Luggage can be such a hassle when going on a trip - not only is it large and bulky, but it costs a pretty penny, and you always run the fun risk of having your luggage go missing, or arrive delayed (forcing you to return to the airport the next day). The wife moved 2,000 miles away from her family when we married and now tries to visit home once a year. This is already a pricey endeavor which we save up airmiles and credit card points for. Adding luggage for an additional 50 dollars makes it even more painful. Last year she visited for 3 weeks in the summer and made do with only carry-on bags. This year, however, she is going for 5-6 weeks over the holidays (where it is cold, which means bulky, heavy clothing). I don't think we can skip the luggage cost this year, no matter how much we keep trying to find an angle out of it. It's hard to pack light in the winter. What about you? Would you wear the same 2-3 shirts for a several week trip if it meant saving the money? Do you hate the risk of losing luggage? Do you favor a particular airline for their luggage policy?