Update: So I’m back on another frequent flying binge, mixing both work & pleasure. I’ll keep this update short, but basically the Bluesmart has started to get a bit funky on me. While it’s still a great bit of luggage, something’s gone awry with the Bluetooth connection on it. It simply can’t hold a connection to any iOS device I test with for longer than 30 seconds, effectively making it a normal bag with a battery. Moreover it has a really irritating green LED flashing on the top (which stops me from letting it get back into pairing mode without a complete switch off/on, which just goes back into the same routine). This LED indicator has no meaning to me because the support docs, etc., do not help.
I’ve reached out to support & will update when they give me something concrete but to say I was scathing is an understatement. Their initial reply to my issue was to watch out for updates & to provide feedback through the app (the app isn’t necessarily the problem!). It’s probably the first time in my life I’ve had to threaten a refund policy in order to spur on some actual constructive dialogue.
Wait & see with this product. Below is the original review (unedited from prior version).
About a year ago I latched onto an IndieGoGo campaign for a “smart bag”. I’m a regular traveller, typically on short-haul domestic EU flights. Mostly I fly from Dublin to London and back again, with a few US trips in-between. All for work. For holidays I tend to fly within the EU too. I’ve been known to spend a good bit of time in Germany (mainly Berlin). Over this past year, and going into 2016, I’ll fly to Tenerife a few times because this is where we’ll be getting married.
So yeah, I fly a bunch. Enough to be judgmental about various frequent flyer lounges. Although only once have I had a real disaster with flying.
The main thing to think about with regular flying is the way to pack. I have it all laid out, depending on the number of days. I give a few shirts a vague iron (because you’ll need to re-iron them in the hotel anyway) and try to bring denim or chinos for the most part because they require less work. My job is a “dressy casual” one, so there’s no need to dress like I’m attending a wedding to meetings.