Carry-On Bags That Fit in an Aircraft Overhead Bin

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Because many travelers are afraid that the airlines will lose their bag, they try not to check them anymore unless absolutely necessary, which also saves between $25 and $50 on baggage fees, depending on which airline you're flying.

However, skipping out on the baggage fee might present a different type of challenge, especially when it comes to whether or not your carry-on suitcase will fit in the overhead bins. Unfortunately, different airlines often have different-sized overhead compartments, making it hard to find a one-size-fits-all piece of luggage—even when you make it at home.

Fortunately, we've put together a list of the best-fitting carry-on bag for each of major airlines including JetBlue, Etihad, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Air France, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Emirates. 

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    When it comes to flying JetBlue, customers are used to more room all over—including the overhead bin. The Samsonite Black Label Firelite 20-inch Carry-on Spinner in bright red measures 22 by 14 by 9 inches. This means it will fit nicely onboard the New York-based carrier's fleet of Embraer E190 and Airbus A320 and A321 jets. Its sturdy shell and surprisingly roomy interior make it an excellent carry-on for a weekend or quick business trip.

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    The Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad allows bags sized up to 19.6 by 15.7 by 8.2 inches, making the Mark Giusti Winter Celebration Weekend Bag a great selection for travel to the United Arab Emirates. The bag is made of leather, wool, and cotton and includes a shoe bag and a removable shoulder strap so you can move hands-free through Abu Dhabi's busy airport when you land or when you're trying to catch your flight out.

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    The Ebby Rane Homme Quartermaster in runway black comfortably fits in the overhead bins of the Chicago-based United Airlines carrier's mainline jet fleet. The Ebby Rane is the perfect bag for those who thrive on being organized since it has 10 carry-alls for everything you pack, including two shoe sleeves, cases to carry jewelry, technology, liquids, and vanity items, a clutch, an underwear bag, a laundry bag, and a beach and bath bag.

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    This nylon rolling carry-on bag has a spacious main compartment and several smaller pockets that make it perfect for a short trip. There are also two exterior zippered pockets, a telescoping handle, and top and side carry handles that make it easy to put in the overhead bin. While it may appear to be a standard bag, the Porsche Design Roadster is a great addition to any flight on Air France.

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    Made of composite material and featuring a multi-height telescoping handle and four double-spinner wheels, the Tumi Tegra-Lite Max Continental Expandable Carry-On is a great traveling companion for travelers heading to a big city. What's cool is that in case you need room, the bag expands by two inches—just make sure you don't overpack as Delta's overhead bins can be tight compared to other airlines.

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    The Bellagio 2.0 Ultra Light 21 Inch International Carry On Spinner Trunk weighs only 8.5 pounds and can be used on trips between two and four days. It features four spinner wheels and an exterior polycarbonate shell, trimmed in Tuscan leather. It also has a telescopic three-stage pull handle, a water-resistant sealed zipper, and a Transportation Security Agency-approved lock, which makes it great for flying from anywhere in the United States aboard Virgin Atlantic.

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    With a TSA-approved keyed lock and a sleek design featuring leather and an ivory color that's a throwback to the old South, the Delsey Luggage Chatelet 19-Inch International Carry-on might just be the perfect bag for Southwest Airline flights—especially because it fits perfectly in the overhead bin. Made from polycarbonate, the Delsey has four spinner wheels with a brake system that keeps bags from drifting as well as multiple compartments and pockets to hold personal items.

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    When traveling through England, you can't go wrong with a four-wheel roller in royal blue, and this Delsey model is the perfect size for the overhead bins on British Airways flights. The Helium Aero International carry-on expandable spinner trolley is a hard case bag made of 100 percent polycarbonate. It has an outside padded compartment that can hold a laptop computer up to 15.6 inches as well as two zippered pockets to hold things like computer accessories or toiletries. The interior has two larger compartments with elastic web straps to hold clothes in place.

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    If you're looking to make a two-to-four-day trip anywhere in the United States aboard American Airlines, the Rimowa Topas Stealth 21-Inch Cabin Multiwheel Domestic IATA 36L is a great option for your carry-on bag. It's made with an aluminum-magnesium shell and has four spinner wheels and interior dual zippered compartments that help travelers be more organized when packing. It also has a telescoping locking handle and includes an add-a-bag holder to attach another bag on top while wheeling it around the airport.

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    Another popular airline with services to much of the Middle East, including the United Arab Emirates, is Emirates Airlines, which offers roomy overhead bins perfect for this Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Softside 21-inch Spinner. Made from nylon with four multi-directional wheels that can be rolled upright, this bag has a comfortable gel-infused locking handle and corner protectors. Inside, there are garment straps, a zippered pocket, and mesh pockets.