Costco is selling private jet membership for $17,500
Traveling by plane has become a whole lot harder over the last eight months unless, that is, you can afford to fly private. I haven't had the pleasure but it is my understanding that you simply show up five minutes (figure of speech) before take-off and you're good to go. The good news is, if you happen to have around $18,000 lying around, Costco is selling a private jet membership.
All levity aside, let's talk about it for a second. While you're still obviously subject to IATA regulations and regulations put in place by individual countries/airports, by flying private you're getting rid of 90% of the hassle. Private jets are more or less always allowed to fly unless your destination country specifically and completely closes down its airspace. Speaking of, have you ever used a private jet? I'd like to learn more about it so feel free to share in the comments.
Back to the offer in question. Costco is basically selling an all-inclusive package which costs a lot of money but also includes a few interesting perks. They've teamed up with Wheels Up Core Private Aviation to offer a one year membership, which comes with guaranteed nationwide aircraft availability up to 365 days a year, as long as you book 24 hours in advance.
The Costco membership, which costs $17,499,99 also includes aa one-year Inspirato Membership (a luxury vacation club), a $3,500 Costco Shop Card and a $4,000 flight credit among other things. The bad news is the membership does not include the cost of flights, even though you do get a $4,000 flight credit. According to The Points Guy, an American travel platform, hiring a mid-size private aircraft costs anywhere between $4,500 to $7,500.
It's a lot of cash, let's be honest, but it's much cheaper, I mean less expensive, than it would be under normal circumstances. I believe this membership targets high-spending customers who wouldn't normally fly private but would ordinarily fly business or first class. That's my best guess. What are your thoughts?