You just got a big upgrade if you have an Uber account. Uber is opening up helicopter rides to all members. Access to helicopter rides between Manhattan and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) had previously been limited to Uber customers with Platinum and Diamond status. Rides by Uber Copter are currently only available during rush hour on weekdays.

Uber's helicopter service uses helicopters provided by a company called HeliFlite. Uber Copter only has two available helicopters at the moment. Each helicopter is capable of accommodating six passengers. However, you may need to pack light if you plan to use Uber Copter for the first time now that it's been opened up to regular customers. Uber Copter passengers can bring along one carry-on bag and one personal item.

How much will it cost you to get a taste of the high life with Uber Copter? Each one-way trip costs between $200 and $225 per passenger. Your trip between Manhattan and JFK will last around eight minutes. You can use the service as long as the place you're staying happens to be located south of Houston Street in Manhattan.

You actually have the option to book your Uber Copter ride on demand from the airport. You can also prepare ahead of time by booking your Uber Copter trip up to five days in advance. We can expect to hear a lot more about Uber Copter in the future. Uber actually views its copter service as the future of urban transportation!

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: