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It looks like you really can buy anything at Costco.
The wholesale retailer is offering its members a 12-month subscription to private jet service Wheels Up. It's priced at a hefty fee of $17,499.99 (it's a private jet membership, after all), but it includes a $3,500 Costco Shop Card, a $4,000 flight credit and access to exclusive events.
Subscribers will also receive a one-year membership to Inspirato, which offers luxury vacation rentals, along with "guaranteed nationwide aircraft availability up to 365 days a year." That means you can book a flight with as little as 24 hours notice.
But there's a catch. The $17,500 includes the right to book the flights but doesn't include the costs of the flights themselves.
Members can either "pay as they fly" or buy an additional "Fund Program" — not sold through Wheels Up — that provides lower rates and lower billable fly times.
Wheels Up, a private aviation company that aims to make private flying "more accessible," manages a fleet of more than 300 planes and has access to more than 1,250 partner aircrafts, according to the product description on Costco's website.
There's also a cheaper option. Customers can purchase a year-long membership for $1,994.99, nearly 80% less than the full-priced subscription cost, but it doesn't include the frills and thrills of a Costco shopping card, flight credit and luxury vacation membership.
Although Costco is known for its discounted bulk items and appeal to the middle class, it also attracts a wealthier clientele.
For example, multimillionaire Sen. Mitt Romney is a fan. In an interview with Fox News during his presidential campaign in 2012, Romney touted that he enjoys buying three-packs of Costco's Kirkland shirts.
The private jet memberships come as many people have been afraid to fly during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it has also paved the way for other alternatives that minimize contact, such as flying and booking a private jet — a luxury mainly reserved for the uber-rich.
Wheels Up promises "safety without compromise" for its passengers, including twice-a-day temperature checks for crew members, routine sanitizing between flights and fresh air ventilation.