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The Best Carry-On Bags for Every U.S. Airline

Different airlines allow different sizes for carry-on bags. We’ve taken the measurements and selected the carry-ons that will give you the best bang for your buck on every major U.S. airline. 

If you think your carry-on bag will be allowed on every U.S. airline, think again—or regret it when you’re forced to check a bag that’s allowed on one carrier but not on another. We’ve taken the measurements and selected the carry-on bags that will give you the best bang for your buck on every major American airline.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Boston.com, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: "Earplugs. A good pair has saved my sleep and sanity many times!"

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro.

Travel Motto: "Don't be boring."

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Aisle (when the first class private suite isn't available)."

E-mail her at cmorse@smartertravel.com.

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