If you’ve got an extra $2,000 a month hanging around, you might want to drop it on Beacon. It’s an all-you-can-fly service (if you want all-you-can-eat, click here) in the Northeast US that gives unlimited flights on private planes from New York/Boston/The Hamptons/Nantucket to anyone with a membership. The website is fairly sparse, so there’s no details on exactly which airports they’re flying into but they’re using Pilatus PC-12 and King Air 350i executive aircraft, so you’ll be leaving from private airport terminals. That means no dealing with long lines for security, no ridiculous airport parking fees, and no families of twelve blocking your path in the terminal as you try to get to your gate.
The membership costs $2,000 per person per month and they’re launching in June. If you want to add a family member, it’s only another $1,200/month. They don’t set caps on the number of flights you can fly (hence the unlimited thing) but you can only book four flights at a time. Membership is limited to 500 members (for now), so hopefully that means flight inventory will remain full.
One very important bit of fine print at the bottom of the website: “Beacon does not own or operate aircraft. Beacon acts as agent for its members, arranging flights operated by fully certificated air carriers.” They’re basically just seat brokers. I wonder if they’re taking advantage of a dip in private aircraft bookings. Either way, it’s a fascinating business model.
The whole thing reminds me of JetBlue’s All-You-Can-Jet Pass from a few years ago, but much more limited and expensive — although perfect for the business traveler who conducts business in New York and Boston on a regular basis.
I’d love to see if they can pull this off.