When Choosing A Private Jet Card Membership, Here’s Why You Should Look Beyond The Hourly Rate

Safety standards, pilot qualifications, service recovery guarantees, medical assistance, service area and other items can often be more important than hourly rate in finding the right jet card provider

 

As I’ve written before, figuring out your true hourly rate isn’t necessarily straightforward. You need to factor in whether your quote includes the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax (FET), fuel surcharges, membership fees, CPI escalators, how much time is charged for taxing per segment, daily and segment minimums and even whether or not de-icing is included. Depending on when you are flying, you also need to look at peak day surcharges. Then you need to figure out which of your trips if any will qualify for roundtrip discounts. If you have a CFO, it’s probably a good project to involved his department. Excel spreadsheets are your best friend, which is one reason we have put in the more than 10,000 points of data we’ve captured into spreadsheets located on Google you can download into Excel as a subscriber (example below). 

BREAKING NEWS: Sentient Jet Launches Guaranteed WiFi Jet Card

Sentient’s first private jet card with guaranteed WiFi will feature select Super-Mid aircraft priced below its current Super-Mid products.

 

Sentient Jet is expected to announce tomorrow its first jet card featuring guaranteed WiFi. Private Jet Card Comparisons in August reported the company, which is part of Directional Aviation, was working on the launch of this new product. SJ25+ will be a limited-edition jet card providing guaranteed access to six popular aircraft in the Super-Mid jet category, all of which are Wi-Fi enabled. Aircraft will include the Challenger 300, Citation X, Citation Sovereign, Falcon 50EX, Falcon 2000, and Gulfstream 200. 

JetSuite Adds Three Embraer Phenom 300s To Its Growing Fleet

JetSuite’s Jet Card Membership Programs Don’t Have Peak Days And Its Entire Fleet Offers WiFi

 

Jet card seller, charter operator and now management company JetSuite, Inc. announced yesterday it has added two Embraer Phenom 300s to its fleet of Phenom 100s, Citation CJ3s and an Embraer Legacy L650 added this summer.  A third Phenom 300 is coming soon and the operator expects to have 10 by the end of 2018.

Which Jet Card Programs Have Guaranteed WiFi?

Connecting to the internet is not a given in private aviation. You have to do some research

 

It’s 2017. Virtually every time I am on a domestic airline flight, there seems to be WiFi. Private jets must have WiFi, right? Well, not really. Some do, some don’t. What it means is with a handful of exceptions, while some jet card providers offer internet connectivity guarantees, it is mostly specific programs, for specific aircraft or as an add-on for a higher fee.

JET CARD INSIDER: XOJET Mixes Its Owned Private Jet Fleet And Charter With Consultative Selling

XOJET has a different take on private jet membership

 

In an industry where salespeople are sometimes viewed as too aggressive, and where there are all sorts of independent contractor business models (for example bartenders and bottle hostesses) and other brokers who lack industry experience selling private jet services, there is often the perception that it’s all about closing the deal, and sometimes it is.