SOURCE: Bretts Luggage & Gifts

Consumer Luggage Report

January 19, 2010 10:12 ET Releases 2010 Consumer Luggage Report

Survey Results Reveal That Increased Baggage Fees, Along With Tighter Security Guidelines and Regulations in the Travel Industry, Have Directly Impacted Consumer Behavior

SUDBURY, MA--(Marketwire - January 19, 2010) -, one of the first Websites in the industry to sell luggage, travel bags and briefcases online, has released its 2010 Consumer Luggage Report. The online luggage retailer administered a survey that revealed increased baggage fees, along with tighter security guidelines and regulations, have directly impacted consumer behavior.

The quantifiable data depicts travel habits and primary decision factors when purchasing luggage. Key survey findings are outlined below. Download the full luggage report here.

--  57.4% now pack lighter and use smaller travel bags, and 56.5% check fewer 
    bags, due to increasing airline fees and restrictions.
--  72.3% most commonly use carry-on bags during air travel.
--  79.1% consider luggage size and dimensions the greatest influence on 
    their decision to purchase, with luggage weight (69.3%) the second-most 
    deciding factor.
--  44.2% prefer lightweight materials the most when purchasing luggage.
--  88.9% consider wheels the most important luggage feature, with 
    retractable handles (71.4%) the second-most important feature.

"Customers are demanding smaller bags, lightweight materials and innovative functionality," says John Ebb, CEO. "Features such as wheels, retractable handles and expandable capacity are not just standard on upright suitcases anymore, but on many carry-ons, duffels and smaller travel bags."


Since 1951, Bretts Luggage & Gifts has provided suitcases and accessories for everything travel, from luggage collections and backpacks to briefcases and computer bags. Then, in 1996, was launched -- one of the first in the luggage industry -- to offer its products on a global stage. Today, the suitcase retailer employs 20 to support its Massachusetts retail outlet, repair center and Website.

About the Survey

This report includes statistics from survey results and buying behavior reported by, and the national Travel Goods Association, which organizes the world's largest travel goods show each year. Through survey findings, illustrated how increased baggage fees, and tighter security guidelines and regulations have directly impacted consumers' travel habits and primary purchasing influencers.

--  Administered through email-newsletter invitation
--  Survey sample of 21,000, based on's customer base
--  Results based on 235 participants

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