Flying Private From New York City May Actually Save You Money
The many benefits of private jet travel make it an ideal way to fly. A few of the advantages include comfort, convenience and luxury.
Travel by way of a private jet often includes many extras, such as quiet terminals, no long lines, no rushing, and an enjoyable flight.
In the past, these privileges came at a high price. This is not the case anymore.
Recent years have brought about changes in private jet travel.
New programs, such as empty leg charters, Uber-style booking services and repositioning flights have made it much more reasonable to fly on a private jet. In fact, it is sometimes cheaper to fly by private jet than to take a commercial flight.
Empty Leg and Repositioning Flights
When a private jet is chartered by someone, it has to be delivered back to its base destination or its next pick-up point. In the past, these flights would fly empty, earning them the name “empty leg” flights. Nearly 40 percent of all private flights operated without passengers. This is a significant waste of money for the private charter companies. They have recently begun to offer these empty seats at a steep discount. These discounts can make it cheaper to fly on a private jet versus commercial, especially since you there is no baggage, seat assignment or other fees on private jets. Passengers bring as much luggage as they desire. There is no charge for seat assignments. You can sit wherever you like on a private jet. If you want to bring Fido along on your private flight, there is no charge for that either.
Cost Savings of Flying Via a Private Jet
Here is an example of just how much less a private flight can cost compared to commercial. A recent private charter flight for six people from a private airport in the New York City area to Nassau, Bahamas was listed at $1,074. That equals roughly $179 a person. In comparison, flights from New York City (NYC) to Nassau are currently listed as $260 on United Airlines. Here are some of the typical extra fees with United Airlines:
- Checked Bag Fee is $25
- In-Cabin Pet Fee is $125-$250
- Reservation by Phone Fee: $25
As you can see, for this particular flight, it would be cheaper for a family or party of six to fly by way of a charter or private jet. In addition to the cost savings, private jet passengers often have access to upscale amenities, such as spa rooms, private lounges and free parking. These benefits make flying via private jet a win-win situation.
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