Monthly Subscription for Air Travel? Sure, Why Not?

July 24, 2015

8:00 pm

It seems like every week I’m hearing about another business taking on the Netflix style monthly subscription model. It’s being applied, successfully, to many different verticals (even tampons). Now it’s being applied to domestic air travel as well.

Paulius Grigas, founder of One Go, and a serial entrepreneur since age 16, knows first hand how time consuming booking travel can be, especially for small businesses that don’t have a separate department dedicated to making travel arrangements. Flights are unpredictable, and their prices even more so. Therefore his primary goal was to make life easier for frequent business travelers.

“We are now targeting small and medium businesses or individuals with no travel department,” Grigas said in an interview. “I’m getting a lot of interest from consultants, financial consultants and people in real estate and sales.”

Here’s what OneGo is offering: For a base monthly subscription of $1500, you can fly unlimited, economy class, direct flights that are booked at least one week in advance. An additional $1000 dollars gives you the luxury of booking as little as six hours in advance. Basic membership also gives you additional perks such as Gogo WiFi membership and enrollment in TSA Pre for faster security screenings.

The platform is still in pre-registration and there are currently 30 west coast flight routes available. Grigas is planning an official launch in the fall along with expanding flight options nationwide.

Despite opening up west coast flights first, Grigas decided to base his startup in Washington, DC.

“Setting up operations here in D.C. was more attractive than on the West Coast,” Grigas said. “There’s a lot of talent here and creating companies is all about bringing good teams together.”

Since last fall OneGo has grown to a team of 15, and are looking to add a few more software developers. Grigas is currently bootstrapping this latest venture, which could be risky, but a funding round is likely in the near future.

 

Image Credit: Flickr/Scott Robinson

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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy

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