Read on for the biggest shopping event of the summer.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day is an annual two-day event when Amazon and its sellers offer deep discounts on items like home appliances, technology, games, and more. Like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, they’re supposed to spur spending and reward consumers (or in this case, Amazon Prime members).
Do you need to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of Prime Day deals?
Yes, the online shopping event is exclusive to Amazon Prime members. If you’re not a member, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial (if you haven’t been an Amazon Prime member within the past 12 months) to take advantage of the deals. Unless you cancel within 30 days, your membership will automatically renew for $14.99 per month (or $139 per year). Key benefits of a beneficial membership for travel and at home include:
- Free shipping for one or two days
- 2-hour grocery delivery service
- Access to streaming services, such as Prime Video and Amazon Music
- Prime Gaming with free games and a Twitch channel subscription
- Kids-friendly books, educational apps, and more on Amazon Kids +
- Amazon Photos for unlimited (for vacation) photo storage and 5 GB of video storage
When is Amazon Prime Day 2022?
How to score the best Amazon Prime Day deals
If you are looking for multiple items on Amazon Prime Day, you can maximize your savings by following these tips:
Sign up for deal alerts: If you’re interested in certain products — whether it’s one of the items you see here or something else — you can sign up to be notified via deal alerts, a new feature that Amazon launched in time for Prime Day. You can do this via Alexa or the Amazon Shopping app.
Consider an Amazon credit card: This might be a good time to sign up for a credit card with Amazon perks, like the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card. With this card, you’ll not only earn 3% points for spending at Amazon and Whole Foods Market, but you’ll also earn 2% at gas stations, pharmacies and restaurants – perfect for travel. Additional travel benefits include travel accident insurance, lost baggage insurance and baggage delay insurance.
Other stores offer deals and discounts
Targeting: Target is the first major retailer to confirm the competing Target Deal Days of July 11, 12 and 13. While the event will be held exclusively online, you can beat this up by ordering at the store, picking up at the curb, or having same-day delivery. Specific deals haven’t been announced yet, but they will include up to $70 off Apple products, 50% off headphones and other tech items, and up to 50% off apparel and accessories.
Walmart, Best Buy, and Backcountry have also offered their own version of Amazon Prime Day in the past (in some cases continuing their sales after Prime Day), so be on the lookout for deal announcements from those stores and more soon.
Here are the best Amazon Prime Day deals available (so far) on useful travel items. We will continue to update the list as new offers are announced.
Best Luggage Deals on Amazon Prime Day
Travelpro Platinum Elite Softside Expandable Spinner
[TravelPro Platinum Elite Softside Expandable Spinner: $280.49 on Amazon. View deal.]
Delsey Paris Chatelet hard luggage
Save $70 on a Champagne White DELSEY Paris Chatelet Suit or 30% off a Chocolate Brown edition. Our pick for the best hard-side carry-on luggage, this one-piece bag is lightweight yet sturdy, with a 100% polycarbonate shell on the outside and a durable odor-reducing lining on the inside. The 21″ bag also has mesh zip pockets, separate laundry and shoe bags, and a TSA-approved combination lock. Previous buyers love everything about this bag, although some advise buying an extra luggage cover if you’re concerned about the white version getting dirty.
[DELSEY Paris Chatelet Hardside Luggage: $279 or less on Amazon. View deal.]
Samsonite Omni PC Hard Side Exapandale Travel Bag
Samsonite Omni PC owners agree that this is a handbag that is built to last. The best features of the 20-inch bag include the scratch-resistant polycarbonate exterior; internal expansion capabilities and compression bands; And a TSA approved lock. The Samsonite Omni PC also has four large, multi-directional spinner wheels and a wide handle, making it easy to maneuver in the airport. Amazon’s best seller, up to 32% off right now, depending on the color you choose.
[Samonsite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage: $109 on Amazon. View deal.]
3-Piece Cool Life Luggage Set
If you’re up for a new luggage set, check out this three-piece option by Coolife. The set, which includes a 20″, 24″ and 28″ bag, is discounted in select colors from $15 to $20 with an Amazon coupon. Previous buyers say these are good quality bags at an affordable price, noting that the bags have held up well during a lot of international trips. An added bonus: Available in bright colors, these bags are easy to identify in the baggage claim area.
[Coolife Luggage 3-Piece Set: $189.99 on Amazon. View deal.]
Best Amazon Prime Day Deals on Travel Pillows
BCOZZY Dual Travel Neck Support Pillow
Chin Up – This is a highly rated travel neck pillow design, which uses overlapping pillow arms to support your chin and neck while resting. The X-Large size is currently reduced by up to 28% when ordered in black, gray or navy (the only options available in this size on Amazon). The pillow also comes in large (with select options for sale), medium (for kids 8-12 years old), and small (for ages 3-7). For more travel neck pillow recommendations for both adults and children, see 23 travel neck pillows for 2022.
[BCOZZY Double Support Neck Pillow for Travel: $42.97 or less on Amazon. View deal.]
Best Amazon Prime Day Deals on Packing Cubes
Bagel Compression Travel Cubes
If you don’t own the packing cubes yet, Amazon Prime Day might be the perfect time to buy them. You can use your Amazon Coupon to get 10% off the highest rated BAGAIL Travel Cubes, and if you buy 2 sets (or 2 BAGAIL items), you can get an additional 10% off your purchase. One of US News’ picks for the best packing cubes, BAGAIL compressed travel cubes come in a variety of colors and prints, and are available in sets of four, five or six. Previous reviewers appreciated that it can be compressed for easy storage.
[Bagail BAGAIL Compression Travel Cubes: $24 or less on Amazon. View deal.]
Best Amazon Prime Day Deals on Travel Bags
Vgalraven Kankin Classic Backpack
Choose colors for the Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack at 6%-21% off right now. This iconic backpack continues to get great reviews for its efficient design, which includes three external pockets, comfortable shoulder straps and the ability to use it as a seating cushion. Previous reviewers say it’s surprisingly roomy due to its compact size, making it perfect for travel, school, and beyond. Some reviewers have also noted concerns about it being a counterfeit bag, but they should note that it is sold by the official Fjallraven Store on Amazon.
[Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack: Starting at $59 on Amazon. View deal.]
Best Amazon Prime Day Deals on Outdoor Equipment
Thanks to AeroPress, you don’t have to sacrifice good coffee on the go. And with this Pre-Prime Day deal, you can save a few dollars on both a traditional AeroPress and a travel-sized AeroPress with a carrying case. Coffee connoisseurs love AeroPress because it produces clean, tasteless coffee (especially when used with fresh coffee beans). Add it to your cart, then add it to your camping packing list.
[AeroPress: $39.95 or less on Amazon. View deal.]
Best Amazon Prime Day deals on headphones
Apple AirPods Pro
Apple AirPods Pro are $75 off thanks to a pre-Prime Day deal. Apple fan-favorite headphones come with a MagSafe charging case, which charges them for up to 24 hours; Lightning to USB-C cable to charge and sync AirPods with other Apple devices; And silicone ear tips in three different sizes. The Apple AirPods are also water and sweat resistant, which means you don’t have to worry about them getting damaged on your beach vacation. Previous buyers are interested in these earbuds, noting that the noise cancellation feature is especially useful when you’re in noisy, crowded places (think crowded airports and train stations). You can turn on transparency mode when you need to listen to an important announcement.
[Apple AirPods Pro: $174.99 on Amazon. View deal.]
Sony WH-1000XM4 Premium Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones
If you’re in the market for over-ear headphones, check out the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Premium Noise Canceling Overhead Headphones. Listed for $70 on Amazon, these stylish and comfortable headphones feature a microphone for phone calls, Amazon Alexa voice control, and adaptive voice control for the ultimate listening experience. New reviewers rave about the noise-cancelling functionality in particular, and many say these are the best headphones they’ve ever owned. With a battery life of up to 30 hours, these headphones are ideal for long trips and road trips.
[Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Premium Noise Canceling Overhead Headphones: $278.99 on Amazon. View deal.]
Best Amazon Prime Day deals on e-readers
Kindle with built-in front light
[Kindle with a Built-In Front Light: $59.99 on Amazon. View deal.]
The Kindle Kids e-reader deal is $219, was recently listed at $109.99, and is on sale now for $64.99 on Amazon. The 10th generation Kindle Kids comes with a kid-friendly cover, one year Amazon Kids+, and a two-year worry-free warranty (if it breaks within two years, it can be returned and replaced free of charge). It also features parental controls and is preloaded with all Harry Potter books as well as the first book in the Artemis Fowl series. Note that this parent-child-approved device is designed for reading only, with a black and white glare-free screen. It does not provide the ability to download videos or games, nor does it offer any ads. Many parents are happy with this purchase for their children, noting that it encouraged their children to read more.