Private Jet Travel has traditionally been reserved for the rich and famous, allowing only the very wealthiest to fly in their own personal cabin in the sky. Purchasing a private jet is still a luxury that is out of reach even for many millionaires, but renting a private jet for your next business trip or family vacation is no longer out of the question. Private jet rentals still cost more than your average first class ticket, but the value you get from chartering flights is so much greater than any deal a commercial airline can provide.
The price to charter your own private jet varies depending on the size of plane you’re looking to rent, and of course, how far you’re looking to travel. Some of the smallest private planes seat just 4 or 5 passengers, or you could also choose to upgrade to a larger option that has room for 14 to 17. Another variable to consider is whether you’re booking a charter flight for a peek travel time of the year, like holidays or mid-summer during vacation season. While there are many factors that play into how much it will cost to rent a private jet, there are still some standards that can help you estimate the cost before booking your flight.
Many private jet services will provide an average cost per hour of flight time based on the size of the plane you need to accommodate you and your fellow passengers. Most brokers are able to provide estimated flight quotes based on the standard questions of “How Many Passengers?” and “Where are you flying from and to?” but not all will have the same answer.
If you can figure out approximately how long your flight will take, then you can easily find out how much your private jet rental will cost. You can then use this handy Charter Flight Cost Estimator to determine approximately how much the trip will cost you.
A typical New York to Los Angeles charter flight will typically run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000 to $40,000. Shorter flights can cost as little as $4,000 to $6,000 dollars if you know the right place to look. Keep in mind that many smaller planes require stops to refuel on longer trips, so it can be more efficient to rent a slightly larger jet to avoid having to stop along the way.
One of the most luxurious parts of flying privately is the amazing service that private jet brokers provide. No need to fuss with big airlines and waste your precious time booking your flight when all you have to do is call and speak to a travel representative. For the price you’re paying, you get personalized service that will walk you through the booking process, making your entire travel experience easier than ever.
Author: Angus L. McGuire
This might be the wrong thing for a friend of Rolls-Royce to say, but: I never aspired to owning one.
Don’t get me wrong, I love everything Rolls-Royce stands for: The luxury, the fine attention to detail, the brand, the exclusivity. It is all desirable. Highly desirable. But I never wanted to buy a car that I had to be driven in. As a motor-sport enthusiast it’s important for me to be behind the wheel.
It is funny how wrong one person can be. At the unveiling of the new Ghost Series II I had the rare chance to drive a Phantom Drop Head. Rolls-Royce played their trump card and ordered the rare UK sun to come out just as I got the keys to the car (for want of a better word).
The moment I sat in the driver’s seat I realised my perceptions were very wrong. The ergonomics were clearly set out for the driver. The driving position worked. A few swift smooth adjustments and I felt totally at home.
The key pushed in and the stop start button jumped the Phantom into life. The door closed at the touch of a button. And off I went, effortlessly gliding out of the grand Chichester driveway at the home of Rolls-Royce in West Sussex.
Power was on tap but, as expected, was deliverable in the smoothest, most linear way possible. No clunking, no stutters, no torque steer. Just automotive perfection. The side roads were no issue. A large car, yes, but even in the face of oncoming traffic, including all manner of lorries, it was not daunting. I felt a sense of purpose, even a sense of authority. The rutted side roads of the West Sussex countryside may as well have been the smooth race surface of the Goodwood motor circuit.
The quality of the leather was unparalleled, the noise was heavenly in its nonexistence, the clarity of the sound system was crystal clear even with the roof down, the power was smooth and ample, acceleration rapid yet subtle, the controls perfectly placed both visually and functionally. But the breaks were the most surprising aspect of the car. The car stopped. It really stopped. Given its size and ease of acceleration, I feared it would struggle to put down the anchors. But it really excelled without making you feel like you were going through the windscreen, it just gracefully came to a very quick stop.
The driving experience is parallel to the chauffeured experience, except you actually get to enjoy the ecstasy of driving the finest automotive machinery in the world. I only drove for seven miles, but those seven miles were life changing.
I have to now go back and re-evaluate my top 5 dream car list. I can assure you a Rolls-Royce is now high up in that list. I now just have to drive the Wraith and the Ghost to decide which one I want! I look forward to it with great excitement.
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