Friday, December 29, 2017

Private Jet ?

pic from robbreport

Something for serious consideration is the use of private jets to travel internally within America. There are several private jet companies in America including Delta and it's mainly about corporate travel, although people do use it for luxury vacations and getting to hard to reach places (no frills). To charter a private plane start from $10,000 (一万), if you can fill it up it works out to about $1,000 per person for in-country travel. This is about the same price on commercial airlines for less popular routes, state to state. 

pic from Delta Private Jet

From my personal experience I can tell you commercial flight is just not comfortable in America. I flew around quite a bit in my student days in the US and there were countless baggage checks on non-US citizens, you had to be physically fit to open all your luggage for checks and repack it, then repeat it a few more times even for check-in baggage. 

Then there is the infamous "special service" from United / Delta / America / Southwest airlines. I have had flight delays for almost 24 hours simply because the crew didn't turn up. People didn't used to talk about it but now they do when airline stewardesses have bad days and just freak out on passengers full on. I am not sure if that's racism or just accepting that they're stressed out.

Just checking out the newer Jet Charter companies like JetSmarter co-funded by Jay-Z. Pay a flat $10,000 1 year membership fee to download a phone app that allows you to charter a flight or show chartered flights near you with available seating. If you spend more than $10,000 on flights that year,  you can top up the payments as you go. Magellan Jets appeared on Shark Tank and it sells Jet Cards with flight hours like a phone card. The popular 25 hour Jet Card costs $200,000 to $350,000 depending on the plane model you prefer (gulfstream/challenger/sovereign).

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