If you follow travel on TikTok, you may have seen a video about the most popular bag with airline pilots and flight crews. And while I immediately thought they were talking about TravelPro, there’s another brand that is well-known amongst the most frequent flyers: LuggageWorks.
As per the brand website:
LuggageWorks was founded in 1989 with the mission to produce the best luggage to service the unique needs of the airline industry. Over the last 3 decades our luggage has evolved with the industry but the mission has remained. We now offer over 50 products for pilots and flight attendants with durability and functionality built into every item.
The company uses premium materials, such as ballistic nylon and polycarbonate, and its suitcases feature reinforced stitching and zippers. Luggage Works suitcases also come with a variety of features that make them user-friendly, such as spinner wheels, multiple compartments, and built-in TSA locks.
Luggage Works bags are known for their durability and high-quality construction. However, they may not be the best choice for all travelers, especially regular travelers. Here are a few reasons why:
- Price: Luggage Works bags are on the more expensive side. If you are looking for a budget-friendly option, other luggage brands offer high-quality bags at a lower price.
- Weight: Luggage Works bags can be heavy, especially when fully packed. If you are a frequent traveler who needs to check your luggage, the weight of a Luggage Works bag could add up to additional baggage fees.
- Features: Luggage Works bags offer a variety of features, such as spinner wheels, multiple compartments, and built-in TSA locks. However, some travelers may not need all of these features, and they may prefer a simpler and lighter bag.
Let’s go through each of these.
The LuggageWorks Stealth Premier 22″ Rolling Bag retails for $429.99. For comparison, the TravelPro Platinum® Elite 22” Carry-On Rollaboard retail price is $369.99 (but is often on sale). The AWAY 22″ The Bigger Carry-On retails for $295.
If you’re a pilot or flight attendant, you might not care how much your bag weighs, as you’ll never have to weigh your carry-on bag. In the US, we usually don’t have to weigh carry-on bags except if we’re flying on Frontier, Hawaiian or Sun Country.
But if you are a regular traveler, the weight of your bag can be important, especially when traveling overseas. This is why Sharon searched for the lightest rollaboard bag for our trip to Southeast Asia. Here’s how her bag compared to our current bags and the LuggageWorks bag.
- it Luggage bag – 3.81 pounds
- TravelPro Platinum – 7.7 pounds
- AWAY The Bigger Carry-On – 7.9 pounds
- LuggageWorks Stealth Premier – 12.29 pounds
The top-tier LuggageWorks 22-inch Maverick bag checks in at 14 pounds.
The LuggageWorks Stealth Premier has several upgrades from the usual rollaboard bag:
- Metal frame
- New ergonomic grip – Aircraft-Yoke design
- New metal hardware – Top clips / J-Hook / Snap – with durable seatbelt webbing
- Fitted ballistic fabric shell with new protective padding and reinforced handles
All of these are a cause for the higher price and increased weight over other bags.
The main question is if it’s worth it.
When it comes to travel equipment, the determining factor is often what the professionals use. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for you. But that is not always the case. What if what’s good for the airline crew isn’t what’s best for a passenger? For example, the crew does not have to worry about how heavy their bags are. While a typical guest might want to buy a bag good for domestic and international flights, a pilot with Southwest might not have the same concerns.
So while a LuggageWorks bag may be built like a tank and will be good for several years of everyday use, it might not be the best bag for an occasional traveler; it would be a heavy bag to carry around, and would take up upwards of half your weight limit on some domestic flights, and multiple international ones. I looked at several videos about the Stealth Premier and Maverick bags and while they look awesome, I don’t think they’d work any better for us than our TravelPro Crew 10.
However, if I were a road warrior and spending every week flying around the US, I’d definitely be giving the LuggageWorks bags a serious look.
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