While we’re talking about ways to travel cheaply, here’s something that we thought was dead as dinosaurs after the rise of FedEx and like companies: Courier flights are a thing again!
For those of you who weren’t traveling in the 1980s and 1990s, it used to be a great way for backpacker types to save money by giving up their luggage allowance for courier companies’ cargo. Then between electronic communications, dedicated courier aircraft, increased security, yadayadayada, it became, well, not a thing.
But look, here’s a company bringing it back: Airmule.com!
Step 1: List Your Trip
Register, login, then list your upcoming flight itinerary on our platform. By doing so, you’re telling our shipping partners the dates of your trip, the route that you’re taking, and how many checked luggage slots you’ll have available for shipments.
Step 2: Pick Up Your Airmule Travel Box
Pick up your shipment(s) right at your departure airport. All shipped items come in a pre-packed Airmule Travel Box™, so you don’t have to worry about finding space in your own personal luggage. Each Airmule Travel Box™ requires one entire checked luggage slot plus, all Airmule trips come complete with a digital manifest that includes photos and descriptions of every included item.
Step 3: Complete The Delivery
Once you’ve landed, head to baggage claim and retrieve your Airmule Travel Box™. Drop off your shipment(s) to our Airmule staff right in the arrival airport. No extra trips.
Right now, it’s only available between California & New York airports to China airports:
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- San Jose International Airport (SJC)
- Oakland International Airport (OAK)
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Greater New York Area
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
- LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
- Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
- Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)
- Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
- Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU)
but if that fits with your travel plans, or you don’t have any particular travel plans but you really want to rack up those status miles and frequent flyer points, well this is an opportunity then isn’t it?
If any of you Dear Readers give Airmule a try, be sure and let us know how it went!