Travel News Air Travel Costco Is Selling a Private Jet Membership for $17,500 Does anyone need an over-the-top Christmas gift idea? By Stefanie Waldek Stefanie Waldek Instagram Twitter Stefanie Waldek is a Brooklyn-based travel writer with over six years of experience. She covers various destinations, hotels, and travel products for TripSavvy. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara on 11/18/20 Instagram Emerson College Jillian Dara is a freelance travel writer and fact checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today 10Best, Michelin Guide, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Jetsetter. TripSavvy's fact-checking on 11/18/20 Share Pin Email Flashpop / Getty Images Picture this: you’re cruising down the aisle with your shopping cart at Costco, shopping for bulk goods like cereal, sports drinks, and toilet paper, when all of a sudden, you stumble upon a $17,500 private jet membership for sale. That’s right: Costco sells a private jet membership. It’s not the discount warehouse club’s only travel offering—it actually has an entire Costco Travel division dedicated to everything from luxury cruises to hotel-and-flight packages to car rentals. But the $17,500 private jet membership, which is valid for 12 months, is in a league of its own. The membership is to a private jet charter company called Wheels Up, which grants members access to a large fleet of private jets. All they have to do is request a flight as little as 24 hours in advance, then roll up to the airport to board their aircraft. But here’s the kicker: the membership only provides access to private jets, not the flights on them. So if you want to, you know, actually travel, you’ll be billed a few thousand bucks per hour—or more. All that said, the membership does come with a $4,000 flight credit, plus a $3,500 Costco Shop Card, which is basically a gift card, knocking down the net price of the membership to just $10,000. That’s not actually the worst deal, especially if you fly private jets regularly. (If you fly 100 hours per year, for example, that’s just a $100 per flight fee for the membership.) So if you’re in the market for an extravagant Christmas gift, why not consider the $17,500 Wheels Up membership sold through Costco? A private jet membership card would sure be a nicer stocking stuffer than candy or socks. How to Charter a Private Jet Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Secret's Out! Booking a Private Flight Isn't as Pricey as You Probably Think The 9 Best Car Rental Companies of 2021 How to Charter a Private Jet Your Flight Attendant's Uniform? Oh, It's Couture 7 Best Best Airlines in the US The Real Reason It's Better to Fly on Private Jets The 8 Best Luggage Sets of 2021 A Peek Inside Niihau: Hawaii’s “Forbidden Island” Ruaha National Park: The Complete Guide What It’s Like to Fly Halfway Around the World During the Pandemic Socially Distance with These 14 Private Travel Experiences A Guide to Airports on Long Island, New York How to Get to Antarctica From Cape Town, South Africa 15 Private Islands to Rent for a Secluded and Luxurious Getaway Become a Jet Setter With Cheap Air Fares on JetSuiteX Disney Vacation Club: Is It Worth It?