NEW YORK, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — PrivateJetCardComparisons.com is “the Kelley Blue Book” for affluent families, business owners, CFOs, Family Offices and more searching for private jet solutions. The site compares more than 80 private jet programs across 65 points of difference and encourages consumers to “Know Before You Buy.”

Research shows only 3 percent of buyers use a consultant, mainly relying on recommendations of a friend or having their PA search for companies online.

“Consumers buying jet cards and prepaid private charter programs are spending $50,000 to more than $500,000 making it a significant investment, especially when one considers a 25-hour jet card only covers about two roundtrip flights between New York and Los Angeles,” said Doug Gollan, PrivateJetCardComparisons.com Founder and Editor-in-Chief. “Private Jet Card Comparisons fills a huge gap in the market between winging it and hiring a consultant.”

Head-to-head comparisons include corporate structure and ownership, initiation and hourly fees, aircraft and pilot sourcing standards, hourly rates, daily minimums for hours charged, charges for taxi time, refund policy, ability to rollover unused hours, insurance and liability coverage, peak travel surcharges, peak periods, advance time for reservations and cancellations, both for regular and peak period travel, WiFi availability, catering inclusions, policies for bringing pets, sending unaccompanied minors, service recovery, and VIP perks such as free jewelry, luxury hotel stays and event access. The site has a Frequently Asked Questions section, a Private Aviation Glossary and daily news feed covering private jet charters, jet cards and fractional ownership.

Gollan noted, “There are so many choices and so many differences. It’s easy to make costly mistakes. For example, some programs have a two-hour daily minimum. If you take a 40-minute flight you will be charged for two hours of flight time. The difference could be well over $10,000.” He added, “What it means, is your friends private jet card might not be right for you.”

More than 500,000 households making up the top half of the one percent by wealth can afford to buy jet cards and will find the site useful, Gollan explains. What’s more, 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies either operate private jets or use private aviation solutions such as jet cards, fractional ownership and prepaid private jet charter.

The idea for the site came about when Gollan, a contributor to Forbes.com, started researching a story about private jet cards and prepaid charter programs. In trying to compare the programs, he found that policies varied in a wide range of areas from where companies will fly you to how they calculate charges.