How to charter a private jet
It’s possible to book private charters directly from companies such as BLADE, XO, and JSX. Through these services, travellers can browse through the various options then submit their details, after which a booking agent will make contact with a quote based on fleet availability.
The charter company may have another flight going to the same destination. So if the traveller is comfortable flying with strangers, a shared charter or a “book your own seat” reservation can be significantly cheaper than booking an entire private jet.
How much does it cost to buy a private jet?
You could, of course, go all out and buy a private jet. Depending on the age, make, and model, private jets cost anywhere between several hundred thousand dollars for an older used model, to tens of millions of dollars for a state-of-the-art private jet with all the bells and whistles. Add to that how much it costs to operate and maintain the aircraft, which can be up to several million dollars per year, and we’re looking at quite the investment.
Dream quashed? Not necessarily. From private jet charter services to companies that sell individual seats on private planes, private jet travel is more accessible than you might think.
How much does it cost to charter a private jet?
According to private jet charter company Air Charter Service, you can expect to pay between $1,300 and $3,000 per flying hour to charter a turboprop or smaller jet plane, which typically seats 4 to 6 passengers; between $4,000 and $8,000 per flying hour for a midsize jet, which typically accommodates up to 9 passengers; and between $8,600 and $13,000 per flying hour for larger private jets, which usually seat from 14 to 19 passengers. You can see how that translates into a cross-country flight below.
- Light jet (4 to 6 passengers): $4,000 to $5,500
- Medium jet (6 to 9 passengers): $5,500 to $9,500
- Heavy jet (16 to 19 passengers): $11,000 to $20,000
A shared charter service means the cost gets split with other travel parties, making private travel relatively more affordable.
The most expensive option is booking a one-way private charter with exclusive use of the plane. Shared charters might cost $5,000 or less to fly across the United States. Chartering an entire plane can cost $35,000 for the same route. A third charter option is “booking by the seat” on a small commuter plane that’s similar to flying in commercial business class. The seat can cost around $100 for short hops and close to $2,000 for a three-hour flight. Here’s a closer look at how much these various charter flight booking options cost.
The cheapest option is “booking by the seat” on a scheduled run on a plane that holds up to 30 passengers in a 2×1 seating pattern.
The seat can cost as little as $100 for short-haul flights, like Burbank to Las Vegas on JSX. Longer flights, such as New York City to Miami, might start at $2,400 with BLADE. An upgrade to a premium fare may be needed to reserve a seat in advance and check-in multiple bags.
One way to enjoy a more private experience that can be affordable is by booking a shared charter.
With this option, someone charters a plane and sells the empty seats to reduce their total costs.
It will involve flying with strangers, but there are far fewer passengers than commercial flights and the experience can be more luxurious.
Shared charters cost more than booking by seat but are cheaper than booking an entire plane.
XO lets customers easily browse shared charters and one-way charters. Here are the price differences for two recent routes:
- Ft. Lauderdale to Oakland (Shared charter): $4,000
- Ft. Lauderdale to Salt Lake City (One-way charter): $20,900
Shorter one-way charters are not as pricey. One XO option lets passengers fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco for $4,990.
These flights may have additional service fees for on-demand booking conveniences or if the plane must remove snow and ice before a winter takeoff. Regular fliers may explore membership plans that have upfront charges but reduce incidental costs.
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