Empty Suitcase

Old Nov 17, 19, 5:05 pm
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Empty Suitcase

I realise that this is not necessarily a BA topic but it is on a BA flight so here goes...

I am travelling to the USA for Thanksgiving and taking 2 suitcases full of Christmas Pressies (unwrapped to pass security!). This means I will have 2 empty suitcases for the return. Has anyone flown with empty suitcases? Any issues?
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Old Nov 17, 19, 5:08 pm
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No issue at all.
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Old Nov 17, 19, 5:18 pm
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Can you put 1 inside the other?
Being empty they will be more likely to be damaged, unless hard shell
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Old Nov 17, 19, 5:29 pm
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Nope. If you’re checking them in you might get a comment about how light they are.
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Old Nov 17, 19, 5:33 pm
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There's a maximum weight, not a minimum. Can't you fill the bags with some goodies to maximise your baggage allowance?
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Old Nov 17, 19, 5:34 pm
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Thanks.

Yes, one inside another might help.

They are hard shell so hopefully they will stay intact.
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Old Nov 17, 19, 5:36 pm
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There's a maximum weight, not a minimum. Can't you fill the bags with some goodies to maximise your baggage allowance?
My baggage allowance is 3 cases at 32kg and there are 2 of us so we'd need a lot of stuff! We will be bringing back pressies and some bits and pieces but I expect to have at least 1 case totally empty... possibly 2.
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Old Nov 17, 19, 6:23 pm
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Originally Posted by snaxmuppet View Post
I realise that this is not necessarily a BA topic but it is on a BA flight so here goes...

I am travelling to the USA for Thanksgiving and taking 2 suitcases full of Christmas Pressies (unwrapped to pass security!). This means I will have 2 empty suitcases for the return. Has anyone flown with empty suitcases? Any issues?
Black Friday deals stateside = 2 full suitcases for your return. Less chance for bags to be damaged when full. Your wallet a different story

Enjoy your travels.
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Old Nov 17, 19, 6:51 pm
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How about a nice visit to Costco?
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Old Nov 17, 19, 7:16 pm
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No problem at all. I do this frequently. However, I tend to do Russian Doll suitcases to reduce the hassle of carrying multiple cases when possible.

You might get comments like 'ohhh, shopping suitcases?' at check-in.
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Old Nov 17, 19, 7:29 pm
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Just spread your luggage across the number of cases you have!
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Old Nov 17, 19, 7:46 pm
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Just spread your luggage across the number of cases you have!
Put all your left socks in one and right socks in the other.
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Old Nov 17, 19, 7:49 pm
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Hard cases are actually marginally more likely to be damaged if they're empty as the shell will collapse/crack under weight with nothing inside. Put one inside the other, use rolled up t-shirts to fill gaps, worst case maybe even a bag of beans or rice, it's the US so finding some ludicrously large bag of food shouldn't be an issue
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Old Nov 17, 19, 8:18 pm
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We Americans buy lots of stuff on Amazon, that arrive in ridiculously oversized cardboard boxes with lots of air filled plastic cushioning. Stuff your cases with these empty boxes and packing material to help cushion the weight of other bags while in the cargo hold

But I still say go shopping at Costco and elsewhere, our economy will thank you!
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Old Nov 17, 19, 8:22 pm
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If you could not find costco then just go walmart, it would do the trick too
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