NYC Travel Just Got A Whole Lot Easier Thanks To The Sky Caps

You’ve heard the name but you may not know what they do.



Well, I’ll tell you. Would you like to be crowned king or queen at the airport, for a mere pittance? Money talks and your money walks or rather the Sky Caps with your luggage to the airplane whilst being handed a boarding pass. That pass allows you to roam free until boarding.

Why wait with disgruntled passengers running late (often myself) when you can slip a few dollars to the cap man – or woman – in awe. The fee is nominal ($5 per piece of luggage plus tip). The service is remarkable. Not all airlines offer Sky Caps but I offer this story as advice in my defense.

Sky Caps are subcontracted by airlines and located curbside. It is in their best interest to treat you and your luggage well in order to hold their contract with the airline. They have my personal approval level of individual security and are pleasant. Pleasant is a key word. When you are a New Yorker and generally arrive to the airport at a peek level of stress unbeknownst to human kind, Sky Caps are your new best friend.



After your pleasant experience and remittance of drama thanks to your new best friend(s), you will have free time to explore other areas of the terminal and experience what you could not accomplish before you arrived. Being female I usually look for a manicure-pedicure, perhaps even a haircut. Men do as well. This may result in a shoeshine for either. Sky Caps are a luxury worth every penny. You will feel rich as Trump. Affording time. 

One last piece of advice: volunteer your carry-on luggage to be checked in at the gate. We all know the cost of checking a bag. Most flights are over booked. A dirty little secret: the fee is waived when they are overbooked. You didn’t hear this from me.

Bless the Sky Caps! You will understand the point of my point of view when your luggage arrives at baggage claim.

About the Author: This is a guest post written by Anne Edris, owner of NYC’s East Village Bed & Coffee.



12 Responses to “NYC Travel Just Got A Whole Lot Easier Thanks To The Sky Caps”

  1. I stopped using Sky Caps sometime ago, you make me want to look into using them again. Freedom to roam is definitely worth more than 5 bucks!
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  2. Cindy Jacks says:

    I wholeheartedly agree, Jess. Love the Sky Caps! They’re totally worth the expenditure.
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  3. sounds like a great service. I’ll look out for it when and if I get myself to the US!
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  4. This is a great tip! Thanks! So much traveling lately has me so weary lugging backpacks and laptop bags everywhere. Phew!
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  5. Cari Lorine says:

    I would absolutely use this service! I hate carrying all of my luggage through the airport. What a pain! I’d much rather leave it with these guys (or gals, as you say) and go have a drink at the bar! Great post!
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    • Used York City says:

      Agree! Anything to make the airport experience more enjoyable gets a gold star in my book!:-)

  6. Hi Anne–

    Thanks for the carry-on tip (that I didn’t hear from you!).

    I completely agree that money spent on more “roam” time, or less waiting in line, is money well spent. This is embarrassing, but after a stressful, nailbiter of an experience at LAX, I vowed not to travel for a year.

    Thankfully, I’m back.

    Bless the Sky Caps, yes!
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    • Used York City says:

      We’re so happy to have you back in the travel game, Linda! Every time I have a horrendous airport experience I vow the same thing…thankfully the destinations tend to make up for it;-)