Do you need to upgrade your family’s luggage? Buying new luggage can be expensive, especially if you need more than one piece. Knowing when the best time is to go shopping will help you save some money and have a greater selection. But when is the best time of year to buy luggage?
The best time to buy luggage is at the start of spring or fall. Shops release their new collections at the start of spring and often have a sale on the previous season’s luggage. In the fall, shops will have a sale to eliminate any overstock as they prepare for the quieter winter months.
Whether you’re looking for the newest Louis Vuitton suitcase or have your eye on whatever is cheap and practical, getting your luggage for a more affordable price is always welcome. So, when should you buy luggage, and when should you stay clear from the luggage stores?
What Is The Best Time Of Year To Buy Luggage?
Twice a year, luggage stores are likely to have a sale, and you can get your luggage for a more affordable price. The first luggage sale usually happens at the beginning of spring, around March, if you’re living in the USA. Luggage stores get their new season’s stock in during this time and will have a sale to clear the old stock.
You can buy last year’s top-selling luggage for a more affordable price when shopping at this time. Or, you can wait until the end of summer, around August, to buy the luggage you have been eyeing.
In August, most luggage stores will have another sale to clear their shelves of any overstock and to make some final sales before the winter sets in. Fewer people buy luggage in the winter, so stores try to make some more money in the fall before their business dies down for the season.
When Is Luggage The Most Expensive?
Luggage tends to be the most expensive during the high season, which falls in summer. After the spring sale, luggage prices climb significantly as luggage stores await customers looking for the new season’s trendiest luggage.
If you want a specific luggage set in high demand, you may have to shell out a few bucks and get it during the high season. However, most people prefer buying their luggage before or after this time when they can get it at a better price.
Which Size Luggage Is Best?
Depending on how long you are planning to travel, you may only want to invest in one piece of luggage. This means buying perfectly sized luggage for your traveling needs. Of course, the size of the luggage you need depends on the type of traveling you do.
For example, if you mostly travel for business and only stay for one or two days, getting the smallest suitcase is best, as it allows you to bring your luggage as a carry-on. In the U.S., the size of carry-on luggage is generally limited to 22″. On the contrary, if you’re planning to go on a cruise or holiday with your family for a week or two, we’d recommend a medium-sized suitcase.
These suitcases are usually 23″ or 24″ big and give you plenty of room for all your belongings for a few weeks. A medium suitcase also means that you won’t overpack it, which can result in your luggage being overweight when traveling by plane.
Is It Better To Buy Soft Or Hard Luggage?
There is a lot of debate about buying soft or hard luggage. Ultimately, we’d recommend investing in hard luggage, as it helps keep your belongings safe. While you can stuff more into soft luggage, and the luggage itself doesn’t weigh as much, your valuable items are more exposed to damage.
Hard shell luggage usually has an interior bag to separate your shoes from your clothes. They also have a 50/50 split in the middle, which helps to keep your luggage more organized and prevents it from falling out when you open the suitcase.
Demand for luggage is low at the end of summer and the end of winter, which means if you’re looking for the best deals, August and March are the best time of year to buy luggage. Consider the length, and type, of the trip when deciding which size pieces are best for you.
PS: If you’re wondering what to do with your luggage between your cruise and flight, you’ll definitely want to read this post!