You can book a private plane for £11. So what's the catch?

This flight-sharing platform offers up spare seats


You can now rent a private plane for as little as £11

Imagine if you could live a millionaire's lifestyle and board your own private plane to go to Paris for the day, or just enjoy a spot of sightseeing in the skies - all without needing a millionaire's budget.

Well, there's actually a service that offers just that!

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Enter Wingly, a flight-sharing platform that's the largest in Europe. The concept is simple; private pilots offer up spare seats on their routes to the public, and passengers can book in for the flight.

Don't expect a million-dollar jet all to yourself through; the planes are usually 2-6 seaters.

However, with prices going for as little as £11 per person in some cases, not to mention you could bag a bargain flight to spend the day shopping in Paris, a jumbo jet doesn't top the list of necesseties.

Although it's been dubbed by many as the 'Uber of the skies', unlike Uber drivers the pilots don't actually make a profit from the service.

Credits: Wingly

Pilots and passengers split the costs of the flight

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However, as the Wingly fee includes splitting fuel costs and landing fees, they can stand to save up to 85% per flight simply by sharing the fuel costs and landing fees.

The benefit for passengers of course are getting a private plane by paying a budget-friendly fare; and there's everything from UK sightseeing trips to flights across the Channel to France on offer. ( You can check out the full list of destinations here ).

However, there are some instances where the prices tend to be similar to that of a commercial flight - for example some flights to Paris start from £50, so you could find cheaper rates at easyJet .

But of course you're saving on time queuing at the airport etc so it's up to you to weigh the pros and cons depending on your chosen trip.

Credits: Wingly

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As for the flight itself, both pilots and passengers must be approved by Wingly before they're allowed to take to the skies together - and each have to sign an 'Etiquette' agreement to help the journey run smoothly.

As it's not a commercial flight but a leisure flight, pilots are under no obligation to fly if they feel the weather isn't optimal, or want to cancel at their own discretion.

Still, the good news for passengers is that, unlike commercial flights where getting compensated can feel like a tedious process, Wingly will simply reimburse you if your flight is cancelled without the possibility of rescheduling.

Credits: Wingly

Pilots don't make a profit from the service but it does save them on flight costs

Of course, because they're small planes, you won't be able to travel in a big group - and you'll have to be strict with any hand luggage, that's if you can take any at all, as the pilot will need to take the weight into consideration before agreeing to fly.

Still, if you're looking for something a bit different, especially for a day trip or to explore the countryside from the skies, then it could just fit the bill.

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