It happens: an important business meeting gets rescheduled at the last minute. Or a client needs to meet with you in a completely different city than they initially planned. Or maybe your commercial flight gets cancelled and you need a backup travel plan immediately to make your deadline.
Whatever the case, corporate jet charter can provide an optimal solution for last minute changes to your itinerary. If you need air travel on the fly (pun intended), Access Jet Group can deliver.
And make sure you send this blog post to your secretary or personal assistant — they can put these tips to good use when last minute travel needs arise:
1. Be Flexible About Your Wants
Things like seating requirements may be non-negotiable. If you’re trying to get 10 people from Point A to Point B, a plane that seats six simply won’t cut it. But other details, like on board entertainment, full galleys, and multiple bathrooms, should be flexible. Beggars can’t be choosers, and you’ll be more likely to secure an aircraft that meets your needs if you can bend on some of your wants.
2. Schedule a Sliding Departure
One of the biggest benefits of flying on a corporate jet charter is having the departure scheduled around you, not the other way around. But if you’re booking a flight last minute, this might not quite be the case. There’s a chance that particular aircraft is also scheduled for another flight later in the day, so it’s important that you arrive on time or risk not being able to fly at all. Crew members can only fly so many hours in a given period per regulations, and if you show up late, the crew may no longer be legally able to make the trip.
Instead, consider scheduling a departure window (usually 1-3 hours) where you can show up at any point in that time frame and be ready for take off.
3. Research Your Airports
Choosing the right airport can help you avoid some the time crunch that comes with last minute bookings. Many major cities have at least one smaller airport that may help you get closer to your destination, and potentially save you money in the process. Work with your corporate jet broker to explore your airport options when booking your flight.
4. Connect with a Corporate Jet Charter Broker
It’s good practice to choose a corporate jet charter broker that you can partner with for every flight. Build a good relationship with them so that when you do need to make last minute arrangements, they can accommodate you in the best possible way without making you jump through hoops or asking a hundred questions. You’ll already know what it’s like to work with your broker and can feel confident in their abilities to serve you.
At Access Jet Group, we take our role as your travel concierge very seriously and are determined to help you secure the aircraft you need, even with just a few hours’ notice. Most of our clients are return customers that rely on us for all their private air travel, for both business and pleasure. Contact our team today for last minute pricing and booking information.