a rich, satin texture. Lumina is perfect for this holiday’s chic traveller of all ages. Available in fashionable black, ruby and blue, the 24″ Hardside Spinner model sells at a retail price of $139.99.

This holiday, Atlantic Luggage is also announcing the introduction of the new Atlantic Debut 20″ International Carry-On Upright. Featuring the best of today’s fashion and lightweight design, Debut is available in eye catching pink and turquoise fabric colors. The International carry-on upright is perfect for female teenagers and travelling college students. The Debut 20″ Upright is available for $99.99 at retail.

Another holiday gift sure to please is the Atlantic Luggage Compass Unite 29″ 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. This makes it very convenient and efficient for families with children looking to travel this holiday and beyond. Additionally, customers can receive a $15 mail-in rebate when purchasing two Atlantic Compass Unite Spinner models and a $30 mail-in rebate when purchasing three Atlantic Compass Unite Spinner models. The collection is available in beautiful cobalt blue and black at an affordable price of $159.99

About Travelpro

For 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.

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 the Atlantic Luggage website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.

Travel Gear to Get Your College Student

August 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

If your son or daughter is heading off/back to college this fall, you’ve likely spent the last few months in full-on preparation mode stocking up on everything from dorm décor to economy-size packages of Ramen noodles.

Before you send your college-bound kid packing, make sure they have a sturdy bag to last throughout their college years… unless you’re OK with the whole “garbage bag as luggage” deal. They’ll need something they can haul around for a trip home, for travel overseas, Spring Break, or even a weekend away.

Assuming you’re not, here are four great travel gear options for your college student:

Messenger bag

Crew 9 Backpack is great for a college student or new professional.Great for: All years
Messenger bags are a hot item right now. Not only are they trendy, but they’re also quite versatile in both form and function. A good messenger bag can do the job of a backpack and laptop bag — and because they’re also popular for young professionals, this style of bag can be used well past your student’s college years.

Backpack

Great for: All years
Backpacks will never go out of style, but a cheap backpack can (and will) go out of commission. Instead of buying a new backpack for your college student every year, invest in a well-made one that will hold up from the first day of college through graduation day. Many well-made backpacks have some pretty neat features, such as iPod earphone ports and padded compartments to keep laptops or tablets safe. Plus we’re seeing these enter the workforce as more college grads continue to carry them, so we think backpacks may be the new business luggage du jour one day.

20″ Rollaboard

26 inch Tpro Bold Rolling DuffelGreat for: Seniors
Your son or daughter’s senior year in college will quite possibly be one of the busiest years of their life. On top of endless schoolwork, many students spend the last few months of their college career traveling to job interviews in other cities. A nice rolling bag will come in handy for them as they transition from student to young professional. The Travelpro 20″ Rollaboard features a padded pocket for a laptop or tablet and an efficient business organizer. A roomy compartment for clothing and personal belongings make this a great option for both trips to job interviews as well as long-awaited weekend trips home.

30″ Rolling Duffel

Great for: Freshmen
As we all know, dorm rooms are small and storage space is limited, so your new student will need luggage that can play double-duty. Rolling duffel bags are a great option for this reason. These bags are versatile and transition easily from a casual duffel bag for weekend trips home or camping excursions, to sturdy rolling luggage for spring break vacations. A sturdy rolling duffel bag is an essential item that your college freshman will be able to use all the way through their senior year.

While these bags are great options for college-bound kids, they work well for travelers of all ages. After all, why should your kids have all the fun?! Now that your son or daughter is packing up and leaving, you may want to do some traveling of your own…

Travelpro Announces “Win a Trip to Hollywood Sweepstakes” in Celebration of Fox Searchlight Pictures Upcoming Film, “Baggage Claim”

August 19, 2013 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 Hollywood” sweepstakes in celebration of the upcoming Fox Searchlight Pictures romantic-comedy, “Baggage Claim,” directed by David E. Talbert.

“Baggage Claim” follows determined flight attendant, Montana Moore (Paula Patton), who pledges to get engaged before her youngest sister’s upcoming wedding. Finding herself with only 30 days to find Mr. Right, Montana uses her airline connections to “accidentally” meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends and scour for potential candidates. She racks up more than 30,000 miles and countless comedic encounters, all the while searching for the perfect guy.

Written and directed by David E. Talbert, based on his book, and produced by Steven J. Wolfe and David E. Talbert, the film also stars Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Adam Brody and Djimon Hounsou. Be sure to keep a lookout for Travelpro Luggage when “Baggage Claim” comes to a theatre near you on September 27th, 2013. To learn more about the film and see the trailer, go to the Fox Searchlight website.

“For twenty five years, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travellers worldwide,” said Scott Applebee, Travelpro International’s Vice President of Marketing. “We are honored to take part in a film that includes air travel and the flight crews that make it possible.”

In commemoration of the film, “Baggage Claim”, Travelpro is hosting the “Win a Trip to Hollywood Sweepstakes.” The sweepstakes offers an exciting grand prize package provided by Delta Vacations, which includes:

  • Two economy class, round trip tickets to Los Angeles from a major city in the United States or Canada
  • Three nights hotel accommodations in Los Angeles
  • Car rental
  • Two Hollywood tour packages
  • Travelpro will also provide two Travelpro carry-on suitcases as part of the prize package.

The sweepstakes runs from August 26 through September 27. To enter, simply register at the contest site, TravelproBaggageClaim.com. Visit this same site to view the complete sweepstakes official rules. No purchase is required to enter the sweepstakes.

Travelpro International’s “Baggage Claim” promotional and product placement deal was developed by LINK Entertainment Marketing, the leader in connecting brands with the emotional engagement delivered through the power and storytelling of entertainment.

ABOUT TRAVELPRO

For twenty five years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travellers 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.

Travelpro Participates In Summer 2013 Season Of ABC’s The Bachelorette [PRESS RELEASE]

June 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boca Raton, Fla.—This season on The Bachelorette, Desiree, 27, an operations manager and stylist at a bridal salon, who previously charmed America’s favorite Bachelor, Sean Lowe, meets 25 potential soul mates and gets another shot at love as the Bachelorette. Millions watched, stunned, as Sean sent Desiree home following the hometown dates even after she pleaded he was making a big mistake. Desiree has not given up on her dream of love and she knows with certainty that the time is right for her to risk it all again to find her one true love. The Bachelorette airs Mondays (8:00–10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.

Travelpro participated in the upcoming season of The Bachelorette by gifting the 25 lucky suitors with T-Pro Bold Expandable Rollaboard luggage to use while traveling the world on their quest for love!

Compact, lightweight and ultra-portable, T-Pro Bold luggage by Travelpro travels over rough terrain as easily as city streets. Like having multiple bags in one, T-Pro Bold stores everything from food and electronics to clothing and more. Inspired by adventure travelers, it’s the ultimate in action luggage.

For twenty five 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 its revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

The 9th season of The Bachelorette airs Mondays 8/7c on ABC. For more information, visit The Bachelorette website.

To learn more about Travelpro, visit the Travelpro website.

About The Bachelorette

On ABC’s hit primetime reality series The Bachelorette, one lucky woman is offered the chance to find true love. A single and eligible Bachelorette embarks on a romantic journey, getting to know 25 handsome and intelligent men, gradually narrowing the field as she continues her search for Mr. Right. At the end of her romantic voyage, if she has found Mr. Right, will there be a proposal and from whom — and will she say yes? Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelorette is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.

American Airlines Testing New Boarding Procedure

May 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you noticed that at the airport, when a plane is preparing to board passengers, there’s usually a group of people who hover? You know what I mean — the travelers who pace back and forth by the airline desk, ready to jump into line as soon as their section is called for boarding. Maybe these passengers feel as if the act of standing in line is an improvement on sitting in the waiting area. Maybe they just want to get on the plane and get settled. Whatever the reason, there’s something about boarding the plane early that passengers seem to enjoy.

American Airlines has picked up on this early boarding obsession, and here’s the the latest travel-related rumor – American Airlines is testing a new boarding procedure which asks passengers to board the plane depending on whether or not they have carry-on luggage. The test is apparently happening in several airport locations, and on randomly selected flights.

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English: Just like on an airplance, the overhead bins on the InterCityExperimental had lids which could be closed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this new beta boarding procedure, the elite travelers and business class passengers are asked to board first as usual. But immediately following these groups, passengers without carry-on luggage are asked to board, regardless of their seating zone on the plane. At least, that’s the way it happened for John DiScala, frequent business traveler and editor of travel website JohnnyJet.com.

This test of shortening boarding time is likely a method American Airlines is using to both save money AND to make money. The idea is, getting the low-maintenance passengers in their seats first can potentially shave a few minutes off boarding time.

And according to DiScala’s story in the LA Times, every minute saved on boarding can save an airline $30. That may not sound like a lot of money, but it can add up fast. Plus, passengers who truly love the early boarding policy might be incentivized by this new boarding procedure to check their bags upon arrival, even if it means paying an extra luggage fee.

Whatever the reasoning behind American Airlines testing this new boarding procedure, it seems like process improvements and efficiency are the primary goals. Only time will tell if a new boarding procedure like this one eventually is rolled out for the rest of us to experience.

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