I am a fan of the CRJ700 & CRJ900 that Delta (and Delta connection partners) flies. So much so I spent a massive 50,000 SkyMiles just to fly the first ever regularly scheduled CRJ700 from my home town airport SBN or South Bend, Indiana (Delta later downgraded this again to a CRJ200 but such is life) The CRJ700 and CRJ900s are leaps and bounds better than the horrid and painful CRJ200s that should all be turned into soda cans. One of the biggest perks of these jets, beyond real 1st class seats, is that they also have “real” overhead storage.
Not having to get a “pink tag” and worry about A) the bag getting broken, beat-up or impacted in some other way or B) that you have to wait forever in a hot or cold jet bridge when all you want to do is get to your next flight or the Sky Club is a sweet enhancement (see what I did there?)!.
I have for a few years now been using my Samsonite 20″ spinner <-LINK and I still just love it for the price / value / size and features. It is light weight, can be locked when I do have to plane side check it, and the wheels roll like butter. But will it fit neatly in the overhead in CRJ700 or CRJ900 when the gate agent challenges you that “that bag will not fit”? Take a look:
As you can see it fits! Now it is a tight fit and I will say it can and will result in a bit of scratches on the bag to get it in – but it does make it. But just how big is the space?
As you can see you do not want to go much over a 9″ wide bag if you want it to fit inside these larger but still compact overhead bins. Lengthwise you do have a ton of space but what about the other way.
I neglected to put a tape inside the bin (bad blogger) but from the other photo and putting a tape on my bag we get a close size to compare that isn’t much over 13″ and you are going to start to have a problem getting the door closed.
Bottom line while some are reporting that 21x14x9 works just fine I can tell you for a fact (with photos) that my 20x13x9 Samsonite just makes it on these Delta connection CRJ700 and CRJ900 jets! – René