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Last week I shared news of a seemingly ‘too good to be true’ offer from JetSmarter that awarded three months of free private jet membership for those who could prove they have top tier airline elite status, or 1,000,000 miles and points, or even a lifetime earning total where you have already spent some of the miles but could prove you earned them at some point. It was really a pretty generous offering and I did not expect it to last very long; sure enough the landing page for the offer is now down. In truth, it lasted longer than I expected.
For those who got in on the crazy offer before it ended, the good news is those requests for three free months of private jet access seem to be processing just fine. Okay, so I guess it wasn’t free, instead they charged $1. After paying the $1 invoice my membership is now active and ready for me to jump on a free private flight that works with my schedule. Is that crazy or what?! No really, I’ve seen crazy things, but this is near the top of the list.
The simple membership that is included in this offer does naturally have limitations. You can’t charter your own private flight for free, or utilize the longer 3+ hour shuttle services, to fly transcon flights or New York – London for free. However, you can book a free seat on most scheduled shuttles under 3 hours such as:
- New York – Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC
- Los Angeles – San Francisco, Las Vegas
- Miami – Bahamas
- Orlando – Miami
- London – Paris
- Paris – Nice
I was hoping the Houston – Dallas shuttle route would be included as it is obviously under 3 hours and was something I could certainly make use of, but it seems that there are currently no scheduled shuttle flights on that route. If you are the one to initiate the shuttle (essentially a shared charter) you have to shell out over $2,300 for the first two seats on the flight. However if someone else initiates that shuttle flight, then other JetSmarter members can hop on ‘for free’. In other words, you need to stalk the app….which I have been doing to an embarrassing degree.
The most exciting included free options with this level of JetSmarter membership are the ones that will be the least predictable via their ‘deals’ section. With these deals you can sometimes get up to two free seats on last minute open legs such as New York – Montreal, Nassau – Ft. Lauderdale, Austin – Tuscon, Cleveland – Ft. Lauderdale, Miami – Chicago, etc. These flights seem to be within the next 36 hours and you never know what will pop up. Those examples given are all ones available today, so tomorrow there will be a whole new round of flights available.
Keep in mind that lots of times the airports served may not be the larger airports you are used to but instead the smaller secondary airports. For example, it may say New York, but the airports are not usually LaGuardia, JFK, or Newark but instead are typically places like Teterboro, While Plains, Trenton, Farmingdale, etc.
I still can’t believe I can theoretically get on a private plane this afternoon for no out of pocket cost just because of miles and points. However, since I live near Houston and not in a hotspot like New York or South Florida my ability to hop on the included flights will be minimal, but I still have three months to make it happen and I fully intend on doing that and sharing the experience with you guys!
Anyone else get in on this deal? How do you plan to put it to use?