Data for 26 companies covered in this spreadsheet:
*Jet card name
*Annual CPI escalator
*Federal Excise/additional taxes
*Additional fuel charges/surcharges
*Taxi time billing
*Minimum flight time charged
Of course, a jet card program’s actual fee structure is where the “rubber hits the tarmac” for most customers, and there can be some telling variations in how each company approaches billing their clients.
While many companies that offer jet card programs do not asses initiation fees or annual dues, those that do charge differing levels of fees based on the nature of the card program selected, generally broken out by level/size of aircraft selected or if the card program is for individual, family or corporate use.
For card programs, the hourly rate, generally broken out by aircraft type, is the core fee that should demand the most attention and research by potential customers. While hourly fees go up as the jet used gets larger, economies of scale begin to come into play. Will you see some actual savings by buying a card program on a larger type of aircraft if you have even occasional need for more range and passenger capacity? Should you purchase a larger denomination of card membership to reap the hourly fee savings that is usually commensurate with more access purchased? An honest examination of your private jet travel demands is the key to working through these figures.
Many companies also choose to factor in the consumer price index (CPI) fluctuations to their fee structure. Those that do either include that element in the calculation of the published pricing and fees or apply the CPI or a benchmark percentage (which may be higher or lower than CPI) to program renewals or at multiple times during a year. Many simply do not factor in the CPI at all.
A Federal Excise Tax (FET) of 7.5% is charged by all companies providing jet card programs, however, some include that fee in their published pricing, some bill FET separately.
Additional fuel charges and other operational surcharges are split pretty evenly among the profiled companies: Some add these fees, some do not. Of those who do, most publish a standard fuel surcharge fee that can be set, adjustable, or set to a maximum ceiling they will charge a customer.
Miscellaneous additional fees can run the gamut from premium catering requests, ground transportation, at-request hotel accommodations, necessary overnighting for crews, deicing, and other services in addition to fees levied for peak travel and international destinations covered in the Discounts & Surcharges section of this website.
Some card programs charge for taxi time, meaning the intervals when aircraft is occupied but getting into position on the runway for departure and rolling to the gate on arrival. Those that do charge express this fee as a set number of minutes for wheels up and wheels down, generally about 6 each; with an additional percentage of an hour per flight leg, generally about .2 hours.
Even if your flight time runs relatively short, many companies charge a minimum flying time per trip. This can run from just under an hour to 1 hour per leg, 1.5 to 2 hours per day, additional minimum flight hours for specific aircraft, and/or varying minimums if the trip is one-way or roundtrip. Some programs include taxi time in that calculation, some exclude taxi time. In addition some fix longer minimum trip times for international flights.
Note: Every effort has been undertaken to ensure that all data presented is up-to-date and accurate. Information was sourced directly from the companies profiled and from verified publicly available sources. All data was offered for review and verification to the profiled companies, but some specifics may vary upon contacting the profiles. A blank area indicates that we received no response from the profiled company.
Companies profiled: Air Partner, Inc.; Airstream Jets Inc.; Clay Lacy Aviation; Delta Private Jets, Inc.; ExpertJet; Flexjet; Jet Aviation Flight Services, Inc.; Jet Linx Aviation; JetSet Group; JetSuite; Magellan Jets; Netjets; Nicholas Air; Paramount Business Jets; Private Jet Services Group (PJS Group); PrivateFly; Prive Jets; Sentient Jet; Silverhawk Aviation; Solairus Aviation; Star Jets International LLC; StraightLine Private Air; VistaJet; Wheels Up; Wholesale Jet Club; XOJET