In-Depth Inspirato Pass Review: Is It Worth It? | Luxury Pass Review (2023)

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A few weeks ago, Inspirato launched a major update to their Inspirato Pass luxury travel subscription. In some ways, it fundamentally changed the way that Inspirato Pass works for subscribers. Yet, in many other ways, it remains true to its beginnings, but with much improved flexibility, added value, and some different optics. This will be an in-depth Inspirato Pass review that breaks down the updated Inspirato Pass. Let’s start with some summary takeaways:

  • Inspirato Pass is so much better than ever with its latest product update. With the increased flexibility that has been introduced, Pass is now more attractive to absolutely any prospective member who enjoys traveling well and is comfortable with the monthly subscription fee. The updated Inspirato Pass is good news all around.
  • It may not be the most intuitive product to understand at the moment, as the latest update adds significant value and appeal, along with a bit of complexity. But don’t worry, that’s what this article is all about. You’ll be more than ready to launch into the new Inspirato Pass once you understand the ins and outs of the subscription. And I have zero doubt that Inspirato’s product marketing and messaging will soon catch up to the excellence of the offering.

Okay, let’s get down to the brass tacks here…

Is Inspirato Pass Worth It? Two Value Components Broken Down

There are two important value components (each of which has multiple sub-benefits) of an Inspirato Pass subscription. I will refer to them as “Anytime & Always” benefits, and “Inspirato Pass Days” benefits. This split is important because out of the $2,500/month Pass subscription cost, Inspirato allocates $300 toward these Anytime & Always benefits, and $2,200 toward Pass travel.

One of the very real, but less obvious, parts of the Pass value proposition is that Pass subscribers get the Anytime & Always benefits for half the cost that Inspirato currently charges for its Inspirato Club subscription product (which is $600/month).

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‘Anytime & Always’ Benefits Explained

Anytime & Always– These are the benefits that every Pass subscriber has full access to every single day, that can be utilized as often as desired. Straight forward and easy to understand.They include the following:

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Inspirato Care

Perhaps overlooked when considering Inspirato Pass, Inspirato Care is something I’ve gone on and on about in the past (here), and will continue to do so as long as Inspirato continues to take such incredible care of its members both before and during trips.I have been surprised at how much I value this service and what an important component it has become in all our travels with Inspirato. Inspirato Care includes pre-trip planning, on-site concierge, activity planning, transportation, you name it…and Inspirato Care has got you and all of your travel needs covered.

Inspirato Club Trips

As an Inspirato Pass subscriber, you are also a full member of Inspirato Club and can make a reservation for any available dates at any time, at any of their luxury vacation homes or hotel partners.This is paid for on a nightly rate basis outside of your Inspirato Pass subscription dues.Club reservations offer maximum flexibility as you can book out up to a year in advance.

Inspirato Jaunt Trips

Inspirato offers Jaunt 52 and Jaunt Now benefits to all Pass subscribers.Jaunt trips are significantly discounted trip offerings that Inspirato releases to members every Wednesday morning.Jaunt Now includes severely discounted stays in the next 30 days, and Jaunt 52 offers a list of trips over the coming year.Jaunt Trips are a member favorite for sure!

Inspirato Pass Bonus Trips

Another way to grab some fantastic last-minute deals.Inspirato Pass Bonus Trips come in two forms: trips in the next 30 days or trips in the next 60 days.Trips in the next 30 days are fixed at a cost of $3,000 (no taxes or fees), and trips in the next 60 days are at a fixed cost of $6,000 (no taxes or fees).Browse any trip on the Inspirato Pass list within the next 30 days and purchase for $3,000, or any trip from 31 to 60 days out for $6,000.There is serious value to be achieved here with 30 days trips often valued at $10-12,000!These are great to grab hold of if your Inspirato Pass is otherwise in use.

Event Tickets

I love this one!All Inspirato Pass subscribers have full and open access to purchase concert and sporting event tickets and suites at below-market prices.Luxury suites are hosted by Inspirato and provide complimentary food and beverage.Having regular access to these suites is a tremendous benefit in and of itself.

I took three life-long buddies to a Lakers game in the Inspirato suite last week and we had an incredible time.Inspirato has suites at Staples Center (Los Angeles), Ball Arena (Denver), and Empower Field (Denver).And they are promoting the addition of suites at Barclays Center NYC, Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, American Airlines Arena in Dallas, and more.So, so good!

Partner Benefits

I’m not going to list all the Inspirato Partner benefits here, but know they are substantial and available to all Pass subscribers.We’ve particularly enjoyed Avis’ Presidents Club and Hawaiian Airlines Pualani Gold status.I wrote about it here, but I’ve become a huge fan of Avis thanks to the Inspirato partnership and the value provided to us members.

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There you have it.Those are the Anytime & Always benefits of Inspirato Pass.Trips or events purchased through the above benefits are paid for outside of your Inspirato Pass monthly dues and available as an option…Anytime & Always.

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A Rundown of Inspirato Pass Days Benefits

Inspirato Pass Days– Okay, time to get knee deep into what I’ll refer to as the core component of Inspirato Pass (although Anytime & Always benefits continue to grow tremendously in value!).Let’s lay a bit of a foundation here as it relates to the new Inspirato Pass:

  • As explained above, Inspirato Pass subscribers pay $2,200/month (plus the $300/month for Inspirato Club for total of $2,500/month) to book travel from the Pass trip list.
  • Pass Days are the currency of Inspirato Pass.Members accumulate Pass Days which are exchanged for trips, experiences, products, etc.
  • At $2,200/month, a Pass Day represents approximately $73 cost to you ($2,200/30 days).
  • The number of Pass Days required per reservation determines the actual cost to the subscriber, i.e. 10 Pass Days equals $730, 30 Pass Days equals $2,200, and so on and so forth.
  • Value may vary substantially depending on the number of Pass Days required per reservation.Managed thoughtfully, Inspirato Pass subscribers achieve incredible value to cost!Our family consistently averages three times value over cost with our Inspirato Pass reservations.

There are four primary ways to utilize or spend Inspirato Pass Days:

Look, Book, Stay, Repeat

This has been the mantra of Inspirato Pass since its inception.And for those of you long-term subscribers of Pass, this feature has not changed one single bit.All the incredible value is still here.If you’ve ever been familiar with Inspirato Pass, this has been the staple product.It works like this; Browse the extensive trip list, make a reservation for your desired trip, look forward to and enjoy your trip, and then book your next trip upon check-out of your current trip.Easy enough.

This is what our family has been doing for two years now, and it’s been incredible in every way!Here is a summary of our first two years with Pass is case you want to understand a bit more about the value available with Inspirato Pass.

Look, Book, Bank, Repeat

This was the entire impetus behind the updated version of Inspirato Pass.How could Inspirato continue to develop a product that would be much more flexible to a wider range of potential subscribers?This is precisely what we, the members, had been pining for.Inspirato Pass now allows us to book trip reservations for a date that is further out in the future than the number of Pass days required for that particular reservation.

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I know it’s not the most intuitive thing.Inspirato does have some messaging/marketing work to do here still.However, that doesn’t take away from the huge value add that comes with this new component of Pass.Here’s a quick example of how this works:

Let’s say you return from a wonderful Inspirato trip in Los Cabos with Inspirato on August 15.Traditionally, you would need to use your Pass to book a trip that would utilize your Pass until you completed that next trip.But, here’s how it now works with Look, Book, Bank, Repeat with Pass Days!

  • On August 15, search for a specific trip you wish to take in the future.Let’s say I want to take my wife to Montage Healdsburg to celebrate her birthday a weekend in February.
  • I do a search for a three-night stay in February (selecting the exact dates I want) at the Montage Healdsburg.
  • Out of a variety of options, I select a three-night stay in an Oak Knoll Forest Room
  • The trip will utilize 15 Pass Days (by the way, an incredible value!)
  • So, starting on August 15, my Inspirato Pass is unavailable to use for 15 days, or until August 30
  • When August 30 hits, I have my wife’s bday trip to the Montage in the “bank” and my Pass is now available to book something new.In this case, let’s assume I go with the Look, Book, Stay, Repeat and select a 4-night stay at a villa at Pelican Hill for September 20-24.Upon completion of our Pelican Hill stay, our Pass is again available to book as we’d like on September 24.And the beautiful cycle continues and continues…
  • NOTE:Once our Montage Healdsburg trip is banked, it no longer impacts our Pass.We simply wait to enjoy this wonderful trip.
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I get that it may not be the most intuitive thing, but it is a most excellent thing for Inspirato Pass subscribers! And once you get the hang of how it works, it’s becomes quite simple. Again, the awesome value add of the new Inspirato Pass is that it now allows you to book date specific future travel to any destination you choose.This makes Inspirato Pass especially attractive to those of us who might not have the schedule flexibility to always have just one trip on the books.

Moving on to another exciting option about how to utilize Pass Days with Inspirato Pass…

Beyond Travel

For whatever reason, if you find yourself unable to travel for some period of time, or just get excited about one of the offerings, Beyond Travel can be a fantastic way to utilize your Pass Days.Again, it’s all about flexibility with the new Inspirato Pass.Beyond Travel offerings include travel and experience related products and services that can be “purchased’ with Pass Days.Explore the list here to get a better idea of what Beyond Travel is all about.

Again, I think these things are best explained with examples.In this case, I’ll use a real-life example that our family utilized with our Pass just a couple of months back.Here’s how it went down:

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  • We enjoyed a stay in Dallas with Inspirato Pass.Our trip concluded on August 17.
  • On August 17th, we then utilized our Pass to “purchase” a set of Tumi luggage from the Beyond Travel list.
  • The luggage set utilized 29 Pass Days, making our Inspirato Pass available again on September 15th.
  • Our beautiful Tumi luggage set arrived upon conclusion of the 29 Pass Days.
  • On September 15, we then booked a Look, Book, Stay, Repeat trip at a Pelican Hill Villa for 11 nights starting on November 9th.
  • We’ll check out from that trip on November 20thand our Inspriato Pass will once be available to utilize.And my plan is to book a long weekend trip in February for my wife’s birthday at Montage Healdsburg.I’ll bank that trip after a short 15 days and then be looking for a January ski trip to Deer Valley.See how much fun this all is once you get the hang of it!

Event Tickets

This is an Anytime & Always benefit as described above, but was also recently announced as a Pass Days benefit.Tickets to sporting events and concerts are now available at venues across the nation and can be “purchased” with Pass Days.I love the flexibility to be able to purchase these discounted suite tickets traditionally or with Pass Days.My current struggle is now realizing that I could add another Inspirato Pass to utilize solely for this purpose alone!

I hear they may be adding a suite at Angels Stadium next season, which would put me over the edge for sure.I’m a long-suffering, but huge Angels’ fan and love the idea of seeing Ohtani and Trout numerous play numerous times next season from an Inspirato suite.As I say every season, this is finally going to be our year!

There you have it!You now understand all the ins and outs of the new Inspirato Pass.The “old” Inspirato Pass was already a game-changer in the luxury travel industry, and Inspirato only continues to change the game with the new Inspirato Pass.

Inspirato Pass Review Final Thoughts

I leave you with this.Inspirato Pass…

  • Is now more flexible than ever and delivers more value than ever.ALL of the latest updates are huge wins for Inspirato members/subscribers
  • Continues to build its impressive portfolio of luxury homes and hotel partners
  • Now includes access to luxury suites for concerts and sporting events across the nation
  • Is constantly adding new and exciting offerings to Beyond Travel
  • Creates the most amazing context for you to enjoy all the best things in life with those you love the most!At its core, this is what Inspirato is all about!

There has never better a better time to join Inspirato Pass.Dig in, explore, and then begin your own journey with Pass.Reach out to my contact Chelsea at Inspirato to get up to speed on some of the exciting promotions currently being offered that are not publicly advertised. And make sure to tell her I sent you and you’ll receive a extra special amenity gift upon arrival to your first Inspirato Pass vacation. Come join the fun!

And, if reading this has given rise to additional questions, reach out to me!I’d love to answer any questions that I may not have addressed (or not addressed well enough). I’m also always happy to share tips and pointers about how to maximize value with Inspirato Pass. Thanks for reading my Inspirato Pass review!

Happy Travels Friends

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How do I get the most out of my inspirato pass? ›

Always have a trip booked

The key to maximizing the value of your Pass subscription is to always keep your Pass in use. If you see something you like—or even might like—book it. You can cancel with no penalties up to three days prior to your trip start date. Learn more about the Inspirato Pass cancellation policy here.

How many inspirato pass days do you get? ›

What are Inspirato Pass Days and how do they work? Every Pass subscriber has 370 Pass Days to use each year. Each trip can be searched by and reserved based on a specific number of Pass Days.

How many trips can you book with inspirato? ›

One of the biggest complaints regarding the Inspirato Pass membership is that you can only have one reservation at a time. While you can, in theory, hold multiple reservations at once, you can only book one vacation at a time and then wait to book the next.

What do you get with inspirato membership? ›

Inspirato Club subscribers enjoy access to the full Inspirato Collection of exclusive homes, hotels, resorts, and experiences by paying members-only nightly rates when they travel. They also receive first-class, personalized service from a team of hospitality experts—from pre-trip planning to an on-site concierge.

Is Inspirato a good investment? ›

Inspirato could be a stable investment in a seasonal and sporadic segment. The company had strong Q1 numbers this year, reporting record quarterly revenue of over $82 million, a 67% year-over-year increase. This comes after a record-breaking 2021, when Inspirato reported $235 million in revenue.

Is Inspirato owned by American Express? ›

About Inspirato with American Express

Inspirato with American Express is a private club for luxury travelers who expect exceptional experiences when they vacation. Our members enjoy exquisite vacation properties, highly personalized service and the luxury of certainty when they travel with the club.

Who are Inspirato's competitors? ›

Inspirato's alternatives and competitors

Inspirato's top competitors include Exclusive Resorts, and Quintess. Exclusive Resorts, a private residence club, offers members access to luxury vacation homes worldwide.

Can you share an Inspirato membership? ›

You may add your spouse or life partner to your Inspirato Pass as your “Co-Member.” Inspirato Pass trips occur over pre-selected dates and range from two (2) to fourteen (14) nights (you have the flexibility to book fewer nights within any available trip if you prefer) and can be booked up to one (1) year in advance.

Is Inspirato all inclusive? ›

We've just added eight new Inspirato Only all-inclusive luxury cruises—from member-favorite, bucket-list expeditions like cruising Antarctica to all-new cruises along the Nile and Mekong Rivers. Discover your favorite, and start planning an adventure for 2023 or 2024.

What are the benefits of Inspirato? ›

Inspirato members receive:
  • Exclusive access to the private wine country estate with personalized and intimate wine experiences, including wine pairings, estate tours, lunches, cooking classes, and private celebrations. Cost will vary based on experience type.
  • Complimentary shipping on all wine purchases over a case.

Is Inspirato expensive? ›

Enjoy greater flexibility and even more value with the new Inspirato Pass. Choose from a list of over 1.5 million trips for $2,550 per month, with no nightly rates, taxes or fees (plus a $2,550 enrollment fee).

Who bought Inspirato? ›

Denver – February 18, 2022 – Cooley advised Thayer Ventures Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company affiliated with Thayer Ventures, on its completed business combination with innovative luxury travel subscription brand Inspirato.

Are travel memberships worth it? ›

Travel memberships are a great way to save money, give yourself a little peace of mind, and even find a community while traveling. There are memberships for pretty much every kind of traveler, and investing in a few of them can make your travels a more relaxing and fun experience.

How long has Inspirato been around? ›

Inspirato, which was founded in 2011 by Handler and his brother Brad, leases around 400 properties around the world for its more than 18,000 members to choose from, including Vail, Aspen and Telluride, and has partnerships with hotels.

Is Inspirato profitable? ›

And it's worth noting that Inspirato is not yet profitable: Adjusted EBITDA is guided to a loss of $15 million to $25 million this year.

What is the highest returning investment? ›

The U.S. stock market has long been considered the source of the greatest returns for investors, outperforming all other types of investments including financial securities, real estate, commodities, and art collectibles over the past century.

What is the most secure long term investment? ›

U.S. Treasury bonds are widely considered the safest investments on earth. Because the United States government has never defaulted on its debt, investors see U.S. Treasuries as highly secure investment vehicles.

What is an Inspirato lease? ›

Owners receive guaranteed rental income on their property without the stress of overseeing reservations and maintenance. A five-year lease agreement with Inspirato provides a fixed income and 24/7 full property management. Owners can use their property at no charge at various times throughout the year.

Why is American Express no longer accepted? ›

The different fees often make or break a deal for a merchant. This is why many merchants, especially small businesses, don't accept American Express. American Express' interchange fee is just too high. Providers like Visa and Mastercard charge between 1.15% and 2.5%, while Amex charges merchants between 1.43% and 3.3%.

Does Amex cover Airbnb? ›

According to American Express, as long as your card is enrolled in the Amex membership rewards program and you have enough points at the time of purchase, you should be able to use those points toward qualifying purchases like Airbnb.

Why did Inspirato go public? ›

Inspirato (NASDAQ:ISPO), a subscription-based luxury travel company based in Colorado went public in March 2022, via a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Thayer Ventures. When a private company goes public it marks the beginning of new opportunities, challenges, and growth prospects.

How many employees does inspirato have? ›

Inspirato has 350 employees.

What is inspirato company revenue? ›

Inspirato Announces Third Quarter 2022 Financial and Operating Results
Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,
Cost of revenue (including depreciation of $402 and $1,283 in 2021, and $520 and $1,390 in 2022, respectively)42,394110,106
Gross margin22,43056,284
18 more rows
Dec 19, 2022

Who founded Inspirato? ›

Brent Handler - Founder and CEO - Inspirato | LinkedIn.

How much is Inspira vacation Club? ›

Even though the cost might seem high, members are paying for service and destination quality. In short, you will never have a negative vacation experience with Inspirato. The highest rates for renting out one of Inspirato's options can be as high as $1,800 per night. However, some cost around $800 per night.

Where is Inspirato based? ›

Inspirato Incorporated operates as a subscription-based luxury travel company. It also provides affluent travelers access to a portfolio of curated luxury vacation options. The company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Is it cheaper to book all-inclusive separately? ›

Sometimes all-inclusive packages can be a better deal than booking your reservations individually, according to Saglie. This is because travel companies are able to buy up large volumes of hotel rooms and flights at one time and sell them to customers at a discount.

Should I bring cash to an all-inclusive? ›

Credit cards are gold around these parts but it's still a good idea to bring cash along when you travel, even on an all-inclusive vacation. While you won't be paying for meals or drinks, it's a good idea to make friends with your bartender at the beginning of the trip by leaving a tip up front.

How much cash should I take to an all-inclusive? ›

For a one-week stay at an all-inclusive resort, a couple should budget to spend about $150 US (or the local currency equivalent) total in tips. This means that you should bring about $20 in small bills with you to spend on tips throughout the day.

What is upscale travel? ›

Travelers looking for a luxury trip want their dreams to become reality. They look for something unique, above their expectations with superb service where their needs and wants are fulfilled. This includes exclusivity, privacy, and everything from relaxation to adventure, with pampering and extras.

What is Prive travel? ›

Privé is an exclusive, members-only travel club offering a breathtaking collection of vacation destinations that go beyond a hotel experience in fully appointed and meticulously designed home-like accommodations.

What is subscription travel? ›

On the macro level, a travel subscription involves paying a monthly fee in exchange for a premium service provided by a travel company, but each travel subscription offers something a little different to its customers.


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