Whether it’s your first time flying on a private jet charter or you are a frequent flyer, you may have some questions about the differences between private and commercial flights.
Here are the most common questions our guests have about their private jet charter flights.
Do You Check Your Bags on a Private Flight?
Nope! Much better than commercial airlines, your luggage on a private flight will be scanned quickly and taken right to the plane, so there are no lines or waiting to check your bag. Private jet charter flights are made to save you time and stress every step of the way, which means much less waiting around.
The amount of luggage you can bring depends on the size of the aircraft and the number of passengers, but we’ll get to that next.
How Much Can You Bring on a Private Flight?
The rule of thumb is one bag per person/seat on the aircraft. Light Jets can hold approximately 5 to 6 people, so that means 5 to 6 pieces of luggage. Mid Size Jets can accommodate 7 or 8 people and pieces of luggage. Super-Mid Size Jets can hold about 9 pieces of luggage. And Heavy Jets can hold approximately 11 to 15 pieces of luggage depending on the size of the jet.
If it’s only you and maybe one other on a Mid Size Jet, that means you can bring a lot! But check with the other people in your party to see what they are bringing to be sure there is enough space and that you don’t exceed the weight limit for the plane. Also, make sure to pack in soft sided bags (not heavy hard plastic suitcases!) because they are easier to fit and arrange in the cargo area.
Can You Bring Anything on a Private Jet?
With a private jet charter, you don’t have to follow many of the rules that commercial airlines have in place, such as not bringing liquids on board. You’re welcome to bring your shampoo, conditioner, lotions, cologne, perfume, water bottles, medications, even your favorite beverages. While all of the private planes that we charter provide drinks and snacks, we’re always happy to arrange any additional catering that you’d like.
Lastly, remember laws still exist, and any people or bags can be searched. So don’t get too crazy with what you bring on board!
Do You Need a Passport on a Private Jet?
All international flights have the same immigration process, and therefore a passport is still needed. The only difference is that on a private jet flight, these checks are much faster and easier than commercial airline flights. Depending on the country you’re traveling to, there may also be additional forms that you need to fill out, but we’ll let you know before you travel.
Do You Tip on a Private Jet Charter?
This might be a surprise, but yes – you absolutely can! Though it is not expected, it is appreciated (as long as the company’s policy allows it).
Tipping private jet pilots can vary from a box of chocolates, a bottle of champagne, or cold hard cash. A safe bet for cash tips is around 5% of the charter price. So, if a one-way charter is $4,000 to $13,000, that means your tip could range from $200 to $650 if you decide to leave one.
Is it Cheaper to Rent or Buy a Private Jet?
While a private jet rental is more expensive than flying on a commercial flight, even first or business class, it is much cheaper than buying your own jet . By renting a private jet you don’t have to worry about maintenance and fuel, hangar rental, and staffing fees. You just get on and go!
Flights on private jet charters are charged by the hour, and prices greatly vary depending on the size of the plane, the length of the flight, and the number of passengers.
How Expensive is it to Charter a Private Jet?
Before taxes and fees, you can expect to pay per hour. The price could be anywhere between $1,500 and $4,000 per flying hour on a turboprop private jet, $4,000 to $8,000 for a mid-size up to a super-mid-size jet, and $8,500 to $13,000 (and up) per hour for the largest and most luxurious private jets.