Just thought I would pass this along to all college coaster enthusiast east of the Mississippi. Independence air is going to let you fly all summer long for $249 anywhere east of the Mississippi. Think of all the parks you could hit.
What's the catch? You have to fly on Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Saturday's plus apy applicable fees and taxes.
More details are available on the flyi.com website. Click "glide" on the center of the screen.
Actually, I'm not. And $249 for a flight from anywhere to anywhere in the U.S. is not that great of a deal. I've flown from Columbus to about two dozen U.S. cities, including West Coast, and *never* paid that much.
Dude! That's not just one trip, you pay $249 one time to become a member of the glide club and you can fly any Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday all summer for $249 (if you live on the East Coast). You could fly to Coasterbuzzcon, test out Sheikra and Kingda Ka, Ride Tomb Raider, see the new SFA Hurricane Harbor, be scared on Curse Of Darkastle, ride IJST, lounge on a lounge at SFGAM. That's at least five flights, costing you an avg of $50 roundtrip.
Well, if they do it next year I'll do it, but not this year. I'm looking at Miami Ohio and U Dayton, so the Columbus airport will be the closest to me. Man, that's cheap, too bad Holiday Inn dosn't offer something like this for hotel rooms. :(
redman822 said: Bummer-it's only for 18-25 year old college students - I was hoping it was all students - even non-standard age students.
I read this post and was bummed because I JUST finished my last class last Monday, but then didn't feel bad when I saw Redman's comment on the age restrictions. I wouldn't have qualified anyways due to my age.
So what does "college student" mean? When they say 18-25 years old, does that mean since I am 18 already, I can get this pass, even though I don't start college til this fall? Or do I already have to be in college?
When reading the program rules, it states that you must show a valid college ID before your first flight. At that time, you will receive your glide pass. If you start school in the fall, you might not be eligible (unless you have orientation during the summer and receive a school ID).
This could be a good deal, but if their fees are ridiculous it isn't. They say on their website that their fees can reach about $20 per one-way trip. If one-way is a nice way of saying "leg" of the trip, and you aren't going to Washington DC or flying from there, that can be an $80 "free" flight. If their fees fluctuate though, and the fee can only get UP TO $20, then it could be a really good deal if you really travel a lot this summer.
I hope gas prices don't add to gas taxes as well, that wouldn't help the value of the pass either.