You may remember that a few weeks ago I was complaining that it was fucking impossible to find a nice holiday to go on for half term YES I KNOW BOO HOO POOR ME – the first person to say “First World Problems” gets shot okay? That was funny the first time someone said it and it’s not funny now and you sound like a pub bore quoting Mark and Lard when you say it so can we all have an amnesty on the “First World Problems” comeback please, thanks.
Where was I – oh yes you may be luckier than me and have sorted yourself out for this half term. In addition to this you may have been aware over the summer of the existence of a service called “AirPortr“, which is where you can have your bags picked up at your house, checked in and then you see them again at the carousel at your destination airport. It’s not a courier service and your bags fly on the same flight that you do.
Obviously being a solutions freak, prepared to throw any amount of money at anything that will make my life easier or more efficient, I love this idea – especially as we had a moment this summer where Giles left our large suitcase on the Gatwick Express and had to run back down the escalators and force open the train doors to get it back. I mean I feel actually physically sick with stress when I recall it. The kids were crying, everyone was standing around and pointing… anyway so anything to avoid that sort of shit is fine by me.
AS IT HAPPENS Kate B, long time Spiker, is doing the PR for AirPortr and wants to offer Spikers, that’s you, 15% off to try the service. The code is BAGSFLY15 and you get 15% off until 31st December this year.
I quizzed her over the phone about how many bags have been lost since the service started (about 4 years ago… I think, is that’s right, Kiki?) and she said she didn’t know but that she did know that 75,000 bags have safely been delivered. Which I thought was just the sort of perfect thing a PR person ought to say.
- You can choose between 1 and 3 hour slots for collection
- Your bags can be collected up to 7 hours before you fly
- Costs start from £30
- Once your bag is off you can track it online until you pick it up
It’s being trialled at the moment in London and the South East (you can find out on the website if you’re close enough to get a pick up) and on the airlines easyJet, British Airways, American Airlines or Finnair from either Heathrow or Gatwick. They have plans to expand the service.
I kind of wish we were going away now just to try this out.
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Anyone tried this? Leave a comment in the handy box below.