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1. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 8y

In order to save some money on my next trip to Europe, I'm considering flying courier. So I'm wondering if there is anyone on travellerspoint who has done this . . . What was your experience like? What were some of the positives and negatives? Which company did you use? How exactly did you go about setting this up? Is it as simple as it appears in the movie Eurotrip where they just walk up to a counter and annouce they would like to fly courier?

Any help about this matter would be greatly appreciated!


2. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

I did the air courier thing once from the UK to Australia a couple of years ago, the company i did it with have since stopped doing this route.

Once you get a contact(courier company) it's very simple, no checks or anything like that, and i did it after 9/11 (2005)..... So my contact would email me a list of possilble courier jobs and bascially it was first come first served(who ever replied to the email first).

I got about 1/3 off the price of my ticket.

Finding out about it was very hard, a lot of google searching and then some more, took ages..

I think i booked my ticket with them about 1 week before i left...

All i was given was a time and an area to meet a guy at heathrow, he handed me a small package with some instructions, first drop off Tokyo, on route, i had no idea where my contact in Tokyo was, and the front desk people had no idea either, and i only had about 1 hours there i think, i ended up just walking about asking anyone who looked like an airport worker and after about 15 mins somebody finally knew who i was supposed to see. I kind of assumed beforehand that the Japanese would all speak English, not many do..

Handed the guy the package, he read it, he then handed my something back which i had to drop off in Sydney, pretty relieved at this stage that i had successfully completed part of what i was supposed to do, the Sydney drop off was a bit easier....

And i did same on the way back, finally dopping off again in London.

My instruction were really vague though i was left to my own inititave......

It was pretty exciting i have to say as was first big trip i've ever done.....added a bit of adventure to it..

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 9, 2008, at 8:57 AM by andy11 ]

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1997 posts) 8y

I think you'll find that most courier services have been replaced with the likes of FedEx!

4. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 8y

Thanks to those who posted . . . andy11, thank you for your experience of travelling by courier. It does sound like an adventure, which is partially what I'm looking for, as well as cheap tickets . .. Who did you courier with?

Also, I've heard of The International Association of Air Travel Couriers on . Has anyone used them and would know whether they are reputable, or how to go about doing this? Scouring the internet doesn't really seem appealling to me, though I will do it if it becomes necessary. What I'm really hoping is that Fed Ex really hasn't zapped courier's into oblivion! Isn't it less expensive to send things via a human courier than through pricey Fed Ex, though? (Considering mailing a simple letter through Fed Ex could put you back $20 Canadian- outrageous!) It guess maybe not when you factor in the cost of paying for part or all of someone else's plane ticket . .. . whatever . .. I'm going off topic....

Still, I'm not giving up!


5. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

Found this, list of couirer compaines, you will just need to email them all and see if they offer once off air courier jobs,

But i think the air couirer thing has washed out with most compaines now....

I am assuming your in Canada as that where your location on your profile says!

6. Posted by NewbieRus (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y

do u know any in russia?
why not fly somewher cheap but of course only to the contries where i would not need a visa:)

7. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

Quoting NewbieRus

do u know any in russia?
why not fly somewher cheap but of course only to the contries where i would not need a visa:)

Your best bet is to try here,

they probably require you to sign up though, ie pay a registration fee......

Also search 'air courier' in ebay and there are a couple of guides(books) you can buy...might be worth a look.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 14, 2008, at 12:25 PM by andy11 ]

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Air courier is a western thing. I am not sure it is done in Russia. If it is done I assume it is mostly done within Russia, say for a company that needs to get things from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok very fast.

In regards to cheap flights from Russia, where in Russia are you and which countries are you interested in?

Visa-free access for Russian passport holders

Iran and Turkey would be great choices IMO.

9. Posted by NewbieRus (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y

thanks t_maia.

i live in Belgorod, 700 km to the south of moscow.

i m not interested in any particluar country, just was curious (had never heard of it before) and thought i could also do it from time to time

10. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 8y

Hello again,

So I have been doing some checking around on the Internet, and I've found a few things out. First of all, I went to to see if they were really a legitimate way to fly courier. Though I haven't spoken to anyone who has actually flown with them, they sound reasonable. In fact, they guarantee that you will get a flight. At this moment, they have a Christmas sale on which will get you a membership of one or two years at half price. It seems to me like a good idea to try it. What do you think? Am I wasting my time? The flight that I'm trying to get is from Calgary to London, or to somewhere in western Europe, if not London. Is this an unreasonable quest? Should I throw in the towel and just grin and bear my $1000+ ticket?

Thanks to anyone who replies!