EXCLUSIVE: JetSmarter’s evolution is bringing branded airplanes, aircraft management, new single seat, empty leg and charter pricing, plus a new COO

Goodbye free empty legs and shared flights. JetSmarter 2.0 is a very different but potentially appealing proposition. Will there be a jet card in its future?

 

JetSmarter’s CEO and founder Sergey Petrossov might debate using the word evolution and certainly feels criticism, including from this reporter, has been unfair. Whether or not the appraisals have been correct is probably one of those YMMV type things. Either way, what’s clear to me is that JetSmarter today and even more so a year from now will be very different than when it took flight in 2013. Back then, you paid a membership fee and then indulged in free seats on shuttles that JetSmarter scheduled. There were also free empty legs where you got the entire plane for as many friends as it could fit. For aspiring private travelers, it was like being a kid in an all you can eat candy store.

JetSmarter targets jet card and fractional owners with new free trial promotion

JetSmarter is offering a free 60-day trial membership if you can prove you are already a user of whole aircraft, ownership, charter or have an active jet card

 

JetSmarter said today the company will offer a complimentary 60-day trial for its JetSmarter membership program as an alternative to jet cards and fractional ownership. The program enables members to create on-demand charter flights. To be eligible travelers must provide proof of one of the following: Charter expenses over $50,000, an existing jet card, aircraft ownership or membership with another private jet company.

JetSmarter launches a family private jet membership plan for up to six people

Following its new individual membership program, private jet membership seller JetSmarter is adding a family program

 

After quietly changing its membership model last month by limiting its $15,000 per year Smart program to renewals for existing customers and rolling out a new lower-priced offering for individuals, JetSmarter is now going after families. 

AirChicago Gears Up For June Launch

AirChicago is offering a Jet Card that provides single and guest seats on private jets with plans to fly to 30 cities using Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets with 14 executive seats instead of the typical 50 seats

 

Move over United Airlines, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Here comes AirChicago, and it’s targeting those business travelers they and the TSA have helped alienate with tighter seats, rude service, nickel and dime fees and of course the hassles of transiting the commercial terminals of O’Hare and Midway. The new service, which is slated for a launch at the end of May or beginning of June, will enable travelers to buy four different levels of membership ranging from $1,750 to $14,000 per year. You then will pay per flight with pricing designed to fit between discounted and full fare first class rates, around $500 per hour, so under $2,000 for a roundtrip between Chicago and New York. 

EXCLUSIVE: JetSmarter Is Making Major Changes To Its Private Jet Membership Offers

The private jet membership program is scrapping its SMART membership, cutting its entry price point, but hiking per flight prices and eliminating free shuttle flights for new members

 

JetSmarter has been a primary mover in trying to develop new business models that are widening access to private aviation by driving down costs, marketing empty legs (ferry flights) and single seats on scheduled shuttle flights. The shuttles save users the hassles of having to transit through commercial airports, often shaving hours off total travel time. When we heard that JetSmarter was making changes to its programs, Private Jet Card Comparisons reached out to Sergey Petrossov, CEO of the Ft. Lauderdale private jet provider, which fills the gap between commercial first class and chartering an entire jet, although they offer the latter as well. Here is our email exchange: