Airmule

Earn money while flying by selling excess luggage allowance.

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Airmule is the world's largest on-board courier platform. Our travelers earn money during their flights by selling most or all of their excess luggage allowance.

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Reviews

  • Pros: 

    Cheap flights

    Cons: 

    risk of going to jail for drug trafficking

    You are solely responsible of what you bring into a country. If this happens to contain illegal items - you're the one going to jail. Doesn't matter how good your screening is - it is never worth the risk.

    David Ackermann has never used this product.
  • Juho SAll great roads go through PH
    Pros: 

    Good looking UI

    Cons: 

    sign-up form has a bug: doesn't allow to proceed if there's a dot between first and last name

    Would like to see more clearly the differentiation to another operator in the market; Grabr

    Juho S has used this product for one day.

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Caitlin Northup@caitlin_northup
This sort of terrifies me, yet also oddly intrigues me.....
Jared SchwitzkeMakerHiring@jschwitzke
@caitlin_northup Anything I can help answer?
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
I'm curious how you avoid drug trafficking, @roryfelton.
Renato Rotsztejn@renatorotsztejn · Curious person who loves new products
@roryfelton @rrhoover Not just drugs but also any illegal item. How do you guys solve this issue?
Jared SchwitzkeMakerHiring@jschwitzke
@rrhoover @renatorotsztejn Our model inherently prevents this kind of activity. We're not a platform that allows just anybody to ship through our service. Our shipping providers are those with a high-frequency need for daily/weekly/monthly international express shipping, nearly all of which happen to be in the e-commerce space. The items we receive are typically purchased online by our shipping partners' end users in the US or China.
Shlok Vaidya@shloky · Sr. Product Manager at Planview, Writer
@rrhoover @renatorotsztejn @jschwitzke Frankly, you need a better answer on this. My background is in counterterrorism and this sets off a bunch of alarm bells. The primary question, what controls are in place to track the 'chain of evidence'/audit trail for the boxes and what was inside them? Can you tell me with 100% certainty who has touched a box and why along the way? How do you verify the box received is the same as the box originally given? Example: Drugs are easy to hide between two layers of cardboard and printing boxes, as you know, is trivial, especially in China. Given your focus on 'high frequency shippers' your exposure to manipulation is vastly increased.
Jared SchwitzkeMakerHiring@jschwitzke
@shloky Appreciate your response. And please excuse the brevity, but bulleted feedback here: - we partner with TSA certified shipping companies - yes, we can tell you every individual who has touched a container along the way - we manually screen each received item as an added measure - we document each item as it's received and delivered (photographs) - each container is sealed with security tape before traveler check in - we intentionally operate only via checked luggage (checked luggage go through enhanced security measures before being loaded onto a plane) - all travelers receive digital manifests (photos and descriptions) - our travelers are allowed to inspect their containers
Davis Baer@daviswbaer · Maker of Can You Wear My Companys Shirt?
I recently heard Airmule on this podcast: http://extrapackofpeanuts.com/fl... Seems like a pretty awesome idea - make money by putting your extra luggage space to use. Hope to see them in more airports soon. They are currently operating in airports in the Bay area, LA, and NYC, for international flights to and from China.
Jared SchwitzkeMakerHiring@jschwitzke
@daviswbaer Thanks for the share!
Steven Rueter@rueter · Developer
It’s so funny, because when working on Kindred we considered pivoting to exactly the premise of this app—it’s so hard to get proper Vegemite here in the States, and those German chocolates that I like. People had all kinds of things they wanted but couldn’t get where they lived. The idea is good, because it’s all about filling a market inefficiency by maximizing unused space. But the name...oh, the name...you must obviously be aware of its implication...and the fact that “mules”—the drug smuggling kind—are usually desperate victims of poverty, oppression, and manipulation, so I don’t really get trust from the name.
Jared SchwitzkeMakerHiring@jschwitzke
@rueter The name is definitely polarizing, we can admit. But in the defense of our founding team (many of whom were born in China), the term "mule" in China has a drastically different connotation than it does here in the United States. To be labeled a "mule" in China refers mainly to one's sturdiness, work ethic and durability.
Rory FeltonHunter@roryfelton · Co-founder, Airmule
Hello Product Hunt community. I am the co-founder of Airmule, enabling travelers to earn cash sharing their extra luggage space. Senders ship for less than half the price of shipping companies, and travelers earn money, often covering the airline ticket, shipping items for others. We founded Airmule last year to enable anyone to travel the world cheaply or for free. Security measures are in place including: Users verify identification offline and online, travelers inspect every item before traveling, and a credit card or U.S. bank account is required. Each transaction, along with item photos and geo-location, is recorded. Senders do not get paid until the item is confirmed by recipient. Travelers from USA to China are earning north of $500 per trip. If you download the app, you'll see a bunch of trips listed from Los Angeles - Beijing, Shanghai, and other cities already. If you are traveling, feel free to list your trip and receive a $75 bonus for your first time (Promo Code: AM75 redeemable at airmule.com/fly). If you need to ship, search of a traveler headed to your shared destination. I'm happy to answer your questions.