Data for 26 companies covered in this spreadsheet:
*Regular advance reservation lead time
*Peak advance reservation lead time
*Peak days for 2017
*Total 2017 peak days
*Black out days for 2017
*Multiple same time aircraft access
*Peak flight cancellation deadline-U.S.
*Peak flight cancellation deadline-International
*Flight cancellation deadline-U.S.
*Flight cancellation deadline-International
*Black out dates for upgrades/downgrades
*Interchange fee for upgrades/downgrades
Aside from the overall luxury of avoiding the traditional commercial airport and flight experience, the control of only flying with your party, the ability to remain truly productive in-flight and the perks of bespoke catering and flight crew attention, the big feather in your cap when you fly privately is that the aircraft essentially becomes “yours.” An on-demand transportation tool to do with as you please. But just how nimble and on-demand will your experience be? How much advance time is required to book your flight? What if you want to operate multiple flights to multiple destinations in the same timeframe? What if your trip requires aircraft upgrades or downgrades? How do peak travel days and blackout periods effect your varied needs? This section runs down all of these considerations.
In terms of reservation lead times, companies that offer jet card programs can require a couple of days to a few hours to nearly immediate on-demand response. Those lead times can be lengthened depending on your destination demands and whether or not you are planning to fly during what the company deems as peak travel times. Policies for canceling flights may carry similar restrictions and variations of approach.
What a company considers a peak travel day can vary as well. While generally the major U.S holidays, as well as special events like the Super Bowl, qualify as peak travel days, that number of peak travel days vary, and some jet card programs do not specify any peak travel days at all, or offer more standard access on peak travel days depending on your level of membership and payment status. While we did not receive full information from all profiled companies, only one operator specifies certain days as full black out days.
If you want to operate multiple trips on the same day, most of the profiled companies offer that option, but some place limitations on the option based on availability, your level of membership and other factors, while some guarantee multiple flight access and operation.
Similarly, while all profiled companies can assist when your trip requires an upgrade or downgrade of aircraft, some guarantee it, some guarantee it within the confines of their own range of aircraft participating in card program offerings or impose additional restrictions. Based on our responses, no card programs offering upgrades and downgrades levy an interchange fee for that flexibility.
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