Yesterday I posted about my carry-on conundrum, as I’m in the market for a new bag. Specifically, I’ve been eying the Tumi Alpha Frequent Traveler (22″) and Tumi Alpha International (20″) bags, and have asked which you guys recommend. The overall consensus is that the Tumi Alpha International is the better option. Even though it’s advertised as being 20″, the actual dimensions are 21.75″ x 13.75″ x 9.5″, meaning it’s just about the maximum allowable carry-on size. So I’ve decided to buy that bag, as I shouldn’t have any problems carrying it on for either a domestic or international flight (while many foreign carriers will require the Tumi Alpha Frequent Traveler to be checked).
I figured I’d have to wait for a sale to buy one, as the bag normally costs $595. However, as luck would have it, Rue La La has a three day Tumi sale, valid through 8AM PT on Wednesday, November 13, 2014.
The 20″ Tumi International is one of the bags on sale, and it’s marked down from $595 to $359.90. I’m still trying to make sure this is actually the Alpha. The original price seems to indicate it is, but it doesn’t explicitly have the word Alpha in the name.
The updated version of the Tumi T-Tech that I’ve had for a few years and that has served me well is also on sale. It usually costs $345, but is on sale at the moment for $209.90.
This is the lowest published rate I’ve seen on either bag, so at this rate I’ll gladly pick up the Tumi Alpha International. There are tons of other Tumi products on sale, also mostly for 40% off. I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen that much of a discount on Tumi bags. Usually the highest I’ve seen is 20%, and sometimes maybe 30%, but I don’t recall ever seeing a 40% discount.
If you’re not yet a Rue La La member you can join using my link, and I’ll get a $10 referral credit after you make your first purchase (though feel free to post your referral link in the comments below). Rue La La charges $9.95 for shipping, but when you pay for shipping once it’s free on other purchases for 30 days. For most states there’s not sales tax either.
Rue La La also has an extended holiday returns policy, so if you order now you can return your bag through January 15, 2014.
Update: Per reader Sam in the comments, this gets even more attractive through an Amex Sync offer, whereby you get a $20 statement credit when spending $100 or more on a Rue La La purchase through December 31, 2013. That brings the cost to the Tumi Alpha International to under $350 including shipping!