Comparing more than 250 jet card programs across 65+ variables, Private Jet Card Comparisons puts over 1,000 hours of our research at your fingertips.
As Private Jet Card Comparisons completes its first year of operations, I wanted to take a moment to thank our team, the over 35 jet card companies who endorse transparency and consumer power by providing the detailed information we request about their programs we then format and provide to you, and of course your readership and the positive feedback you’ve generously given us.
Last April, after more than seven months of research, Private Jet Card Comparisons opened shop. The website was an accident. It was the result of trying to put together a story about jet cards for Forbes.com, where I am a contributor, and finding out there were more players than I realized, and then learning there is a myriad of differences between the programs.
Frankly, I was surprised there wasn’t already an independent buyer’s guide out there. The only information I could find what was on the websites of the jet card sellers and two websites, which spotlighted only a handful of providers, so incomplete information. I quickly learned these sites were lead generators, collecting your personal information, then selling it to the jet companies they profiled as sales leads.
My gut was that for folks who were planning to spend $50,000 to $1,000,000 on jet cards, an independent and comprehensive buyer’s guide might be useful, particularly one that didn’t make selling your data its revenue model. We figured most buyers or their surrogates who were helping with the research would probably be familiar with spreadsheets from owning and managing businesses, so we decided to use Google spreadsheets so that subscribers could download the data into Excel for personal use. With over 65 variables, after testing several formats, we saw spreadsheets provide the easiest way to make comparisons between the programs.
Knowing you would not want to get slammed by salespeople following up on “hot” leads from selling your data, we decided to go with a subscription model with the thinking at $250 it was a reasonable amount, considering that it took well over 1,000 hours to gather and compile the information, we continuously update it, send out alerts when there are special deals and changes to programs, and I make myself available to answer subscriber questions.
We launched by comparing 2017 jet card programs, and in January published our second edition to cover updates for 2018, so now we have two editions under our belt. The media noticed, and we’ve been profiled in Barron’s, which called us “a modern-day online Kelley Blue Book for private jet cards” as well as Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, Luxury Daily, Business Insider, Business Traveller, Business Travel Executive, MarketWatch, Aviation International News, Corporate Jet Investor and other key media.
Private Jet Card Comparisons compares over 250 jet card programs from more than 35 providers across 65+ variables in easy-to-use spreadsheets saving hours of research and thousands of dollars from choosing the wrong program. We do not charge companies to be included. Companies compared:
The best program for you is the one that fits your unique flying needs. It’s not something you can find by checking off a few boxes. However, by quickly reviewing the over 65 variables we compare, subscribers can easily focus on the areas that impact their flying, and then identify the programs that best fit their requirements, be it standards for sourcing aircraft and flight crew, guaranteed WiFi, hourly rates, roundtrip discounts, the ability to source multiple aircraft at the same time, etc.
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