Imagine you get up in the morning and instead of going for your 9 to 5 job, you decide to go to The Bahamas. Inspired by the Hollywood A-Listers, you think it will be best to take a charter service that’ll have comfy leather seats, enough legroom, the chances of a baby crying in the seat behind you is close to zero (unless you plan to travel with one), no need to wait for your flight (instead the pilot waits for you), and yes, you do not need to wait in a long line for your security check.
I am sure you are imagining yourself no less a millionaire. Time’s changing and the joys once used by the rich and famous (and you loathe), can be used by you provided you know how to buy cleverly. There are a decent number of websites out there which like hotel booking websites are offering pretty sweet deals to fill the unused inventory.
One has to be a smart shopper to understand when and where to get these deals. In most of the cases, you will see these as last-minute deals. Charter services have noticed that a good percentage of private jet seats are empty. The best way to fill these seats? Offer last-minute deals at an affordable rate.
What helps the consumer more is the fact that charter services will slowly be competing to fill these empty seats. Some of the current providers with good deals include JetSuite.com, Surf Air, and FLITE Air Taxi. One thing to note is that you will find such exciting deals only for one-way flights. The probability of find a return ticket with such good prices are bare minimal. Also, it is extremely important to read he contract to understand if there are any hidden costs – such as landing/airport fees or de-icing fees.
In most cases, you will not be able to get just one discount ticket; you will have to find a group so that you can get maximum savings. Further, t’s highly unlikely that you will get a new swanky private jet – you will mostly be travelling in a single-propeller turbo plane. These plans user comparatively less fuel than larger jets and thus, cost less. Also, to be safe, ensure that the pilot has adequate experience for you to have a comfortable journey.
Few things to keep in mind to get a good deal: you will have to be a bit flexible with your timings, it’ll be worth waiting for up to 3 days before you want to fly to find a good deal. Weekends are going to be comparatively expensive. Surf around and find the best deals across different charter service websites; also search for websites that compare the prices of private jets across various providers, for example, FlyVictor.com. Also, make sure you have a group of around 4 or 5 to try and get a good deal as in most cases charter services want you to rent out the whole plan.