The infrequent flier
The absolute cheapest rolling bag I could find was the Personalized Rolling Pilot Case from Walmart for $28.74. Intended to be a substitute for a bookbag, this option is not for serious travelers. But it does have a retractable handle, wheels, and will fit into overhead compartments. If you only fly one to two times a year, this overnighter, complete with a 60-day warranty, could do the job.
The occasional explorer
Samsonite luggage is known for dependability, and the prices are a bargain for someone who travels every two months or more. A Samsonite Aspire GRT carry-on will run you only $89.99 on sale from Samsonite.com. For $107.99 you will get the same model with spinner wheels for better maneuverability. If you choose Samsonite, buy directly from its website. You’ll get the best base prices; plus they run great sales.
The veteran jet setter
If you’re a seasoned traveler who flies once a month or more, you have to go with Briggs & Riley. This company guarantees its luggage for life — even if it’s damaged by the airline. The site offers free shipping for orders over $99, but value is the name of the game. A Briggs & Riley carry-on will cost between $209.25 for the 19” International Upright to $449 for the 20” Carry On Business Upright. The bottom line: you won’t have to buy luggage ever again.