Scott Mayerowitz passes along a new service from Uber.
This is a new service in New York for getting out to the Hamptons. $3000 buys a helicopter ride and SUV rides on each end for up to 5 people.
Now, I love Uber. I think the concept is great from a consumer standpoint (car shows up with a couple of taps on your phone, you can even watch it as it approaches you, and there’s no cash transaction at the end of the ride). I think it’s a great concept from an entrepreneurial standpoint as well (utilizing down time from existing car services).
But I admit that UberChopper is going to be beyond my means — I’ve never even flown in a helicopter.
- Continental used to offer a 10,000 mile add-on to transatlantic business class award tickets, you could fly from Manhattan to Newark airport. Since I’d book awards and look for more aspirational products than Continental’s BusinessFirst I never took advantage of this option.
- I considered a helicopter tour last year when visiting Iguazu Falls, but helicopters can only operate on the Brazil side of the falls and I didn’t want to make the trip over from the Argentina side where I was staying.
And so even Uber, which makes private car service attainable for me, isn’t quite bringing helicopters into my life.