COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
We are party to various legal actions arising in the normal course of business. While we do not expect that the ultimate resolution of any of these pending actions will have a material effect on our condensed consolidated results of operations, financial position, or cash flows, litigation is subject to inherent uncertainties. As such, there can be no assurance that any pending legal action, which we currently believe to be immaterial, does not become material in the future.
Agreements with Operators
We lease certain of our owned and leased aircraft to Gama, a Federal Aviation Administration licensed and DOT registered air carrier, to operate our aircraft. Gama was a third-party independent operator through March 2, 2020, which is the date we executed a purchase agreement to acquire the business. The total amount of fees, net of lease payments from Gama, was $25.7 million from January 1, 2020 through the acquisition date and are included in cost of revenue in the condensed consolidated statements of operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.
Brand Ambassador Program
From time to time, we enter into various barter arrangements with third-parties in which there is an agreement to provide a specified amount of flight time, valued in either hours or dollars, in exchange for media advertising, marketing credits or other activities that promote brand awareness. Revenue recognized as a result of nonmonetary transactions was $1.5 million and $2.8 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively, and $0.6 million and $1.8 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively, while expenses included in sales and marketing in the condensed consolidated statement of operations as a result of the same barter arrangements were $1.2 million and $2.3 million, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively, and $0.5 million and $2.0 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively. The balances for flight revenue and advertising or other marketing credits that have yet to be consumed are included in accrued expenses and prepaid expenses and other current assets on the condensed consolidated balance sheets. As of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the accrued expenses associated with these barter transactions was $2.9 million and $3.5 million, respectively, and the prepaid expenses and other current assets was $0.
Sales and Use Tax Liability
We regularly provide services to members in various states within the continental United States, which may create sales and use tax nexus via temporary presence, potentially requiring the payment of these taxes. We determined that there is uncertainty as to what constitutes nexus in respective states for a state to levy taxes, fees, and surcharges relating to our activity. As of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, we estimate the potential exposure to such tax liability to be $7.9 million and $6.6 million, the expense for which is included inaccrued expenses on the condensed consolidated balance sheets and cost of revenue in the condensed consolidated statements of operations.