These sites can help you get flights on private jets. Renting a private jet is a much more economical way to fly in luxury, as upkeep for ownership can often cost over a million a year. In rare cases, the sites below can connect you with just a seat on a private flight, but it's the exception rather than the norm.
JetSuite and JetSuiteX
JetSuite is a private jet charter where customers can book an entire jet to fly wherever they want, whenever they want. Unfortunately, the company has sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as demand dropped to zero as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sister company JetSuiteX is a semi-private service in which individual seats are sold on a plane already scheduled to travel between two cities at a specific date and time. The company offers what are described as line-free and hassle-free flights between the Bay Area, the Los Angeles area, Las Vegas and Phoenix.
Blue Star Jets
This site is like the Uber of private aviation. Go to the website and you can enter information on where you are, where you’re going and when you want to be picked up. You’ll see all of the available options.
Access to 1,500+ global jets through XO's preferred operator network make this carrier one of the more robust offerings in this article. XO is a rebrand under VistaJet, and offers their considerable luxury fleet through the XO network.
VistaJet touts themselves as the only truly global private jet rental company, and a cursory look at their website backs it up. There are flights from all sorts of destinations: Miami, Mumbai, Tokyo, Valencia, Ibiza, and hundreds more.
International globetrotters can secure a short-term lease of one, two or three months with a dedicated aircraft and crew. Or clients can build their own personal program based on their needs.
PrivateFly is a booking service for private charter flights. The company says 7,000 aircraft have signed up to its network. Customers using the website enter a flight itinerary and any special requests. Aircraft operators are invited to view the request and place quotes. Customers review the bids and select a flight. PrivateFly provides customer service, liaising between the passenger and the charter company.
Those familiar with SkyJet will notice when they type in the old SkyJet URL, they are redirected to PrivateFly after an amicable merger in 2018.
The Bottom Line
Stiffer competition and overcapacity have brought down the cost of a trip on a private jet. That means it’s now possible to ride in one for hundreds of dollars instead of thousands, though you may only get a one-way trip, and even that is subject to availability.
Before doing business with any of these companies, do your own research to find out how others rate their services. Companies that own their own planes, rather than managing a network of planes owned by others, are likely a safer bet. And be sure you can pay with a credit card, just in case. (For related reading, see "Economics of Owning a Small Plane")