There’s an old adage about looking the part if you want a job and for those aspiring to be a United Airlines flight attendant the bags are part of the uniform. And it turns out that they’re on sale to the general public now, assuming your local TJ Maxx has them in stock.
In August 2017 United Airlines announced new uniforms and a new official crew luggage provider, Tumi. That deal included custom United-branded bags from the company, sold at a discount to crew. It seems, however, that the luggage company had some extras. A few of the models are now available at TJ Maxx outlets across the United States. And they’re highly discounted from standard Tumi pricing.
The expandable 2-wheel carry-on is down to $199 (MSRP $645) and the shoulder bag is pricing at $99. The bags are definitely the custom United SKU and include the blue bag tag with the United name on them, too. That’s actually the only difference between these bags and the normal Tumi product line. So if nothing else this is a nice way to find the bags priced 65% off MSRP. And if you take the blue tag off it would be mighty hard for anyone to know it was a crew version.
I have a 20″ TUMI that I’ve traveled with for a 13 years now and I’m pretty happy with the overall quality, though I know it is a very different model from these. I also know that other folks love the Briggs & Riley stuff. And there are plenty of other decent brands, too. But not many of them come airline-branded this cheap.
I know that they’ve been spotted in stock near Atlanta and Central New Jersey. None in the store by me, however, so YMMV in finding them available.
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