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The Best Affordable Luggage for 2022

Spend your travel budget on experiences, not suitcases. There are plenty of affordable luggage options out there that will last for decades—and still have all the bells and whistles of more expensive models. Here are our favorite cheap luggage picks for 2022. 

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July Carry-On Light

Two view of the July Carry-On Light suitcase in dark blue

July’s Carry-On Light Suitcase is light on your baggage allowance and your wallet. This affordable suitcase weighs under 4lbs., so you can pack even more inside. Double glide wheels and an ergonomic telescoping handle make this suitcase easy to carry (no matter how heavy you pack it). The hardsided exterior and a water-resistant lining will keep all your gear protected. Choose from a wide range of eye-catching colors (including green and pink) to find the perfect complement to your travel outfit. 

Amazon Basics 21-Inch Hardside Spinner

Amazon Basics 21-Inch Hardside Spinner closed and standing (left) and Amazon Basics 21-Inch Hardside Spinner open filled with clothes (right))

Need a bag that will work for trips both big and small? Amazon Basics’ hardside spinner suitcase is expandable, giving you up to 15 percent more packing space. If you like the carry-on style, Amazon Basics offers a matching two-piece set with a 30-inch hardside spinner, or a three-piece set with 21-inch, 26-inch, and 30-inch suitcases.

American Tourister Expandable Softside Luggage

Two views of the American Tourister Expandable Softside Luggage

American Tourister is one of the best brands for affordable luggage, offering a 10-year warranty on most of their suitcases—including the 25-Inch Checked Bag. The carry-on features four multi-directional single spinner wheels, an extendable handle, and multiple compartments for organized packing. The bag is also expandable to offer more room when you need it.

Samsonite Underseat Carry-On Spinner With USB Port

Two views of the Samsonite Underseat Carry-On Spinner With USB Port

One way to avoid the dreaded mandatory gate checking of luggage after the overhead bin fills up? By bringing the Samsonite Underseat Carry-On Spinner, which fits nicely under most airline seats. Despite its small size, this suitcase holds quite a bit (definitely enough for a weekend trip). It can also be repurposed as your personal item, as it has a sleeve on the back that allows it to be easily carried atop a rolling suitcase. 

Monos Carry-On Plus

Two views of the Monos Carry-On Plus

Travelers who tend to overpack (but still want to fly carry-on only) will appreciate Monos’ Carry-On Plus. Slightly bigger than a traditional carry-on, this suitcase is still designed to fit in the luggage sizers and overhead bins of most major US airlines. 

If you’re in the market for a checked bag as well, know that Monos’ suitcases are all made to nest inside of each other for easy storage

BÉIS Travel Carry-On Roller

Two views of the BÉIS Travel Carry-On Roller

BÉIS’ line of suitcases pack in a lot of features at an affordable price. The Carry-On Roller has high-end touches like a cushioned telescoping handle, a detachable carrying strap (that can hold up to 15 lbs.), a side carry handle with weight indicator, TSA-approved locks, an interior zip pouch for valuables, and a separate pouch set for laundry. 

Away Bigger Carry-On

Two views of the Away Bigger Carry-On

Away’s Bigger Carry-On is indeed larger than the brand’s regular carry-on size, but will still fit in the overhead bin of most planes. The suitcase comes with a TSA approved combination lock, an interior compression system, and hidden laundry bag—and it can be upgraded with a built-in USB charger and monogrammed luggage tag for a small surcharge. 

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