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'Durable and lightweight': This flight attendant-approved Travelpro carry-on is just $200 — that's 60% off — at Macy's

You can pack a shocking amount in this bag, shoppers say — but it's still compact enough for the overhead bins.

Plenty of luggage brands out there claim to be "the best," but it's hard to find one that's actually worth the hype and, above all, actually lasts. But, when in doubt, ask the professionals, right? Judging by buzz from flight attendants and pilots, Travelpro is the brand that comes most recommended. If you have any spring or summer travel plans coming up, we have good news: It's launched a new version of its cult-favorite carry-on, and the suitcase is over $300 — yes, $300 — off during Macy's VIP Sale.

This expandable carry-on has a built-in compression packing organizer, but it's still surprisingly light when stuffed to the gills, shoppers say.

Save $338 with code
$202 at Macy's

Why is this a good deal?

Given the glowing reputation Travelpro has with flight professionals, who say the brand is one of the few that stand up to frequent travel, it's no surprise that these suitcases typically retail for upward of $500. But the newly revamped Crew Classic Carry-On Expandable Spinner is currently over 60% off (that's including an additional 15% off using code VIP at Macy's), making this a strong candidate for any traveler who wants to invest in a quality bag without overspending. At just $200, you can't beat the price for a piece of luggage that will last for years.

Why do I need this?

One of shoppers' main gripes with luggage brands is durability — or the lack of it, that is. No one wants to use a suitcase for just a few trips, only to have a wheel fall off or a zipper snag and break. The answer? Choose wisely, with input from airline employees.

"Have always been partial to Travelpro," said one such pro in an Amazon review. "As a former flight attendant, using Travelpro suitcases for years, I can attest to their longevity and holding up to hard knocks."

A pilot said this of their Travelpro bag: "I toss this bag around in the cockpit of the plane, rip it out of the corner in between seats and throw it on top of my spinner to take to the next plane, or kick and shove it under the seat in front of me on a deadhead and it can handle the abuse no problem." Well then!

Tired of your overstuffed suitcase falling over as you hustle through the airport? The Crew Classic carry-on has a tip-resistant zippered expansion designed to keep things stable for the overpackers among us. Speaking of over-packers, there's a removable compression packing organizer that will help you make the most of every square inch, plus plenty of pockets for smaller items that may get lost in other bags — chargers, toiletries, jewelry, you name it. Of course, the bag also has Travelpro's rugged spinner wheels and the actually-comfortable handle clicks into four positions.

Travelpro Crew Classic Carry-on Expandable Spinner Luggage
Flight crew members rave about Travelpro, and the new Crew Classic line is a good example of why, reviewers say. (Macy's)

What reviewers say:

Regular shoppers are sold too, and many especially love the thoughtfully designed interior.

"Space is excellent with multiple storage compartments," one five-star reviewer wrote. "It has a nice removable toiletry bag which has a hook for hanging. The bag is very durable and lightweight. The zippers are strong but move smoothly."

"The design of the bag is very stylish and the case itself is extremely functional," said another happy shopper. "Considering the small size, I can carry ample clothing for a three- to four-day trip and can pack a variety of items in the main section ... I like the fact that it will fit in the overhead bins even on small, regional aircraft, so it’s ideal for business trips where I don’t want to check in luggage. The outer pockets provide useful additional space for cables and items I need quick access to. The spinning wheels are incredibly smooth, so it is no trouble to maneuver the bag around a crowded airport."

"I was a bit skeptical when it comes to this bag as I typically only use hard-side luggage," admitted another buyer. "That being said, this bag exceeded my expectations. It has a solid, study feeling which goes a long way for confidence knowing how baggage can be (mis)handled during travel. One of the biggest things I noticed is although it has the tough sturdy feel, it does not compromise in the area of weight. It is still very lightweight which also goes a long way when it comes to being able to pack for extended trips."

One shopper pointed out a change Travelpro fans will want to note: "Unlike our other Travelpro bags where the liquids container pocket is on the outside, on this version, it's tucked inside the outer cover."

This crew-approved carry-on has water-resistant storage and tons of accessory pockets to keep you organized.

Save $338 with code
$202 at Macy's

Other pieces from the Travelpro Crew Classic collection are also on sale. Here are a couple of standouts:

This large checked luggage piece is a favorite among flight crew members and everyday travelers. Macy's shoppers say it's perfect for "easy packing" and has the "typical Travelpro quality."

Save $438 with code
$262 at Macy's

Need a durable personal item that fits under the seat? This is the one to buy, fans say.

Save $163 with code
$97 at Macy's

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.