Magellan Jets adds pay-as-you-go options, fine-tunes jet card offering

Magellan Jets

The jet card broker is following the trend to attract new fliers by lowering the price of entry

A year after relaunching its jet card program under the Elevate brand, Boston-based Magellan Jets is doing away with the name, keeping many of the good changes, and seemingly adding more. It’s also launching two pay-as-you-go membership options.

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Your Private Jet travel questions answered

Covid-19 Coronavirus private jet questions and answers

In this article, we deal with questions and answers to consider before calling a private jet broker or operator

With American, Delta, United, Southwest and other airlines cutting flights, if you can afford it, private aviation should be an important part of your emergency preparedness

Most media coverage so far has been about the increase in inquiries. Brokers are reporting huge jumps in the call volume.

Instead of duplicating this coverage, I wanted to answer questions you might have about how you can use private aviation to prepare for possible relocation or emergency business flights.

On-Demand Charter vs. Jet Cards pros and cons

private jet charter

You can charter a private jet trip by trip – On-Demand Charter – or buy into a program – Jet Cards.

Jet memberships or calling a broker or operator each time. Which is right for you?

Both jet cards and calling a broker to rent a private jet are forms of private jet charter or private jet rental as some call it.

In both cases, we are referring to the entire aircraft as opposed to jet sharing or buy-a-seat models.

However, when it comes to full aircraft charter, which is better – jet cards or on-demand charter?

Should you buy a jet card? Should you just reach out to several brokers before each trip, and then play them off against each other?

The debate would make the Hatfields and the McCoys proud!

Zetta Jet’s latest legal woes reveal a business “insolvent almost from inception”

The Chapter 7 Trustee for Zetta Jet alleges the glitzy private jet charter operator was in a constant state of financial distress from the start

The Trustee is seeking to claw back over $450 million from more than a dozen entities

If it sounds too good to be true, it might be too good to be true. While failed Zetta Jet marketed a champagne and caviar image, it apparently was charging Red Lobster prices and moved from financial crisis to crisis from its inception, despite portraying itself as being well-capitalized.

Its website at the time said the private jet charter operator offered “pure indulgence,” combining “Asian inspired service, European chic, and American can do.” It promised, “At Zetta Jet, no desire is too extravagant and no request too difficult.”

Private Jet Charter: If the price is too good to be true, it might be

The recent JetLux indictment alleging over $2 million in credit card fraud may have been enabled by bargain hunting customers

Private jet charter brokers are often harangued for not having to disclose their mark-ups. The assertion is they are charging whatever the market will support, and savvy customers can negotiate better deals.

Several websites have launched in recent years connecting consumers directly with jet operators, ostensibly cutting out the middleman or at least the commissions. They claim to offer wholesale pricing making money via membership fees.

Of course, if you use them, you need to be experienced enough to know what questions you should be asking the operators to ferret out the flowers from the weeds.

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