OneGo: Unlimited Domestic Flights Within The U.S. from 1500$ – A Good Deal?

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A new service with the name OneGo offers customers unlimited air travel on major airlines if they purchase a regionally restricted plan, starting at 1,500$ per month for the U.S. West Coast.

UA B787 Aircraft oneGo

The company advertises that only non stop routes are offered and one can still earn frequent flyer miles as well as enjoy the benefits.

It’s my firm belief that if something sounds too good to be true it probably is so I had a read at the website of OneGo (access here) and a corresponding story at Travel&Leisure Magazine (see here).

Today, a new startup called OneGo is launching with a similar all-you-can-fly model.

The service offers unlimited flights on major airlines, covering more than 500 routes and 76 airports—all domestic, for now. Pricing depends on where you want to go rather than how often. The cheapest subscription costs $1,500 per month and covers just the western U.S.; other plans cover the central states ($1,950), the eastern seaboard ($2,300), or the entire country ($2,950).

Sign up for a subscription and download the app—it’s available today on the iTunes store and will be coming to the Google Play store in March. Once you log in to your account, you can book your flights as you would on any other app (the interface will look familiar to anyone who has shopped for flights on their phone).

Subscribers can reserve up to four “active segments,” or one-way flights, at a time, and there’s no cutoff for last-minute bookings. That means you can decide to hop on a plane to Aspen the minute you see snow in the next-day forecast.

So for one, the 1500$ is only for the Western U.S. while the East Coast runs 2,300$ and the entire Continental U.S. (Alaska and Hawaii is not on the list) prices at 2,950$ per month. That is a good slice of bread just for a bit of flying in Economy Class.

Here are the zones in a graphic example:

OneGo Packages

Travel + Leisure writes:

Your monthly subscription includes all the flights your heart desires, but this is still an aviation business, so extra fees are unsurprisingly part of the equation. Each plan carries a premium for last-minute bookings (if you’re booking less than seven days in advance), unlimited changes, and the ability to hold more than four reservations at a time. A nationwide plan with all the available add-ons will cost you a pretty penny, at $6,600.

Without the add-ons, change fees apply; they’ll run you up to $200 per change, depending on timing.

The good news: any flight that’s available on a major site like Expedia will be available on OneGo, and you’ll only be offered non-stop routes.

So in other words these prices are basic, naked packages of the bare minimum required to even participate. What is this bare minimum to which you are entitled?

OneGo says:

After you set up your New Traveler Account with a one-time expense of $495, you’ll pay a monthly fee for unlimited flying. Specific monthly costs will depend on the regional or nationwide plan you select, and in the future on the add-ons you might purchase when they become available.

Add-ons are

In the near future you will be able to customize your plan to include several Add-Ons:
– Last-Minute Booking
– More Open Bookings
– Unlimited Changes

To just become a customer it’s a 495$ Sign up fee and then you have the basic plan. If you want to book less than 7 days in advance it’s an add on. I’m not sure what ‘more open bookings’ would constitute but unlimited changes are obviously self explanatory.

Anyhow the magazine (T+L) did the math and said it’s around 6k per month and let’s remind ourselves this is for economy class.

I’m sure there are ways to maximize this but a month only has 30 days and you either have to fly super frequent or very expensive routes. Like I remember that on the West Coast, certain routes like LAX/SFO/SAN-Palm Springs was pretty expensive. If you’re someone who frequently goes up there for the weekend and you want to book relatively close in such as a week in advance you *might* be able to get your money’s worth.

People who want to make a quick coin might also be interested in booking themselves on connections that have a large overbooking rate such as the Regional Flights from SFO to Rural California Friday evenings. But this is going to far and is certainly not the main objective the average customer has.

Conclusion

I find it had to see how to drive a real bargain with this offer, especially if you require a bit more flexibility. On top of that you would pretty much require Elite Status on all major alliances in order to take these trips and be treated well by the airlines in ways of ground services and possible upgrades.

Unless you are frequenting high $$ routes on a regular (1-2weekly return) basis I’d say you’re not getting your moneys worth. But compare the spending over the last 12 months and see, maybe this could be for you.

 

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