Fractional operator Flexjet is restarting jet card sales to new customers with fewer peak days, but a twist.
Some things will seem familiar, but some are different.
D.J. Hanlon, Executive Vice President of Sales, says Flexjet’s approach is similar to before it suspended new customer sales.
The suspension came as record demand swamped providers.
Hanlon sees the card program more for prospects interested in fractional ownership but not ready to commit.
However, the cards should also appeal to the flexible flyer, those of you looking to fly beyond the Continental 48 states, folks who make short hops, folks who want a stand-up super mid cabin, and anyone who needs best-in-class ability to cancel without penalty on short notice.
Looking at the details of Flexjet’s relaunched jet cards, there is a lot to like.
The peak and non-peak callout is 120 hours.
What’s more, is cancelation notice is just 24 hours, non-peak.
For your first card, you have up to 12 months to use your 25 hours.
During that period, there are 10 blackout dates and 35 more days where Flexjet can move your departure +/- 3 hours, although there is no surcharge.
Previously, surcharges ranged up to 35%.
If you want subsequent cards, all 45 peak and high-demand dates are blacked out, so yes, it’s not right for everyone.
After halting sales to new customers, Flexjet did renew existing card customers but had over 120 peak days.
The Phenom 300 card has a generous one-way service area, including Alaska, Bermuda, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America.
The Challenger 300 card includes Hawaii.
There is no surcharge for international, Hawaii, and Alaska flights.
Staying the same, and again something that makes the Flexjet cards attractive, are the 60-minute minimums, including taxi time.
While Flexjet may not intend to be a player in the card market (sister Sentient Jet is a dominant force with $450 million in sales last year), the program should appeal to a fairly broad spectrum of flyers.