Before shopping for a jet card ask yourself these questions

private jet card programs

Writing out your specific needs will help you find the best jet card membership for your flying

Understandably, you just want to fly. What’s more, reaching out to multiple jet card providers is a time consuming process. And as soon as you request the information, chances are you will start to get telesales and email follow-up calls. At the same time, lead generation sites sell your data to jet card companies meaning you get unsolicited calls. Whether or not you subscribe to Private Jet Card Comparisons, make sure you spend a bit of time to write down your private flying needs.

Jet Card Buyer’s Tip #6: Roundtrip and One-Way Pricing

private jet one-way and roundtrip pricing

Among the many differences between flying privately and commercially are the rules that govern one-way and roundtrip fares

One regular comment I get from subscribers is that there is a lot of jargon and lingo specific to jet cards and on-demand charter. In some ways one-way pricing may be among the most straightforward, but that’s only because roundtrip is confusing.

Jet Card Pricing: These 19 factors will impact how much you pay to fly privately

Once you buy a jet card, flying is as easy as one call or even booking online, but figuring out jet card pricing is another matter

The number of jet card providers has more than doubled over the past decade in part because jet card memberships are an easier way to access the charter market. Via fractional jet card programs and owned fleet operators, you can get a consistent experience flying the same aircraft type in like configurations previously only available via committing to five-year share contracts or owning your own aircraft. It’s no longer one size fits all with programs that start at five hours and ranging up to 100 hours. And it’s not just fixed one-way rates, but now there are now jet cards that use dynamic pricing. There are even programs where you can get both a fixed one-way rate with guaranteed availability and dynamic pricing where with the goal of beating your fixed rate, so in other words, your fixed rate is a ceiling price – you won’t go higher and you might go lower. 

5. Fees, Surcharges and Discounts

Compare membership fees, CPI escalators, charges for deicing, trip pricing methodology, taxi time charges, segment and daily minimums, roundtrip discounts, peak day surcharges, and destination surcharges

Are there any initiation fees? What are the ongoing or annual dues for your private jet membership? How often does your jet card provider increase your rates? Do you have to pay for deicing, or is it included? How does your jet card provider price your trip – actual or estimated flight time or mileage? Who pays if there is a diversion. What type of additional charges aren’t included. Does your jet card charge for taxi time? Is it included or added to daily and segment minimums? Are there roundtrip discounts? How do you qualify for roundtrip discounts? Are there peak day surcharges, and how much is the surcharge? Which destinations and airports have surcharges? By comparing the details, you will find the program that best matches your needs, saving you tens of thousands of possibly wasted dollars – and lots of research time. Find out why you should subscribe.

  • Initiation Fees
  • Annual Dues
  • CPI Escalators
  • Deicing Charges
  • Trip Pricing Methodology
  • Diversion Costs
  • Additional Billed fees
  • Taxi Time Charged
  • Segment Minimums
  • Daily Minimums
  • Roundtrip Discounts
  • Roundtrip Discount Qualifications
  • Peak Day Surcharges
  • Destinations With Surcharges

Companies Profiled:

Compare Able American Jets; AeroVanti; Air Charter Service; Air Partner; Airshare (formerly Executive Airshare); Airstream Jets Inc.; Ajax Jets; Alliance ExpertJet; Flexjet; Fly Aeolus; FlyExclusive; FXAIR; GlobeAir; GrandView Aviation; Hopscotch Air; International Jet; Jet Algo; Jet Aviation Flight Services, Inc.; Jet Edge: Jet Linx Aviation; Jetlogic Ltd.; Jet the World; JetSet Group; Jets.com; Jettly; LunaJets SA; Luxury Aircraft Solutions; Magellan Jets; Netjets (including Marquis Jet); Nicholas Air; Northern Jet Management; ONEFlight International; Outlier Jets; Paramount Business Jets; Priester Aviation; Private Jet Services Group (PJS Group); PrivateFly; Prive Jets; Qatar Executive; Quantum Jets; Sentient Jet; Silverhawk Aviation; Solairus Aviation; Starflight Aviation; Star Jets International LLC; StraightLine Private Air; Stratos Jet Charters; Tradewind Aviation; Unity Jets; Vault Jet; Velocity Jets; VeriJet; VistaJet; Wheels Up, and XO (formerly XOJET and JetSmarter).

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