Compare Independent Jets to Marquis Jet, Net Jets, Flex Jet, Flight Options and Sentient Jet.
Topic Jet Cards…..why every jet company offers one.
What most private jet charter clients seem to overlook is if you have a high limit credit card such as a American Express you don’t need a jet card. Most every jet charter company offers a jet card and it is mainly for the benefit of the jet company not yours.
Why then do they offer jet cards? Basically it will take you off the market and tie you to one jet charter company for a period of time or amount of flight hours. They only have to sell or impress you once, then you are contractually obligated for all your future business.
Why do you need a jet card? You don’t, payments for private charters can be handled with any credit card or wire transfer of funds. Independent Jets allows you to pay the day of your charter and for just that charter. Jet card companies require you to pay in advance and for 25 hours or more of flight time.
In addition larger jet card companies with hundreds of jet card holders can amass huge sums of money when each client is paying $125,000.00 or more for just the 25 hour card on a light jet such as a Hawker 400XP, Learjet 45 or Citation V. If the company has 200 clients this can total up to 25 million dollars. Remember this money is just sitting in their bank not yours, you receive no interest or own no portion of the company. Now you can see how these companies have such large ads in WSJ, offer complimentary catering and provide VIP parties. Not only are you paying upfront you are paying 20 to 30% over the current rate for a private jet charter.
At Independent Jets we feel that you should be independent and have every option available to you for each and every flight. Sure it would be easier to tie clients into a binding contract, acquire significant monies up front, but that is not how we have modeled our business. The entire justification for creating another charter company was to offer a product or service that others do not and that is complete independence to charter as you wish on your terms.
The fleet of Part 135 certified aircraft is utilized by all jet companies, even the larger well known names with their privately owned fleet will use this fleet when they experience a mechanical issue. Sentient Jet is a perfect example as they do not own any aircraft but have set a standard for the aircraft that they will provide. The secret is that you do not have to spend that amount of money per flight or join a membership to acquire that same level of aircraft. At Independent Jets you have the option to select any year of aircraft and any level of certification. NetJets, Jet Suite, Marquis Jet and others pride themselves on a “young” fleet of aircraft which is usually 5 to 10 years old. With Independent Jets you can charter a private jet of the year that you feel most comfortable, many of our current clients specify aircraft from model years of 2001 to 2010.
With so many options to choose from in private jet charter, Independent Jets provides access to all of them without prepayment such as Jet Cards or Memberships. We prefer to earn your business one flight at a time, simply providing the best jet at the best price.