Do Private Flights Have to be Expensive?

April 20, 2017Diana Lengerson


If you’ve been stuck on an over-crowded commercial flight where there food is terrible and there always seems to be someone kicking the back of your seat, or wished you had a better option to impress your business clients, you’ve probably longed for a privacy of a private jet.

But, who can seriously afford to charter a private plane? It’s the realm of rich CEOs, celebrities and millionaires, right? Wrong! If you know what you’re doing you could even find a private jet that’s cheaper than a commercial airline. All you need is a little expert knowledge to make your vacations and business trips a little more luxurious.

Empty Returns

If a private jet is booked for a one-way flight, that leaves an empty return journey. The jet will probably have to fly back to its original destination, ready for the next set of passengers, but flying the return journey without an passengers means a loss for the company. This is great news if you’re looking for a cheap private charter as there’s often a deal to be done, with companies like Fly Victor offer a huge discount on empty leg flights.

Last Minute

When you’re going on vacation, you probably know that by booking at the last minute, you can get a great deal. But did you know that you can do the same thing with private jets? While this might not be the best option if you’re trying to impress clients or need to get to a meeting, if you’ve got the flexibility, search operator websites a day or two before you want to fly and you may find that prices for a private jet are way cheaper than a commercial flight.

Better Service

We tend to think of things being expensive in terms of monetary value, but what about your time? While you can use tips and tricks to find cheap private charter deals, is it worth paying extra for the service you receive?

When you fly commercially, you have to strategically plan your travel to make sure you arrive at the airport several hours before your flight, then go through the long and convoluted process of checking in luggage, going through security and boarding your flight row by row. Instead, with a private charter jet, you can arrive just before you fly, avoiding the stresses of travel. Sounds so much better, right?

Have you flown on a private jet? Do you have any tips on finding a cheap private flight? As always, let me know in the comments!

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