If you aren’t sure you will need 25 hours over the next two years these programs, which start at five hours and $15,000, are an alternative to on-demand private jet charter

 

Jet cards are the hot spot of private aviation bridging the gap between on-demand charter and fractional or full aircraft ownership. Jet cards make flying easy with one call or some taps on your smartphone to arrange your flight. Many programs have guaranteed availability with one-way fixed rates so you know what you will be paying ahead of the time. You also don’t have to pay for positioning flights. Lead time to make a reservation can be as little as eight hours and unlike charter, you may be able to cancel within hours of your flight with no penalty. 

 

Of course, the key is finding the right program, and with more than 35 providers and over 250 programs, there are plenty to choose from. Paid subscribers can compare programs by 65 + variables in easy-to-use spreadsheets. Our Jet Card Decider tool provides customized recommendations on which programs fit your specific flying needs.

 

If you want to dip your toes in the water and aren’t sure you want to commit to 25 hours of flying or $100,000, these programs have the lowest entry points into jet card membership.

Getting Started:  Lowest Jet Card Charter Price or Hours

Provider

Hours

Jet Card Price

Air Partner

10 hours

$47,000

Airstream Jets

N/A

$25,000

Concord Private Jet

10 hours

Varies

Jet Aviation

10 hours

$51,000

Jet Linx

N/A

$12,500

JetSuite

N/A

$50,000

Luxury Aircraft Solutions

10 hours

Varies

Nicholas Air

15 hours

Varies

OneFlight International

5 hours

$15,000

Paramount Business Aviation

N/A

$50,000

PrivateFly

N/A

$50,000

ProspAir Air Charter

15 hours

$75,000

StarJets International

15 hours

Varies

StraightLine Private Air

N/A

$50,000

Unity Jets

N/A

$15,000

Wheels Up

N/A

$17,500

XOJET

N/A

$50,000

Keep in mind, the amounts quoted for Jet Linx and Wheels Up are just the membership fee. You start paying by the hour once you start flying. The starting prices listed for jet card price is typically for a Light Jet, Very Light Jet or Turboprop. Still, if this is your first entree into private flying or you are getting tired of going through the meat grinder by chartering each flight, these programs give you an opportunity to see the benefits of jet cards first hand with the lowest commitments.

About the Author Doug Gollan

I am Founder and Editor of Private Jet Card Comparisons, the only independent buyer's guide to jet card membership programs, and DG Amazing Experiences, a weekly luxury travel e-newsletter for private jet owners. I am also a contributor to Forbes.com