As the concept of a vacation house goes farther afield—a condo in Palm Beach, perhaps, or a ski place in Utah, instead of a cabin in the Catskills—the idea of paying a monthly fee to be able to fly as much as you wanted, anytime you wanted, suddenly makes sense. Such is the idea behind OneGo, a new service launching this month that lets frequent fliers purchase unlimited monthly flights, either across the U.S. or within specific regions (e.g. North, South, Central, and West). For New Yorkers in particular, the convenience factor here could help ease the pain of dealing with our notoriously terrible airport situation.
"The two basic goals were to make air travel booking simple and easy, and to try to eliminate pricing unpredictability," the company's Business Development Manager David Linsmeyer told us last month. "When you book flights in our app, you don’t have to look at a price at all. You pick where you want to go, when you want to go, and which airline, and then youre’ done."
Baggage fees do still apply, however, and flights need to be booked seven days in advance (unless you sign up for their last-minute booking add-on, which gives you the flexibility to book a flight just six hours ahead of time). You can have four reservations open at any time. The North region plan—pictured below—costs $1,950/month:
And the nationwide package—routes pictured below—is $2,950/month:
Of course, the utility here depends on how frequently you fly and how expensive the flights are—if your usual route is a short regional flight of around $300, you'd need to fly five or more times a month for the plan to make sense.
Keep in mind also that there's also a one-time account creation fee of $495, though as the site rolls out its services over the course of the next month or two, users can sign up as a "Founding Flier" for $100, instead. It's not anyone's idea of cheap (really, it costs more than a lot of people pay for rent every month), but if you fly frequently for work, could be a worthwhile deal. And besides, the more startups that step in to "disrupt" the horrendous state of airline travel, the better.