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Best Early Black Friday Deals on Luggage Right Now
With these deals, you can get a quality carry-on, duffle, or other luggage for less.
By Samantha B Gordon
November 9, 2022
If you’re planning a trip for the holidays and like to travel light—or very light—you’ll want a bag that’s budget friendly and performs well in CR’s evaluations of carry-on suitcases, weekender bags, backpacks, and slim wallets.
The good news is that, thanks to a slew of early Black Friday sales, you can find great deals on luggage that performed well in our tests. We found the best ones, so you can buy with confidence, knowing you’re not just getting a good price, but a great product. And we’re keeping an eye out for more discounts and offers throughout the holidays, so check back later to see if there’s anything new.
In Consumer Reports’ tests, we put 12 hard-shell carry-on bags from as many brands through 31 different evaluations of use, durability, ergonomics, safety, and other aspects of ownership. We’ve also evaluated weekender bags, slim wallets, and travel backpacks.
Delsey St. Tropez 21" Hardside Carry-On Spinner
SOLD BY: Amazon, Belk, Kohl's
This expandable hard-shell carry-on from Delsey is easy to use and performed well in most of our tests—though it suffered in some of our impact tests. Its 10-year limited warranty is not as generous as some other brands’ lifetime warranties, but not as stingy as some others. It comes in pink, navy, black, and graphite.
Why it’s a good deal: This luggage usually sells for around $190, so you’re really only saving about $22. But this price matches the best price we’ve seen for this carry-on, which was only available once before during Amazon’s fall sale.
Hartmann 21" Vigor Carry-On Spinner
SOLD BY: Belk
This hard-shell Hartmann carry-on performed very well in our durability tests. It’s not expandable, however, and its handle only telescopes to two heights. Its 10-year limited warranty is not as generous as some other brands’ lifetime warranties, but not as stingy as some others. The Vigor comes in black, bronze, and navy.
Why it’s a good deal: This is $25 better than the best price we’ve seen.
Ekster Senate Cardholder
SOLD BY: Ekster
The Ekster Senate Cardholder features a design that keeps that pop-up switch level with the aluminum cardholder. It includes a cash strap and single cardholder to hold your bills on the outside with the company’s logo emblazoned on the front and keep a card on the outside, such as a Metro card for tap-to-go. Thoughtfully, the company includes an extra strap without the cardholder, to slim things down even further, inside a very beautiful box.
Why it’s a good deal: This 20 percent discount is a good reason to splurge on your next wallet.
Travando RFID Blocking Bifold Credit Card Holder
SOLD BY: Amazon
This faux leather wallet from Travando features a full-size non-removable money clip inside. Its design includes a window sleeve, a front sleeve that exposes part of the card held there, and enough pockets to hold 11 cards.
Why it’s a good deal: It’s not the best slim wallet we evaluated, but the price is right. Be sure to click to add the coupon for 10 percent off.
Nimalist Air Tag Wallet
SOLD BY: Nimalist
This Nimalist slim wallet accommodates Apple products by incorporating Apple’s puck-shaped, rounded-top tracking device, sold separately, into its design. AirTags aren’t the greatest shape for slim wallets, and the indent is very noticeable when put in the front or back pocket. However, this is an otherwise great wallet, with soft leather and seven very thin pockets that hold up to 12 cards.
Why it’s a good deal: If you’re an Apple person, this is a great way to track the whereabouts of your wallet for half the price.