Private jet card programs are the closest you can get to the experience of full or fractional ownership without the larger investment and long-term commitment
As we near the end of 2017, since the launch of Private Jet Card Comparisons in April, you are one of over 130,000 visitors who found us, and so here’s our first opportunity to say an end of the year thank you for coming. When I launched Private Jet Card Comparisons it was truly an accident. In trying to research a comprehensive story about buying private jet cards for Forbes.com, I found that there were many more players than you typically search up via a quick look at Google.
Safety standards, pilot qualifications, service recovery guarantees, medical assistance, service area and other items can often be more important than hourly rate in finding the right jet card provider
As I’ve written before, figuring out your true hourly rate isn’t necessarily straightforward. You need to factor in whether your quote includes the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax (FET), fuel surcharges, membership fees, CPI escalators, how much time is charged for taxing per segment, daily and segment minimums and even whether or not de-icing is included. Depending on when you are flying, you also need to look at peak day surcharges. Then you need to figure out which of your trips if any will qualify for roundtrip discounts. If you have a CFO, it’s probably a good project to involved his department. Excel spreadsheets are your best friend, which is one reason we have put in the more than 10,000 points of data we’ve captured into spreadsheets located on Google you can download into Excel as a subscriber (example below).
Clay Lacy offers jet card programs from $50,000 to $200,000
Clay Lacy Preferred, the operator’s jet card like offering is giving new clients a Sferra cashmere throw and a gift certificate. Clay Lacy Preferred programs are priced $50,000, $100,000 or $200,000. The deposits are refundable and there is fixed pricing. While there is not guaranteed availability, once you make your reservations they are guaranteed. Members also receive complimentary aircraft upgrades.
The SkyCard has a 4-hour call out and no peak days or peak day surcharges
If it’s the end of the year, it’s time for private jet card sellers to offer incentives for you to sign up for their programs. New York-based Star Jets International is unveiling a limited time10-hour SkyCard. “It’s the best stocking stuffer you anyone can receive. You will certainly have a happy holiday if you are giving or receiving our SkyCard,” says CEO Ricky Sitomer.
While private aviation has struggled to get back to pre-Recession levels, the number of companies selling Jet Cards has doubled
Since the Great Recession of 2008 private aviation has struggled. Flight hours dropped significantly and now just a decade later are returning to levels equal to before the financial meltdown. Orders and deliveries of new private jets still haven’t recovered, yet one area of private aviation has been growings – Jet Card Memberships.
The Jet Card start-up is focused on turboprops, pistons, very light and light jets
Pushed by what founder and CEO Tom Filippini says is strong demand in its first year of operations, Denver-based jet card seller StraightLine Private Air is making a few changes to its programs, including adding a $200,000 tier. Filippini, who didn’t want to disclose the number of members, says interest in the company is based on its somewhat different approach. The provider has also joined the fray with an end of the year offer: Join by December 31 and receive a 5% bonus up to $10,000.
In a busy year, XOJET has revamped its jet card program, opened a new sales office in Palm Beach, expanded lifestyle partnerships and continued fleet refurbishments
XOJET announced heightened investments in safety, flight standards and training as a response to a surge in business during 2017. In a press released, the company said it has appointed Daniel Ramirez, formerly at Embraer Aircraft Corporation, as its new director of safety. It said driven by a 13% increase in new membership programs under its newly-minted XOJET Access Solutions, which launched earlier this year, the company has doubled the size and reach of its Flight Standards Department and executed the on-demand private aviation industry’s first Line Operations Safety Assessment (LOSA). XOJET is the first Part 135 operator to conduct this rigorous program, which strengthens the company’s already robust set of safety protocols.