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Flying for almost nothing as an air courier or unsold ticket

Postby Winston » Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:18 pm

I have heard before that you can fly for almost nothing or free as an air courier by agreeing to deliver packages quickly for companies that find it cheaper to use an air courier than FedEx. But you have to agree to fly anywhere at the last minute.

Anyone ever look into that? Momopi, what do you know about this?

I guess here are some sites about this from google search:

http://www.google.com.ph/search?hl=tl&q ... ogle&meta=

There are also sites that sell unsold airline tickets at the last minute for empty seats that the airlines are rushing to fill, at very low prices. But I forgot the names of these sites. There were two big ones. One was very shoddy and unprofessional looking.

Anyone remember them?
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Postby Grunt » Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:49 am

If this is legit, Id love to see more on the topic. As a disabled veteran with lots and lots of time on my hand, I could see getting into this pretty hardcore.
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Re: Flying for almost nothing as an air courier or unsold ti

Postby adam917 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:20 am

WWu777 wrote:I have heard before that you can fly for almost nothing or free as an air courier by agreeing to deliver packages quickly for companies that find it cheaper to use an air courier than FedEx. But you have to agree to fly anywhere at the last minute.

Anyone ever look into that? Momopi, what do you know about this?

I guess here are some sites about this from google search:

http://www.google.com.ph/search?hl=tl&q ... ogle&meta=

There are also sites that sell unsold airline tickets at the last minute for empty seats that the airlines are rushing to fill, at very low prices. But I forgot the names of these sites. There were two big ones. One was very shoddy and unprofessional looking.

Anyone remember them?
I think you're talking about AirHitch & AirTech. The former is extremely unprofessional thanks to the site's staff.
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Re: Flying for almost nothing as an air courier or unsold ti

Postby Winston » Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:58 am

adam917 wrote:
WWu777 wrote:I have heard before that you can fly for almost nothing or free as an air courier by agreeing to deliver packages quickly for companies that find it cheaper to use an air courier than FedEx. But you have to agree to fly anywhere at the last minute.

Anyone ever look into that? Momopi, what do you know about this?

I guess here are some sites about this from google search:

http://www.google.com.ph/search?hl=tl&q ... ogle&meta=

There are also sites that sell unsold airline tickets at the last minute for empty seats that the airlines are rushing to fill, at very low prices. But I forgot the names of these sites. There were two big ones. One was very shoddy and unprofessional looking.

Anyone remember them?
I think you're talking about AirHitch & AirTech. The former is extremely unprofessional thanks to the site's staff.


W: Yes that's right. How do you know about those sites Ivy? Wow. I thought you only knew about cell phones. lol

Here is the site for AirHitch: http://www.airhitch.org/

And the site for AirTech: http://www.airtech.com/

Hey Ivy, AirHitch says you can be their campus representative for your school. Take a look:

http://www.airhitch.org/affil.htm
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Don't forget my HA Grand Ebook and Dating Sites!

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Postby momopi » Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:07 pm

I have zero experience in that field, but did find this article from last year:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21691542/

Air courier travel no longer a bargain
While companies face tough times, rock bottom fares have disappeared
By Alexander Basek and George Hobica
Aviation.com
updated 10:02 a.m. PT, Thurs., Nov. 8, 2007

"Get to Hong Kong or London for cheap," the pitch goes, "and all you have to do is accompany a package with some documents!"

It sounds like an opportunity that's too good to be true, and, of course, it is. Courier travel is hardly cheap these days, and courier companies are fast disappearing, victims of 9/11 and technology. A few remain, but like Madonna or George Michael, they are shadows of their former selves.

Today, documents route seamlessly via the Internet, while physical cargo (and travelers with one-way tickets) are scrutinized more closely than ever. Both these facts of modern-day life make for tough times at courier companies.

"Between new international trade agreements, post-9/11 air travel rules, and a surfeit of ways to find budget fares online, courier services are merely a barely surviving vestigial quirk of the old school of budget travel," said travel expert Reid Bramblett, founder of ReidsGuides.com.

There's even pressure from overnight delivery services: why send a courier to Hong Kong when FedEx has 30 frequencies weekly to China?

Even Kelly Monaghan, who wrote a highly regarded book on the subject, admits that, "Because of changes in the air freight industry and worldwide concerns about airline security in the wake of 9/11, air courier travel is, effectively, a thing of the past. Yes, there are still places that advertise 'courier' flights, but the prices they are asking are seldom competitive with those offered by airfare consolidators or bucket shops."

Getting squeezed from all sides, the remaining courier companies can't afford to offer the rock bottom fares of yore. Still, it's easy to get on board with one: call the couriers and announce that you're interested in traveling during a window of dates; they'll tell you if they have vacancies, and you purchase the ticket from them. But it'll cost more than you expect.

"Courier outfits promise anywhere from 30 to 85 percent off the going rate, but you end up spending what you would on a regular economy fare (sometimes, more), with far less control over your travel options," said Bramblett.

Take a look at the alert dated Jan. 1, 2005 on Courierlist.com. It tells pretty much the whole story: "We have suspended subscriptions to this Web site because we feel that it is not providing significant value or airfare discounts to travelers. Courier travel opportunities have always been scarce, but have become even more limited with decreased trade restrictions, increased security measures, and increased competition in the international freight industry."

Other sites catering to the would-be courier are less forthright. They charge membership fees for access to what they call "'secret airfares' the airlines prefer to keep quiet." One, not purely a courier-travel site, promises "daily FREE TICKET opportunities and much, much more," as well as a "triple guarantee." Isn't one guarantee enough?

Should you actually get a decent courier fare, most likely directly from an air shipping agency rather than through a third party, prepare for restrictions. You'll be expected to do a return run, you can't collect frequent flier points, and flights depart only from major cargo hubs (London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, Miami) so you'll have to pay your own way to reach one. Some couriers limit your baggage to carry-on.

Is it worth it? AirfareWatchdog.com compared a fare typically offered by a courier service with a last-minute fare available through regular channels. It found the courier fare after joining the International Association of Air Travel Couriers (IAATC), a site that charges $45 a year to access a list of courier companies and fares, to find out.

Jupiter Air, a Los-Angeles-based courier company with routes from San Francisco to Manila and LAX to Hong Kong, recently posted last-minute round-trip fares on its LAX-HKG leg for $500, routed through Narita on Japan Airlines. Meanwhile, a one-way ticket on China Airlines leaving within a week of the fare search ran $514 competitive, considering the pluses (luggage, companionship) that a non-courier ticket offers.

Bottom line: you'll probably do better waiting for fare sales listed on the top fare alert and listing sites.
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Re: Flying for almost nothing as an air courier or unsold ti

Postby adam917 » Sat Nov 15, 2008 6:21 am

WWu777 wrote:
adam917 wrote:
WWu777 wrote:I have heard before that you can fly for almost nothing or free as an air courier by agreeing to deliver packages quickly for companies that find it cheaper to use an air courier than FedEx. But you have to agree to fly anywhere at the last minute.

Anyone ever look into that? Momopi, what do you know about this?

I guess here are some sites about this from google search:

http://www.google.com.ph/search?hl=tl&q ... ogle&meta=

There are also sites that sell unsold airline tickets at the last minute for empty seats that the airlines are rushing to fill, at very low prices. But I forgot the names of these sites. There were two big ones. One was very shoddy and unprofessional looking.

Anyone remember them?
I think you're talking about AirHitch & AirTech. The former is extremely unprofessional thanks to the site's staff.


W: Yes that's right. How do you know about those sites Ivy? Wow. I thought you only knew about cell phones. lol

Here is the site for AirHitch: http://www.airhitch.org/

And the site for AirTech: http://www.airtech.com/

Hey Ivy, AirHitch says you can be their campus representative for your school. Take a look:

http://www.airhitch.org/affil.htm
I found them on DigiHitch.com - a site focused on hitch-hiking.

I also have interests in what are now considered to be alternative methods of travel such as rail, ships, & buses. Seat61.com, GoToBus.com, 2000coach.com, & having no money to fly last-minute is what got me into that.
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Postby Pearl_09 » Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:06 am

No I have no clue. I can ask someone from our Delivery service Minneapolis provider as they might be knowing it.
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Postby polya » Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:33 pm

Well, I'd want to check the couriered suitcase for a bomb or drugs first. I don't want to be another patsy like Lee Oswald...
Also, It's nor going to pay enough to stay in a hotel and fly home, so no thanks...
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