It’s happening, shoppers will be able to buy private jet memberships at Costco. The hugely popular wholesale retailer is offering its members a 12-month subscription to a private jet service Wheels Up.

The private jet membership is priced at $17,499.99 and also includes a $3,500 Costco (COST) Shop Card a $4,000 flight credit and access to exclusive events. The Washington Post reports that Wheels Up, lets members use their jets at an hourly rate.

Purchasing the membership promises nationwide availability guaranteed every day and account management. The Wheels Up aircrafts offer in-flight WiFi, Gogo services for calls and texts, a lavatory and a refreshment center.

Wheels Up has a fleet of 300 private aircraft as well as 1,250 partner aircraft.

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The company has also ramped up health and safety guidelines. There are various procedures including the Safe Passage program which includes COVID-19 screening, testing, and monitoring for employees, as well as enhanced sanitization procedures like spraying an antimicrobial shield every month, thorough cleaning between flights, and enhanced HEPA filters that deliver fresh air into the cabin every three minutes.

Perhaps one unforeseen consequence of the pandemic is the rise of concepts like Wheels Up. Those able to afford it, consider private jets as a way of avoiding contact with others and minimising risks of coming into contact with viruses and COVID-19. 

To find out more about the private jet membership, visit the Costco website.

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