Wheels Up replaces Delta Private Jets as the exclusive American Express Premium Private Jet Program provider for U.S. Centurion and Platinum cardmembers
Wheels Up is the new American Express Premium Private Jet Program partner. It replaces Delta Private Jets, the Amex partner since 2016. Wheels Up, of course, purchased Delta Private Jets in a deal that closed a year ago in January. In other words, Wheels Up essentially renewed the existing DPJ partnership. However, that analysis ignores that the terms of the new relationship are significantly different.
New York-based charter broker Jets.com, which recently purchased a Part 135 operator, is offering a series of perks if you buy or renew a jet card before the end of the month.
You may remember those inflight magazine ads that read, “You don’t get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate.” It’s sage advice when buying a jet card or membership. That said, while a free hour may not be a given, quite a few providers offer a bonus hour via partnerships with wealth management firms and other affinity organizations. On a large cabin jet, that can mean a value of more than $10,000. However, if you buy into the wrong program, you could end up paying more than you need – and not get the experience you wanted in the first place.
With record demand, will private jet travel become more expensive? Jet card hourly prices are up 5.8% to 8.7% from December
The recent announcement by market leader NetJets it is raising jet card rates between 2% and 8% raises the question, will others follow suit?