Costco Offers Private Jet Membership, But It's No Bargain
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Costco, a discount shopper's dream of bulk ketchup, free samples, and food court hotdogs that have a cult following, has a new deal it hopes its travel-starved members will cash in on.
But it's no steal.
The wholesale retailer is offering a 12-month subscription to a private jet charter service, Wheels Up – for the not-so-bargain price of US$17,499.99.
The subscription price includes perks like a $3,500 Costco Shop Card, a $4,000 flight credit, access to exclusive events and a membership with Inspirato, a luxury travel subscription service.
But it doesn't include the actual flight. The membership that costs as much as some people's mortgages just gives you access to book the flight – and all those "perks."
To actually fly, members can either "pay as they fly" or buy an additional "Fund Program" that provides lower rates and lower billable fly times.
There is a "budget" option. For nearly $2,000, customers can purchase a year-long membership without the extras of the Costco shopping card, flight credit or luxury vacation membership.
With Christmas coming up, some Costco members might add it to their shopping cart along with their year's supply of toilet paper to give to a lucky loved one.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.