Show of hands, who despises airports?
They’re noisy, cramped, annoying and full of people in a hurry or in a bad mood or both. You have to spend too much time at one when taking a flight, strip down virtually to your underclothes to get through security and then the commercial airplanes themselves are cramped and no fun to be in whatsoever.
Of course the alternative is to charter your own private jet, but most people never consider the idea as they think it’s beyond their finances. Did you know that if you plan right, you can – in some cases – fly on a private jet for the same cost as coach travel on a commercial airline?
Tips When Chartering a Private Jet
Here’s how to make your hard-earned dollars stretch the furthest when you’re chartering a private jet.
1. Flexibility is key
For most of us, air travel is directed by the schedules as decided by airlines and airports around the world. When it comes to private jet hire you have the option of greater flexibility, and the more flexible you are, the more money you will save.
Of course you can’t be too flexible on location – if you’re in Miami it makes no sense to charter a flight from Tampa, for example – but if you’re flexible about times and dates you should be able to obtain a relative bargain.
2. Look around for the best deals
Again, with commercial air travel you don’t get much in the way of flexibility when it comes to finding the best deals. You’ll probably find there are no alternative options if you want to get from Destination A to Destination B on a certain day.
Because you have the opportunity to be more flexible when it comes to chartering a private jet, you have the option of shopping around. Compare prices and look for money-saving last-minute deals (just like commercial air companies, private charter companies like their aircraft to be full, and they don’t use the ‘overbooking’ tactic).
If you don’t want to hunt around but still want to save money then use a broker instead, but make sure you’re aware of the amount of commission the broker charges.
3. Group Travel Is More Cost Efficient
While it is fine to be a solo traveler, you’ll get a much better deal if you can travel as a group. If you’re traveling as a family, you may get a better deal by opting for program membership, or a regular subscription.
Smaller aircraft are cheaper to operate as they require less fuel and have lower maintenance costs. This means that you can get the best deals if you are traveling as part of a relatively small group.
4. Figure Out How Many Hours You Travel Per Year
Knowing how many hours you travel per year will help you figure out which structure of private jet chartering is best for you. In some cases, the first time people will bother to calculate this figure is when they are considering a private jet.
The following recommendation is not a scientific rule, but it is a general rule of thumb for people inside the private jet industry.
If you are traveling 50-75 hours per year, you are most likely best off with chartering a one-off on-demand style private jet service. You will likely discover it is only a little bit more expensive than your current flight accommodations, yet delivers an experience that is exponentially better.
However, if you are traveling 75-to-200 hours per year, you are likely to find a far better value in a subscription model service. This advice is based on a time to money to value equation. You don’t want to deal with scheduling one-hops over and over again once you’re traveling consistently enough.
5. Research Aircraft Based on What Services You Need
Size, scale and accommodations are going to vary based on the type of jet you charter. Do you know you will be hosting mid-air meetings? If so, how many people do you need to accommodate? Do you want to sleep well and unwind on your way to your destination? How much space is truly necessary? When you are flying private, you have far more options than you ever had before when it comes to aircrafts and amenities. Make a list of your priorities to make sure you get what you want without spending money on something you won’t even use.
If you want to learn more about chartering a private jet then please feel free to contact us here at Offland Media. We’re available by phone at 1-800-604-5193 or you can contact us online.