Long story short, I'm in the states on work business and decided to pick up a Mono M80 while I was here since I needed a new gig bag for my bass. The twist is I didn't bring the bass. My original plan was to "fold" the M80 into one of my check-in bags, but upon receiving the gig bag I realized bending it isnt possible. If I check-in the mono M80 I'll get charged $100 as it would be my third checked bag. Reading other threads I've seen people usually take it as carry on but they have their basses inside, does the fact that I'd be taking an empty gigbag as a personal item decrease my chances of being able to carry it with me for free as others have?