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Private Jet Membership Vs. Flying Commercial: 5 Questions Answered

As we weather these uncertain times, many are considering the safety of private aviation as an alternative to flying commercial. While there are many ways to fly privately, private jet membership is widely considered the most responsible solution, offering unique benefits for businesses and individuals. Learn more about how a private jet membership compares to commercial flights.

Private Jet Membership vs. Flying Commercial

What is private jet membership?

Unlike a charter flight, a private jet membership provides aircraft access on a longer-term basis. Also known as jet cards, the private jet membership model is flexible, allowing customers to purchase air time to fit their needs. This is usually divided in 25, 50 and 100+ hour increments for specific aircraft or aircraft category. However, some memberships come with monthly fee or sign-up fees, so be sure to do your research to confirm. Overall, memberships allow travelers to have all the benefits of a purely private experience, without the risks and costs associated with ownership.

Will private jets replace commercial flying?

It’s no secret that commercial aviation has taken a hit due to the coronavirus situation. When it comes time for a return to business, it may take a while for airlines to get up to speed. Additionally, many flyers may even be weary of using commercial aviation. That may be due to the inherent risks of long security lines at airports as well as tight quarters on a large aircraft with strangers.

Private aviation will be the premier solution as we transition back to normal, as it’s already safely serving people’s needs during this time of uncertainty. Private travelers have access to more than 5,000 terminals and fixed-based operators (FBOs), much more than the 500 available to commercial aviation.

Also, with a private jet, there are much less surfaces that need cleaning with each trip. As a result, faster turnaround times and more thorough disinfecting. Plus, you are exposed to far less people than at airport due to the exclusivity and smaller size of FBOs. However, in many circumstances, you can have your ground transportation drive you directly to your plane, further mitigating contact with others.

As for Magellan Jets members and clients, travelers who fly with us can also expect other enhanced safety measures. Not only is our safety task force ensuring each aircraft receives thorough disinfecting and cleaning, but we require passenger health affidavits on every flight as well.

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How much do memberships cost?

Elevate jet memberships are available in 25, 50 and 100+ hour increments. While prices vary depending on the type of aircraft, all memberships feature all-inclusive hourly pricing without monthly, sign-up or interchange fees, as well as no blackout dates or peak-day surcharges.

In response to the crisis, the recently passed CARES Act also allows additional cost deductions on memberships for the rest of 2020. All private jet flights will be exempt from the 7.5% federal excise tax through the remainder of the year. Contact a Private Aviation Consultant today to learn more.

How do businesses use memberships?

During these times, many companies are opting for the safety and reliability of private aviation. Instead of exposing executives and employees to the risks of commercial travel, private jets allow critical personnel to fly safely. Private jets provide safe, essential transportation to keep the economy moving.

As for private jet membership specifically, it’s often the most responsible choice for businesses. Not only do they allow for ultimate productivity onboard, but convenience and flexibility too. Memberships give businesses access the perfect aircraft for their missions, whenever they are needed.

Not only does it provide the safety of private aviation, but memberships are more sensible investments for businesses as well. For example, with Magellan Jets’ Elevate program, you can stay on budget by purchasing as little as 25 hours. Elevate comes with guaranteed rates on small to heavy aircraft, and no hidden fees, peak surcharges or fuel surcharges.

Memberships at Magellan Jets provide flexibility in aircraft to meet your needs. Elevate allows interchange freely between types in order to ensure the perfect aircraft for every mission. Businesses that fly with Magellan Jets will also be able to find solutions for clean and secure meeting spaces. We can help you secure FBO conference rooms or other locations for critical meetings.

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Does Magellan Jets offer memberships?

Elevate, Magellan Jets’ membership program, is the premier solution for businesses and individuals in need of essential travel. Elevate features the ultimate in flexibility with 9 jet-specific options, providing a guaranteed solution in place with as little as 8-hours notice.

A private jet membership is the ultimate way to travel. Elevate offers transparency and all-inclusive hourly pricing, with no monthly, sign-up or interchange fees. Additionally, there’s also no blackout dates or peak-day surcharges. Also, your membership doesn’t begun until your first flight, which means we’ll always be here when you’re ready. Plus, in times of uncertainty, members don’t even have to be onboard to use their membership to provide safe transportation for loved ones or colleagues. 

Delivering excellence with nearly perfect survey scores on every experience, our members fly with the peace of mind knowing they’re in safe hands at Magellan Jets. As an Inc. 5000 Hall of Fame Status company celebrating 12 years in business with 36% average growth year-over-year, we pride ourselves on ensuring the best and safest experience with every flight. Our dedicated Private Aviation Consultants, Member Services team and live Flight Support team of FAA-certified pilots are available around the clock to meet all of your needs.

Interested in private jet membership? Explore Elevate by Magellan Jets now or call today at 877-550-5387.

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