10 Underseat Carry-On Bags for Flying in Basic Economy

By now you've probably taken notice of all the many super cheap Basic Economy fares. Chicago to San Diego for $97! Dallas to San Francisco for $75! Though inexpensive, these fares come with a long list of restrictions. Seats are not assigned until at the airport, and families and groups traveling on Basic Economy fares will most likely not be seated together. Basic Economy passengers are boarded in the very last group. And whatever bag you do bring must be small enough to fit under the sit in front of you.

Have a look below at these 10 top-rated underseat carry-on bags. Whether you're a chronic over-packer or tried-and-true business traveler, there's an option for every type of flyer.

Samsonite Wheeled Underseater

The Samsonite Wheeled Underseater (available in both small and large sizes) is one of the top-rated underseat carry-on bags on Amazon—and for good reason. The difference between the two sizes is approximately one-and-a-half inches in height, plus about $20.

Both bags have in-line skate wheels and a retractable handle, internal packing compartments, a removable 3-1-1 pouch, a hanging organizer pouch, and a side water bottle pocket. Reviews say both sizes comply with all major domestic carriers for underseat carry-on luggage requirements (yes, that includes Spirit).

Star Rating: 4.5/5

Size: 13 x 13 x 9 (small), 7.5 x 13 x 16 (large)

Aerolite Carry-On Underseat Wheeled Trolley Luggage Bag

If you're looking for a compact and lightweight bag that fits under your seat, look no further than Aerolite's Carry-On Underseat bags. They're stylish and have multiple outer zipper compartments for essential travel items, plus a strap to hook over a larger suitcase. Both styles meet the underseat carry-on luggage requirements on American, Delta, Southwest, United, and Frontier.

Star Rating: 4.5/5 for the Aerolite Carry On Under Seat Wheeled Trolley

Size: 16.6 X 14 x 7.8

Travelon Wheeled Underseat Carry-On Bag

Travelon has two great options for underseat carry-on bags—the 15-inch and the 18-inch bag. Both fit a decent amount in their main compartment and have a retractable handle.

Determining which one is best for you will depend on what you're looking for in an underseat carry-on bag. The 18-inch is great for business travelers as it has a laptop sleeve and front tablet organizer, while the 15-inch comes with an extra carry-on tote if you're an over-packer or plan on doing some shopping on your trip. Both sizes are currently on sale!

Star Rating: 4.5/5

Size: 14 x 13.5 x 8.5 (small), 9 x 18 x 14 (large)

Travelpro Luggage Maxlite3 Rolling Tote

The Travelpro Maxlite3 Rolling Tote is the perfect investment if you're looking for a long-term and durable carry-on bag that fits under your seat. It comes with Travelpro's lifetime warranty and has a water and stain-resistant coating. Reviews note how much fits inside despite the bag's small size. It has zippered internal pockets, an expander, and an external front zip pocket.

Star Rating: 4.5/5

Size: 13 x 15.5 x 8.5

Olympia Deluxe Fashion Rolling Overnighter

This Olympia Rolling Overnighter is perfect for business travelers who are looking for a carry-on bag that fits under the seat. It's extremely durable and can handle items like folders, binders, and laptops. It has a separate padded laptop compartment and a roomy main compartment, as well as a front zipper pocket and two side Velcro pockets. Available in five colors, there's an option for every kind of traveler.

Star Rating: 4.5/5

Size: 7 x 14 x 8.25

BoardingBlue Spirit Airlines Personal Item Underseat

If you're a frequent flier on Spirit or other budget airlines and want to avoid bag fees, this BoardingBlue Rolling Personal Item is a great choice for a carry-on bag that fits under the seat on those airlines. The bag has a roomy main compartment as well as a padded sleeve for a tablet or laptop and a mesh water bottle holder. It can be carried with the two attached shoulder straps or rolled.

Star Rating: 4.5/5

Size: 18 x 13 x 8

Lucas Wheeled Under the Seat Cabin Bag

This top-rated bag on Amazon is great for travelers who are super organized packers. The Lucas Wheeled Under the Seat Cabin Bag has a large main compartment that has a zippered fold down flap for organizing items. The bag also comes with a hanging toiletry case, travel slippers, and a travel neck pouch. It's on the larger side so if you're an over-packer, this is a great piece of underseat carry-on luggage.

Some reviews say the bag doesn't always fit under an aisle seat, so just be wary when selecting your seat on some airlines. Right now it's on sale for 54 percent off on Amazon.

Star Rating: 4.5/5

Size: 9.8 x 15.7 x 15.7

Ciao Convertible Expandable Under Seat Carry-on

Get you a bag that can do both. The Convertible Expandable bag from Ciao goes from under seat to full sized carry on. Includes interior/exterior zipper compartments, and a push button retractable handle.

Star Rating: 4/5

Size: 15 x 13.5 x 8

Delsey Quilted Rolling Underseat Tote

The Delsey Quilted Rolling Underseat Tote has a roomy main compartment coupled with lots of interior and exterior pockets for organization. It's also a stylish, rolling carry-on bag that fits under your seat and has two shoulder straps as well as a sleeve on the back so it can attach to a larger suitcase. Right now the bag is on sale on Amazon for 43 percent off.

Star Rating: 4.5/5

Size: 9 x 14.5 x 14

Kemyer Wheeled Underseater

A twofer! The Kemyer Underseater comes with a snazzy companion tote. That's great if you're flying on an Economy ticket and need a little extra space, but you'll only be allowed one bag if flying Basic Economy. Either leave the tote at home or be sure you can store it inside the underseater. Comes with a padded interior laptop pocket (up to 16"),  exterior zip pouches, inline skate wheels, and telescopic handle.
Star Rating: 4/5
Size: 12.5 x 16 x 5
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