The best jet card? Wanting to make a quick decision without considering these important factors can be expensive and easily avoided
I’ve had private aviation salespeople tell me they have customers who spend more time researching a new coffee maker than buying a jet card. That’s understandable. Everyone wants to fly! Still, it’s easy to make mistakes. In many cases, it’s just being new to jet cards. It’s easy to assume they can’t be that different. It’s also easy to believe that one card can serve all your needs.
Are the American Express-Wheels Up benefits worth getting a Platinum card for $695?
American Express is adding Wheels Up as its Premium Private Jet Program partner, replacing Delta Private Jets. Wheels Up purchased Delta Private Jets in January 2020, and the existing American Express – DPJ partnership was set to expire on Aug. 31. Delta Private Jets had been the exclusive partner of the AX Premium Private Jet Program since 2016. But should you get the Amex Platinum card just to buy Wheels UP?
You may remember those inflight magazine ads that read, “You don’t get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate.” It’s sage advice when buying a jet card or membership. That said, while a free hour may not be a given, quite a few providers offer a bonus hour via partnerships with wealth management firms and other affinity organizations. On a large cabin jet, that can mean a value of more than $10,000. However, if you buy into the wrong program, you could end up paying more than you need – and not get the experience you wanted in the first place.
If you fly from winter weather to winter weather, deicing charges can add up. Some jet cards include deicing in your hourly rate – and they aren’t necessarily more expensive
It’s not even summer, yet. But it will soon be winter, and if that means winter weather. And that means your private jet may need deicing. Deicing can cost from under $1,000 to as much as $10,000 per incidence. The cost varies by the size of your airplane and airport rules, plus what type of fluid and how much is being used.