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Free Flights As An Air Courier?  
User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4578 posts, RR: 31
Posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5391 times:

A few years ago, I read something about students and travellers who got free airline trips because they acted as couriers for companies, carrying paperwork, diamonds, contracts and other expensive or fragile stuff around. Does anyone know if couriers like that are still in demand? Does anyone know organizations you can apply for stuff like that? Or doesn't it exist anymore now UPS, FedEx and DHL have very efficient courier services?
Any information is welcomed

nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5352 times:

Just like going on a biz trip except your briefcase is handcuffed to your arm. But you gotta watch out for the guys that will cut your hand off the second you leave the airport to get the briefcase... hehe, some of that is fiction, but some is fact. Don't know about job openings...

User currently offlineUALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined exactly 16 years ago today! , 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5346 times:

(Not Flyf15's post).

But courier travel is legitimate, even though it's relatively unknown. (that's a good thing).

I have a close friend that's registered with Now Voyager (located in NYC). There are also a few others such as Jupiter and WorldCour (not sure if that one is still around though). It goes something like this: You must already have a passport, you then register with the company for an annual fee (like, maybe $100/yr. or so). In addition to that fee, you pay a relatively small fee for the actual flight. You then call the company to tell them where you'd like to go and when (usually at a last-minute basis). They usually have special fights already arranged. All you have to do is tell them you're interested.

Almost all courier flights take you to intl destinations primarily. My friend used Now Voyager to go from DTW to NRT. They booked him on NW. He paid something like $500rt for last minute travel. He told me that the item he was accompanying was a document, of which he never saw or held. (It goes into the cargo hold even before you arrive at the gate). When he arrived at NRT he simply met a representative at the gate and signed a form.

From my understanding, the purpose for businesses using couriers is that many of the items are required to be accompanied by someone on the flight. It's much less expensive for that company to avoid using its own employees just for this purpose. That's where the courier travel service comes in. They act as a middle-man between the company and the traveling public, of which the company needs for the transport of their important documents or other small cargo.

Call up some of the courier companies and see for yourself. The Village Voice has listings of the companies every week in its travel section.

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