I’ve personally lost my luggage a few times. Once was during a ski trip and I will argue that this could be worst scenarios. A ski trip isn’t like a trip to the beach where you just need some shorts and flip flops. For a ski trip, you have all sorts of winter gear. Let’s just say, it can put a real damper on the trip.
The good news is that lost baggage incidents have dropped dramatically over the past decade. According to airline information technology company SITA, only 6 bags per 1000 passengers were mishandled last year. That’s a 70% improved from 10 years ago. What’s even more encouraging is that new technology is going to make the rate of lost baggage further decrease.
While all that is good news, for the thousands of unlucky ones, there is a small encouraging change that may help. One airline is trying to make suitcase recovery a little quicker and easier for its passengers. Delta airlines, one of the major airlines in the United States, has partnered with Roadie, a delivery service that connects business with nearby drivers that can make local and long distance delivered for them.
It’s a really creative concept. Passengers that at the airport anyways can load up with Roadie app and check for “gigs” and deliver lost baggage on their way home to earn some extra cash. It’s a win-win-win. Delta doesn’t have to pay people to just hang around the airports and the overhead associated with it. Drivers can make some easy money and drop off a bag along their way. And those with lost luggage will hopefully get their items even sooner.
So how do I signup? All you need to do is visit the Roadie website and register as a driver. Then you download their app to find with “gigs” that are available at their airport.
So the most important question. How much can I make delivering luggage? Luggage deliveries can make anywhere between $10 and $50 for local deliveries and over $600 for long distance deliveries (not too shabby!).
I’ll be definitely checking this service out during my next visit to the airport, which hopefully will be in the very near future.