On and off for the past few weeks there has been a hell of a deal available through Amazon on the Tumi Alpha International 20″ Carry On, whereby the $595 carry-on could be had for ~$286 all-in.
While Tumi luggage is overpriced, at over half off I think it’s a great value. They sold out within hours after the first time I posted about it, then the deal came back and it sold out again within a day or so of me posting about it.
Anyway, it has been around again for a few days, and my guess is that this is the last chance. The reason the bag is on clearance is because Tumi is coming out with their new “Alpha 2″ line, and they’ve actually stopped selling the Alpha International 20” on their website altogether (which is a new development in the past couple of days).
The new Tumi Alpha 2 International 20″ Carry On, which retails for $595+, is kind of puzzling. The exterior identical to the previous version, and the features seem to just about be identical as well. There is a slight difference in the finishes of the interior, but they don’t seem significant to me. The new bag is supposedly lighter, though the shipping weights are 11.8 pounds for the new bag vs. 12.1 pounds for the old bag — not really much of a difference!
So my concern at first was that ordering the Tumi Alpha International (which has always been Tumi’s top of the line carry on) now would be like ordering an outdated product. After looking at the new bag I’m convinced that’s not the case at all.
With that in mind, if you do still want to grab the Tumi Alpha International for over half off (and this is probably really your last chance since Tumi has stopped selling the bag directly in the past couple of days), here’s how:
First of all, sign-up to receive Amazon Fashion emails.
By signing up for these emails you’ll immediately receive a coupon via email for 20% off your next purchase which is valid for 30 days. While the terms state it’s only valid for clothing items, in practice the coupon also works on luggage.
Next, put the Tumi Alpha International 20″ Carry On in your cart, which is available for 40% off.
After you add the bag to your cart, go to the check-out page and add in the promotional code you received via email under the “gift cards & promotional codes” section:
Once you enter the code you should see the updated price reflecting the initial 40% discount and then 20% discount on top of that, for a total of over a 50% discount.
This is exactly the bag I have, and I thought I was getting a hell of a deal when I bought it a few months ago for just under $400 while it was on sale. ~$286 for this bag is as good as it gets, and this won’t last much longer.