With check-in baggage fees now costing as much as £40 per return flight, there’s serious cash to be saved by avoiding booking your bag in to the hold.
We have already sung the praises of the Cabin Max bag (which allows you to maximise your carry-on capacity) but now, a new trend in wearable luggage is taking the concept of ‘beating the baggage charge’ one step further.
Here are two new ‘check-in cheating’ products which caught our eye at Skyscanner.
The Rufus Roo
Effectively a massive, sleeveless jacket with huge pockets, you can stash your shirts, trousers, laptop and even wine bottles into one of these, and then wear it on your person.
With four pockets to fill, this will certainly increase your luggage capacity and combined with another carry-on bag, it should eliminate the need to check-in luggage at all, therefore saving you those costly fees.
The downsides? Well, if you’re a dedicated follower of fashion, you probably wouldn’t be seen dead wearing a Rufus Roo. Looking a bit like an oversized, ill-fitting sack, these aren’t likely to be seen gracing the catwalks of Milan, Paris or London anytime soon.
However, the purpose of the Rufus Roo is to save you money, not to win praise from Vogue Magazine, so whilst your fellow passengers may chuckle at your taste in clothing, you’ll be the one laughing later as you spend the £40 you saved in fees, on extra beer.
Price: £29.95 (large/medium)
The Jaktogo uses a similar concept to the Rufus Roo but takes it one step further.
It is a bag first and foremost, but can be unfolded and worn during your check-in and boarding experience, and then converted back to a bag once you’re past the gate keepers.
This nifty innovation means you need to look like a wally for far less time, and even in its jacket form, the design actually looks reasonably stylish, as well as being water and wind resistant. In fact, the company even offer custom made versions in demin or leather.
Price: £53 approx (€59.96)
When is a bag not a bag?
The arrival of wearable luggage does pose a problem for airlines who are currently enjoying hefty revenues from hold-luggage check-in fees. As of yet, we’ve not heard of anyone being asked to check-in their wearable bags (err… we mean ‘jackets’), but you can be sure airlines will be monitoring the situation closely and looking for ways to cash in on, or stamp out, the trend. However, for now, if you want to save yourself a packet on baggage fees, the wearable luggage trend is the way to go.
We’ll be giving various wearable luggage products a full test soon, so stay tuned to Skyscanner.