The leading jet card seller has added a dozen partners and more than 30 new experiences for its customers giving over six figures in value
In private aviation’s version of the Neiman Marcus holiday catalog, the Exclusive Benefits guide from Sentient Jet for its members arrived in my inbox over the weekend. Sentient’s CEO Andrew Collins tells Private Jet Card Comparisons 12 partners have been added to its lifestyle offering for 2018, including a new partnership with The Eden Residence Club, waiving the $100,000 joining fee. The American Express tagline used to be “membership had its privileges,” and the Sentient member offerings would not dissuade anyone from that. We counted over $125,000 in pure freebies and discounts, nearly the cost of Sentient’s Light Jet Select card which is priced at $127,325.
If 2017 was the year of the Jet Card with big sales increases, new entrants and new products, 2018 may hold even more twists and turns
In the spirit of sticking out our neck and hoping you don’t look back at our predictions come New Year’s 2019, we have looked into our crystal ball and assembled five trends we think are worth paying attention to if you are shopping for a Jet Card.
If you assume that all jet card programs are similar, you are making a mistake. Here are some common misperceptions.
In a decade where private jet flying has had to gradually climb back to pre-2008 recession levels and delivery of new aircraft has yet to reach those historic heights, the number of jet card providers has more than doubled. Why? Jet cards provide an experience as close as you can get to whole or fractional aircraft ownership without the same financial or long-term commitment. It’s also easier than on-demand charter where each time you are comparing aircraft served up by your broker and then having to worry about ferry fees and if you are making late plans, wiring money, particularly on holidays.
The Jet Card start-up is focused on turboprops, pistons, very light and light jets
Pushed by what founder and CEO Tom Filippini says is strong demand in its first year of operations, Denver-based jet card seller StraightLine Private Air is making a few changes to its programs, including adding a $200,000 tier. Filippini, who didn’t want to disclose the number of members, says interest in the company is based on its somewhat different approach. The provider has also joined the fray with an end of the year offer: Join by December 31 and receive a 5% bonus up to $10,000.
Jet Card Membership Programs provide users convenience when they fly privately, but finding the true hourly rate you will be paying often takes a bit of work
You ask your assistant to go to a few private jet card membership websites and check out the hourly rates. She follows your instructions and puts them in a comparison chart for you. That was easy! Then you join. You get your first invoice, and shock, the prices you are paying have nothing to do with the rates on the website. It reminds you of that $29 per day car rental that ended up costing you $79.
The jet card seller offers customers an extensive array of lifestyle partnerships valued at over $35,000
Directional Aviation’s Sentient Jet (sister to Flexjet and Skyjet) announced it has extended its relationship with PinnacleCare, a private health advisory firm that guides clients through complex healthcare challenges and facilitates access to the country’s top doctors and hospitals. The partnership, which launched in January 2017, provides Sentient Jet Cardholders with access to medical evacuation and expert healthcare advisory services whether at home or abroad.
Private Jet Card Comparisons is the only independent buyer’s guide providing subscribers head-to-head comparisons of over 100 private jet card membership programs in easy-to-use spreadsheets. Compare hourly rates, pricing, fees and more than 65 variables
To find the right jet card program for your needs takes a bit of work. While many buyers rely on recommendations from their friends, your friends’ flying habits are probably different from yours. At the same time, you can have your assistant or finance department do some Google research. They will come back with a handful of randomly selected companies. They then have to spend time filling in request forms with providers and waiting for each jet card seller to send their information. After that, they need to take the collateral and put it into a form where you can start comparing programs which vary widely. What’s more, they will have to spend time going back to providers and asking them for information they didn’t provide.