Experts called it last year: the travel industry is rebounding before our very eyes after COVID. Now that more countries are reopening their borders and the desire to travel after a year at home is at an all-time high, people are making up for lost time and turning to private jet charters for faster travels.
This summer, it’s time to start exploring again and visit the destinations you’ve been dreaming about over the last year.
Now for the downside: travel bookings are spiking all over the world, so booking early will be key in ensuring your trip goes off without a hitch. Let’s look at some tips you can put to good use to fuel your summer trips.
1. Start Planning Early to Secure Your Preferred Dates
The summer season just started, but already we’re seeing an increased volume in private jet bookings. In fact, this has been a theme at Access Jet Group for much of the last year as travelers look for safer, more flexible travel options in the wake of COVID.
We can’t stress it enough: book your private jet early to get the best availability. We have a network of over 7,000 aircraft, so the chances of us securing the right size aircraft for your desired dates are strong. But we still recommend booking 30 days out or more.
2. Choose Car Sharing Services Over Rental Cars
No matter your travel budget, saving money is always a good thing. One area you can save is your ground transportation. When no one was traveling during the pandemic, rental car companies had to reduce their fleets. Now that travel is rebounding, the size of rental companies’ fleets have yet to catch up. Finding a rental car is no longer an easy process, nor is one always guaranteed even when you reserve in advance. Plus, rental prices are at least 30% higher than they were in May 2019, according to a recent report.
A better approach is to use a rideshare service like Turo, Getaround, or Zipcar. You can take your pick from a wider range of vehicles, pay for cars by the hour or by the day, and get guaranteed availability. Our concierge at Access Jet Group can arrange a rideshare on your behalf and take one thing off your to-do list, just let us know.
3. Save Money with One-Way Flights
Have you heard about empty leg flights? This is one of our favorite travel hacks to help our private jet travelers save money. Empty leg flights are the “empty” trips private jets take when they are en route to pick up a passenger or returning to their home base. Because the plane has to travel there anyway, you can usually score a heavily discounted seat.
These flights offer less flexibility than your average private jet booking. But if you’re not picky about destination, take off time, or aircraft type, then you can save money on your private jet trip.
Keep in mind that empty leg flights are one-way only. If you need to return home on a particular date, then you may need to book a one-way private flight the traditional way.
Access Jet Group’s concierge service can locate empty leg flights on your behalf. If you’re into spontaneous travel, you may never vacation the same way again!
4. Opt for a Direct Flight
When you book a flight, direct is almost always less expensive than flights with multiple connections. That’s because the price of your ticket is shared across multiple crews, airports, and aircraft, and those costs can add up quickly.
One of the advantages of using a private jet service is that you can fly directly to your location, even smaller airports with shorter runways. Get closer to your final destination instead of settling for the nearest commercial airport. As an added bonus, you can spend less time wading through larger, crowded airports, avoid longer security lines, and start enjoying your trip the moment your plane lands on the tarmac.
5. Bring the Whole Family for Volume Discounts (Pets, Too!)
When you book a private jet charter, you’re paying for the entire experience regardless of how many seats you fill. Why not use this opportunity to bring along the whole family, including your pets? The more people contributing to the cost of the private jet, the less it costs per passenger.
Perfect for families on vacation, you can transport your whole group for a flat rate and spend time reconnecting after a long year apart. You have the entire aircraft to yourself so you can spend your flight sharing stories, making memories, and sharing the experience.
Not sure if you can fit your entire family on a private jet? Leave it to us. Just tell us how many are in your party and we will find a best fit aircraft so that everyone can join the fun. We can also make arrangements for your furry family members to travel with you in comfort.
We’re looking forward to helping you travel again. For the best availability and selection in private jet charters, reach out to Access Jet Group today.