The answer is sometimes, and yes you can save money, but you need to be flexible
By various estimates, 30% to 50% of the private jet charter fleet flies empty. Why? Unlike airlines which schedule aircraft and then sell seats knowing at all times where planes are supposed to be and how many people are booked to be flying, in private aviation, the jets are waiting to go and pick up passengers willing to pay as much as $15,000 per hour to fly in them. In terms of structure, it’s as different as chalk and cheese.
Private jet membership seller JetSmarter is launching more changes
JetSmarter continues to be in the news. On August 10, it put out a news release that it had obtained more funding. It still has not disclosed how much new money it raised, however, in what appears to be a communication to members published on the website Flyertalk, the jet membership seller laid out some significant changes.
The rich are getting richer. Commercial airline service is getting worse as is the airport experience. Luckily, there are more ways to fly via private aviation where you don’t have to be worth $50 or $100 million and more.
Jettly, a Toronto-based online broker of on-demand charter and empty legs announced it has adopted the Travel Industry Council of Ontario’s code of ethics.
“In order to make sure our customers are fully protected and to remain in compliance with seller-of-travel laws, our company is now following the Travel Industry Council of Ontario code of ethics,” said company CEO Justin Crabbe. “Adopting these new guidelines has resulted in Jettly.com providing an even higher level of customer service.”
Buying a jet card or a prepaid private aviation program has many benefits, mainly not having to go to the bazaar everytime you fly as you would with on-demand charter where you have to not only compare prices, but the standards for the planes and pilots being sourced, repositioning fees, and extras such as de-icing in the winter. With most jet card programs, it also means getting guaranteed availability if you book within a contracted lead time, 24/7 customer support and service recovery.
VistaJet is planning to abolish ferry flight fees for new Program customers globally as it extends the waiver to South America and Australia. An announcement is expected next week during EBACE in Geneva.
Empty legs are the siren’s song of private jet travel. In fact, JetSmarter has built a business based on the temptation of access to free seats on empty leg flights in exchange for an upfront membership fees. Scroll its app and go through dozens of private jet flights ready to whisk you away. Dozens of providers market hundreds of empty leg flights everyday on Twitter, Instagram and via email.