What size luggage can hold 50 pounds? Depending on how you pack, a suitcase under 28 inches should stay under the 50 lbs luggage weight limit. Most well made bags larger than that can hold 50 lbs easily. 

Man walking over a European bridge with a large hard sided suitcase. What size luggage holds 50 lbs?

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There are a few things to consider to make sure you have a suitcase that can hold 50 lbs or more. 

Because larger suitcases have more interior space, they can hold more weight. In contrast, if you pack a small suitcase with heavy items like shoes or magazines or books, you’ll pass 50 lbs really fast.

I put together a little suitcase sizing guide that you can check before you buy a piece of luggage to make sure it will fit your needs and make sure you have enough space and stay under a 50 lbs luggage weight limit.

Also, there is a list of airline baggage weight limits at the bottom of the article for the most popular airlines for you too. 

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What Size Luggage can hold 50 lbs?

You can use a handy travel scale (like this one) to ensure your suitcase is weighed prior to check-in so you don’t have to pay for overweight baggage.

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In order to spread the weight evenly between the two pieces of luggage, you can choose two smaller 24-inch suitcases.

Additionally, this will make your bags easier to handle.

It really depends on how you prefer to travel and what you find easier. You might like a couple of smaller bags and you might one larger bag. 

 Suitcase Sizing Guide

These are the sizes and what they weigh with an average mix of light and heavy items. (think clothes, toiletries, a book, etc.)

18” Suitcase20 – 25 lbs
20” Suitcase25 – 30 lbs
22” Suitcase30 – 35 lbs
24” Suitcase35 – 40 lbs
28” Suitcase40 – 50 lbs
30” Suitcase50+ lbs

Lightweight Luggage That Will Hold 50 lbs

These lightweight suitcases will definitely hold 50 lbs.

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels, Large 28-Inch

Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage, Large 29-Inch

KENNETH COLE REACTION Out Of Bounds Luggage Collection Lightweight Durable Hardside 4-Wheel Spinner Travel Suitcase Bags, 28-Inch

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Ben Sherman Nottingham Lightweight Hardside 4-Wheel Spinner Travel Luggage, 28-inch

Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 28-Inch Check-Size Samsonite Freeform Hardside Expandable with Double Spinner Wheels, Large 28-Inch

Lightweight Luggage Sets

American Tourister Pop Max Softside Luggage with Spinner Wheels, Teal, 3-Piece Set (21″/25″/29″)

Rockland Melbourne Hardside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage, Black, 3-Piece Set (20″/24″/28″)

Samsonite Freeform Hardside Expandable with Double Spinner Wheels, 2-Piece Set (21″/28″)

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels, 3-Piece Set (20″/24″/28″)

Weight Limits For Airline Luggage

Delta

Delta Airlines Luggage Weight Limits

  • Dimensions – 62 in / 158 cm (length x width x height) 
  • Weight – 50 lbs / 23 kgs
  • $30 Each Bag Under 50 lbs
  • $40 Each Additional Bag Under 50 lbs

United Airlines

United Airlines Luggage Weight Limits

  • Dimensions – up to 62 in / 158 cm (length x width x height) 
  • Weight – up to 50 lbs / 23 kgs
  • First/Business Weight – up to 70 lbs / 32kgs

American Airlines

American Airlines Luggage Weight Limits

  • Dimensions – 62 in / 158 cm (length x width x height) 
  • Weight – 50 lbs / 23 kgs
  • First/Business Weight – 70 lbs / 32kgs
  • $150 to $200 Overweight Baggage Fee

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airline Luggage Weight Limits

  • Dimensions – up to 62 in / 158 cm (length x width x height) before fees (max 80 inches)
  • Weight – up to 50 lbs / 23 kgs before incurring fees (max 100 lbs)
  • $75 Overweight Baggage Fee 
  • $75 Three Bags Plus Fee 
  • $75 Oversized Baggage Fee 

Alaska Air

Alaska Air Luggage Weight Limits

  • Dimensions – up to 62 in / 158 cm (length x width x height) 
  • Weight – up to 50 lbs / 23 kgs
  • $30 for the first bag under 50 lbs + $40 for each additional Bag
  • $100/each Overweight Baggage or Three Plus Bags Fee

Can a suitcase be over 50 lbs?

Yes, your suitcase can be over 50 lbs but not over 100 lbs with most airlines. You will just need to pay a fee based on its weight. American, Delta, and United charge $100 for each checked bag weighing 50 – 70 lbs (24 to 32 kg), or $200 for bags weighing more than 70 lbs (33 to 46 kg) on domestic flights.

Fees for excess, oversized, and standard baggage are in addition to that.

How can I tell if my suitcase is 50 pounds?

At the airport already?

At the airport, you can ask one of the airline’s front desk associates or curbside check-in counters and weigh it there. 

Before getting to the airport

At your home or before you get to the airport you have two options. 

How to use a bathroom scale to weigh your suitcase

1 – Place the bathroom scale on a level surface.

2 – Measure your weight and write it down. 

3 – Step back onto the scale with your luggage in hand. Take note of the new weight.

4 – Subtract your first weight from the second one. All that’s left is the luggage weight. 

5 – In the case of a heavy or large item that is difficult to carry on the scale with your arms, prop it up on the scale by itself as best as you can. 

How to use a handheld scale to weigh your suitcase

Consider purchasing a handheld luggage scale like this one to make luggage weighing easier. 

1 – The scale should be set to zero. To reset a digital scale, press the On button and wait for the numbers to reset to zero. 

2 – Use the hook or strap on the scale to attach your luggage. 

3 – Slowly lift up the luggage for five to ten seconds. 

4 – The scale will display your suitcase’s weight 


What happens if your suitcase is over 50 lbs united?

U.S. domestic flights operated by United Airlines (UA) will be charged the following extra charges if the bags exceed 50 lbs (23 kg): 51 to 70 lbs (24 to 32 kg): $100.00 USD to $200 USD. The additional cost for 71-100 lbs (33 to 46 kg) bags is $400.00 USD.

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What happens if your suitcase is over 50 lbs on American Airlines?

Bags weighing more than 50 pounds are considered overweight by American Airlines. There is a $100 fee for bags weighing 51-70 lbs (24 to 32 kg) and a $200 fee for bags weighing 71-100 lbs (33 to 46 kg) for overweight baggage. These fees will be added to any other baggage fee.

What happens if my luggage is over 50 lbs on Frontier?

Frontier charges $75 per bag, per direction, for bags weighing more than 50 lbs. They do not accept bags exceeding 100 pounds. 

What size suitcase holds 40 lbs?

So long as you aren’t packing the whole suitcase with very heavy items, a roller style suitcase that is about 24 inches to 26 inches will hold between – 35-40 lbs. And a 26 inches to 28 inches roller-style suitcase holds approximately 40-50 lbs.

What happens if your bag is over 50 pounds on Southwest?

On Southwest, oversized and overweight items over 62 inches in length or 50 lbs weight will be charged $75 each. However, Your bag cannot be more than 80 inches (L+W+H).

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How much do you have to pay if your luggage is over 50 pounds on Delta?

Delta Airlines (DL) charges the following for bags that are greater than the standard 50 pounds or 23 kg on US domestic flights: 

51 to 70 lbs (24 to 32 kg) – $100.00 USD per bag

71 to 100 lbs (33 to 46 kg) – $200.00 USD per bag.

Over 100 lbs (46.36 kg) – not allowed

What if my checked bag is over 50 lbs on Jetblue?

As of now, carry-on baggage is not subject to weight restrictions. You will be charged $150 extra if your bag exceeds 50 lbs (23 kg). Bags over 100 lbs (46.36 kg) are not allowed.

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Can you pay for overweight baggage?

You can pay for overweight baggage. The cost of overweight checked baggage is significantly higher than the cost of underweight checked luggage. Several airlines charge a fee for checked bags weighing between 50 and 70 lbs or over 70 lbs on domestic flights, such as American and United.

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