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Briggs and Riley Baseline International 21" Carry-On Expandable Wide-Body Spinner Black or Navy $479.99 + FS @ Costco

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Costco has the Briggs and Riley Baseline International 21" Carry-On Expandable Wide-Body Spinner Black or Navy color for $479.99 + FS at Costco. Regular price is $599.99.

Model U121CXSPW-5 or U121CXSPW-4

Black:
https://www.costco.com/briggs-and...12269.html

Navy:
https://www.costco.com/briggs-and...12288.html
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have one that I use a few times a week for the past 2 years. quality is good, and warranty support is great.

small issue, because the front wheels are smaller than the back wheels, and all 4 wheels swivel, the suitcase has a tendency to fall forward if the wheels are pointed backwards.

you stop rolling the bag and then it topples over if you didn't "park" it the right way. you learn.
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Not too shabby - 20% off MSRP on an item that rarely, if ever, gets discounted. I've have an Intl Baseline (non spinner) since 2010 and it is a workhorse. It's got countless miles on it, circumnavigated the globe twice, once in each direction, been dragged over cobblestone streets in Europe, onto trains, boats, etc. Only things that have ever happened to it:
1) Turkish Airlines managed to take a small chunk out of the handle
2) The side handle came unscrewed (odd because I don't use that handle).

#1 needed no repair. I took the bag into the local authorized shop for #2 and it was repaired that night for free. I had the bag back in 2 hours.
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have one that I use a few times a week for the past 2 years. quality is good, and warranty support is great.

small issue, because the front wheels are smaller than the back wheels, and all 4 wheels swivel, the suitcase has a tendency to fall forward if the wheels are pointed backwards.

you stop rolling the bag and then it topples over if you didn't "park" it the right way. you learn.
Good to know about how to park the bag, was wondering about all the reviews in regards to the topple. Wish this was the domestic version, will probably wait for that one to go on sale to try.

Have to say though I bought a $80 TravelPro spinner to tide me over when my Samsonite broke and I've been very impressed with it for the cost. Very curious about their more premium models and maybe just skip Briggs.
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Good to know about how to park the bag, was wondering about all the reviews in regards to the topple. Wish this was the domestic version, will probably wait for that one to go on sale to try.

Have to say though I bought a $80 TravelPro spinner to tide me over when my Samsonite broke and I've been very impressed with it for the cost. Very curious about their more premium models and maybe just skip Briggs.
Travelpro has many different lines, most of which aren't really that much better than any brand out there, except 2 lines (well now 3, because one of them have been replaced):
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Platinum Magna
Platinum Elite (replaced Patinum magna)
Anything else of travelpro is no better than the samsonite/Skyline/American Tourister, etc you can get at discount stores like Marshalls, Ross, etc. They are fine for non-frequent travellers, but if you travel enough, you will end up replacing them a lot.

Even Tumi has subpar lines you can find at Nordstroms Rack that are not sold at Tumi website.

i don't believe Briggs have that but I am not sure. They are considered the best.
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I bought 3 briggs and riley last time they were at costco in store, but they weren't expandable. I seem to remember they were closer to $250 per luggage.
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Travelpro has many different lines, most of which aren't really that much better than any brand out there, except 2 lines (well now 3, because one of them have been replaced):
Crew
Platinum Magna
Platinum Elite (replaced Patinum magna)
Anything else of travelpro is no better than the samsonite/Skyline/American Tourister, etc you can get at discount stores like Marshalls, Ross, etc. They are fine for non-frequent travellers, but if you travel enough, you will end up replacing them a lot.

Even Tumi has subpar lines you can find at Nordstroms Rack that are not sold at Tumi website.

i don't believe Briggs have that but I am not sure. They are considered the best.
I have one of the cheaper travel pro carry-on "Marquis" that has lasted 400K+ miles with maybe 60+ flights on regionals with green tags and another 30ish flights where I checked it in and the rest as standard carry-on, and it's still going strong. Can't wait till it breaks so I can finally get myself a B&R!

FYI, B&R have a store in IAH if you want to take a look at all their different options.

Still not sure what the actual difference is between the domestic and international versions are.

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Still not sure what the actual difference is between the domestic and international versions are.
Different dimensions. Intl carriers require the bag to be shorter, but can be wider. So, the domestic version will be a little taller, but will also not be as wide. Intl will be wider, but not as tall. Helps on domestic planes towards the front as well where the bins can be shallower (especially on Southwest)
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I have one of the cheaper travel pro carry-on "Marquis" that has lasted 400K+ miles with maybe 60+ flights on regionals with green tags and another 30ish flights where I checked it in and the rest as standard carry-on, and it's still going strong. Can't wait till it breaks so I can finally get myself a B&R!

FYI, B&R have a store in IAH if you want to take a look at all their different options.

Still not sure what the actual difference is between the domestic and international versions are.
Just different dimensions, Domestic is 1" taller vs International is 1" wider. Theoretical capacity is similar but I'm just used to the domestic.

International 21 in. 15 in. 9 in. 9 lbs
Domestic 22 in. 14 in. 9 in. 9.3 lbs
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Can someone with working knowledge of this product help me justify paying 475.00 for it?
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I'm always curious about the need for really expensive luggage like this. I've had some hardshell units I picked up on clearance at Staples 15 years ago that are still going strong after many flights- if they were to finally get a dent or otherwise break I'd expect the airline to cover it. Spending almost $500 on something that's gonna get filthy and scuffed up and also mark me as someone with too much money for my own good doesn't feel as safe. If someone gifted me some of these I'd either sell them or cover them with duct tape and stickers to obscure their origin so they don't get pinched.
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Can someone with working knowledge of this product help me justify paying 475.00 for it?
The baseline series main draw is the expandable feature. The case has a one-way accordion kind of action, so you can pack it loose and it will compress down, think those vacuum bags for clothing that people can use to reduce wasted space in their luggage.

Aside from that, the construction is top notch and the warranty is excellent (lifetime), with service in many international cities. The materials are ballistic nylon a la time, the styling is understated.

The target market here is serious road warriors where the per trip cost gets averaged down with usage frequency.

I travel a ton and like the little features of the international baseline 2-wheel (suit bag, expandable, etc). My spouse uses a hard shell samsonite carryon from SD for our leisure travel and it's held up just fine, but her travel quantity is maybe 3-4 big trips a year as opposed to 40x+

I'd rather not check this bag, the few times I have, it rolls off the baggage claim with a few new cosmetic scuffs. This introduces one other wrinkle as a frequent traveler - Frankly I've been increasingly biased towards duffels and other softbags because cabin carryon space is limited. My company doesn't pay for first class travel which would increase the probability of having a reserved bin and I cut it too close door to door a lot of the time. Boarding towards the last seating groups means checking this bag which gives me angst since it has cosmetic damage risk (functional damage will be warrantied). That's totally aside form the bag itself and more a commentary on air travel in general however.

I thought pretty carefully before getting my bag ... it's a luxury item the same way an iPad is a luxury item over an android tablet, and a consumption choice in my opinion. If I was to rationalize it, maybe also similar to a fancy leather shoe purchase over cheaper ones...good workmanship, and in theory if you really use it hard, you can get it fixed as opposed to disposing of it. But most people won't drive their bags or their shoes that hard.
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Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge
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FYI, amazon has these on sale on occasion for 263. Bought one in 2017 and haven't used it since the one I bought in 2013 still works amazing. I fly every week. Great warranty and reliability and mine gets beat up all the time.
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I can't say of this is a hot deal or not, but this brand is one of the higher tiers. It's not as famous as Tumi, Samsonite, etc since none of my friends heard of it, but their warranty service is top notch. Probably won't ever need to buy one for a long time. Also, wear and tear is normal so I don't really worry about it. It will happen with any luggage.
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