Passengers with Air France departing from Paris Charles de Gaulle can now pay to drop off and check in their baggage from hotels, event sites, home or office, and have it delivered directly to their final destination.
The new paid for service means that Air France passengers can check-in and drop their bags in 3 minutes in Paris city centre and then get it back at their destination.
Like all similar services at other airports, the baggage undergoes security checks at every stage of the process before being loaded onto the flight.
Passengers can use the “follow my bag” tool in the Air France app to track their baggage to the airport and then to their destination.
This service is available from 30 hours up to 4 hours before the flight’s departure, depending on the baggage drop-off location.
It costs 25 euros for one bag and 10 euros per additional bag (depending on the passenger’s free baggage allowance).
It is available on all flights operated by Air France from Paris-Charles de Gaulle – except for flights to Tel Aviv.
Benefits for passengers include:
- They can travel (possibly) hands free
- skip the check-in and bag drop queues at the airport
Plans are afoot to introduce several additional services, including:
- off airport bag drop for flights departing from Paris Orly
- baggage check-in from home
- baggage delivery on arrival
How it works
Passengers can’t just turn up at a bag drop location.
They have to book a 10 minute time slot at a specific location, from 30 hours up to 4 hours before the flight’s departure, to drop the bags.
And they must have a boarding pass at least two hours before arriving at the off airport bag drop.
At the bag drop, passengers present the bags, personal ID and boarding pass to the agent there. Then they weigh, check-in, and tag their baggage at a kiosk.
The agent seals the bags and delivers them directly to Air France at CDG airport.
(My understanding why you have to book the specific slot is so that the company can send people there. It looks like it is not a permanent staffed location.)
Where can I use it?
It is currently available in eight locations around Paris:
- 5 ACCOR hotels in the city centre – Novotel Tour Eiffel, Mercure Tour Eiffel, Novotel Les Halles, Mercure Montparnasse and Pullman Bercy
- 3 exhibition sites for major trade fairs – Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Villepinte Exhibition Centre and the Palais des Congrès convention centre
More baggage drop-off points will soon be available in Paris.
The company behind the service is called Alltheway and was founded in 2022. Surprisingly, it is French.