Join The Mile High Club For $995 (You Even Get A Certificate)

The ‘Mile High Club’ is 105 years old, and surveys show one-third of men want to join. Now anyone that has a willing partner can, for $995.

The first to have sex on an airplane was Lawrence Burst Sperry, who was also the inventor of the autopilot. He was flying a Curtis C-2 Flying Boat in November 1916 off the coast of Long Island. His passenger was a woman whose husband was off in World War I. They apparently disengaged the new autopilot device while paying attention to other matters and crashed the plane into the bay. They were rescued – naked – by duck hunters.

Most people try their luck on commercial flights but it’s increasingly difficult on domestic aircraft with ‘space saver’-style lavatories with a whole let less room. Widebody premium cabin lavs are far easier to maneuver around in.

There’s now a far more civilized approach with a private plane operator selling 45 minutes in the air explicitly for the purpose of joining the club. And it “comes with a commemorative
membership card signed by the pilot.”

“You come with a smile on your face, and you leave with a bigger smile on your face,” said [the business owner] …calling its two Cessna 414 planes “magic carpets” and gleefully recounting the kinks and quirks of some of its more memorable clients, including a couple that showed up dressed as a pilot and flight attendant. Love Cloud mostly books couples, but has accommodated groups of three or four, with an additional fee of $200 per person.

…[The aircraft features a] twin mattress on the floor and several pillows, all ensconced in red satin. A curtain separates the passengers from the pilot, who wears noise-canceling headphones and remains in the cockpit for the duration of the flight. Yes, the plane and its bedding are cleaned after each trip.”

If there’s one concern about the service it’s that the Vegas attraction does seem to expect its guests to ‘finish quickly’ although it’s unclear whether customer are complaining or bragging.

The business’s proprietor is a pilot for Mesa Airlines, which operates regional flights for American Airlines and United. He has something of a checkered past,

According to court records, Mr. Johnson’s pilot’s license was temporarily suspended in 2009 by the Federal Aviation Administration after improper aircraft certifications related to Tidewater in 2007 and 2008. His license was revoked in 2011 for flying during his suspension.

In 2012, after a minor plane accident that occurred during his revocation, Mr. Johnson pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless operation of an aircraft and served 20 days in federal prison. He ended up filing for bankruptcy and moving back in with his parents.

One problem people booking this special flight won’t have? When Tommy Lee joined the Mile High Club on American Airlines, they lost his luggage.

And by avoiding commercial flights you won’t be required to wear a mask throughout the experience.

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  1. Is it $995 for two people, or one? Can one get a group discount for eight? Inquiring minds want to know.

  2. @M S — “Can one get a group discount for eight? Inquiring minds want to know.”

    LOL! The more the merrier, but that’s assuming that the plane can accommodate up to 8 “passengers” along with the pilot, right? 😛

  3. @nsx at FlyerTalk —

    If noise canceling headphones make it easier to hear people around you, then what “noise” is it canceling out?

  4. A funny story on myself. I’d seen joke stickers for the Mile High Club in an aviation supply catalog. I assumed it just meant you could handle a plane with some altitude. So when I was learning to fly I deliberately took the Cessna 150 over that height. Then I landed and told everyone in the flight school that now I’d joined the club. Eventually an instructor took me aside and explained how you really get into it. Oh.

  5. @StricklyFacts: They cancel only repetitive sound, mostly engine noise. I’ve read that wearing noise canceling headphones on a commercial flight can make it harder to sleep because now you can hear every word of the people two rows behind you.

  6. nsx at FlyerTalk — “They cancel only repetitive sound, mostly engine noise. …”

    It is true that the noise cancellation can be frequency sensitive and will focus on certain portions of the sound spectrum, but based on what I have personally experienced with my noise canceling headphones on long haul transoceanic flights, they do absolutely cut out at least 95% of ambient cabin noise when worn, to the extent that all I hear are what comes from the IFE source. Otherwise, I hear total silence. I actually have to take them off in order to talk to flight attendants when they want to speak to me. Also, whereas I can never sleep due to ambient cabin noise on such flights, wearing my noise cancellation headphones improves that situation immensely. Additionally, mine has 3 different noise cancellation profiles for use in diverse noise environments.

    The ambient noise inputs come through embedded microphone(s) in the headphone, then get electronically audio phase inverted and injected into the original signal path before reaching the headphone speakers, which effectively results in acoustic cancellation of the original ambient noise within the headphone-over-ear cavities (for both ears).

    Do you have a better explanation for how headphone noise cancellation works? Please clarify?

  7. @StricklyFacts:: That’s a good explanation. My experience with them is old. Performance at higher frequencies must have improved.

  8. It is cheaper to book an EK F award and buy an arm sling so you have an excuse to need “assistance” in the shower. I mean thats what my friends tell me anyway

  9. The CDC order applies to “any conveyance” except for “Private conveyances operated only for personal, non-commercial use”.

    I wouldn’t consider this to be “operated only for personal, non-commercial use”.

  10. Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to experience some turbulence…luckily for you other passengers…it would last probably only 1 minute in my case

  11. I just read the plane description to my wife, she had a single word response…Gross

    Throw in the pilot’s past and it just keeps sounding more and more impressive

  12. Robert ask your wife what’s “gross” about it. What does she think that previously happened in hotel rooms that you stay in. As long as the linen is changed there is no difference on this plane and that what goes on in a hotel room Americans love to talk about and engage in sexual innuendo, but when it comes to actually having sex we have some real hangups.

  13. 1968: Loftleider (Icelandic) Airline from NYC. French girl in white stockings, with an oral fixation glommed on to my…….all the way to Reykjavic. Does this count? Lost our seats to prudish passengers after stopover, and had to sit separately, Damn!

  14. @Big Booty
    For it to count for the mile high club wouldn’t it have to be in Utah or Colorado?

  15. @Sonu — “Can’t wait to listen to the podcast about this lol”

    Since this is the 21st century, should “listening” to podcasts now also include “viewing” of video podcasts (ie, videocasts) for those skyward mile-high “affairs”? After all, isn’t there a saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words”? 😛

    Even our USAF says — “Aim High!”

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