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What could be better than flying ‘for free’ using miles and points, well how about flying ‘for free’ on a private plane? Okay I am keeping a healthy dose of skepticism on this one for now, but I went for it, so I’ll share it here in case it isn’t ‘too good to be true’ but actually works out!
JetSmarter is advertising that they will give a three-month Simple membership to anyone who has 1,000,000 frequent flyer miles or credit card points in one program or elite status with a major airline. This three month membership will give you:
- Complimentary single-seat bookings on posted JETSHUTTLE routes worldwide
- Complimentary single-seat bookings on empty-leg JETDEALS for spontaneous getaways
- Access to on-demand whole aircraft PRIVATECHARTERS for you and your friends
- Access to on-demand SHAREDCHARTERS customized to suit your schedule and shared with fellow members
Details on exactly what counts and what doesn’t qualify for the promotion are a little sparse, but going through some of @JetSmarter’s responses on Twitter the following seem to be true:
- It must be a million miles/points in a single program, but it can be your current balance or a lifetime balance as long as you can prove it.
- The airline elite status level you need seems to be a top tier status, though that isn’t expressly stated.
- The free three month membership provided is Simple Membership.
- Under the promotion you’d be able to bring up to one guest, depending on seat availability.
I’ve never flown in a private plane and know a very minimal amount about JetSmarter, but I know enough to throw my hat in the ring for this.
If you read this post you know that our recent drive to San Antonio wasn’t my all-time favorite six hours, but a quick look in the JetSmarter app shows that I could get two seats in a Learjet to fly from Houston to San Antonio tomorrow “for free” with a Simple membership, and otherwise seats are $108 each. That would have been a-maz-ing.
I seriously doubt my lifestyle would match up very well with utilizing last minute private jets, but if I was able to get a flight or two out of this, that sounds like a ton of fun and certainly worth sending in an email and screen shot. If you have a top tier elite status or a million miles or points either in an account, or you can show a lifetime total of 1,000,000 miles or points in one account, then you can theoretically follow these steps to try to get three months of free JetSmarter membership:
- Download the free JetSmarter app, and complete the in-app registration.
- Send a photo or short video that provides verifiable proof that you meet the requirements for this offer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email must contain your first and last name, and phone number.
- They will notify you as soon as your free membership has been activated.
The terms indicate that this offer is valid until July 1, 2017, but I would act sooner rather than later just in case.
Thanks to Angelina Travels for first spotting this crazy offer.
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