Given the hassles involved with flying public, commercial airlines, ranging from lost baggage to canceled or delayed flights, many people are looking at flying by private jet as an alternative for their upcoming trips. This experience is certainly new to many who are doing it. If you’re thinking about it, then it helps to know the pros and cons involved with such travel.
Plenty of Pros
Private charter jets carry fewer passengers than commercial flights. That’s fewer people you need to interact with or get interrupted by. It’s less overall noise, and it’s faster to get on and off the plane. If the plane is only your own group, then you can unwind and enjoy each other’s company.
You also have more control over your schedule and route. Private jets serve thousands more airports than commercial airliners do. You’re also not going to be restricted to the set times and routes in their ticket schedules.
Security screenings won’t be nearly as invasive. Some verification of identities is necessary, but you’re not going to get patted down or go through body scanners and metal detectors at a lot of private airports. Your luggage won’t be as restricted, you can drive right up to your charter jet, and you can usually even bring your pets along.
You’ll also have a lot more choices about food. You might need to make them before the flight takes off, and that’s because many private jets cater their food on the ground and bring it to the plane. Still, instead of a bag of peanuts and a canned beverage, you might get to enjoy lobster and wine.
Start the Party Early (Or Keep It Going)
For instance, if you intend to head to Sin City for a vacation, then a private jet to Vegas might be just the thing you need to start your vacation early. Many people doing vacation travel don’t really feel like their vacation starts until their plane ride ends and they get to their hotel or resort. Just getting to a public airport is a hassle, and then there are baggage, security, and tickets to deal with before even getting on a crowded plane.
A private jet is something you can ride right up to and board within minutes. Then, you can fly to Vegas, or other destinations, in luxury. Enjoy great food and beverages in stylish comfort that might make you want to stay on the plane when you land. This is a great way to start your Vegas vacation on the ground in your own hometown and be in the right mindset when you land in Nevada. Alternatively, your return flight from Vegas can be a chance to recuperate en route to resuming your daily routine.
Flying Private Has a Few Cons
First of all, shared private jets will mean that you’re not flying alone. A shared flight might involve just your travel group, but it also might be two or more different parties of people all going to the same place. You should still have a better flight than you would going commercial, but you might not be in entire control of the plane’s internal environment in terms of noise, food, and conversation.
Private jets are also more prone to be impacted by weather. Bigger airplanes can simply power through quite a few storms, but smaller private jets might not be able to. Your flight might be rerouted, delayed, or even grounded.
The biggest obstacle to many private jet charters is simply the cost involved. They can easily cost several thousand dollars per hour, based on the size and kind of jet, available amenities, and baggage capacity. Having said that, a shared private jet has a number of people paying for it, and that can distribute the cost burden among multiple passengers.
Travel by private jet does involve some cost, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. The service quality and flight experience seriously transcend what you’ll get on a passenger route, and the time and hassle you save at both ends of the flight certainly save you a lot of time and stress. Weigh all these pros and cons with your various quotes as you decide what kind of flying is right for you.