NEW YORK, Aug. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Private Jet Card Comparisons, the online resource for consumer-based private aviation solutions with comparisons for over 100 programs across 65 variables, has reported 36 questions buyers should ask when researching the best jet card option for their respective lifestyle and business needs. Private jet card membership programs provide convenient ways to pre-pay for private aviation travel. Rather than committing long-term to fractional ownership or needing to negotiate with a charter broker trip-by-trip, individuals sign up for a program with a contractual set of guarantees so that booking a flight is as easy as one call or tapping on an App.
"The terms of jet card programs vary widely and each has its own strengths and weaknesses, meaning the program your friend loves might not be right for you," said Doug Gollan, Founder and Editor of Private Jet Card Comparisons. "'What's the best jet card' is like asking 'what's the best hotel'? Where are you going? What do you like? Finding the right jet card depends on asking the right questions."
Private Jet Card Comparisons reports 36 questions buyers should ask before buying a jet card:
- Who owns the company, what's the ownership structure, where is it based and when was it founded?
- How many employees are there?
- What jet cards are offered?
- Which aircraft are applicable for each jet card program?
- What are the denominations of the program? Hours, miles, distance or days?
- What's the hourly rate? Is Federal Excise Tax (FET) included?
- Where is the service area of the program for your contracted rate?
- What's the minimum seating for aircraft in each program?
- How are aircraft sourced and what are the standards?
- Does the program use safety-rating agencies, such as ARGUS, Wyvern and IS-BAO for sourcing?
- What are the pilot experience minimums?
- Is there guaranteed availability at a contracted rate?
- Do your funds or hours expire? Can you get a refund? What's the refill policy?
- Is there an escrow account option?
- How much liability and risk insurance is provided?
- Are there any membership fees or monthly dues?
- Is there a CPI escalator that will raise your rate?
- Are there fuel surcharges?
- Is de-icing included?
- What's the charge for taxi time?
- What is the minimum flying time charged per segment and day?
- Are there roundtrip discounts? What's the definition of a roundtrip?
- How many peak days are there? What is the peak day surcharge?
- What's the lead-time for reservations, including peak days?
- Can you access multiple aircraft at the same time?
- What's the cancellation deadline, including for peak days?
- Can you upgrade or downgrade the size of your aircraft and are there blackouts? Is there a fee?
- Do you have your choice of FBO?
- What catering is included?
- Is WiFi guaranteed?
- Is a fully enclosed lavatory guaranteed?
- Are pets allowed? Are there fees?
- What's the minimum age for unaccompanied minors?
- What's the service recovery policy?
- Is there 24/7/365 customer support?
- What are the lifestyle and luxury perks and partnerships?
About Private Jet Card Comparisons
Private Jet Card Comparisons compares over 100 jet card programs across 65 variables in easy-to-use spreadsheets saving hours of research and thousands of dollars from choosing the wrong program. Companies compared include: Air Partner, Airstream Jets, Clay Lacy Aviation, Concord Private Jet, Delta Private Jets, ExpertJet, Flexjet, Jet Aviation, Jet Linx, JetSet Group, JetSuite, Magellan Jets, NetJets, Nicholas Air, Paramount Business Jets, Private Jet Services PJS Group, PrivateFly, Prive Jets, Sentient Jet, Silverhawk Aviation, Solairus Aviation, Star Jets, StraightLine Private Air, VistaJet, Wheels Up, Wholesale Jet Club and XOJET.