Data for 26 companies covered in this spreadsheet:
*Roundtrip qualification time/definition
*Peak travel surcharge
*Destinations subject to surcharge
The area of discounts and surcharges is probably one topic where you will find the greatest degree of variation between companies that offer private jet card programs. While in a general sense, the companies either do or do not offer discounts for roundtrip travel and levy surcharges for one-way travel, peak travel days and specific destinations, for those who do address these aspects in their pricing, there can be a great deal of difference in the corporate definition of those terms.
Offering a discount for roundtrip travel is split fairly evenly in the profiled companies. However, the definition of what constitutes roundtrip travel can vary for those who do offer a discount. Most define roundtrip travel along the lines of the jet returning to the point of the trip origin and about 2 hours (or more) of flight time for each leg, but other qualifiers can come into play.
While a one-way trip surcharge is less common, some companies factor in potential re-positioning costs to bring a qualified jet to the trip’s point of origin if one is not available to meet the time factor demands of the trip.
Peak travel date surcharges (a separate listing of each program’s specific peak travel dates can be found in the Travel Planning section of this website), can range from nothing to 5% to 15% or more on some specific in-demand aircraft on specific dates.
Destinations subject to surcharges again range from zero or not applicable (meaning flights to any destination within the cards’ service areas carry no additional charge) to simply billing through any additional charges the flight accrues to international destinations to establishing a set percentage on surcharges for some destinations.
Again, a thorough examination of your own private jet travel needs is essential to properly evaluate if the limitations and/or restrictions of a particular card program will meet your needs.
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 profilees. 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