Private Jet Card Comparisons, the only independent buyer´s guide to private jet membership card programs, has announced the release of its 2018 analysis, which has been expanded to include more than 250 programs for private fliers to choose from, the company said.
Recently referred to as “a modern-day online Kelley Blue Book for private jet cards,” by Barron´s, Private Jet Card Comparisons´ 2018 analysis now offers more than 65 different variables that are important for consumers to consider when looking for the jet card program that best fits their unique flying needs.
New variables added for 2018 include extra charges for de-icing, which can amount to thousands of dollars per occurrence, extra charges for diversions, availability of in-flight phone service and emergency medical services offered. The comprehensive analysis once again compares hourly rate, program denominations, types of aircraft offered, sourcing standards for planes and flight crew, in addition to charges for minimum flight time, taxi time, number peak days and peak day surcharges, lead time to reserve and cancel both domestic and international flights as well as peak period variances, extra fees for fuel, catering, CPI escalators and whether or not the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax (FET) is included in quoted rates.
Jet cards are often compared to debit cards in that many programs are prepaid, requiring consumers to deposit an amount of money, usually between USD 50,000 and USD 1,000,000, and as they fly, the funds are deducted from their account. Getting in the air can be as simple as reserving an Uber with a tap of a smartphone application.
As the commercial airline and airport experience continues to deteriorate and the economy continues to surge, the estimated market for jet cards in the US alone is up to two million affluent households and businesses. Private Jet Card Comparisons provides subscribers the ability to download its spreadsheets for personal use, enabling users to quickly identify the programs that best fit their needs and manipulate the data to focus on the variables that are important to them. “By putting all of this information into spreadsheets, we save subscribers dozens of hours of research, help them identify the programs that best fit their needs and make them educated buyers,” continued Gollan.
Private Jet Card Comparisons compares over 250 jet card programs from more than 30 providers across 65+ variables in easy-to-use spreadsheets saving hours of research and thousands of dollars from choosing the wrong program.