The personal and business benefits of private air travel are becoming more and more accessible to travelers. And new private aviation trends like apps for booking and increased demand from a new generation of flyers are leading to lower-price options.

If you’ve always wanted to take advantage of the convenience, efficiency, and comfort of private charter jets but think you can’t afford it, think again.

From jet card programs and empty legs to tax write-offs and group savings, here are 5 ways you can save money on a private charter jet.

1. Invest in a Jet Card

For regular travelers, a jet card membership with a private operator is a key way to save money on frequent flights.

At Mountain Aviation, our Summit Program allows you to pre-purchase miles at a respective discount, saving you money in the long run.

There are some things to consider before choosing a jet card, including:

  • When you usually fly
  • How flexible or demanding your schedule typically is
  • Whether you usually take shorter or longer trips
  • Whether you regularly fly internationally.

These considerations can help you determine which card will save you the most money.

Another huge benefit is not having to go through the entire booking process every time you fly. When you set up a membership in our Summit Program, we get all your information once, so you never have to re-enter it when booking a flight.

2. Look for Empty Legs

Imagine a CEO books a private charter from Denver to Boise on Monday, and plans on staying through Friday. The plane and its crew aren’t going to hang out in Boise all week — that plane needs to go back to its home base of operation.

Private airlines are always looking for ways to profit off these one-way trips back home, called empty legs.

If you needed to get from Boise to Denver, you could get a seat at a real savings. Mountain Aviation makes it easy to find and book upcoming empty legs with our Empty Leg Alert System.

3. Save with Large Groups

When you book a private charter jet, you book the entire plane. That means the price won’t change if you take advantage of all the seats.

This is one of the perks of using private charter jets for groups. Splitting the cost of the plane between 10 travelers is a lot more affordable for everyone. The price can even compete with booking the same number of seats on a commercial flight, which is something to keep in mind if you’re considering making the jump from first class to private.

Don’t have a large group joining you? There are new private jet booking apps out there that allow users to find seats with other travelers looking for a group discount.

4. Write it Off

Whether your company owns a private jet or you’re chartering one for private use, consider that all costs related to flying for business may be eligible as a write-off on your taxes.

If you own the plane, these expenses may include fuel, staffing, hangar space, and more. If you’re renting a plane for one-time use, the entire charter cost may be eligible for deduction.

And even if part of your trip is for pleasure, the percentage which is business-related can be deducted at tax time. Be sure to consult an expert when considering the tax implications of private jet use.

5. Look for A Local Operator

You can save money by working with a local operator that is based out of the area you plan to depart from. This is because they won’t have to send a private jet to pick you up.

In the Rocky Mountain states, Mountain Aviation is the local operator you’re looking for. We regularly serve Colorado, Idaho, and other areas of interest in the region.

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