Last Updated: January 16, 2020

Best Suitcases Under $50: Travelling On A Budget

Best Cheap Suitcases

Need a new suitcase but you can't afford to spend too much on it? That's fine - we found the best suitcases under $50, which are actually pretty good. 

You can't find premium quality in that price range, but you can get really great value for money. Especially if you're interested in a value set - you can get three suitcases for some $30 apiece. 

Sounds good? Scroll down to see what the best suitcases under $50 are!

What To Look For

Suitcase Sizes

Unfortunately, you won’t have a lot of size variety in this price range. You will mostly see smaller suitcases, usually 20” carry ons.

Here’s the thing – you can find a large suitcase for less than $50, but it’s not going to be good. And I wanted to avoid showing you luggage that has horrible reviews, and just doesn’t perform very well.

But you will see some sets in this review, which include large checked suitcases. These are actually pretty good value for money if you’re looking to get several pieces of luggage, because they cost between $100-150, and include three suitcases. That comes down to less than $50 per suitcase, which is actually a really good deal.

If that sounds good, you can skip to the section about luggage sets via our quick navigation above.

Softside Or Hardside

The one thing you need to figure out is whether you want a softshell or a hardshell. Here’s the thing – I normally recommend hardside luggage for air travel. But that mostly applies to checked bags, because they will get thrown around a lot.

However, you will only see small suitcases in this review, so that rule doesn’t really apply here.

Hardside luggage is generally more durable, and easier to travel with. All hardside suitcases featured here have spinner wheels, and give you great manoeuvrability of your luggage. And you get the benefit of having two packing compartments, which is ideal if you’re sharing the suitcase or just like to separate your stuff.

But softsides are generally better for organization, because they feature multiple pockets and exterior compartments. This allows you to have some things easily accessible during your travel, which is not the case with hardsides. Softsides are also a bit lighter, and have more flexible capacity.

So, it’s up to you and your personal preference. I will show you both softsides and hardsides in this review, so you will have a lot of options to choose from.

Watch Out For Deals!

In some cases, you can get a suitcase under $50 only in a specific color and size. I will make sure to tell you about that in the mini reviews, so be definitely look out for that info.

Additionally, some suitcases are heavily discounted from over $100. If that is the case, I will point it out, and tell you what the original price of the luggage was. Be sure to grab these while the deal lasts, as it’s such a great offer!

Luggage For Children 

Maybe you’re looking for a small, cheap suitcase for your little one? If so, you’ll find loads of options here!

American Tourister actually has an awesome line of luggage for kids, and most suitcases are really affordable. Scroll down to the last section of this review, to find a variety of cartoon-themed suitcases for kids!


Best Suitcases Under $50

​Hardside Suitcases

American Tourister Sunset Cruise Hardside 20, Pink Berry
American Tourister Sunset Cruise Hardside 20, Apple Green

The Sunset Cruise is a pretty good suitcase. It’s from American Tourister, whose parent company is Samsonite. Therefore, it’s actually pretty good quality, especially for the price.

As of right now, only the Apple Green and Pink Berry colors are under $50.  That’s actually a really good deal, since the original price of this suitcase is some $80.

This suitcase is made from ABS plastic, which is lightweight and has good scratch resistance. It might not be as durable as a polycarbonate suitcase, but that’s something you need to worry about with checked baggage. And since this is a small, 20” suitcase, I don’t think you will ever have to check it at an airport.

Additionally, the capacity of this suitcase is expandable by 1.5” inches. So, you can even do a little shopping while you’re away, without worrying that it won’t fit in your luggage.
American Tourister Sunset Cruise Hardside 20, Pink Berry

The Sunset Cruise hardside is equipped with single spinner wheels and a telescopic wheel handle. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a lock and that’s pretty much the only downside to it. But if you’re looking to get a carry on, a lock is not something you need to be too concerned with.

The interior is divided into two packing compartments. One of them features a full-sized zippered divider, while the other one has elastic cross straps. And there’s also a small zippered pocket in the bottom compartment.

Pros

  • Expandable capacity
  • Spinner wheels
  • Carry-on sized

Cons

  • No locks on suitcase
  • Only one pocket inside

Product Information

  • Overall Dimensions: 22” x 15.5”x 11”
  • Body Dimensions: 20" x 15" x 8"
  • Weight: 5.7 lbs
Olympia Apache Ii 21' Carry-on Spinner, BLACK+BLUE
Olympia Apache Ii 21' Carry-on Spinner, BLACK+BLUE

The Apache suitcase is available in six different colors, and all of them are currently under $50. Which is pretty amazing, considering that they are discounted from $150!

One thing that’s great about this suitcase (and Olympia luggage in general) is that it features a hidden zippered compartment. This is Olympia’s patent, so you won’t really see it on other suitcases. The compartment is great for your valuable items that you want to keep safe and protected at all times.

The exterior of this suitcase is made from 100% ABS plastic, so it’s pretty sturdy. There are four single spinner wheels on this luggage, which roll smoothly and quietly. And the telescopic wheel handle, which is made from aluminium, will make moving around with the Apache a breeze.  

Olympia Apache Ii 21' Carry-on Spinner, BLACK+BLUE

The interior of this suitcase features two fully lined packing compartments with expandable capacity. The bottom compartment has two elastic cross straps and a small zippered pocket, while the top compartment features shoe pockets and a divider with a large mesh pocket. Those, in addition to the hidden compartment, make this suitcase a great choice for people who like to travel organized.

By the way this brand has a few more affordable suitcases in their range and you can check them out in our detailed review of Olympia luggage.

Pros

  • Hidden compartment for valuable items
  • Spinner wheels
  • Expandable capacity

Cons

  • No locks
  • Might not be accepted as a carry-on if expanded

Product Information

  • Overall Dimensions: 21" x 14" x 9"
  • Body Dimensions: 9” x 14” x 19”
  • Weight: 6.2 lbs
AmazonBasics Vienna Expandable Carry-On Luggage Spinner Suitcase - 21.6 Inch, Red
AmazonBasics Vienna Expandable Carry-On Luggage Spinner Suitcase - 21.6 Inch, Red

The Vienna suitcase is an amazing option if you like to be organized. The red version is under $51, which is a pretty good deal considering just how good this suitcase is.

Its scratch-resistant exterior has faux leather accents, which actually make this suitcase look more expensive than it is.

This is actually one of the few suitcases that features double spinner wheels. I prefer these to single spinner wheels because they are a bit more stable, and just give you better manoeuvrability of your luggage.

AmazonBasics Vienna Expandable Carry-On Luggage Spinner Suitcase - 21.6 Inch, Red

The telescopic wheel handle also helps with that, as it locks into extended position. There are also two grab handles that are riveted onto the suitcase, so they can handle quite a lot of weight.

The top compartment features a full panel zippered divider, with two mesh pockets on it. In the bottom compartment, you have elastic cross straps and a small zippered pocket, which is perfect for any small items you don’t want to misplace. And this suitcase has expandable capacity, so you’ll be able to fit quite a lot of stuff inside it.

*Note: Most AmazonBasics suitcases are under $50. If you want to see some more options, check out our detailed review on AmazonBasics luggage.

Pros

  • Great for organization
  • Expandable capacity
  • Double spinner wheels

Cons

  • Technically not under $50 (but under $51!)
  • No locks on suitcase

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 15” x 8.7” x 21.6”
  • Weight: 9.1 lbs (shipping weight)
Travelers Club 20' Chicago Expandable Spinner Carry-On Luggage, Cobalt Blue

The Chicago suitcase is one of the most affordable options in this review. It’s under $40, with only one color being $5 more expensive.

For the money, it’s a pretty excellent piece of luggage. The shell is made from ABS plastic, which has great scratch resistance. And it’s rather lightweight, at only 5.6 lbs. But what I really like about this suitcase is that the corners of the shell are reinforced, which significantly increases its durability and impact resistance.

The Chicago features four single spinner wheels and a telescopic wheel handle that locks into extended position. Some pretty standard features, which you expect from any hardside, regardless of the price tag. There are also grab handles on the top and the side, and they are pretty sturdy and comfortable.

Travelers Club 20' Chicago Expandable Spinner Carry-On Luggage, Cobalt Blue

The interior of this suitcase is also pretty standard. It’s divided into two packing compartments with expandable capacity, both of which are fully lined. The top compartment has a full-panel zippered divider (no pockets), and the bottom compartment features elastic cross straps with a single zippered pocket.

There are no locks on this suitcase, and that’s pretty much the only downside to it.

Overall, if you’re on a really tight budget, this is probably the best suitcase you can buy.

Pros

  • Expandable capacity
  • Spinner wheels
  • Lightweight and very cheap

Cons

  • No locks on suitcase
  • Not great for organization

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 20" x 13" x 11"
  • Weight: 5.6 lbs
Kenneth Cole Reaction High-Lite 20' Hardside 4-Wheel Carry-on Luggage, Pink
Kenneth Cole Reaction High-Lite 20' Hardside 4-Wheel Carry-on Luggage, Teal

This suitcase is definitely not a great fit for everyone because it only comes in bright neon colors. But if you like to be different and stand out at crowded airports, then this is an awesome option for you.

The exterior of the High-Lite is made from ABS plastic, which is textured for improved scratch resistance. And it features a very simple brand tag on the front, which contrasts nicely with the bright neon color of the shell.

What I really like about this luggage is that they also put that pop of color inside the suitcase. Both packing compartments are fully lined, and all the accents inside them match the color of the shell.

Kenneth Cole Reaction High-Lite 20' Hardside 4-Wheel Carry-on Luggage, Pink

And the interior also features two pockets, one inside the bottom compartment and one on the zippered divider in the top compartment. The bottom compartment is also equipped with elastic cross straps, which are designed to keep your belongings in place.

Unfortunately, the capacity of this suitcase is not expandable. So, you will need to be thoughtful when packing, as you don’t have the option to get more space if you need it. And there are no locks on the High-Lite, but I don’t think that’s too big a deal.

*Note: Kenneth Cole Reaction has a couple more affordable suitcases. If you’re interested in seeing more options, check out our detailed review of Kenneth Cole luggage.

Pros

  • Spinner wheels
  • Good for organization
  • Bright and fun colors; great for people who like to stand out

Cons

  • Capacity not expandable
  • No locks
  • Impact resistance not great

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 21.5" x 14" x 9.0"
  • Weight: 6.35 lbs

Softside Suitcases

Rockland Luggage 19 Inch Expandable Spinner Carry On, Black, One Size
Rockland Luggage 19 Inch Expandable Spinner Carry On, Black, One Size

The Rockland suitcase is a great option for people who are looking to get a softshell suitcase. It’s available in a variety of different colors, some of which are heavily discounted (65%) at the moment. You can get this suitcase for less than $35 – a deal you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

This suitcase is carry on sized. It is 21” tall with the wheels and the handle, and most international airlines will accept it inside the cabin. The dimensions listed in the box below are dimensions of the body of the suitcase.

Rockland Luggage 19 Inch Expandable Spinner Carry On, Black, One Size

It is made from polyester, and it features four single spinner wheels. The double barrel wheel handle is made from aluminium, so it’s rather sturdy and lightweight. And it locks into the extended position with a push of the button.

The interior of this Rockland suitcase is fully lined. There’s one packing compartment with expandable capacity, which features two tie-down straps, but not a pocket. However, there is a large zippered pocket on the cover of the suitcase, which is pretty standard for softshells.

And there are two external pockets as well. Both are pretty small, so they’re okay for any last-minute necessities or items you want to have easily accessible. In general, this suitcase is great for organized travellers, since you do get more pockets than in any of the hardsides.

Pros

  • Great for organization
  • Expandable capacity
  • Spacious and sturdy

Cons

  • Only one internal pocket
  • A bit heavy at 6 lbs

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 13” x 8” x 19”
  • Weight: 6 lbs
IT Luggage 21.8' World's Lightest Los Angeles 2 Wheel Carry On, Persian Red
IT Luggage 21.8' World's Lightest Los Angeles 2 Wheel Carry On, Persian Red

IT Luggage claims that this is the world’s lightest suitcase. And, at only 3.8 lbs, it just might be. It is a great option for people who don’t want to be weighed down by a heavy suitcase, or struggle with back pain when lifting heavy objects.

Another thing that’s amazing about this suitcase is the wheel handle. It’s unlike anything else you’ve seen in this review. It is wide, and it does not protrude in the packing compartment at all. You can’t lock it into position when extended, and that’s a shame. Additionally, you can’t really extend it too high, which means that very tall people will have to bend to be able to grab it.

One other thing I’m not a huge fan of are the wheels. They are in-line skate wheels, and you have to tilt your suitcase to get them rolling. So, you won’t have amazing manoeuvrability of your luggage. But, at least the wheels are smooth and silent.

IT Luggage 21.8' World's Lightest Los Angeles 2 Wheel Carry On, Persian Red

And you do get plenty of space inside the packing compartment, especially because the wheel handle doesn’t take up any space inside. The interior of the suitcase is fully lined, and it features two tie-down straps. Also, there are four slip pockets on the cover of the Los Angeles, which allows for plenty of organization.

And there are two zippered external pockets, for anything you want to have handy.

This suitcase is available in six different colors, three of which are less than $50. If you like it, grab it while it’s still so cheap!

*Note: IT luggage has a few more affordable suitcases in their range. You can read more about them in our detailed review of IT luggage suitcases.

Pros

  • Excellent for organization (6 pockets total)
  • Spacious packing compartment
  • Extremely lightweight

Cons

  • Capacity is not expandable
  • No spinner wheels
  • Wheel handle is really short

Product Information

  • Overall Dimensions: 21.8” x 14.2” x 7.3”
  • Body Dimensions: 19.1” x 13.4” x 7.3”
  • Weight: 3.81 lbs
Jetstream 18 Inch Lightweight Luggage Softside Carry On Suitcase (Red Stripes)
Jetstream 18 Inch Lightweight Luggage Softside Carry On Suitcase (Red Stripes)

The Jetstream is a small, inexpensive softside carry on. It is made from 500-denier water resistant polyester, and it feature a retractable wheel handle and two in-line skate wheels. There are no pockets in the packing compartment, but there are two zippered pockets on the exterior of the suitcase.  

One thing to keep in mind about this suitcase is that it is really small. It’s smaller than most other carry-ons, so you can’t fit a lot inside it. But that could be a good thing – if you’re ever in a situation where you have to check your suitcase if it can’t fit under your seat, the Jetstream will definitely come in handy.

Jetstream 18 Inch Lightweight Luggage Softside Carry On Suitcase (Red Stripes)

And one reason why it looks so small is because its wheels are only partially exposed. Which does mean the manoeuvrability of your suitcase won’t be exceptional, since they are in-line skate wheels.

There is one big downside to this suitcase, and that’s the price. Although it’s pretty inexpensive at only $35, it comes with a $22 price tag. And that feels like a rip off. However, some people who bought the suitcase did manage to get a refund, so you can always try complaining to the seller.  

Overall, it’s a good piece of luggage if you want something that you’re guaranteed to bring on an airplane without any additional fees. Or for a 2-3 day trip.

Pros

  • Water resistant exterior
  • External pockets
  • Carry on sized

Cons

  • Wheel handle protrudes quite a bit into the packing compartment
  • Very small capacity
  • It is overpriced on Amazon

Product Information

  • Overall Dimensions: 19.75” x 12.75” x 6.75”
  • Body Dimensions: 17.75” x 12.75” x 6.75”
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs
U.S. Traveler Rio Rugged Fabric Expandable Carry-On Luggage Set 2-Piece, Mustard/Orange
U.S. Traveler Rio Rugged Fabric Expandable Carry-On Luggage Set 2-Piece, Royal Blue

The Rio two-piece set is amazing value for money. It’s available in six different colors, all of which are under $50. But you can get the set for less than $39, which is a really good deal for two bags.

You get two carry ons – a 21” suitcase that can fit into overhead bins, and a small travel tote that fits comfortably under your seat. And that tote has a luggage strap, which allows you to mount it to the top of your suitcase and move around the airport with ease.

U.S. Traveler Rio Rugged Fabric Expandable Carry-On Luggage Set 2-Piece, Green

Both bags are made from polyester, so they’re pretty durable. The suitcase is a pretty standard softshell – it features two in-line skate wheels, a retractable wheel handle and a single packing compartment with expandable capacity. There’s a large mesh pocket on the cover of the suitcase, as well as two external zippered pockets.

The other bag is 14”, and it has a single external pocket. It’s great for cosmetics, or any smaller items that won’t fit into your suitcase. The two bags combined allow you to travel organized, and give you plenty of space even for some longer trips.

One downside to the suitcase is that it’s not exactly lightweight. At 6.6 lbs, it’s even heavier than most hardsides I showed you in this review. But that’s because of the EVA padding on the front panel, which is there to improve the impact resistance of the luggage.

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Carry on sized
  • Good for organization

Cons

  • Could be lighter
  • Wheel handle is not very durable

Product Information

  • Suitcase Dimensions: 21” x 13.5” x 7.5”
  • Tote Bag Dimensions: 14" x 10" x 6"
  • Suitcase Weight: 6.6 lbs
AmazonBasics Lightweight Luggage, Softside Spinner Travel Suitcase with Wheels - 22 Inch, Grey
AmazonBasics Lightweight Luggage, Softside Spinner Travel Suitcase with Wheels - 22 Inch, Grey

If you want a cheap suitcase that looks and feels premium, then this one is the best choice. The AmazonBasics softside spinner is under $50, and it has all the features of luggage that costs 10 times more.

It’s made from polyester, and it looks very sleek and professional. Great for business trips! It features four single spinner wheels that roll quietly and smoothly, and there’s also a telescopic wheel handle that locks into extended position.

On top of that, this suitcase is equipped with a TSA lock as well, meaning you can have some peace of mind if you’re ever forced to check it at an airport. Which should not happen, since this is carry on sized.

AmazonBasics Lightweight Luggage, Softside Spinner Travel Suitcase with Wheels - 22 Inch, Grey

The interior of this spinner is very spacious, and it has expandable capacity. There are two small zippered pockets on the top part of the suitcase, as well as a big one behind those two. And then you also have two external pockets, for the items you forgot to pack inside.

This suitcase is available in four colors, and all of them are under $50 for the 22” size. Even the 27” version is very affordable, as it costs around $55.

Overall, this is definitely one of the most polished softside suitcases you can get in this price range. And if you want something that doesn’t look cheap at all, you should consider Amazon’s softside spinner.

Pros

  • TSA friendly lock
  • Expandable capacity
  • Lots of pockets

Cons

  • Wheels are a bit small
  • Handle is not height adjustable

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 13.8” x 8.7” x 22.4”
  • Weight: 7.3 lbs (shipping weight)

Luggage Value Sets

Luggage sets are the best value for money if you need more than one suitcase. Because, even if you get just two cheap suitcases, the total will come to some $100.

And for $100 (in some cases even less), you can get three suitcases of different sizes. Additionally, luggage sets are pretty much the only way to get a 28” or 30” suitcase for under $50.

Luggage Sets Hard Suitcase set Spinner luggage set 3 Piece Set suitcases shell Lightweight (Rose glod)

This luggage set is definitely the best value for money. It includes three hardsides (20”, 24” and 28”), in the $90-120 price range. That comes down to $30 or $40 per suitcase, which is a really great deal.The Rose Gold version is the cheapest one – and the prettiest one, if you ask me.

All three suitcases are made from ABS plastic and feature spinner wheels with a telescopic wheel handle. They also have two packing compartments (one pocket), and a lock.
SHOWKOO Luggage Sets Suitcase Spinner Lightweight Durable for Travels 20in 24in 28in(Blue)

Here’s another great deal. For $95-110 you can get three hardside suitcases (20”, 24” and 28”), which is $35 per suitcase on average.

The Showkoo suitcases are made from ABS plastic, which has excellent scratch resistance. They are equipped with spinner wheels, and feature a telescopic wheel handle that locks into multiple height positions.  And they have expandable capacity, as well as a lock to the packing compartments.

DAVIDJONES Vintage Print 4 Piece Luggage Set-Black

If you really want a softshell, then this is a set you should consider. It includes 4 pieces of luggage, for just a little under $120 – an amazing deal. The suitcases included are 20”, 24” and 28”, and you also get a small versatile bag.

The suitcases feature a spacious packing compartment, an EVA padded front panel for extra durability and regular in-line skate wheels. Sadly, you don’t get pockets, locks or expandable capacity. But for $30 per bag, I can live with that.

Some other value sets worth considering:


Luggage For Children

If you are looking to get a suitcase for your child and you don't want to spend too much money on it, I would recommend you check out American Tourister. They have a collection of suitcases for kids, which feature a very fun design. 

Maybe your daughter is obsessed with Elsa? Then get her a suitcase with Elsa's character! 

Anyway, I will show you two suitcases here, and both of them are by American Tourister. Be sure to check them out on Amazon, as they are both available in a variety of designs. 

American Tourister Kids Hardside 18' Upright, Frozen

This is an awesome suitcase for kids. It’s just the right size so that they can carry it on their own, and they will just love the design.

The hardside suitcase is made from a mixture of ABS and polycarbonate, so it’s pretty durable. It features in-line skate wheels, a retractable wheel handle and two packing compartments, but no pockets.

American Tourister Kids Softside 18' Upright, Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles

The softside suitcase is approximately the same size as the hardside, but it’s even cheaper. It’s available in lots of cartoon designs, so you’ll easily find something your child loves.

This one is a bit better for organization, as it features two pockets. It also has in-line skate wheels and a retractable wheel handle, and it’s small enough that your child can carry it without your help.


Best Suitcases Under $50: Our Top Choices

Can’t decide on which suitcase to buy? Maybe one of our top picks is the perfect choice for you!

The best cheap hardside would have to be the Olympia Apache. It’s ridiculous how discounted it is, and it’s a bargain to get it at its current price. I love this suitcase because it is well made, sturdy and has all the features you expect from a good carry on. Plus, it has a hidden compartment for your valuable items, which is a design feature patented by Olympia. If you’re looking to get a lot of value for $50, this is the suitcase to get.

Olympia Apache Ii 21' Carry-on Spinner, BLACK+BLUE
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Olympia Apache Ii 21" Carry-on Spinner, BLACK+BLUE
  • High quality aluminum locking handle system, and 4 wheel spinner design, allows weight free movement in all directions
  • Internal divider with additional interior zip mesh pocket and buckle tie downs help secure your clothes.

As for the softsides, I think that the AmazonBasics Spinner wipes out the competition. It is the only suitcase that features a TSA friendly lock, and one of the few that has spinner wheels. Plus, it does not look like a cheap suitcase at all. And with the spinner wheels, a retractable wheel handle and five different pockets, it actually feels quite premium.

AmazonBasics Lightweight Luggage, Softside Spinner Travel Suitcase with Wheels - 22 Inch, Grey
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AmazonBasics Lightweight Luggage, Softside Spinner Travel Suitcase with Wheels - 22 Inch, Grey
  • Outer dimensions (including wheels): 8.6 x 14.1 x 22 Inches; Interior dimensions: 7.6 x 11.8 x 17.3 Inches
  • Interior capacity: 26 Liters

If you need to get more than one suitcase, then consider getting the TBWYF Luggage Set. It features three suitcases for some $90, which is amazing value for money. And that includes a large, 28" suitcase! All of them are hardsides with single spinner wheels, a retractable wheel handle and a lock. Pretty good for $30 apiece, if you ask me!

Luggage Sets Hard Suitcase set Spinner luggage set 3 Piece Set suitcases shell Lightweight (Rose glod)
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Luggage Sets Hard Suitcase set Spinner luggage set 3 Piece Set suitcases shell Lightweight (Rose glod)
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  • 100% abs,Lightweight yet extremely durable abs material.

And that's it! Be sure to check out these suitcases on Amazon, to see their exact prices and all the colors you can get them in. And hurry up - you don't want to miss out on the awesome deals!

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