Pricing for jet cards varies by provider, however, just looking at hourly rates to compare total cost can cost you lots of money
Price, as in, “What is the hourly rate?” is often the first question buyers ask. Too often it’s the only one they ask when it comes to what they will actually end up spending. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to specifically look at how much your actual flights will cost with each provider.
Because flying with jet cards is easy, assuming buying one is easy and something you can do without taking the time to compare the details can be expensive as you will see.
Once you buy a jet card, flying is as easy as one call or even booking online, but figuring out jet card pricing is another matter
The number of jet card providers has more than doubled over the past decade in part because jet card memberships are an easier way to access the charter market. Via fractional jet card programs and owned fleet operators, you can get a consistent experience flying the same aircraft type in like configurations previously only available via committing to five-year share contracts or owning your own aircraft. It’s no longer one size fits all with programs that start at five hours and ranging up to 100 hours. And it’s not just fixed one-way rates, but now there are now jet cards that use dynamic pricing. There are even programs where you can get both a fixed one-way rate with guaranteed availability and dynamic pricing where with the goal of beating your fixed rate, so in other words, your fixed rate is a ceiling price – you won’t go higher and you might go lower.
Many savvy private aviation users assume all jet cards are pretty much the same. I can tell you they are not, and while there are many good choices, the right choice depends on your needs.