By Anne McAlpin

If you haven’t been traveling in a couple of years now is a good time to take stock of your luggage.  Is it in good shape?  Do you have the right size carry-on bag for your next trip?  And if you’re planning a longer adventure –  do you have a sturdy check-through bag that can stand-up to the rigors of today’s travel?  Now – more than ever – it’s vital to be ready to go on that trip of a lifetime – with the right luggage.

Luggage technology – as with everything – changes every few years.  Some great new tech features that make travel and packing easier include:  4 wheel spinners to make long airport terminals a breeze and lighter more durable luggage materials to help save money on excess baggage fees. In addition, improved gusseted front compartments provide hassle-free access to items like electronics and jackets and outside battery pockets keep charging your phone while waiting at the airport –  all features designed to make travel a lot smoother.

Briggs and Riley 22” Expandible Spinner
Member price $459.99

And… if after checking out your bags you find it’s time to replace your rolling luggage, there’s no better time. Instead of tossing your bag away, consider donating it to a great cause: Briggs and Riley’s A Case for Giving.  You will save money on a new bag and your old bag goes to a good cause: children in need.

Now through August 31st, you can donate your gently used rolling suitcases to ‘A Case for Giving’  luggage trade-in event at any AAA OR/ID Service center.  Donations can be rolling bags of any size, from any brand, as long as they are in working condition.  As a thank you, Briggs and Riley will give you a $100 credit toward a new Briggs and Riley rolling bag (if donating a used Briggs and Riley rolling bag), or a $50 credit (if donating a rolling bag from another brand).   And Briggs and Riley bags are backed by their ‘Simple as That’ Lifetime Guarantee.

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