Presented by Private Jet Card Comparisons – If you’re confused by the multitude of private aviation options and competing claims and tired of requesting information from providers only to be inundated by follow-up calls from salespeople, you need a subscription to Private Jet Card Comparisons.
The website doesn’t sell private jet travel, but it offers an authoritative buyer’s guide comparing hundreds of options in an easy-to-use spreadsheet format you can filter. If you don’t like spreadsheets, its VIP service provides a custom analysis. You simply answer a few questions about your flying needs via an online tool accessible from your smartphone, tablet, or desktop and click submit. There is even telephone and email support if you have questions as you go through the buying process.
While subscribers typically spend $25,000 to $500,000 per year on private flights, a 12-month subscription is only $250, including the additional services.
“If you are thinking about spending thousands of dollars on private aviation, why wouldn’t you spend $250 for an up-to-date, incredibly thorough analysis of the hundreds of options available to you?, asks Gary, a retired CEO who lives in Naples, Florida and travels to a summer home in Maine, to see the grandkids in Texas, and for fishing trips in the Bahamas.
The site is the brainchild of Doug Gollan, a veteran media executive and journalist, who is a contributor to Forbes. “In researching a story about jet cards, I realized how many choices there were – and how confusing it can be. Many people go with the recommendation of a friend but then find out their needs are different. It’s really a ‘devil is in the details’ type purchase, and what you don’t know can be expensive,” he says.
If you need, Private Jet Card Comparisons will help you figure out the best approach for your flying – chartering on a flight by flight basis, buying into a jet card or membership program, or even if you should be looking into fractional or full ownership.
In addition to providing a vetted directory of charter brokers, its continually updated comparison guide of jet cards and memberships enables subscribers to compare over 50 providers by more than 65 criteria, from hourly rates and safety standards, where you can fly, surcharges, discounts, and amenities.
Do you need WiFi? Are you bringing a pet? Will you be sending unaccompanied minors to visit the grandparents or away to camp? Not all private jets include connectivity or allow pets. The minimum age for unaccompanied minors varies as well. There are also surcharges for peak days that can range up to 40%. Some providers have no peak days. Others have more than 50. There are varying long-flight and roundtrip discounts as well.
“There is a wide variance in policies and rules between programs,” says Gollan. Some are better suited for longer flights, others for short hops.
As an example of critical details, daily minimums on a light jet can range from 0 to 120 minutes between programs. That means when taking a 40-minute flight, if your provider has a two-hour minimum, that’s what you are charged. It can be a rude awakening for newbies. Some providers include deicing in their pricing, while others charge per incidence – a post-flight charge that can range to $5,000 or more. Private Jet Card Comparisons enables you to compare the programs by what matters to you with a click of your mouse.
“This was my first time purchasing a private jet card, and the potential options were somewhat overwhelming. Doug Gollan’s Private Jet Card Comparisons site allowed me to efficiently focus on the key issues that were important to me and my family. Doug was also very accessible whenever I had any follow-up questions. It made the process of choosing a provider much easier. I highly recommend this service,” says Jerry, a Silicon Valley CEO.
In addition to helping them find the right solutions, subscribers also get perks. Private Jet Card Comparisons Rewards, introduced earlier this year, gives subscribers discounts, upgrades, perks, and VIP recognition from Las Vegas to luxury villas in Los Cabos and 5-star resorts in the U.S. and Europe.