Tap that App: Airmule

By Jocelyn Richards, July 14, 2017

2 0

Tap That App is a monthly segment where we feature an app our editors think is cool.

Flying to and from China just got significantly cheaper. 

We’re talking USD199-400 for roundtrip airfare between China and the US on major commercial airlines. And yes – it’s legal.

Thanks to Airmule, a new web app built in Los Angeles that launched this past March, travelers can now sell their luggage space to certified shipping companies for cash.

It works like this: list your flight info on airmule.com (or opt to book a flight directly through the site) and if there’s a demand for a courier on those flights, you may choose to sell one or both of your allocated spaces for checked bags, earning USD150 per bag. Sell both of your luggage spaces flying to and from your destination and you will earn up to USD600.

Cofounded by Rory Felton and Sean Yang in late 2015, Airmule is currently available for anyone flying out of Beijing or Shanghai to the US or vice versa. In the near future, the service will expand to include Guangzhou and Shenzhen, as well as more cities worldwide.

“Our mission as a company is to be global, so within a short period of time we hope to be servicing many countries all over the world,” Felton told us over a WeChat call. “We’re trying to enable everyone to travel the world for the lowest price possible.”

"Our goal is to dramatically reduce the cost of international travel by disrupting a stagnant, multi-billion dollar shipping industry"

Airmule lets travelers act as couriers on behalf of TSA certified shippers, which have actually been transporting goods on commercial airlines for years – this is nothing new.

The experience for travelers is a breeze: prepackaged, inspected luggage is handed to you at the airport and is 100-percent guaranteed safe for travel. When you arrive at your destination, a shipping representative will meet you at the airport to receive the luggage. And that's it!

You’ll find a chunk of money deposited into your bank account within 24-48 hours of completing the trip.

Felton says the web app – which is currently only available in English and US dollars – will soon be localized to include Mandarin and offer payments in renminbi. A mobile app is also in the works.

For anyone concerned about applying for a Chinese visa – or traveling in country upon arrival – Airmule can help with that too.

“We’re trying to help our travelers to make sure they have a really great experience,” says Felton. “We’ve already brought thousands of Americans out to China who had never thought they would go. And so, I feel like we’re almost creating this cultural bridge between the countries – or just contributing to the bridge that already exists – and it’s been so exciting to do that.”

Want to give Airmule a try? Visit airmule.com to get started.

For more Tap that App, click here.

more news

5 Carry-On Items You Need to Survive International Flights

Jetting off somewhere exciting this summer? Don't forget to pack these essentials in your carry-on!

Beijing-Shanghai Flights Just Got More Expensive

Bad news for frequent fliers between Beijing and Shanghai: your airfare is about to get a little bit pricier.

3 Days at MGM Cotai in Macao PLUS Flights Just ¥3,180

Travel to Asia's most glamorous travel destination with this unbeatable deal.

3 Days at JW Marriott Macau PLUS Flights Just ¥2,800

Travel to Asia's most glamorous travel destination with this absolute steal of a deal.

2 Nights at Sheraton Grand Macau PLUS Flights Just ¥2,745

Want to travel to the most glamorous island in Asia without breaking the bank?

3 Days in Macau + Flights From Just RMB2,390

An unbeatable deal for some fun in the sun.

Come Out and Learn the Joy of Playing Touch Rugby

Adriana Sports is offering touch rugby sessions.

Covet: Un Garcon Charmant

Who's behind the streetwear brand?

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at Thats_Shanghai for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shanghai With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Shanghai!

Visit the archives