Private air travel surged last year when the pandemic grounded flights and spurred layoffs in aviation. Now that more people have experienced the benefits and luxury of private charters, it continues to be a favorite and preferred way to travel. Bookings to continue to increase and more people are reigniting their desires to travel, for business and pleasure. Which bears the question: Do I need to book a private jet in advance?
Historically, private jets were a go-to option for last-minute travel needs. Travelers could book weeks out, or they could request one with as much as a day’s notice. This is still the case, sometimes, but the ongoing demand for private aviation means the best approach is to book your private jet in advance.
Travel data from the past years helps to explain why.
The Number of First-Time Private Jet Guests is Growing
In light of flight cancellations during COVID, more people turned to private jet options for the first time. In part, this was because many travelers had no other choice. And in part, more consumers were piqued by the privacy, increased health and safety, and flexibility a private jet offered over a commercial flight.
According to a WINGX report, air charter demand is expected to rise this year above its pre-pandemic level.
Specifically, the report notes that in May 2021, 21% of all global fixed-wing activity came from business aviation charters — almost double that of pre-pandemic data. Business jet and prop flights are up 123% compared to the previous year. What’s more, despite commercial travel having rebounded nearly 300%, it’s still 45% below its numbers for May 2019.
Why Early Booking Matters in Private Aviation
Because of the rise in first-time private fliers that are now becoming repeat guests, booking a private jet in advance makes more sense than it did two years ago.
Early bookings give you the advantage of choosing from more aircraft inventory and help you get more from your experience. It also guarantees your booking, allowing you to move forward with your travel plans with confidence.
Early booking may also help you secure the most favorable pricing. Peak seasons, such as the summer travel season and winter holidays, can cause demand to increase and affect pricing accordingly. However, early bookings may be immune to higher pricing when booking well in advance because demand has not yet set in.
With Access Jet Group, booking in advance also allows us to match you with the right aircraft and customize your travel experience. This gives our concierge team more time to personalize your flight and create memorable experiences for you and your guests. This might be planning a special catered anniversary dinner or surprising your children with gifts and snacks.
What If You Can’t Book Your Private Charter in Advance?
One of the advantages of working with Access Jet Group’s charter brokers is that advanced bookings aren’t always a hard-and-fast requirement. We have a network of over 7,000 aircraft and operators and can often fill last-hour requests.
This is easier for us to offer because our services don’t include blackout dates, peak travel surcharges, or other hoops our guests might jump through with other providers. We offer access to private jet charters 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, as well as access to your personal concierge.
Our flexibility allows you to avoid travel uncertainty and much of the current volatility of the private jet market.
That said, booking a private jet charter on short notice may leave you vulnerable to a few drawbacks.
For starters, inventory might be lower and you may not be able to choose a specific aircraft. Picking from what’s available might impact the cost of your trip, plus you might need some flexibility in your desired travel dates and times.
In addition, increased demand in private jet travel might also mean a higher demand on the travel and hospitality industry as a whole. More travelers might lead to less availability for hotels, excursions, spa appointments, and rental car or limo reservations. The rental car sector has been particularly hard hit with many companies having limited or no inventory. And if we are able to secure a rental car for you, rates may be as much as 30-50% more than they were pre-pandemic.
When you book your entire trip well in advance, you may be more likely to secure every aspect of your experience. Better yet, lean on our expertise to handle all aspects of your travel, including making hotel accommodations, reserving ground transportation, and securing a spot at your favorite restaurant, spa, or other attraction. We aim to make your trip as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Bottom Line: Do I Need to Book a Private Jet in Advance?
Deciding how far in advance to book a private jet charter is completely up to you. But there are clear advantages of booking early, especially now that travel is rebounding and more people are using private aviation.
At Access Jet Group, we are constantly working to expand our network to give you more and better options for your private travels. We do everything possible to connect you with a flight that will fit your needs and an experience that makes your trip even more enjoyable. Even if you want to travel with very little notice, we will exhaust all possible options to ensure you have a clear path for take-off.
Once you book your charter, your personal concierge team will be in touch with you in the days and weeks leading up to your trip. We will share itinerary details with you to ensure you know your flight dates, times, and locations, as well as any special requirements or accommodations. We will also closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, any changes in recommended travel protocol, and the local requirements (e.g., COVID testing, vaccine documentation, etc.) for the cities in which you are traveling to mitigate interruptions in your trip.
For example, many European countries that have recently opened their borders to international travelers are requiring COVID testing upon entry. Some Caribbean countries (e.g., the Bahamas, Anguilla, etc.) are now exempting travelers from COVID testing if they have had the vaccine. These small but important differences can impact your travel experience, which is why we aim to remove the guesswork about what’s required of you, the traveler.
Access Jet Group is excited for the new opportunities and potential on the horizon of today’s travel industry. More passengers are discovering what we’ve known all along: that private jets offer a 360-degree better way to travel. We’re ready to help you start planning your next adventure, whether you’re visiting new places, reconnecting with family, or going back to your old favorite destinations.
Contact us today to book your upcoming trip for the best pricing and availability.