Top tips for fractional jet travel
Owning a share in a fractional jet or making use of a jet card programme offers a host of advantages over flying with scheduled airlines. And while the level of service offered is usually extremely high, there are a few things you should remember to optimize your private aviation experience.
US vacation industry expert Jeff Mills has offered some top tips to ensure the best use of fractional and jet card services on his Coastal Vacations blog.
Charter jet passengers often make the mistake of packing incorrectly. Some pack far too many items, making it difficult to board the charter flight. Moving several heavy bags makes moving the bags to and from hotels and airports difficult. Others pack too light because of space and weight restrictions. While it makes it fast and easy to move around, they often forget important items such as nausea suppressant, hair brushes, and other needed items.
Find out how much luggage the carrier recommends, and plan for it. Make a list a few days ahead of time with all the items you think you will need. Go back over it the next day, take off the items you won't need after all, and add on any items you forgot the first time. Pack up, and do one more check before leaving. You'll be glad you did once you arrive at your destination.
Make use of the perks
A charter flight provider generally offers a number of additional services to make your trip all the more enjoyable. When you book a charter jet, be sure to ask what they have on the plane. This might include drinks, entertainment such as movies, and bedding for long or overnight flights. Many passengers are so accustomed to commercial providers that they become too shy to ask, or they fail to think about these additional services altogether.
If you plan this part of your trip with enough notice, you might be able to request specific meals, additional pillows, certain movies, and many other benefits. These things set private services apart from commercial providers.
Plan for the charter flight
Passengers often spend so much time planning their trip that they forget about the time spent on the charter jet. With such a large chunk of generally uninterrupted time, a relaxing trip is the ideal time to enjoy some of the things you enjoy doing. Read a book, work on a hobby or project you've wanted to get at, listen to your favorite music, write, or do any number of things you enjoy or would like to get finished.
The provider will do all they can to meet your needs. However, they still have rules and restrictions. Weather, technical problems, and space restrictions are good examples. The provider often finds these situations far more stressful than the passengers often do since the quality of their service is their livelihood.
Regardless of whether you are a family from a small town, or a business professional from Chicago, charter jet service has the unique ability to make anyone's trip comfortable. Armed with these secrets, you may never take anything but a charter flight again.