Coronavirus Emergency Planning: Should you buy a Jet Card now?

Coronavirus private jet travel

Jet cards that offer fixed rates and guaranteed availability can be handy in a crisis

– With airlines already reducing flights, access to private aviation could be critical to both your business and family

During natural disasters, particularly before and after hurricanes, we’ve seen again and again how access to private jets can literally be a lifesaver.

However, if private jet access can be a lifeboat, like when the Titanic hit an iceberg and sunk, when everyone needs a private jet at the same time, capacity isn’t always there.

Here’s how flying private can boost your company’s profits

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Using private aviation for your business can help boost efficiency, employee retention, sales and profits

Many companies that could benefit from using private jets or even turboprops eschew private flying for a myriad of reasons, which are easy to understand.

However, those reasons could be costing you growth in sales and profits. You could also be losing key employees!

First of all, there is a negative stereotype about private jet travel, mainly that it’s environmentally unfriendly.

The fact is that all aviation is only 2% of global emissions. Business aviation is just 2% of that 2% number.

On-Demand Charter vs. Jet Cards pros and cons

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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!

Jet Card Aircraft Options 101, including pricing and costs

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Light Jet, Large Cabin Jet, Turboprops, or specific types such as the Embraer Phenom 300?

Your guide to finding the perfect cabin category, or private jet (and turboprop) specific Jet Card for your needs

Jet cards are the fastest-growing segment of private jet charter. Over the past decade the number of companies offering jet memberships more than doubled.

Private Jet Card Comparisons has cataloged over 55 providers, including all the key players such as NetJets (both Elite and Marquis Jet card), Flexjet, Sentient, Wheels Up, Delta Private Jets, JetSuite, Jet Linx, VistaJet, PJS Group, Magellan Jets, and XO. In total, there are more than 300 programs so you can find the right one.

We’ve identified over 65 variables that can impact your selection. We’ve also made it easy to compare, cutting research time by weeks and days to less than an hour. You have over 18,000 data points at your fingertips.

Private jet charters by cabin size, aircraft type, and price

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Private jet charter broker PrivateFly has released data on charter pricing, as well as preferred cabin size and jet models

While Brexit and some of Europe’s sputtering economies may be making headlines in the business press, Directional Aviation’s PrivateFly said it enjoyed a 26% jump for flights in Europe during the third quarter of 2019, compared to last year. 

Adam Twidell, PrivateFly’s CEO said, “Demand growth was generated from new and existing PrivateFly clients, and from our extended OneSky family (and) Our market-leading pricing, including the certainty offered by our fixed-route City Pairs offer on the Nextant 400XTi and Legacy 600.”

The company also released data on charter pricing, as well as preferred cabin size, jet models, and demographics.

According to PrivateFly, the Top 10 destinations for its clients is led by London, followed by New York, Nice, Ibiza, Paris, Milan, Palma de Mallorca, Zurich, Olbia, and Cannes.

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