NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Wheels Up, the revolutionary membership-based private aviation company, today announced Wheels Up Connect, the third in a growing suite of membership options. The Wheels Up Connect Membership is an entirely new access point to flying private, and is tailored for people who are looking to make their foray into private aviation, or who are looking to complement their current flight solutions. Wheels Up Connect Members receive unlimited access to proposed Wheels Up Shared Flights, charter flight options on Wheels Up safety-vetted and verified aircraft through the Wheels Up Charter Marketplace, and limited Wheels Up Hot Flights – one-way, empty-leg flights that are posted daily for members. On-the-ground membership perks include a sought-after lifestyle platform anchored by once-in-a-lifetime events, Hot Nights from Inspirato and a complimentary FoundersCard Membership. Today, Wheels Up Connect Members pay a one-time initiation fee of $2,995, and annual dues of $2,495 (starting in year 2) to gain immediate access to their membership benefits via the Wheels Up App.
The newest membership tier adds to the current membership offerings of Wheels Up Core and Wheels Up Business, continuing the company's growth plan and vision to bring the safest and highest-quality private aviation available to the greater public and allow them to experience all the incredible in-air and on-ground experiences afforded by the membership.
Wheels Up has also released the Wheels Up Community, a new digital feature that gives all members exclusive access to communicate with one another, in order to coordinate flight sharing by discussing details for currently proposed shared flights or create new flights to share. This innovative feature allows Wheels Up Members to fly privately for less through the creation of a members-only community that will increase Shared Flight opportunities.
"We're excited to make flying private accessible to more people through our Connect Membership," said Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up. "The goal is to leverage our proprietary technology to make it as easy to book a private airplane as it is to book an Uber or Airbnb."
Since its launch in 2013, Wheels Up has seen rapid and exponential growth across all areas of its business. In just over five years, the company has expanded to serve more than 5,000 members who have access to a members-only fleet of close to 100 aircraft and a network of 1000+ Wheels Up safety-vetted and verified off-fleet aircraft.
For more information on Wheels Up and its membership options, please visit: https://www.wheelsup.com/.
About Wheels Up
Wheels Up is a revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that significantly reduces the upfront costs to fly privately, while providing unparalleled flexibility, service and safety. Created and led by renowned entrepreneur Kenny Dichter, Wheels Up provides Core Members and Business Members with guaranteed access up to 365 days a year to a members-only fleet of King Air 350i, Citation Excel/XLS and Citation X aircraft. Wheels Up Members can also make use of the Charter Marketplace for safety-vetted and verified off-fleet aircraft in North America and Europe. With the cutting-edge Wheels Up App, members can seamlessly book flights, manage their accounts, participate in ride-share opportunities and select Hot Flights, a vast selection of one-way "empty-leg" flights that are posted daily to the app and updated in real time. Members also have access to Wheels Down, a program featuring exclusive events and experiences, unique partner benefits and a full-service luxury concierge.
*Wheels Up acts as agent for Wheels Up Members and is not the operator of the program aircraft; FAA licensed, and DOT registered air carriers participating in the program exercise full operational control of all flights offered by or arranged through Wheels Up. All aircraft owned or leased by Wheels Up are leased to the operating air carrier and are operated exclusively by that air carrier.
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