Affordable Luxury: Why Private Jets Are More Affordable Than You Think

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Why Private Jets Are More Affordable Than You Think

When looking at affordability, private jet rentals are more affordable than you think. Here is why you should book a flight now.

Nobody is going to tell you that hiring a private jet is cheap. That’s because air travel isn’t cheap. The average cost of a corporate ticket for domestic air travel in the USA exceeds $509 per flight.

What we can tell you is that if you’re in the air for more than 240 hours a year, a private jet rental is more affordable than you think.

Here’s why.

It All Adds Up

When you choose to fly with a commercial carrier for your important business trip, you’re not only paying for the flight.

In fact, airfare only makes up 34% of business travel costs. The rest comprises accommodation and land transfers, not to mention the unquantifiable cost of your time.

If you’re traveling a less popular route for business, chances are you’re going to have a hard time finding a flight that lands at exactly the right time for your 9 o’clock meeting.

That means, depending on the flights you can get, you’ll need to stay over for a day or two before and after your meeting. Apart from the inconvenience, this kind of thing can wreak havoc with your scheduling. 

You’d have to cancel all your other appointments. You’d also lose touch with the daily operation of your business during that time, which could mean lost opportunities.

In short, the cost of a domestic flight often comes in much higher than what you paid for the ticket. If you generally make a lot of money on business trips, the cost of a private flight is minimal compared to the rewards.

Private Jet Rental vs Owning a Jet

Not everybody can afford to buy a private jet and pay for its upkeep.  Some of the related costs are salaries, maintenance, and hangarage for your jet, which all adds up.

If you’d like the luxury of owning a jet without having to bear the costs alone, fractional or partial jet ownership is another option.

These options allow you enough access to suit your needs while splitting the costs and hassle of upkeep between all the owners. 

 

You might not be able to afford to own a private jet or even a piece of one, but it will surprise you how many people can afford to hire a jet when needed. The secret is in sharing.

Since private charter companies have fewer customers than the major airlines, they’ve had to come up with some innovative ideas lately to fill their seats.

Empty Legs

Thanks to the scarcity of charter travelers, it happens that private jets return to base empty after a one-way flight. 

To recoup some of their costs, charter companies offer these ’empty leg’ flights at a hugely discounted rate. Sometimes for as little as $50 more than the average commercial flight.

Whether that’s worth it for you depends on timing once again. If there are flights available that could save you renting accommodation for a day or more, hiring a private jet is going to be the cheaper option. 

Ride Sharing

By hopping on the Uber bandwagon, charter platforms are able to offer much cheaper flights than ever before. 

How much is a private jet flight with these small operators? A flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas can cost as little as $59.

How it works is that private aircraft owners and private pilots agree to use their skills and assets to ferry people around the country. Instead of the aircraft sitting in hangars gathering dust, they’re earning money for their owners. 

While the jury is still debating the nitty-gritty fine print surrounding the legalities of this service, the fact remains that it’s cheaper to fly this way. In most instances, it’s much cheaper and faster than driving too. 

By pooling their resources, both private plane owners and private pilots are able to earn extra income while saving the general public money. 

Put it On Your Card

Another option for those who need the flexibility of private jet travel is a travel club. These innovations allow you to buy an annual membership to a private jet club.

You choose what type of membership you need, based on the type of aircraft, on-board facilities and the number of flights you want. Then, you pay an annual membership fee in advance which allows you access to a private plane as needed.  

This kind of bulk purchase is a cost-effective choice for those who have a good idea of how many times a year they’ll need to fly. 

Little Luxuries

It’s no secret that charter jets offer many comforts in the air, but can they compare once you hit the ground? You might be sipping champagne in a leather-upholstered recliner while in transit, but you could end up with a long lonely trudge from the hangar when you land. 

Thanks to FBOs at airports all over the country, private jet hire companies can offer their clients an all-the-bells-and-whistles experience without the huge initial outlay.

Private charter companies work with these FBOs to offer passengers luxurious waiting areas between flights. Some of the facilities provided include snacks, meals, comfortable lounges, a shuttle service, movie theatres, and concierge services.

These perks are all free for the passengers to enjoy.  

Any aircraft operator can hire these services for the use of their passengers. So, there’s no need to worry about missing out on your business class lounge privileges when you charter a jet. 

More About the Jet Life

If you’re a prospective passenger, selecting your flight based on what you get when you land adds the final touch to your experience.

As a charter owner, you can ensure your passengers receive the very best in service by making use of an FBO on the ground.  

Keep reading our blog for more about the luxury and convenience of private jet rental.  

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