A Kentucky Derby price comparison of Jet Cards vs. On-Demand Charter

If you are looking for the lowest price, our fastest two minutes of comparing private aviation options (again) shows an answer that might be a surprise

 

If you are flying between 10 and 100 hours per year (fractional ownership starts at 50 hours and requires a three to five-year commitment plus financing your share) jet cards and on-demand charter are generally the two easiest options. While on-demand charter enables you to choose a specific aircraft, due to operational reasons the aircraft you select sometimes changes, and if your broker is sourcing your plane from a fleet operator, often times your tail number isn’t confirmed until close to your flight time. With jet cards you are more typically buying into a jet size category – Light Jets, Midsize Jets, etc. although some programs offer specific jet types. 

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.

Delta Private Jets enhances its Sky Access empty leg membership program

If you hate the airport, don’t hate the airline. Wholly owned by Delta Air Lines, Delta Private Jets offers on-demand charter, jet cards and a nifty empty leg membership program.

 

Delta Private Jets (DPJ) announced today that it is enhancing its Sky Access membership program by making it easier for members to book empty leg flights and by offering a 20% discount off select, published Delta Air Lines fares to get you home from your empty leg destination. 

Sentient Jet debuts new website; Forecasts $300 million in 2018 jet card sales

The jet card seller says it just had its best quarter in over 10 years in both revenues and hours flown

 

Directional Aviation’s Sentient Jet has launched a new website featuring operational and visual enhancements to improve the customer experience the company said in a press release. In the announcement, Sentient (other Directional companies include Flexjet and Skyjet) said the website launch follows several technological milestones for the company, including the launch of a new mobile application in 2016. On the business side, the company said it is forecasting nearly $300 million in jet card sales in 2018 and just recorded its most successful quarter in terms of both sales and flying volume in over 10 years. 

All Nippon Airways forms private jet charter company

ANA Business Jet is a new joint venture that will offer private jet charter service within Japan as well as to destinations in Asia

 

ANA Holdings, Inc. (ANA HD) and Sojitz last week announced that they will establish a new company offering private jet charter flights by ANA Business Jet Co., Ltd. Other scheduled airlines that include private jet divisions or investments include Korean Air, Hainan Airlines (sister Deer Jet), Lufthansa (via NetJets), Qatar Airways, Delta Air Lines, and JetBlue (multiple investments in JetSuite).