Most people think that flying by private jet is an experience best reserved for the elite. Whether it’s the smaller size, the flexible take-off times or even just the leather seats, it all feels off limits to a good chunk of the population. It’s understandable, as the words ‘private jet’ are only really heard or read next to a celebrity’s or business person’s names, making the notion of flying in a private jet see outlandish.
However, the high-end experience is now opening to the masses. One way this has been done is by hiking the prices down for certain kinds of trips. Consequently, here’s how flying by private jet is now cheaper than you initially thought.
Factors at Play
When most people think of celebrities with their private jets, they flatly think ‘nope, can’t afford that!’ Well, no, most people can’t afford to buy a private jet to blitz around the world in, but that doesn’t mean a fraction of that experience is locked off to you. However, the first thing you need to realise is that private jets don’t need to be bought; they can be hired too!
It sounds patronising, but it really is important to remember. Renting something is a lot cheaper than buying. Other factors are at play too that influence the pricing, such as; the length of the flight, where the plane is going, what services are onboard, etc. If you shop around long enough, it’s quite possible you’ll find an affordable, albeit shorter experience on a private jet!
Some private jet companies demand annual membership fees to be able to access their services. Of course, a way to cut costs here is by gathering a group of friends together and pooling your resources to afford it. It’s not just for one person either, as some annual memberships come with perks, such as taking three or four friends on trips with you. If you’re cunning and savvy, you can bag a good deal if you look in the right places.
Moreover, some private jet charters offer discounts if enough people come onboard to fill up what might be an otherwise emptier flight. Sharing is caring, and the private jets understand this to a point. If one-person boards a flight, they’re bringing less money to it too than if multiple persons got onboard. For the desperate few, some private jet companies are willing to mess around with price ranges here.
Empty Legs Flights
Empty legs are a great opportunity for the passenger looking to travel via private jet. They’re essentially redefining the ‘empty return trip’ of their course, and instead use that return journey to take a few passengers home with them for a discounted rate. Consequently, what would usually be a sedate, penniless flight back home for the plane staff can now earn them some extra cash on the side and helps them better compensate for fuel losses.
Of course, you need to be quick to take advantage of these situations, because there’s obviously a great amount of competition to get onboard and only so many seats to accommodate people. While there is certainly less wiggle room in terms of destination and flight path, if you happen to be going to the same destination and are fast enough to get your seat, the private jet experience can be yours.