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Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" Review

Excellent organizational features help you keep track of everything you pack in this huge suitcase
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Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" Review
Credit: Jason Wanlass
Price:  $470 List
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Manufacturer:   Travelpro
By Clark Tate and Jason Wanlass  ⋅  Nov 14, 2023
90
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RANKED
#1 of 17
  • Capacity - 35% 8.8
  • Ease of Transport - 25% 9.0
  • Construction Quality - 20% 9.0
  • Design and Functionality - 20% 9.5

Our Verdict

The Travelpro Platinum Elite is the largest piece of luggage in our review and boasts some of the finest organizational features. It's practically a closet on wheels, making it ideal for extensive business or leisure travel, and it continues to be our favorite overall suitcase. Clothed in a high-density nylon shell, this top-tier suitcase is a virtual fortress for all your clothing and accessories. The Platinum Elite cruises like a Rolls Royce on four auto-aligning spinner wheels. It also has buttery smooth zippers, a great compression system, and just enough bling — like stylish accents and solid metal zipper pulls — to make it stand out in a crowd. This bag glows with understated beauty, but it's also big, so make sure you need a bag this size before you buy. To see how the Platinum Elite ranks next to the competition, check out our full best luggage review.
REASONS TO BUY
Great organizational features
Impressive volume
Self-aligning wheels
Water-resistant
Rolls smoothly
Sturdy
REASONS TO AVOID
Bulky and cumbersome
May be too large for some travelers
Editor's Note: This review was updated on November 14, 2023, after testing the most current version.

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Bottom Line This well-organized bag works admirably and has good organization features, but it's hugeVersatile enough to patiently endure a trip to a swanky beach resort, but happiest when rolling on dirt or strapped to a pack animalOne big bag (probably too big for most) of quality build, limited organizational features, and high transport performance over smooth urban terrainA solid enough bag with a reputable namesake, ample space, a few convenient accessories, and an appealing price tagLarge in size and great in value for short-term needs
Rating Categories Travelpro Platinum... Osprey Sojourn Shut... Samsonite Omni PC H... SwissGear Sion Soft... Amazon Basics 30" H...
Capacity (35%)
8.8
8.2
9.0
7.0
6.7
Ease of Transport (25%)
9.0
8.0
5.9
6.0
6.2
Construction Quality (20%)
9.0
9.0
6.0
6.5
5.0
Design and Functionality (20%)
9.5
9.0
6.0
6.8
5.0
Specs Travelpro Platinum... Osprey Sojourn Shut... Samsonite Omni PC H... SwissGear Sion Soft... Amazon Basics 30" H...
Weight (Measured) 12.2 lb 8.7 lb 10.3 lb 11.1 lb 11.6 lb
Exterior Dimensions 29.5" x 20.0." x 12.75" 30.7" x 19.3" x 17.0" 30.5" x 20.5" x 13.0" 28.5" x 17.25" x 12.5" 30.75" x 21.0" x 12.0
Main Compartment Volume (Measured) 117 L 99 L 108 L 87 L 84 L
Exterior Material High-density nylon fabric with DuraGuard Bluesign approved, 100% recycled 460D high-tenacity nylon w/ ripstop and Bluesign approved, 100% recycled 500D high-tenacity nylon Polycarbonate Polyester Extra-thick ABS, hard shell
Number of Wheels 4 2 4 4 4
Pull Handle Heights 1 (42") 1 (39") 2 36", 41") 2 (37", 41") 3 (32", 36", 40")
Opening Style Top lid Top lid Half shell Top lid Half shell
Locking System Combination/TSA lock Zipper loop Combination/TSA lock Zipper loop None
Number of Exterior Pockets 2 4 None 2 None

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Platinum Elite fits the bill as a full-size piece of checked luggage. Measuring from the floor, it stands 32 inches in height, making it the tallest bag in our flight crew. Its main compartment also boasts the most volume of any bag on our list.

Performance Comparison


travelpro platinum elite 29" - headed for check-in with our platinum elite in tow. self-aligning...
Headed for check-in with our Platinum Elite in tow. Self-aligning wheels keep this fully packed behemoth flying straight.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Capacity


In terms of capacity, the Platinum Elite rolls into town big and beautifully.


Its 117-liter main compartment offers the most packing volume of any bag in our lineup, and it also provides one of the most comprehensive packing systems available in the luggage industry.


Our favorite feature is the bag's fold-out suiter, a folding compartment for hanging clothes like dresses, suits, formal wear, or any other clothing that needs special care. It minimizes wrinkling and tucks away on the backside of the main flap.

Testing our Travelpro's ability to fold up a business suit. We loved this feature. It was very easy, and made all the difference when it came time to get gussied up.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Two mesh garment panels let you compress some or all of what you pack in the main compartment. They double as mesh bags for toiletries or small items like socks or gloves. A zip-out, plastic pocket on the right-hand side of the main compartment provides a safe place to store any liquid toiletries. Another pocket on the left helps subdivide your smaller items further.

travelpro platinum elite 29" - compression panels help you divide your wardrobe into sections. the...
Compression panels help you divide your wardrobe into sections. The zippered pockets in the panels themselves and on either side give help you keep track of the little things.
Credit: Clark Tate


All told, the Platinum Elite provides a nice amount of storage, and that's just on the inside. Two large external pockets complete the package. They're nice for stashing a few extra layers, a magazine, and maybe your wallet. But they are also large, running the full length of the suitcase, so they won't keep smaller items very organized or within easy reach.

travelpro platinum elite 29" - making weight. two large exterior compartments are perfect for...
Making weight. Two large exterior compartments are perfect for stashing last minute items, like extra clothing from your overweight carry-on.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Being the biggest also has its drawbacks. Weighing in at 12.2 pounds, the Platinum Elite ranks among the heavier bags on our list.


This added weight could potentially impact your travel plans, as most domestic and international airlines enforce a standard 50-pound weight limit for checked luggage, with fees assigned to bags that weigh more. In short, despite having an enormous amount of capacity, you may not be able to use it all depending on what you pack and how much it weighs.

Gettin' the deets on our Platinum Elite. From floor to crown, this...
Gettin' the deets on our Platinum Elite. From floor to crown, this bag is the tallest of our entire flight crew.
Hoping to get a passing grade as we weigh our bag at check-in. Extra...
Hoping to get a passing grade as we weigh our bag at check-in. Extra size can sometimes lead to extra weight.
Bigger can sometimes lead to over-packing and a less-desirable experience at the check-in counter scales.

Ease of Transport


Despite its massive size, the Platinum Elite maneuvers quite well, earning it top marks in this metric. Our testers specifically felt it rolled smoothly, hopped stairs and curbs well, and stayed balanced when being lifted by its grab handles.



When it comes to terrain, most luggage wheels do most of their cruising on smooth airport floors, with occasional rides on concrete or metal escalators. However, for this metric, we wanted to push our Platinum Elite to its limits on dirt, gravel, and grass. During our off-road adventures, we feel its wheels performed as well as could be expected, with just enough clearance to plow through nearly any terrain. Loaded with a max weight of 50 pounds, it certainly didn't tackle the great outdoors like a high-end SUV, but we were pleased nonetheless — although we do feel the wheels should be just a little taller.

Testing how our burgundy beauty rolls on back roads. Better wheels mean better transport.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Embedded magnets allow the Platinum Elite's 2-inch tall, double-wheeled spinners to simultaneously align in any direction you're traveling and from whatever side of the bag is leading. This simple but very effective technology is like an autopilot for your luggage, keeping the bag right next to your side as you run, stroll, or pull it on two wheels over a cobblestone path. This auto-alignment feature really shone during our rolling tests.

Hugging the center line during our rolling tests. Magnetically aligning wheels do an amazing job at holding the ship steady.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

When it came to using brute force, this bag was not the easiest to lift into vehicles or schlep up a flight of stairs (or three). This is mostly due to the Platinum Elite's massive size. We admit, when fully loaded, it's one bulky sack of potatoes. That said, it does have two strong grab handles that are made to endure repeated lifting, tugging, and yanking. We often opted to lift and carry our bag by its top handle because it was easier than spinning it onto its side and carrying it horizontally. Although very sturdy and balanced, our only complaint about both handles is their size. Each is a little small and constrictive, so lifting this bail of hay for long periods can be a little uncomfortable.

travelpro platinum elite 29" - we can do hard things. sometimes stairs are the only option, and...
We can do hard things. Sometimes stairs are the only option, and with a bag this big, the top handle offered the best leverage.
Credit: Jason Wanlass


Construction Quality


Above-average fabrics, plastics, zippers, handles, and buckles earned the Platinum Elite impressive scores for its overall quality of construction. We feel this bag is built for extensive travel and is ready to serve you for the long haul.


Indestructible is certainly an adjective we hope to give any bag we test, but in reality, the airline checked luggage life can often be a bumpy road, so unbreakable is not always true to life. However, do expect a certain level of brawn from our best overall bag, and the Platinum Elite did not disappoint. Its tough nylon exterior withstood our tumble and drop tests with only minor scuffs and scratches.

Testing the mettle. We enjoyed watching our Travelpro glide through our drop and tumble tests. Its solid frame and thick nylon exterior was made for contact.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

After being pushed down stairwells and dropped from ledges, we doused our Platinum Elite with several minutes of hose water to see how resistant it was to H20. After being drenched from all sides, we were pleased with this bag's performance. The exterior pockets were slightly damp on the inside, but the main compartment of the bag was basically dry.

Proof is in the pudding (blue paper towel). The Travelpro withstood our self-made rainstorm, and was virtually dry on the inside.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Design and Functionality


It certainly isn't the trendiest bag on the block, but what the Platinum Elite lacks in trendy style, it makes up for in function. Simply put, this bag has some of the best packing features of almost any bag on the market, all at a price that is hundreds less than luxury suitcases that offer the same features.


We gave the Platinum Elite high scores in this metric for several reasons. It has unbeatable storage capacity, thoughtfully placed pouches, pockets, and compartments throughout, and top-notch auxiliary features (i.e., zippers, wheels, and trolley handle). Lastly, we feel its capstone feature is its exceptional packing system that can accommodate a wide variety of clothing and accessories.

travelpro platinum elite 29" - there was room in this bag for everything we wanted to pack, which...
There was room in this bag for everything we wanted to pack, which was most of what we owned. Seriously, there is a four-season wardrobe in there, ski gear included.
Credit: Clark Tate

Should You Buy the Travelpro Platinum Elite 29"?


Frequent flyers who require the ability to pack uniforms, formal wear, or other important clothing will enjoy the many storage and organizational features of the Platinum Elite. Although somewhat expensive, its price point is more appealing than luxury luggage brands that offer many of the same features. So if you take to the air often for work or pleasure and desire a bag that will accommodate your particular packing needs, this suitcase is certainly worth considering.

travelpro platinum elite 29" - the travelpro is our favorite overall suitcase because it earned...
The Travelpro is our favorite overall suitcase because it earned impressive scores across all of our metrics.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

What Other Suitcases Should You Consider?


If you want a softshell bag that offers a lot of room but doesn't dent your bank account, we suggest the SwissGear Sion Softside Expandable Roller 29", although the Sion is not as sturdy as the Platinum Elite, and isn't built for routine extensive international travel. For an upgrade in durability and a top-tier design, consider the premium Briggs & Riley Baseline Large Expandable Spinner. Lastly, if you like the features of the Platinum Elite but don't need its full capacity, we suggest looking into the Travelpro Platinum Elite 25" or the carry on-sized 21-inch version.

travelpro platinum elite 29" - feeling right at home.
Feeling right at home.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Clark Tate and Jason Wanlass