Recently we reported about StraightLine Private Air’s outreach to golfers by highlighting its partnerships with several top rated golf courses. You get a promotional credit at your choice of Bandon Dunes, Cabot Links or The Prairie Club. There is a $7,000 credit if you sign up at the $200,000 Black level, $3,5000 at the $100,000 Platinum level and $1,500 at $50,000 Silver. However, if golf isn’t one of your pursuits CEO Tom Filippini tells Private Jet Card Comparisons, you can request a flight credit bonus instead. You get a $10,000 bonus credit at $200,000, $5,000 at $100,000 and $2,500 at the $50,000 level. The offer was originally due to end on June 22, but now will run until June 30, 2018, at least if you are reading this.
StraightLine is a new player, launched last year by Filippini, the founder of vacation home club Exclusive Resorts. The program features dynamic pricing but whereas most jet card programs are exclusive to jets, the StraightLine niche is very light jets, turboprops such as the Pilatus PC-12, King Air 350i, and even piston aircraft. Filippini has previously told us that the average hourly price for a piston airplane is $1,297 while turboprops average $3,189 per hour.
Turboprops can be a good solution when you have more people than you can fit in a light jet but you are making a short flight – under 90 minutes. Many jet cards have minimums of 90 to 120 minutes on larger jets where you are guaranteed to fit eight passengers. In terms of extra flight time, for short hops, much of the flight is spent climbing or descending, which is not done at maximum speed. In congested areas is controlled by air traffic control. In other words, if you want to save money, props can do that without taking much more time. StraightLine is one of 14 jet card providers that included turboprop or piston options.