Jet Card Insider: Wheels Up is no longer a two-trick pony

Wheels up

After bringing turboprops mainstream by championing the King Air 350i, Wheels Up is now filling out its product offerings

There are probably few privately held companies that get as much airtime on the business cable networks as Kenny Dichter and Wheels Up, his entry second entry into the world of jet cards. His debut in 2001 was an exclusive agreement with NetJets to sell jet cards onto its fractionally owned fleet. Instead of having to buy at least 50 hours per year with a five-year commitment, Marquis Jet Partners offered the opportunity to buy in 25 hours at a time.

These 14 jet card membership programs offer turboprops and piston aircraft

When is a jet card not a jet card? When it’s a turboprop or piston aircraft – which for shorter flights might be the perfect solution

 

The number of jet card programs and providers has more than doubled in the past 10 years in large part because card memberships are the easy way to charter an aircraft – as close to that tap and go Uber analogy many like to use as you can get. What’s more, you can buy jet cards in chunks ranging from five hours up to 100 hours, so you don’t have the three to five-year commitment of buying a fractional aircraft share. Of course, the trick is finding the right program for your needs, and while many programs offer all sizes and shapes of jets, not all programs off turboprop or piston solutions. 

StraightLine Private Air adds Bandon Dunes, Cabot Links and The Prairie Club as preferred partners

StraightLine Private Air was launched last year by Exclusive Resorts co-founder Tom Filippini with a focus on turboprops, piston aircraft and light jets

 

StraightLine Private Air has added Bandon Dunes, Cabot Links and The Prairie Club as preferred partners for the jet card membership program’s customers, according to an email it released. According to the announcement, the company is offering a limited number of gift cards for up to a $3,500 in cash credit to be used with its partners. To take advantage of the offer, you need to join StraightLine by June 22, 2018. 

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