Private Jet Charter: If the price is too good to be true, it might be

The recent JetLux indictment alleging over $2 million in credit card fraud may have been enabled by bargain hunting customers

Private jet charter brokers are often harangued for not having to disclose their mark-ups. The assertion is they are charging whatever the market will support, and savvy customers can negotiate better deals.

Several websites have launched in recent years connecting consumers directly with jet operators, ostensibly cutting out the middleman or at least the commissions. They claim to offer wholesale pricing making money via membership fees.

Of course, if you use them, you need to be experienced enough to know what questions you should be asking the operators to ferret out the flowers from the weeds.

Private Jet Fraud: Are more indictments coming in the JetLux case?

One private jet charter operator force posted nine transactions for more than $440,000 over a span of over five weeks while another posted fraudulent charges more than three months apart

In the recent indictment against private jet charter broker Tomer (Tom) Osovitzki covering his tenure as CEO of Jetlux, the names of all of his alleged victims, including 15 different private jet charter operators and at least one National Basketball Association team were redacted.

While indictments often redact names to protect victims, they also redact names of persons or organizations that may still be under investigation and could be subject to future charges.

Flexjet is targeting NetJets customers to switch

The two largest private jet operators in the world are headquartered 21 minutes from each other as the private jet flies. Judging by Flexjet’s current ad campaign, the gloves are off…

It’s 114 nautical miles as the private jet flies from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in central Ohio north to Cuyahoga County Airport in Cleveland. The former is home to Warren Buffett-owned NetJets, the largest operator of private jets in the world, and the undisputed leader in fractional ownership. The latter is the home turf of Golden Domer, Kenn Ricci, whose wide smile and neighborly demeanor belie that in his own right he has made a mark in aviation, acknowledged in 2017 with the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award at the 14th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.

We wanted to poke the bear

Christopher Bero, vice president of global marketing, Flexjet

NetJets adds Phenom 300, Citation Sovereign jet cards

Phenom 300 Citation Sovereign

The new NetJets jet cards give it a true light jet and another coast-to-coast option

Private Jet Comparisons has exclusively confirmed NetJets has added the Embraer Phenom 300 light jet (as we reported it would last year) and Cessna Citation Sovereign super-midsize jet to its jet card line-up, although at just over 30,000 pounds maximum takeoff weight it is classifying it as a midsize aircraft.

Both will be sold as Elite Card programs, meaning 24-hour lead-time for reservations with the hourly price including fuel, 7.5% Federal Excise Tax, and deicing. Peak day lead-time is 120 hours with a 25% surcharge.

Jet Card Deal: Alliance Aviation offers 5 free hours with 50-hour jet cards

The 48-hour jet card sale ends midnight August 30th

Alliance Aviation, the jet card charter brokerage launched in July with several former Dumont Aviation Group executives, is offering five free hours when you buy 50 hours. The short-term 48-hour sale ends midnight on Aug. 30, 2019.

In terms of savings, the five free hours works out to a 10% bonus, so it is one of the highest value promotions we’ve seen. Typical discounts or bonuses range between 3-6%. What’s more, the emailed offer allows you to fund 25 hours now and 25 hours “later.”

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