NEW YORK, July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, approaches August 7th, an analysis by Private Jet Card Comparisons and locally-focused private jet company, Jet Linx Aviation, shows a golfer who used private aviation instead of flying commercially would have saved 119 hours, nearly five days of travel time, since the beginning of the year.
"Pro golfers need to get from tournament to tournament quickly and efficiently, which is the same as executives in business," said Jamie Walker, President & CEO of Jet Linx Aviation, a jet card provider operating over 100 private jets, the third largest managed fleet in North America, from 14 Bases, with its own private terminals for members.
"Travel time flying commercially would have taken 192 hours, including airport time and making connections, whereas using a private jet card, the exact same itinerary would have been 73 hours, all nonstop, with minimal airport time. Flying privately reduced wasted travel hours by over 60%," said Doug Gollan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Private Jet Card Comparisons, a website analyzing over 100 programs by 65 variables, described as "the Kelley Blue Book" of private jet cards.
Gollan said the challenges of golfers closely reflect those of top executives and owners in the business world. In 11 of the 30 places the PGA tour has visited so far this year, private jet travelers saved extra time by being able to use airports that are closer to the tournament venues. In the U.S., private aircraft have access to over 5,000 airports compared to about 500 served by commercial airlines. In 18 of 30 weeks, private aviation enabled golfers to fly nonstop whereas flying commercially would have required a connection.
For example, it would have taken players headed to the U.S. Open held in Erin, Wisconsin in June over four hours to fly commercially from Memphis, Tennessee where the St. Jude Classic was played, making a connection, versus just 96 minutes nonstop on a private jet. Additionally, flying commercially would have landed the golfers at Milwaukee Mitchell Field, an hour's drive from the course versus several closer airports.
According to Gollan, the itinerary highlights the value of most jet cards compared to on-demand charter, with guaranteed pricing, guaranteed availability, service recovery and no extra charges for one-way flights.
Yet programs vary. Private Jet Card Comparisons compares not only hourly rates, but membership fees, aircraft types offered, peak days and peak day surcharges (ranging from 0 to 58 days per year with surcharges to 40%), reservations lead times (varying from four hours to 7 days), cancellation policies, refund policies, safety standards for sourcing pilots and aircraft, daily minimums (ranging between 48 minutes and 3.5 hours), WiFi availability, VIP perks, service areas where your contracted rates apply, and more.
A detailed analysis of the golf itinerary is available on request.
About Private Jet Card Comparisons
Private Jet Card Comparisons is the brainchild of journalist Doug Gollan, Editor of DG Amazing Experiences, a weekly luxury travel e-newsletter for private jet owners. He has been quoted as an expert of UHNW lifestyle habits by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's Bloomberg, Luxury Daily, WWD, NBC Nightly News, FOX Business and others. To register for access, please visit: www.privatejetcardcomparisons.com.