Vista Global’s XO is now offering empty legs to non-members

After the June merger of JetSmarter and XOJET, the new FlyXO.com has been tweaking the jet sharing part of its offering

Vista Global is continuing to put its stamp on its XO brand since merging JetSmarter and XOJET at the beginning of the summer. First, it added JetSmarter’s jet sharing functionality to the former XOJET dynamic jet card pricing memberships.

The move meant that XO Select and Signature memberships could all of a sudden share seats on flights they had booked with their deposits. Elite members who get fixed rates can’t share seats on those flights, but otherwise, get all the perks a JetSmarter member received.

XO also tweaked Select Access and non-member options. In essence, there are two versions of Select Access. But the big news is non-members can now book seats on at least some empty legs.

Air Partner adds fixed-rate, guaranteed availability transatlantic jet card pricing

The jet card broker is launching fixed-rate, guaranteed availability between the U.S. and Europe

U.K.-based charter broker Air Partner will announce later today it has signed up six charter operators who will provide more than 50 long-range private jets for new fixed-rate, guaranteed availability jet card pricing between the U.S. and Europe.

With a buy-in starting at just 10 hours, and the ability to refund unused funds, the new offering is likely to have a wide appeal for its target market, particularly travelers who want set pricing but don’t fly enough to make multi-year commitments to key competitors for the route such as NetJets, Flexjet and Vistajet.

The new cross the pond rates connect Air Partner’s existing fixed-rate, guaranteed availability primary service areas for its jet card customers covering the U.S., Caribbean, and Europe. Air Partner is one of the few jet card programs offering fixed rates for flights within both the U.S and Europe.

“Over the past few years, we’ve noticed increasing demand for an improved transatlantic option to better connect our clients in the United States with Europe,” said David McCown, president of Air Partner U.S. “We’re dedicated to continuously creating innovative travel solutions to best serve our customers, and we are pleased to today become the first jet membership program to offer a fixed Trans-Atlantic rate.”

Transatlantic jet card pricing

Beyond a cost of $15,650 per hour with a seven-hour segment minimum, there is a 15% roundtrip discount based on an average of at least four flight hours per day.

Jet Card Buyer’s Tip #3: Do I need guaranteed availability?

Why do I need guaranteed availability with a jet card?

In this article we talk about one of the key components of a jet card that not all programs offer

You might ask, “How can you say guaranteed availability is a key component of a jet card, yet not all programs offer it.” OK, call it a flourless cake. Unlike products such as the sparkling wine that comes from Champagne, France, there are no laws that regulate what’s in your jet card. As the number of providers and programs has exploded in the past decade, it has meant that new twists on cards that omit features traditionalists believe are mandatory.

10 reasons jet cards beat on-demand charter

Airstream Jets

While there are reasons to use jet cards and on-demand charter, there are a number of key selling points for jet cards

 

The age-old question of jet cards versus on-demand charter sees advocates of each dig their heels in. While many jet card providers also sell on-demand charter, many brokers only sell ad-hoc charters and don’t offer a jet card membership option. Their main arguments against jet cards are tying up your money with six-figure deposits and the promise of better pricing. They rightfully point out you need to do due diligence about the financial stability of the company you are giving that money to, or at least make sure there is an escrow account. At the same time, consumers have lost money through bankruptcies of on-demand charter operators.

Why guaranteed availability and fixed one-way pricing are key components of buying a jet card

Of the more than 65 variables that separate the over 250 jet card programs tracked by Private Jet Card Comparisons, guaranteed availability and fixed one-way pricing are two of the most important to understand

 

Each week I have the opportunity to help out Private Jet Card Comparisons’ subscribers identify the jet card programs that best fit their needs. It can be a big investment, ranging from $50,000 to over $500,000 annually. To help me help them, I ask that they fill out our brief VVIP Jet Card Decider form which asks them a bit about their planned private travel, including basics such as where they are going, when, how long they are going for, how many people they are traveling with, will there be pets or unaccompanied minors, do they need WiFi, if there is any oversize luggage, are they interested in turboprop solutions, and preferences for specific aircraft types. 

Priester Aviation is launching a jet card membership program (updated)

Priester Aviation

Chicago-based private aircraft management company Priester Aviation is launching an invitation-only jet card

 

After testing jet card offerings in Chicago and Dallas earlier this year, Priester Aviation is now rolling out its entry into the increasingly crowded jet card market. According to an email received by Private Jet Card Comparisons, the program named Centerline will be “by invitation only” and is targeted “for the world’s most discerning traveler.” Since the Great Recession, the number of jet card providers has more than doubled with over 40 sellers and over 250 different programs.  Jet cards as a product type are increasingly coming in more flavors, including dynamic pricing and denominations starting at five hours. Earlier today, Wheels Up announced it will launch a membership program next year targeting fliers who need less than 10 hours per year. On the other end of the market, there are jet cards with published pricing up to 100 hours. 

Air Charter Service in top 30 of Sunday Times Top Track 250 list

Air Charter Service recently introduced a new jet card product with guaranteed availability and a maximum hourly price

 

Air Charter Service has placed 29th in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 list, published in last Sunday’s edition of the weekly newspaper with the company’s sales grew by 39% to £479 million ($553 million). The list, produced every year since 2004, and ranks Britain’s top 250 mid-market private companies by their revenues over the previous year, from published accounts. 

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