Scott Applebee Appears on Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys

April 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Our very own Scott Applebee appeared on a recent episode of Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys, the world travel radio show and podcast from travel expert Rudy Maxa.

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Scott talked with hosts Robert and Mary Carey about the history of Travelpro luggage, and the important role played by Bob Plath in developing the Rollaboard suitcase, which launched our entire company and changed the industry.
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Travelpro Debuts its New FlightCrew™ 5 Luggage Collection for Travel Professionals

April 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Exclusively for Pilots and Flight Attendants, this Collection Incorporates Groundbreaking Technologies and Features

Travelpro, the leader in luggage known internationally for being pilot designed and flight crew tested, is proud to introduce its bold new FlightCrew™ 5 collection. Sure to satisfy the most discerning travel industry professionals, this luggage stands out from the crowd for its uncommon durability, creativity and functionality. Proud of its reputation for innovation, Travelpro is always listening to flight crews for ways to improve its luggage while setting the industry’s highest quality standards.

The FlightCrew 5 rollaboard has a laptop carrier as well.

The FlightCrew 5 rollaboard has a laptop carrier as well.

In keeping with its demand for exacting performance, Travelpro conducted rigorous testing on all features of this 17-piece collection to ensure a smooth ride and unmatched reliability. The testing of the main mechanical parts: the extension handle up and down cycle test, the zipper reliability test of open and close cycles and the wheel high mileage test on rough terrain were all conducted to meet the highest standards. The Travelpro® FlightCrew 5 collection was also examined for its endurance by the 70 lb drop test in below 0°F tempe ratures, fabric tensile strength test, fabric surface abrasion resistance test and water repellency test, all adding to its appeal to the durability needs of the professional traveler.
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The Joys of Traveling without a Suitcase

March 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Some people wax rhapsodic about the joys of checking their suitcase and only traveling through the airport with a small personal bag or briefcase. While we’re not always big fans of letting someone else take our suitcase, we can see some of the benefits of checking your bag before your flight.

Atlantic 25 inch Compass Spinner

You’d need to check this Atlantic 25 inch Compass Spinner suitcase.

1. You can take everything you want and have options for clothes and souvenirs. If you’re taking an extra long trip, and you don’t want to wear the same pants five times, the big suitcase makes sense. It also leaves you plenty of room to pack souvenirs on the way home.

2. Once you check your bag, you’re FREE! No more wrestling your bag in the bathroom, or worrying somebody will shout “Abandoned bag! Abandoned bag!” when you step away to throw something in the trash can.
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Pros and Cons of Carry-ons vs Large Suitcases

March 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the things you may not consider when planning a trip is which piece of luggage to use. Either you’re going to wait and see how much you have to take, and plan accordingly. Or you’re thinking about buying your first piece of luggage, and aren’t sure which one to get.

Today, we’re going to present the pros and cons of the carry-on and the pros and cons of the larger suitcase.

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There’s a size in here for everyone — carry-on, large bag — but which is right for you?

Pros: Carry-Ons

The biggest pro for the carry-on centers around savings: saving money, saving time. If you’ve priced luggage, you’ll know that carry-ons are cheaper than check-in size suitcases. They also save you money because you don’t have to pay the checked bag fee suitcase users incur when they check their bag.
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Top Five Features of Your Next Piece of Luggage

March 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Luggage is a critical element to every successful trip. If you have a bad bag, chances are, you’ll have a less-than-enjoyable trip. Your luggage should be purchased, first and foremost, for its form and function. After all, you’d like to buy it once and buy it right, rather than buying a new suitcase or carry-on bag every three years.

Platinum Magna 2 luggageThere are five essential features you should look for in a well-constructed suitcase.

Zippers

Do not purchase any suitcase, duffel, or garment bag without checking the functionality of the zippers! These hold your items in the cavity of your case and must be made of high-quality materials and operate smoothly. I don’t know which would be worse, a zipper that won’t open, or one that won’t close. And if you get a cheap bag, there’s a good chance you could figure that one out for yourself. All TravelPro luggage features high quality zipper systems, so they open and close right every time.

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Value. Style. Two New Luggage Collections from Travelpro are Embodiment of Both

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

These Hardside and Softside Spinners Embrace Both Value and Style

Put a lightweight spin on travel with the Hardside and Softside WalkAbout® Spinners 3 luggage collections from Travelpro®, the choice of flight crews and frequent travelers for over 25 years. Travelpro is pleased to introduce these two new luggage lines which combine the sleek look and superb quality of more expensive luggage at a tremendous value for customers.

Walkabout Spinner luggageSuper lightweight and durable, these items — part of Travelpro’s extensive collection of Spinner luggage — come with tapered expansion which expands 2″ to maximize space and packing flexibility, stylish accents and effortless maneuverability. Featuring a unique profile and available in distinctive royal blue, purple and black, they are guaranteed to stand out in any crowded airport. Plus, every piece is tested to conform to Travelpro’s most demanding testing standards and backed by our reassuring Lifetime Warranty.

“Travelpro is known for its amazing synergy of function and fashion for the savvy traveler,” said Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “Our company is always striving to provide customers access to the very best in selection and quality, which is why we are excited to offer them an exceptional shopping experience with the Hardside and Softside WalkAbout Spinners 3 collections.”
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Travelpro® Maxlite® 4 Collection Offers the Pinnacle of Comfort and Convenience for Savvy Travelers

January 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lighter and more durable than ever, this extensive line features 11 uniquely lightweight and durable pieces

Lighter and stronger than ever, the Travelpro® Maxlite® 4 Collection allows you to travel with more comfort and convenience than you could ever imagine. This extensive collection features 11 singularly lightweight and durable pieces, including Spinners and Rollaboard® models, which have the look and quality of much more expensive luggage. Packed with innovations like tapered expansion for added stability, the Contour Grip on Spinners for more comfort, and stylish accents throughout, Maxlite 4 makes travel a pleasure, rather than a hassle. Plus every piece is tested to our most demanding standards and backed by our reassuring Lifetime Warranty.

Travelpro Maxlite 4 Collection

Travelpro Maxlite 4 Collection

The Maxlite collection includes a H2O Guard that protects the interior lining from moisture while the DuraGuard® exterior coating features stain and abrasion resistance for greater durability. The 4-wheel 360-degree Spinner wheels are easy to navigate through any airport, providing maximum maneuverability and a smooth glide in every direction.

“Originally developed by a pilot, Travelpro luggage has all the qualities flight crews and frequent travelers look for: amazingly durable construction, travel-tested features, premium fabrics, innovative design and quality materials built to go the distance,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “Maxlite 4 is our lightest weight collection, but not at the expense of durable construction.”

Other welcome extras include a Patented Contour Grip with rubberized touch points which give you greater comfort and control when pushing Spinner luggage. Plus you get a telescoping handle that adds length and strength, with stops at 38″ and extra-tall 42.5″ to ensure a comfortable roll for users of different heights.

An airline-grade aluminum extension handle with grooved tubes add strength and stability to support a tote or case. High performance ball-bearing inline wheels on the Rollaboard models are built for high-mileage travel, tested to the same standards as those on our more expensive collections.

On Spinner models, there is an innovative, full-bottom tray which aligns and stabilizes the wheels for enhanced durability and effortless maneuverability. Crash-guard wheel housings, a skid guard and molded corner guards provide protection over the long haul.

Thoughtful touches abound, such as an exterior ticket pocket on carry-ons which allow for quick and easy access to documents and accessories. Cushioned top and side carry handles provide convenient and comfortable handholds, which you will appreciate after a long day of travel.

Seasoned travelers will enjoy the roomy main compartment that has tapered expansion capability of up to 2″ on select models, maximizing packing flexibility while keeping the center of gravity low. The line also features an “intelligent” interior with a full-size lid compartment that zips open to keep pressed shirts and pants wrinkle free. The zippered side mesh pocket is ideal for storing bulky power cables, chargers, other portable electronics, or socks and belts, while adjustable hold-down straps keep contents in place during travel.

The Maxlite 4 Collection consists of a Soft Tote, Bi-Fold Garment Bag, Rolling Tote, 22″ and 26″ Expandable Rollaboards, 21″, 25″ and 29″ Expandable Spinners, Rolling Carry-On Garment Bag, International Carry-on Spinner and an International Carry-on Rollaboard. All pieces are available in your choice of ocean mist blue, black and purple fabric colors.

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 on every continent. The company is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently meeting and exceeding their expectations.

Among other honors received, in 2015, The Wirecutter, a cutting-edge source known for promoting the ‘best gadgets and gear for people who quickly want to know what to get’ tested 31 bags over the last three years and determined that the Travelpro® Platinum® Magna™ 2 22″ Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter is the best carry-on bag on the market. The Travelpro® Crew™ 10 22″ Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter received the 2nd place award.

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.

Choosing Luggage: A Whole Set or Individual Pieces?

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Luggage is a very personal purchase, as personal as buying your own clothes or even a new car. Not only does what you buy need to meet specific travel needs, it’s an expression of personal taste and the statement you want to make to your fellow travelers.

Platinum Magna 2 Collection

Platinum Magna 2 Collection

Let’s consider buying the luggage set versus the individual piece. If you purchase a set, all the pieces in that set are designed to the same specifications. Travelpro has 11 different lines because we’ve studied the many different factors that determine each traveler’s purchase. Each collection is manufactured to meet the specific rigors of that particular travel experience. Material, hardware, and framework are all chosen carefully in order to design the best pieces for each type of traveler.

The business traveler, for example, may need a briefcase and a carry-on Rollaboard in order to avoid time spent waiting at the baggage carousels. The leisure traveler may do most of his traveling by car, or may want varying sizes of luggage for different members of the family. The weekend blitz trip versus the over-the-river-and-through-the-woods extended stay for the holidays is also part of the decision of set versus individual pieces. The adventure traveler may want flexible luggage that doesn’t add weight to an outdoor backpacking trip.

Purchasing several essential pieces at the same time from the same collection will ensure that you have the same look. It will also ensure that you are looking for only one color or style of luggage when multiple pieces are used during a trip. It is also important to realize that pieces in a collection all meet the same specifications and will perform similarly.

If a single piece already sits in your closet and you’re looking to add another, determine first which way you travel the most. Purchase the piece or pieces that will best meet your needs. If what you own is part of a set, consider those pieces first, particularly if you’re pleased with the performance and functionality of your current luggage. If you own a stand alone piece, realize that there probably will be only a few times when you use both of them at the same time. If you are adding a piece to create a set that will be used together, determine whether color matching or construction is important to you. Eclectic is just as chic as a matching set.

When considering adding to your travel collection, whether you choose an individual piece or a set, each piece will serve you best if you’ve really thought through its function. What’s the one piece you want to add to your collection, or what’s your favorite piece? Let us hear from you in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

T-Pro® Bold™ 2.0 Collection Represents Next Generation of Action Luggage Including Spinners

January 8, 2016 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 busy 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.

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Our Tpro Bold 2 line of bags includes rollaboards and duffel 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 sporty and also includes two spinner models, which adds to our long tradition of quality luggage.”

Made of high-density polyester fabric with a water-repellent coating for greater stain and abrasion resistance, this rugged line features a comprehensive offering, including Spinner and Rollaboard® 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 on Spinners and Rollaboard models offers packing flexibility with a mesh pocket and wet pocket, ideal for toiletries or wet clothing, built into the lid.

T-pro Bold 2 with spinner wheelsAvailable in distinctive blue and purple fabric colors with black accents, the T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection includes 21″ and 26″ dual spinner wheel models that allow an effortless roll in any direction, making it easier than ever to maneuver through crowded airports and airplane aisles. Moreover, an aircraft-grade aluminum telescoping handle system is 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 on every continent. The company is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently meeting and exceeding their expectations. 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.

American Launches Live Baggage Tracking

December 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

If you fly American or US Airways, you may just find a good use for that baggage claim ticket you receive when you check your bag at the ticket counter. No longer is it only useful if you actually lose your bag.

Now you can use the information it contains to track your bags in real time.

This new free service is an effort by American to reduce the number of bags it reports as lost to the US Department of Transportation. (You probably didn’t know they had to do that, did you?)

In the July 2015 report (interesting reading for a travel nerd), American ranked 10th out of 13 carriers, with four bags lost for every 1,000 passengers it transported.

Palermo (italy) Airport Baggage Claim

Palermo (italy) Airport Baggage Claim

That doesn’t sound so bad, but compared to the top three with the least number of bags lost — Virgin America (less than one bag for every 1000 passengers), JetBlue (1.68/1000), and Delta (1.82/1000) — maybe American felt it was time this process issue was addressed.

In order to track your bag, all you have to do is go to AA.com/baggage and click the “track your bags” link. Enter your last name and either your record locator (which is on your boarding pass) OR baggage ID number from your baggage claim ticket, and you can see a record of each of the six times your bag will be scanned from check-in to baggage claim carousel loading.

The tracking feature is currently available on American’s standard and mobile sites, but has not yet been incorporated into its mobile app.

In our next article, we’ll tell you how USDOT actually determines what constitutes a “lost” bag.

Have you ever suffered a lost bag on a recent trip? What happened? How did you manage? Leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page.

 

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