TravelPro PLATINUM ELITE Compact Business Plus Carry-On Review: Travel in Style with This Expandable Hardside Spinner

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The Lowdown

The TravelPro Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-On looks like an excellent investment for anyone excited to start traveling again and, thanks to TravelPro’s 100 Day trial, you can check one out with zero risks. With an offer like that, why wouldn’t anyone in the market for new luggage put TravelPro at the top of their list?

Overall
5

Pros

  • Light, strong, and built for the abuse of travel
  • Plenty of organization but not too much
  • Solid, smooth wheels make it easy to move from one place to another
  • Expands by up to 2”
  • Dedicated location for an external battery and passthrough so you can charge on the go

Cons

  • Nothing I can see so far!

I’ll soon be taking my first trip in almost a year and a half, a quick two-day trip to Los Angeles for a wedding. The quick trip means I don’t need much luggage and, thanks to the TravelPro Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-On, I’ll be able to carry everything I need. It’s fantastic luggage.

TravelPro Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-On

Before we take a look at the TravelPro Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-On, let’s look at what the company has to say about it.

A compact carry-on that means business, the ultra-durable Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-on Expandable Hardside Spinner delivers everything you want and more in a stylish carry-on spinner designed to stow your laptop and other necessities for quick and easy access. Plus, the power is yours with external USB A & C ports with fast-charge capabilities and a dedicated external-access battery pocket (patent pending) that provides FAA-compliant storage for your power bank (Power bank not included). Designed to comply with published carry-on size restrictions for nearly all major domestic airlines, this compact bag also offers a zippered 2” expansion option that gives you increased packing capacity when needed.

TravelPro Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-On

The TravelPro Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-On sells for $379.99, and it ships for free. That’s not a bad price for quality luggage that comes with an excellent warranty. Add in the fact that you can get one, use it for 100 days, and, if you aren’t satisfied, return it with no questions asked — TravelPro will even cover the shipping return.

The carry-on is available in your choice of Black or Vintage Grey. I was pleased my review sample arrived in Vintage Grey. It looks terrific and, I hope, will be a bit easier to find on the conveyer belt amidst all the black bags.

The TravelPro Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-On is 22” high, 14” wide, and 9” deep. It weighs 8.8 pounds and has a volume of 40L. Most importantly, this bag has been “sizer bin tested” to ensure it will fit in the overhead bin on most US airlines. However, it should be noted that when fully expanded, it may be too large to fit overhead.

The carry-on is made from a strong polycarbonate shell. That’s important since the shell flexes upon impact and helps protect the contents held inside. It also helps keep the weight down which is particularly important when you are running to catch a flight.

The textured finish helps reduce scuffs and scratches, but, let’s be serious, bumps, knocks, and bruises are just part of the game when you travel and, over time, even the best carry-on will begin to show the miles.

TravelPro Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-On

I find it particularly intriguing TravelPro’s decision to use aluminum to cover each of the four top corners. These tend to be the most vulnerable spot on a bag and, by adding aluminum plates that are securely riveted to each corner, the TravelPro Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-On is even tougher than you might expect.

TravelPro Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-On

Finally, the main compartment has a built-in TSA-approved lock. That means the contents of the bag are secure while still allowing the TSA to do their jobs.

Walk-around of the TravelPro Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-On

TravelPro Platinum Elite Compact Business Plus Carry-On

On the bottom of the carry-on is TravelPro’s exclusive “PrecisionGlide System” of eight MagnaTrac self-aligning spinner wheels. Two wheels at each corner make it easy to roll the carry-on in any direction.