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This week only, get up to 50% off during Away's first-ever sale

Sept. 09, 2020
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If you've missed packing your suitcase as much as I have, it might be time to treat yourself to a new toy during Away's first-ever sale this week.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 9, luggage retailer Away is offering up to 50% off its suitcases, bags and travel accessories, including some limited edition items from past collections. The sale ends Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 11:50 p.m. ET. Called "We're Having a Sale," it's the brand's first clearance event, and travelers can take advantage online or at Away's dozen brick-and-mortar retail locations.

You can score an additional $20 off of your first purchase by going through a referral link or for each friend you refer who spends at least $145 on their first order.

Keep in mind that the website crashed just before 8 a.m. ET Wednesday. Some TPG staffers reported receiving an error during checkout, so patience is key if you want to score a deal.

Here are some of our favorite sale finds from past and current collections:

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The Daily Carry-On with Pocket (50% off)

(Photo courtesy of Away)

Last summer, TPG declared that Away's smallest suitcase ever is "perfect for business travelers" for several reasons. Now, the Daily Carry-On is available in both black and navy for 50% off, bringing the total to $122.50.

Combining the best elements of a briefcase and a suitcase, the Daily has an outward-facing pocket for your essentials, as well as three internal compartments big enough for a 15-inch laptop, a change of clothing, a laundry bag and more.

Combining the best elements of a briefcase and a suitcase, the Daily has an outward-facing pocket for your essentials, as well as three internal compartments big enough for a 15-inch laptop, a change of clothing, a laundry bag and more.

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The Daypack (50% off)

(Photo courtesy of Away)

Away's popular Daypack — a sleek, contemporary nylon backpack large enough to accommodate a 13-inch laptop — is also on sale starting at just $72. With a trolley sleeve, the backpack easily slides over your carry-on suitcase, and there are also hidden, low-profile pockets and sleeves for keeping all your odds and ends secure and organized.

Related: Say goodbye to checked bag fees with our 7 favorite travel backpacks

Packing cubes (50% off select colors)

(Photo courtesy of Away)

What's all the fuss about packing cubes, you ask? Efficiency, organization, peace of mind — the list goes on. At 50% off select colors (including red brick, neutral sand and white), you can pick up a couple of sets for the next family trip or even for holiday gifts this year without breaking the bank. Both four- and six-piece sets are on sale, and you can mix and match colors to complement your suitcases. The other colors (black, navy, limited-edition plum, cherry red, canary yellow, sea and classic green, asphalt gray, coast blue and a light pink blush) are also on sale for 15% off.

The Aluminum Edition suitcases (15 to 50% off)

(Photo courtesy of Away)

If you have Rimowa tastes on an Away budget, you might want to check out this line of suitcases. While the "unbreakable aluminum" edition is sleek and sexy, it's normally hard to justify at the starting price point of $475. But a discount might make the splurge worthwhile. The yellow gold, black and rose gold colorways are limited edition shades that often sell out, while the standard silver line is one of Away's core products. During this sale, all the silver suitcases are 15% off; onyx black and rose gold suitcases are 30% off; and gold is 50% off.

Fair warning: I own one of the carry-ons in rose gold (it's pictured below after six months of use), and the suitcase is definitely an attention-getter. However, all the reviews are correct: It dents or scratches if you so much as breathe on it.

My suitcase still looks shiny from a distance but looks sloppy and messy up close. (Photo by Katherine Fan/The Points Guy)

Unlike its soft-shell counterparts, the aluminum suitcase has very little "give," so any pressure will result in a permanent record on your suitcase. One of my carry-on's corners caved in after my first use — you can see the huge dent at the top of the second photo. And while Away's customer service was incredibly prompt, the company didn't replace my limited-edition suitcase within my first 100 days of warranty because the limited-edition rose gold was sold out by then.

I like this suitcase, but I won't be spending several hundred dollars to replace my damaged one during this sale. So, if you prefer your luggage to look pristine, this line is not for you.

Related: Keep calm and carry on: Our 13 favorite travel carry-ons

What's not on sale

Unfortunately, many of Away's flashiest colors and designs won't be on sale, beyond the $20 discount you can receive for each friend you refer or when make your first purchase through a referral link. The following products are still worth considering at full price:

The Away x Serena Williams Expandable Medium suitcase

(Screenshot courtesy of Away)

Away is known for partnering with the coolest celebrities, designers and other "it people" for exclusive, limited-edition collections. (I love the beachy lining of my coral pink Gray Malin carry-on.) Away's current collaboration with tennis star Serena Williams is an expandable suitcase a bold red exterior and a bright, jewel-toned camouflage pattern interior that stands out in stark contrast to the standard Away suitcase's gray lining.

Unfortunately, this particular colorway isn't part of the Away sale. But all of the other colors are: All four standard colors of black, navy, forest green and charcoal gray are discounted at 50% off. Two other limited-edition colors (a rich plum and cheerful kelly green) will be 15% off during the sale.

The Longitude tote in Alpine Leather

(Photo courtesy of Away)

As you'd expect from this trendy suitcase company, the Longitude travel tote is specifically designed to pair with Away suitcases. This water-resistant leather bag can fit a 13-inch laptop and includes a detachable strap in the back that slides over your suitcase handle.

Bottom line

For many people, stocking up on new travel gear might not be a priority right now. But if you're in a position to do so, be sure to take advantage of this sale, where you can find everything from backpacks and standard rollaboards in all sizes to garment bags and jewelry boxes up to 50% off. Just be sure to pay with a card that rewards you for your purchase. If you're shopping from home, for example, be sure to use one of the best credit cards for online shopping.

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There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees