How to get around the new carry-on rules
❚ Fit it all into your “personal” item. That’s defined as a shoulder bag, purse, laptop bag or other small item that is 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches or less (thanks to United for the measurements). You’d be surprised how much you can fit into a “personal” item, and best of all, most airlines won’t charge you for it.
❚ Use a luggage shipping service. Companies such as Luggage Forward and many other similar services will send your bags ahead of you for a price. Prices start at about $79 for a transcontinental flight. The peace of mind may be worth the extra money.
❚ Be the first to board and have the right ticket. Avoid “basic” economy-class fares and discount airlines such as Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit, which charge extra for carry-on items. Many airlines will also let you pay extra for an early boarding position, helping ensure you won’t have to gate-check your carry-on.