By Abbey Hayes
How much does it cost to charter a private jet? Flying private might seem out of reach, but maybe not. Even though it’s more expensive than first-class, it could be worth the extra cost.
The pandemic has made people look for alternative ways of travelling that don’t necessitate close contact for extended periods. Also, flying on a private jet is on some people’s bucket lists.
Driving or taking a train doesn’t always work if you want to fly internationally. And even though chartering a private jet can seem extravagant, there are reasons why flying private is more accessible than you think. Learn more about how to navigate chartering a private jet.
Book by the Seat
Even though this isn’t technically flying private, booking by the seat still reduces your exposure to other passengers. Some charter services will allow you to buy individual tickets on scheduled flights, usually short-haul or commuter flights.
Instead of flying with a hundred or more people, you would be in an aircraft that holds somewhere around 30 people. Some short-haul flights can be as cheap as $100, while longer flights can reach into the thousands.
Similar to booking by the seat, you also have the option of shared charters. A shared charter is when someone charters a private aircraft and sells off the seats to make it more affordable.
Unlike booking by the seat, the experience tends to be luxurious thanks to the amenities available, but the cost will be higher, typically in the thousands.
However, this allows the passenger who originally booked the plane to cut their cost significantly. Shared charters are also an option for a large group that wants to fly privately together.
Empty Leg Charters
If you’re diligent, you might be able to snag an empty leg charter. An empty leg is the return flight from a one-way charter, and the charter service books the aircraft at a heavily discounted rate. This is to avoid allowing the plane to fly back empty.
There are some caveats, however, with empty leg charter jets. If another customer is willing to pay full price, you’ll lose your spot and would have to find another flight. But if you have flexible travel plans and flying on a private jet is a dream, it might be worth it.
Don’t be afraid to explore all the reasons why flying private is more accessible than you think. You might be able to secure a ticket and have the experience of a lifetime.
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