Affordable Travel Guide to Air Courier Flights

Old way of getting cheap flights has lost its shine

Air Courier Flights

Before the airline industry changed post 9/11 and before the internet revolutionized the transfer of documents, courier companies had to basically buy expensive cargo space on airplanes to transport envelopes and packages. They quickly figured out that a seat could come cheaper and so they purchased airline tickets, sold them at huge discounts (as much as 85% off) to people who just wanted to travel and didn’t care where or when, and had them carry the package with them.

Now with dedicated overnight services, such as FedEx, that operate their own airplanes, not to mention the increased use of the internet and, decreased international trade restrictions, increased security and regular passenger fares being far more competitive… The list goes on, and air courier travel has all but died. The favored website for news on opportunities as an air courier, The Air Courier List, has closed to subscriptions because they understand that it is no longer a widely viable method of getting cheap airfares.

It always came with restrictions, and sometimes the air travel couriers had to find their own return flights. There were limits, too, on the amount of baggage you can take on board or check in, depending on what was being couriered (a small envelope or a large parcel). But the price was right, and during the heyday of air courier travel, a lot of young (mostly male) people found a way to see the world at a fraction of the cost of a regular airfare.

There are still a few specialty courier companies that use people as couriers and sometimes this is in the assistance of transporting, for instance, extremely valuable or fragile goods that cannot be risked in a cargo environment. If you are interested in finding out who still uses individuals to aid in courier shipment in the cabin of airplanes, call your local international couriers and tell them you’re interested. Be sure your passport and other travel documents are current and that you don’t have legal “baggage”, for example, a criminal record. Given the courier company dates that you are available to travel and you never know where you might end up as an air courier.

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