I was sitting in my local Panera Bread this afternoon (procrastinating, of course), when Gary posted something that made my heart flutter: a flash promotion for free private jet flights between Teterboro and Washington, DC!
I pretty much ignored all of my prior obligations as I fiddled around with my phone with a nearly-dead battery to download the JetSmarter app as fast as the Panera wifi would let me.
Several thoughts overwhelmed me simultaneously (besides the panic of my 5% phone-battery):
- I live less than 5 miles away from Teterboro.
- I love free (who doesn’t?).
- I have never flown on a private jet before.
couldhave to make myself available for whatever date I can book.
It’s been a dorky goal of mine to fly on a private jet at least once, given my love for any excuse to travel, my avgeekness, and my proximity to Teterboro with a countless number of private jets tantalizing me on a daily basis.
I often stalk the JetSuite suite deals page to see if there are any fun options for $536. The hard part about those deals is that I don’t have many spontaneous friends at home who would be willing to just drop everything for a same-day flight, and it would feel sad for me to pay so much money only to fly alone.
But let’s get back to the story…
Once I got JetSmarter up and running, I was able to quickly locate the shuttle flights between New York and Washington that were supposedly to be available for free to the general public. At first, I kept seeing the $0 flights, but I couldn’t proceed without forking over $15,000 for a membership fee. WTH.
I quickly learned that the deal wasn’t exactly live yet. I stalked both the app and Twitter like a hawk, patiently waiting until the deal was alive. Once I saw the green light, I wasted no time booking the flight, grabbing whatever date I could.
I was in disbelief that I got a seat costing me $0.00!
The cancellation policy at this point is pretty steep, but I’m ready to cross off a bucket list item on Monday morning.
Is anyone else flying with me bright and early Monday morning? Or perhaps passing through IAD?