Flying private can be an incredibly luxurious experience, but it can also cost a lot of money. Fortunately, there are several tips and strategies to help you save money when flying private, such as shopping around and comparing prices, asking about empty leg flights, using efficient aircrafts, and taking advantage of certain programs. In this article we’ll explore these options in greater detail, as well as look at jet memberships, which can give access to wholesale rates for your private flights.
Shopping around and comparing prices
The first step to saving money when flying privately is to shop around and compare prices from different charter companies. This can give you an idea of what you should expect to pay for a particular flight when chartering a specific aircraft. This can vary by company. With that being said, steer clear of companies that lack a solid reputation with little to no experience in the field. Getting a fair price is important, and at Luxury Aircraft Solutions, we strive to make our customers a top priority. However, it is not the only factor that should be taken into consideration when selecting an aviation company. You’ll also want to charter a flight with a company that has a strong reputation for safety and excellent customer service, which we also pride ourselves on.
Empty leg flights
Empty leg flights are an excellent way to save money when booking private travel. It works by chartering a plane that is already scheduled to travel from one location to another and then back again. This means that the plane will fly with or without passengers regardless, so it makes sense for all involved parties to fill those empty seats. Empty legs can be cheaper than normal charters because they require no extra fuel costs, and they often shorten the usual lead-time required for booking flights. The more flexible you are with your flight plans, the better off you’ll be in terms of finding an empty leg charter.
When selecting an aircraft for your flight, make sure you pick one that is appropriate for your specific needs, but is also fuel efficient. While large jets may seem attractive due to their spaciousness and luxurious amenities, they usually require more fuel than smaller aircrafts which, results in higher operating costs overall. Opting for smaller, more efficient planes will help you save money in the end. A smaller turboprop, for example, could save you significant amounts of money over time without sacrificing comfort or luxury in any way. Look into all available options before making your decision; this will ensure that you get the best deal possible!
Avoid last-minute bookings
Planning ahead is one of the best strategies for saving money when flying private, unless you are looking to charter an empty leg flight. Last-minute bookings can be more expensive due to limited availability and lack of competition for pricing structure.
Don’t rush through the booking process
Making sure you compare the different pricing options available when chartering your flight, especially if you are a first-timer and looking to cut costs where possible. Take the time to do your research, ask questions, and inquire about available discounts before chartering a flight – this could save you a lot of money in the long run. For example, aside from chartering an empty leg, some other ways to save when chartering your flight could be to sign up for a jet card or enroll in a jet membership program.
Charter only one leg of your journey
One approach to saving money when flying private is to consider chartering just one leg of your journey. This can be a good option if you’re looking to experience the luxury of private aviation without spending too much. One way to charter just a portion of your journey is to fly private one way, and fly commercial the other. Charter flights are often booked as round-trip flights, but they don’t have to be. Maybe you want to make the outbound flight of your journey as relaxing and luxurious as possible, and you want to start your trip off right. On the other hand, maybe after a hectic trip, you want to unwind and relax on your way home on a private flight.
There are other ways to charter just a portion of your journey; for example, if you’re flying internationally and need to change planes, you can charter a private flight from your closest municipal airport to a major international airport that will get you closer to your destination. From there, you can fly commercial – this way, you’ll cut down the expense of a chartered plane, while still enjoying the convenience of flying privately.
Jet Memberships and wholesale rates
Different types of jet membership programs can help customers cut costs when flying private. In particular, our JetMembership.com program provides a truly unique pricing model that gives members access to wholesale rates on all private flights in exchange for a flat membership fee. Contact us today to learn more about our Jet Membership program and to enroll!