The state of flying private

5 companies that want to streamline your air travel

Private jet travel is more common than ever before, especially for young jetsetters.To meet the demand, new companies are popping up with all-you-can-fly membership-based platforms and apps that allow you to book a seat on a jet as easily as an Uber. Meanwhile, hotel chains (like Aman Resorts and Four Seasons) are debuting their own exclusive private jet tours. The perks—no TSA or long security lines, less travel time, and epic Instagram photos—make a strong case for opting out of commercial for good. Here are 5 services to consider.

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    Dubbed as the “Soho House for private jets,” pet-friendly Surf Air grants members* access to unlimited flights (90 a day) within a set network for a monthly rate. With 12 destinations in or near California, this ideal for commuters who frequently travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles, or weekenders from Los Angeles to Palm Springs and Las Vegas. (Surf Air also recently launched a network of routes within Europe.) You’ll fly on the 10-passenger Pliatus PC-12 which boasts custom interiors designed by Bespoken New York. *Flight bundles (minimum 10 round-trips) are available to non-members.

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    With the six- to 10-passenger Phenom 300—the world’s best-selling business jet which boasts the largest luggage compartment and windows in its class—as well as the slighter smaller, four-seat Phenom 100, Jetsuite  flies to most US destinations, most of Canada, and various destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. While you must sign up as a member for access to all their flights, the company is known for its last-minute Suite Deals, which anyone can book online (they’re updated daily at 4 p.m.).  

    Last year, they launched JetSuiteX, a public charter service that allows fliers to book a seat on a private jet (rather than booking the whole thing). For example: on a Los Angeles to Las Vegas route, passengers can fly on a luxuriously configured 30-seat Embraer 135 that departs from Burbank Bob Hope Airport private jet terminal. JetSuiteX routes are between Burbank and Oakland, San Jose, Concord, Vegas; Concord to Vegas and San Jose to Vegas.

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    Users (there are no memberships or fees) can book any of 7,000 jets, such as the eight-seat Hawker 800XP, which has 360-degree swivel seats and a divan, on-demand up to three hours before they need to fly. Customers have access to 40,000 airports worldwide, unlike other private jet companies that only have specific routes. Victor also allows users to book and manage flights via a mobile app.

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    As a membership-based private jet “club,” JetSmarter offers shared flight services on available jets (think: when Uber first started, it was private drivers who just sat there with time to kill) or empty seats on regular scheduled flights. Jetsmarter (backed by investor Jay Z) is basically the middle man for passengers and any jet in the world that is currently unused or has seats: users have access, via mobile app, to 50+ routes flying out of 40 cities and three continents, including the US, Europe, and the Middle East. 

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    Four Seasons partnered with NetJets, the world’s largest private aviation company, to deliver bespoke itineraries: a ski adventure to their properties in Jackson Hole and Vail; island getaway at Four Seasons Lanai; and a European escape at Four Seasons George V Paris, Hotel Firenze, and Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat or Four Seasons Milano. For any of these luxe getaways, guests will arrive via private jet (such as the 14-passenger Gulfstream G550 or Bombardier Global 6000) and immerse in curated experiences (think: helicopter tours and a ski session with Olympian skier in Vail; sushi making class at Nobu in Lanai; dinner at three-Michelin starred restaurant in Paris).

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