You can buy travel bags with variable lengths of warranties and all possible price points from cheap to expensive.
I have had luggage from several brands over the past 20+ years, but I have mostly transitioned to TUMI over the past decade, although I have friends who really like Rimowa.
You can access TUMI here.
Nothing lasts forever, and your carry-on and checked bags are not an exception. How fast they start falling apart is up to the product quality, which often correlates with the price.
I have to be honest that I was unaware that TUMI bags come with a 5-year warranty for normal wear and tear (it doesn’t include if the airline destroys your bag) – a reader recently mentioned the warranty length.
The handle of my TUMI bag I purchased in Hong Kong in 2018 or 2019 came off while boarding a train in Helsinki. I went through my records and couldn’t find a purchase receipt, although I could likely be able to find the transaction if I went through credit card statements.
There are no TUMI stores in Finland (there was one, but it has closed). So I decided to take it to a TUMI store here in Vienna, where I would spend a week.
I went to the store last Saturday and chatted with the person working, who told me they would take photos of the handle and send them to Germany, where they would get the spare part to fix the bag. She told me they would be in touch on Monday to let me know how long this would take.
As I had not heard anything by Tuesday morning, I had a hotel concierge call them.
I was surprised that I received an email couple of hours later that the bag had been fixed.
The handle had been changed, and one of the wheels was replaced. The bag was missing several zippers that had also been added.
I was not asked to provide proof of when the bag was purchased.
TUMI’s Warranty Info:
Welcome to the world of TUMI – the leading international brand of travel, business and lifestyle accessories. Since 1975, TUMI has been dedicated to providing our customers with an outstanding ownership experience. TUMI’s comprehensive product coverage is reflective of our commitment to our consumer’s ongoing satisfaction. Specifically, we make three commitments to our customers:
- You will enjoy using our innovative products that are designed and manufactured to be the best;
- You will experience world-class, after-sales customer service;
- For five (5) years after you purchase a TUMI product from one of our travel, business, or bag collections, or two (2) years for any wallet or accessory, from an authorized TUMI store or dealer, you will be covered by our Limited Warranty.
TUMI’s warranty extends to the original owner; it is straightforward and comprehensive, and just part of the total TUMI ownership experience. Should you have additional questions, please email email@example.com or call 800.299.TUMI (8864) from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST to speak live with a consumer affairs representative.
First Year of Ownership: Worry Free
With limited exceptions, if your TUMI product is damaged during the first twelve (12) months you own it– including damage caused by normal wear and tear, airline handling, or other transit damage–TUMI will cover all repair expenses, including shipping costs to and from our repair facility. If we determine that the product is damaged beyond repair, we will replace it. If we determine that a replacement product is not available, we will provide you with a product of comparable value. Damages not covered are damage resulting from abuse, cosmetic damage (such as scratched leather or stained fabrics), and incidental or consequential damages, such as damage to or loss of the contents of a bag, loss of use, loss of time, or similar expenses.
Years Two through Five on travel bags, business cases, cross body bags, totes, backpacks and handbags and second year for wallets, accessories and outerwear: You are covered for manufacturing defects and normal wear and tear.
From the second through the fifth year you own your TUMI travel item, business case or other bag, and for the second year for wallets or accessories, TUMI will repair any item that is damaged due to normal wear and tear, or defective in materials or workmanship, including any structural defects (such as defective handles, zippers, or locks). For years two through five, we do not cover damage caused by airlines or other transit damage. Damage claims in transit cases should be filed against the carrier. Other damages not covered are damage resulting from abuse, cosmetic damage (such as scratched leather or stained fabrics) and incidental or consequential damages, such as damage to or loss of the contents of a bag, loss of use, loss of time, or similar expenses. Normal wear and tear for TUMI Outerwear does not include lost or missing buttons, torn fabrics or leathers or cosmetic damage as described above.
Your only responsibility is to ship your item to us for repair, postage paid, or take it to a TUMI store or authorized TUMI dealer, who will be happy to process the repair. In some cases there may be a nominal processing fee. Many repairs can actually be handled in the TUMI store, free of charge. If your item does need to be sent to our facility, we will repair it quickly and ship it back at no additional cost to you. In those cases where our warranty does not apply, your local service center will provide you with an estimate of any repair and return shipping costs that may be incurred.
You Can Expect Years of Quality Service
We do have many customers with well-traveled bags more than five years old, that they would like to have refurbished or repaired. For these customers, we offer courteous, responsive service and the highest quality repairs and refurbishment at a reasonable cost. If we are unable to repair the bag, we will suggest alternative options. Please call your local service center before sending your product for repair or refurbishment to discuss shipping and handling costs and other fees.
The bottom line is that at TUMI, we are totally committed to keeping you happy about our products and our service. Once you have had the pleasure of owning and using our products, we hope that they will become your trusted companions for life. You can access the repair form to fill out and submit, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you live in the USA or Canada, please call 800.299.TUMI (8864) from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST to speak live with a consumer affairs representative. To contact TUMI customer service outside of the US and Canada, please see our list of international centers under the “List of Repair Centers” section on this website.
Proof of Purchase
Please save your store receipt as proof of purchase. This will be needed to demonstrate your warranty coverage. Additionally, this will serve as proof that your purchase was made at an authorized TUMI retailer. Our Limited Warranty only applies to products that were purchased from an authorized TUMI store or dealer. If you no longer have your receipt, we may be able to use your tracer history in order to demonstrate your warranty coverage. Please visit Register Your Tumi to do so.
Registering with the TUMI Tracer® program records the date of purchase so that your information is in our system. Should you ever need to use our repair services, we can validate if your bag is still under warranty. Not all items we make have a tracer number, but most of our luggage, bags, and business cases do. If the item in question is not registered with TUMI Tracer® it will be your responsibility to provide proof of purchase at an authorized TUMI retailer. Please see our tracer registration page for more details regarding tracer registration. Please note: In Hong Kong, Macau, China, Japan and Korea, TUMI Tracer® is not valid for Proof of Purchase. You will need the original store receipt to validate purchase is from an authorized TUMI retailer.
This warranty gives you certain rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
I had been in the process of buying a new carry-on because this TUMI Black22 was on its last leg, but I believe that I now get at least an additional year or two out of it.
There appears to be an issue with finding one of these full-sized carry-ons. I chatted with the sales person who told me that the one I have is too big for most European airlines and passengers prefer smaller ones.
The size of this TUMI carry-on is precisely the maximum allowed by most “full” service airlines, but it likely exceeds the max limits of Ryanairs and the likes.
What luggage brand(s) do you use, and what repair experiences have you had?