Private jet clients are smart decision makers – and that means saving money and adding maximum value to their private travel budgets. At PrivateFly we know the industry inside-out, so here are some top tips from our flight team on how to get the best possible deals to fly you further:
1. PROPS VS JETS
Consider a prop for a more cost effective solution on shorter routes (and you can also land on shorter runways, offering you more airport choices). Some turbo props such as the King Air or the ‘posh prop’ Piaggio Avanti feel just like a jet on the inside but can cost up to 20% less. (Read more: Top of the props)
2. COMPARE & BOOK ONLINE
Just like booking airline travel, private jets have come of age when it comes to price comparison. PrivateFly is a marketplace of over 5,000 aircraft worldwide meaning you have the transparency and control to see all the options online or via app, with the aircraft operators competing for your flight.
3. DOWNSIZE YOUR AIRCRAFT
Making smart aircraft choices can make a big difference to pricing. Choose a VLJ (very light jet) for short hops, just like an air taxi. The advantage of charter means you can choose the best jet for every trip requirement, and no matter which aircraft you choose, you still have the same time-saving and flexibility benefits on the ground.
4. CHOOSE YOUR AIRPORTS
Changing your airport choice can mean lower landing and handling costs, if you’re able to be flexible. In London, using Stansted instead of London City Airport for example, could save you up to £1,500 (€ 2,060) on your flight price. London Airports by private jet.
5. REDUCE POSITIONING COSTS
Your charter budget can also go further by departing from airfields where the aircraft are already located, meaning less positioning costs. (Our team will advise on this, and that’s also why PrivateFly’s technology is integrated with the live location of aircraft, to be able to pinpoint this).
6. GROUP UP
You pay the same price for the charter if there is one person on-board or if you fill all the seats. So a group travelling together can be more cost-effective than you think: whether that’s four people in a Citation Mustang paying £615 (€850) each from Nice to Milan; or a Fokker 100 regional airliner, split 109 ways at £270 pp (€375) from Geneva to Rome.
7. OLDER CAN BE WISER
Some clients insist on newest possible jets, but YOM (year of manufacture) is only part of the picture. A ten year old aircraft can cost less to charter, but still be refurbished with a high-spec interior and excellent maintenance schedule. All aircraft on PrivateFly are fully accredited, and it’s worth remembering that when flying on scheduled airlines, you are often travelling on aircraft over 20 years old.
8. EMPTY LEGS
If you are prepared to be flexible (and book at the last minute) one-way empty leg flights can give big savings of up to 75%. This can sometimes offer the chance to fly by private jet at airline prices, but empty sectors are volatile, so make sure you know the conditions around the booking.
9. ASK FOR NO FRILLS
Believe it or not, this still applies in private jet terms. For example, if you really don’t want catering on board, then you can sometimes have a reduction in the charter cost. So it’s worth asking if you really don’t want to eat on board. (Read more: private jet catering FAQs)
10. WAIVE GOODBYE TO DE-ICING
In the winter season, de-icing can be a legal requirement before an aircraft is safe to take off. This is an extra cost on top of the private jet charter price, and varies according to the amount of de-icing required. PrivateFly offers customers a de-icing waiver (from just €150 EUR per flight) giving you peace-of-mind insurance against these potential charges.
For private jet charter pricing or advice, contact us or call our 24 hour team of private jet experts on +44 (0) 1747 642 777