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.
With more than 50 providers and over 300 jet card programs, the 2019 guide to jet cards features several important time-saving improvements
From the Editor
The third edition of Private Jet Card Comparisons, this one for 2019, is now live and available for paid subscribers. The completely updated version features more important details that you can’t get from the websites of most providers, and for the first time ever features a price comparison tool. It brings eight providers that have launched guaranteed availability, fixed-rate jet cards since the beginning of 2018, including four new to this year’s guide (We included the others when they launched, part of our mission to keep the guide updated throughout the year). This year’s version represents the culmination of a project that began in the beginning of August and wasn’t completed until about sometime in the second half of last night’s National Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson.
While the number of jet cards providers and programs has doubled since the Great Recession, comparing pricing head-to-head used to be difficult…until now
Jet cards are soaring literally with the number of providers and programs more than doubling since the Great Recession. A key tool in the portfolio of private aviation users, jet card membership programs fit snuggly between full and fractional ownership on one side and on-demand charter on the other.
Deicing can run up to $10,000 per incidence, so if you are doing a lot of winter flying, it’s something you should consider when comparing jet cards
If you’ve mainly flown commercially, on a corporate jet or with friends, you may not have thought about deicing in terms of who’s paying for it. So you bought a jet card. Congratulations – you just made your life easier for you and whoever will be flying with you! As you sit in the FBO on a cold winter’s day and watch the truck pull up next to your jet, you might think, “Geez, I’m glad I’m not that guy on the boom lift. It must be cold up there!” You may not have realized that what was coming out of the hose was not just fluid, but money, possibly yours. Chances are you won’t find out about it until you get your monthly statement weeks late. I say possibly because some jet card programs include deicing and others don’t.
Figuring out the hourly cost of a jet card isn’t as straightforward as you might think
If you are looking to buy a jet card, chances are you start by comparing price, usually hourly rate. However, all hourly rates are not created equal. If you are shopping for a U.S. program, some jet card providers include the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax in the rates on their website and promotional literature while others don’t. It’s just one example of why it makes sense to make a detailed comparison.