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What your luggage brand says about you

June 05, 2021
5 min read
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Editor's Note

This post was originally published in October 2019. It has been updated with additional information.

You know what they say: Who you are at the airport is who you are in life.

Just kidding, I don't think they actually say that — but maybe they should. After all, how you act in an airport is how you wish you could act in real life. Just ask anyone downing a Bloody Mary at the airport bar at 9 a.m. (Just remember to take it easy — there's nothing aspirational about being that drunk, rude person on the plane.)

Your carry-on is no exception to this rule, either. It says a lot more about you than you might think.

Let's break it down. (With a bit of tongue in cheek.)

Away

This isn't your first rodeo. You can disassemble your bag at security in 10 seconds flat and likely breezed through with your Clear membership as well. You beeline for the lounge the second you get through, knowing you have just enough time to enjoy a glass of wine (or two) before your flight. You know exactly how many frequent flyer miles you're earning on your ticket. You also may or may not be plotting your own business.

Away Carry-On bag. (Photo by Isabelle Raphael/The Points Guy)

MZ Wallace

Forget "13 Going on 30" — you're 30 going on 80, and proud of it. You're an old soul at heart and love nothing more than practicality and efficiency. Your bag can fit just about everything, which is good because you're prone to picking up another magazine at Hudson News before your flight. You would never be caught dead without a laptop, charger, headphones, Kindle, lip balm, moisturizer and a jacket.

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Rimowa

(Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance/Getty Images)
(Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance/Getty Images)

We get it: You're making bank and collect passport stamps. Just, please, whatever you do, buy your upwards-of-$540 suitcase through a shopping portal, would you?

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Tumi

You're a consultant. Mazel tov! The phrase "Let's make sure we're all aligned on this" gives you nightmares. You're hoarding your Marriott points for when you can actually take a vacation (and likely have your sights set on the St. Regis Maldives). You take full advantage of your annual Saks statement credit (enrollment required), courtesy of The Platinum Card® from American Express. No shame in your game.

Dagne Dover

You spend a lot of time on Instagram, but you're more than OK with it. You're a sucker for a perfectly arranged photo, but at least you feel like the trendiest person at the airport with that backpack. You justify it by saying you'll also use it for yoga.

Calpak

When the world zigs, you zag ... to an extent. You don't want to have an Away like everyone else, but you still want to look the part of a stylish, well-seasoned traveler. We'd be willing to bet an American Airlines system-wide upgrade that you have it in rose gold, too.

Briggs and Riley

You're not the loudest person in the room, and that's on purpose. In fact, you're more concerned with functionality and durability than having clout — you travel a lot for work, that's really your main concern here. People think you're pretty intimidating before they get to know you. You probably have a mortgage and an investment account and all of the things.

Samsonite

(Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/GettyImages)
(Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/GettyImages)

You're not flashy, and you're not trying to be. You treasure your airline elite status more than anything on this planet. You read this site you might have heard of, called The Points Guy, religiously. You'll also likely have something to say about this article.

No brand

You don't care about such frivolous things as what your luggage brand says about you. You like your $19 airline tickets and award chart sweet spots. You're more than done with this article and going back to listening to NPR. Right. Now.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023