Weighing up the benefits of flying as an air courier.

Luggage And Documents

A few years ago courier flights, where you deliver paperwork or important documents for a company, were cheap or even free. But it is now a popular way to travel, with many budget travellers cottoning onto the opportunities. There are however downside to it which must be taken into consideration before you sign up to be a courier.

Although tickets aren't as cheap as they used to be, there are still some bargains to be had, it just takes a lot more work finding them, with a definite need to be very flexible, and in the right place at the right time - The best time to be a courier is generally during the quiet time after Christmas through to beginning of March. During Christmas and summer, prices usually remain high as there's never a shortage of people willing to do the job. If you're looking to fund a trip during normal holiday periods, you're probably going to be wasting your time!


If you're looking for a set two-week break from the office, and can't just leave at a moments notice, then courier flights won't be for you. But if you have plenty of flexibility, it's a wonderful way to save cash and see the world.


You really need to weigh up all of the downsides of courier flights against the simple upside of saving money. if you're only saving 30% of the flight cost, it really may not be worthwhile to put up with the extra effort of dressing smartly, dealing with the documents, paying to join courier associations, and regularly checking up on the deals, but if you intend to do a lot of travelling, and are totally set on finding the big discount fares, it can prove a real moneysaver.


If your looking for other flight options check out www.skyauction.com or www.hotwire.com both offer great deals on flights.

What is an air courier?

An air courier is simply a person who carries shipping documents on international flights for a courier company in exchange for a reduction in the price of the ticket. Picking the documents up prior to boarding the flight, and dropping them off at the other end.

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