Though charter demand is definitely on the rise, charter operators are still trying to recover and keep their fleets flying, which can mean great prices for you if you know what to do. Use these four simple tips to score the best pricing on your next trip.
Ask For A Better Price
That’s right, the single easiest way to get a better price is to simply ask for it. More often than not, operators will do their best to try and meet your budget and shave off anything they reasonably can. Because operators are providing you direct pricing with no added broker fees to consider, they are typically more amenable to negotiating lower pricing.
Flexibility with airports and dates/times can go a long way to scoring a lower price. Charter aircraft are constantly on the move, and lower pricing can often be had by accommodating a departure from a nearby airport where an aircraft happens to be, or by accommodating alternate days and times when the operator will be nearby or at your departure airport and can offer a lower price as a result. Use the notes section when creating a new trip request to let operators know what you are willing to consider for alternate options.
Post Round Trip Flight Requests As Two One Ways And Vice Versa
Although operators are certainly more aggressive with round trip pricing these days, the fact remains that when your trip includes more than one overnight, minimum daily pricing equal to two flight hours can come into play, adding considerable cost. To make sure you’re getting the best pricing, it’s always a good idea to post your trip both ways for best results.
Consider Smaller Aircraft
One of the main benefits of flying privately is the ability to go nonstop. However, on longer flights, charter costs can add up quickly when a larger and more expensive aircraft is required to ensure a nonstop flight. If you’re traveling with a smaller group of people, consider selecting a smaller aircraft that may require a fuel stop. On a coast to coast trip, for example, using a light jet that requires a stop can save a considerable amount compared to a super mid jet. Such savings can easily make up for the slight inconvenience of a single stop along the way.
So how much should you be paying in the first place for different size aircraft? When booking directly, you can expect the below rates as a general industry average, though as always, your mileage will vary depending on the trip, dates, and aircraft availability.
Turboprop: $1,500 – $2,000 per hour
Very Light / Light Jet: $1,900 – $2,600 per hour
Super Light Jet: $2,600 – $3,000
Mid Jet: $3,000 – $3,800
Super Mid Jet: $3,900 – $4,900
Heavy Jet: $5,000+
Ultra Long Range Jet: $7,000+
Keep in mind that these are hourly rates only, and prices can quickly creep up when considering additional typical charges such as block time fees, fuel surcharges, overnight fees, handling fees and others.
If you’re using the JetASAP app, you can easily accomplish all four steps above. When you post your request, use the Dates Flexible switch to let operators know that you can consider alternate dates and times, and then use the notes section to let operators know if you’re willing to consider other airports or options which are not nonstop. Once you receive quotes, if you like an option but feel the price is too high, start a confidential chat session with the operator and ask them if they can do any better. No matter who you use to book charter, we hope these tips help get you in the air for less on your next trip.