Private jet travel has exploded in popularity in recent years. Gone are the days when it was reserved for the rich and famous. Nowadays everyone and anyone can book a private jet for a holiday, birthday, or business trip. Here is everything you need to know about this luxurious form of travel.
Types of Private Jets
So, first things first, what kind of private jet charter do you need? They come in different sizes, from small ones with like six seats to big ones with up to 20. Some even have cool extras like bedrooms or entertainment areas. Your choice depends on how many folks you're traveling with and how far you're going. For long-haul trips, you'll usually need a bigger jet.
The price tag for a private jet ride can vary a lot. It depends on the jet's size, your destination, how many people you're taking, and if you want fancy meals and drinks. There are three main factors to consider:
- Flight Duration
Firstly, where are you going? Short-haul flights will be much more affordable than overseas flights. Overseas flights require refuelling, making them more expensive.
- Time With Aircraft
As private jets typically return to their home base to pick up more passengers, the price will increase if you want to keep the jet available to you for a period of time. For example, simply dropping you off at your destination is more affordable than keeping the jet for two weeks and needing it to take you somewhere new every two or three days.
This is why many people only fly privately for one leg of their journey or will re-book a jet at the end of their stay to return home.
- Additional Extras
Finally, most operators will offer additional extras such as onboard food and drinks or other staff like a chef or masseuse. These extras are typically not included in the flight cost, but it is sometimes possible to find packages that include them.
People often think private jets are safer than commercial ones. Both are super safe, but private jets have that cozy, secure feeling. Fewer passengers, more landing options, and highly trained pilots make you feel like you're in good hands.
While there are several benefits to flying privately, there are three main ones that frequent private jet users love: the lack of luggage restrictions, the check-in process, and the onboard facilities.
There is a myth that you can take anything you want on a private jet, and while this is partially true, there are still some rules you need to follow. Private jets allow for more baggage simply because there are fewer passengers on board; however, there are still weight limits that you will need to discuss with the operator.
And while your pet isn’t technically “luggage”, many private jet operators allow you to travel with them onboard. This will depend on the type of animal and its needs, but more often than not, you can bring your furry friend with you.
When travelling by private jet, the check-in process is so quick and easy that you will barely remember doing it. You have your own check-in line, passport control, airport lounge, and facilities. You don’t have to arrive early; you can get on the plane almost any time before it leaves.
Finally, as mentioned already, private jets have incredible onboard facilities. You can fly on an aircraft with a fully-fitted bathroom, a bedroom, a kitchen, or an entertainment area. Bigger private jets are more similar to apartments than they are to aircraft.
Private jets also offer just that: privacy. If you want to be alone or with your partner, family, or friends, there is no better way to travel than by private jet. Especially if you treasure their rest and sleep, what could be better than an aircraft all to yourself?
When it comes to destinations, the sky is almost the limit when you are flying privately. You can land anywhere with a functioning runway or airstrip, as private jets don’t require the same infrastructure as commercial aircraft. Here are three of the most popular destinations private jet users travel to.
There is arguably no more popular destination than Sin City. With tourists from all over the world travelling to Vegas every day, a private jet is the perfect way to get in and out of the city for a weekend of fun on the Strip.
If you love skiing or want to spend a week in a snow-covered chalet, look no further than St. Moritz. For private jet travellers, St Moritz is also home to Samedan Airport, a facility dedicated to non-commercial air travel located just under five kilometres from the slopes.
Lastly, if you want to let loose and live like a celebrity, a weekend of fun in the sun in Ibiza is for you. Dubbed the “party capital of the world”, Ibiza is far more than that. With gorgeous beaches, views, delicious food, and incredibly friendly locals, this magnificent island is the ideal destination for almost anyone.
If you haven’t travelled by private jet before, hopefully, this has given you all the information you need to take your first trip. Private jet travel is now more affordable than ever, so it may be time to book a jet for your next getaway. Where are you off to now that you've got the lowdown? Vegas, St. Moritz, or Ibiza, perhaps?