Complicated Skies: Tips for buying a jet card in an era of change

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Jet card programs are changing – daily. Here’s my advice for buying jet cards

Jet card companies are changing rules and policies for both new and existing customers on a near-daily basis.

A number of the biggest players in the jet card segment have stopped taking in new customers. NetJets, Sentient Jet, and Jet Linx are off the board. So are Executive Jet Management, Flexjet, and Priester Aviation.

Still, around 40 players are selling jet cards with fixed or capped rates and guaranteed availability, so there are plenty of choices.

Lowest price private jets for short flights

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These private jet cards are the cheapest way to make flights of 35 minutes or less

So you want to find the lowest price to fly by private jet? With all the recent program changes, we’ve run the numbers from the Private Jet Card Comparisons’ database (Update 107 for 2021) of over 50 jet card providers to give you the cheapest flight costs for short flights, from light jet to large-cabin aircraft. You can also compare jet card pricing to on-demand charter quotes.

A-to-Z recent jet card and jet membership changes cheat sheet

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In case you don’t read emails from your jet card company, here is our recap changes programs have been making in recent months

As private jet flying has reached record levels, capacity is being stretched. Providers are trying to line up more capacity. However, jet card rates, which in the past hadn’t changed for years at a time, have been on the rise. The midyear timing speaks to what’s happening in the market.

Switching jet card memberships? Here’s what you need to consider

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Delays and service lapses are leading more jet card members to see if the grass is greener with another program

The number of jet card providers has doubled in the past decade – for a good reason – they make private flying easy. It’s like having your own private jet 25 hours at a time. However, record demand, combined with supply chain and staffing issues, is leading to delays and service lapses at an unrecognizable level across private aviation.

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