Wheels Up is offering exclusive benefits for Platinum card members, as part of the new American Express Premium Private Jet Program. The programme provides exclusive discounts and flight credits on new Wheels Up memberships. Wheels Up offers two membership programs – Core and Connect – where, in addition to the membership discounts and flight credits, members also have access to the Wheels Up lifestyle partner offerings and a variety of member-only tentpole and regional events across art, sports and entertainment.
The Premium Private Jet Program also provides Platinum card members benefits through Wheels Up Marketplace Access for those wishing to fly without purchasing a membership. These benefits include a transaction fee waiver and an option to leverage Wheels Up capped pricing on select aircraft for a round-trip flight within the continental US.
“American Express is deeply committed to delivering exceptional service to its card members, and we share that commitment. We are thrilled our two brands are working together to welcome Platinum card members to Wheels Up,” comments Kenny Dichter, founder and CEO at Wheels Up. “We set a high bar for our members by delivering world-class safety and service on board our diverse fleet. We look forward to providing unparalleled travel and lifestyle experiences to American Express Platinum card members.”
Amex senior VP of global premium products Rafael Mason adds: “With our mutual dedication to outstanding services and innovation, Wheels Up is a natural fit for our Platinum card members. We know our card members will appreciate the level or safety and service of the Wheels Up private jet experience.”
Wheels Up, which announced a SPAC merger earlier this year with Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle, has remained focused on simplifying private aviation and making it more accessible to the market, becoming a leading demand generator in the private aviation industry.
The SPAC merger between Wheels Up and Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle is expected to close on 13 July. The company recently announced record earnings of $261.7 million in revenue for Q1 of 2021 and saw a 56 per cent year-over-year increase to 9,896 members.
Wheels Up has also announced a collaboration with Porsche Cars North America (PCNA), offering Wheels Up members and Porsche drivers access to sought-after transportation and lifestyle experiences.
The two brands have joined together to create luxury lifestyle benefits both in the air and on the ground. Wheels Up members will have access to exclusive benefits from PCNA to its on-demand vehicle subscription and rental programme, Porsche Drive, in select cities by waiving the $595 activation fee for the subscription offering, along with taking 10 per cent off short term rentals. Wheels Up members will also receive invitations to bespoke events, races and lifestyle experiences curated by PCNA. In turn, Porsche owners will receive special pricing on Wheels Up Core and Connect memberships and premiere hospitality services, which grant access to the Wheels Up programme fleet, comprised of over 1,500 safety vetted and verified partner aircraft.