How Luggage Size Is Measured: Steps & Pictures
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We always love to be ready so here are some quick steps to ensure your luggage fits the airline requirements below:
1. Finding the right information
Check with the airline you are flying with. The luggage size requirements can vary from each airline from carry-on to checked luggage. You can check out a page we've already created here or on the airline website you are flying with. Typically, if you search Google for carry-on or checked luggage followed by the airline, you'll find your answer towards the top of the screen.
2. Measuring your luggage
Luggage is typically measured in inches by Length, Width, and Depth including the handles & wheels.
3. Weigh your luggage
If you're checking a bag, be sure to weigh it before getting to the airport. Sometimes, it's tough to weight your luggage on a scale and still read it so we have a nice hack for that. Grab your luggage and step onto a scale and write down the weight. Next (without your luggage), step back onto the scale and measure your weight. Finally subtract the two measurements from each other to find out what your true luggage weight is.
It's never fun having to pay for excess fees for overweight luggage or having to check your carry-on at the last minute. For example, Delta charges $100 for bags weight 51-70lbs and $200 for bags weighing 71 - 100lbs. Yikes… We hope this helps you on your next trip.