Wheels Up highlights the time savings of jet card membership for summer travel plans

Wheels Up features its own fleet of Citation X, Citation Excel/XLS and King Air 350i

 

Of the more than 20 new jet card programs launched since the Great Recession, Wheels Up has been one of the most notable providers. Founded by Kenny Dichter, who in 2001 started Marquis Jet Partners before selling it to NetJets, Wheels Up can be credited with popularizing the use of turboprops and a membership model. 

Here’s why jet cards are the hot spot of private aviation

The diversity of jet cards has never been wider with more options and more programs from pay as you go membership to global products

 

When Sentient Jet pioneered the jet card in the late 1990s, the jet card was a defined and narrow niche. Sold in increments of 25 hours, the jet card was thought of specifically for folks who flew privately between 25 and 49 hours over the course of one to two years. The offerings were based on private jets alone. Wow, times have changed. Today there are over 35 providers and more than 250 programs. Private Jet Card Comparisons has identified over 65 variables that differentiate the offerings. What’s more, you can now find programs offering turboprops and even piston aircraft up to airliner size jet access. 

Why buying a jet card is not just about hourly rate

Private Jet Card Comparisons has compiled over 65 variables from more than 35 jet card providers covering over 250 programs and put it all into easy-to-use spreadsheets

 

Imagine having to contact 35 different companies and requesting detailed answers about program policies and fees that go beyond the marketing collateral most send out, then having to put it into spreadsheets so you can compare the offerings. Private Jet Card Comparisons has done it for you with more than 250 programs, each with different offerings, all in one place to make comparing easy for you. 

Private Jet Card Comparisons celebrates its 1st anniversary as the only independent buyer’s guide to jet card programs

Comparing more than 250 jet card programs across 65+ variables, Private Jet Card Comparisons puts over 1,000 hours of our research at your fingertips

 

As Private Jet Card Comparisons completes its first year of operations, I wanted to take a moment to thank our team, the over 35 jet card companies who endorse transparency and consumer power by providing the detailed information we request about their programs we then format and provide to you, and of course your readership and the positive feedback you’ve generously given us. 

Should I Buy A Private Jet Card?

Jet Cards now start at 10 hours, go up to over 100 hours, and include turboprops to ultra-long-range private jets

 

Buying a Jet Card can be a significant expense running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Of course, it is less than fractional or full ownership, and you don’t have the same long-term commitment. Buying a Jet Card also frees you up from the time-consuming process of on-demand charter where for every trip you are likely dealing with multiple brokers, examining aircraft profiles, reviewing pricing, including all of the extras, many which are covered by various card programs and so forth. On departures day, if something happens, you need to hope your broker can find some type of backup if something goes wrong, and then you probably have to figure out last minute transfer of funds to the new operator.