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. 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.
JetBlue partner JetSuite made headlines when it offered a $4 plane in 2015 over the July 4 holiday. Yes, $4 for the entire plane. As you can expect, there were catches. Only a handful of planes were available and you had to sign up for an online lottery of sorts to have a chance at landing the deal. And it was a one-way flight from a specific destination—which meant if you were chosen, you had to find your own way back.
JetSuite offers customized itineraries for its members that only the wealthy can afford, but it has empty-leg flights that cost around $550 (the holiday deal mentioned above involved these flights). Companies don’t want to fly their aircraft home without paying customers, so they offer empty-leg flights to help offset expenses. Because they fly to and from specific places, your itinerary has to fit their flight availability, so you need to be on top of the app if you want to grab a deal.
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. It is worth mentioning that as of August 1, 2019, the website had a number of bad links.
However, Blue Star has a less than stellar Glassdoor review, and many are complaining about the company's ability to meet consumer demand.
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, Toyko, Valencia, Ibiza, and hundreds more.
VistaJet also has considerable financial power in the form of their CEO Thomas Flohr, a Swedish billionaire worth over $2 billion, who handles the day-to-day of VistaJet and their subsidiaries.
Customers using this website “can see competitive live quotes straight from the operators and choose the price and aircraft that best suit their needs,” says Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly.com. “Additionally, they are able to get up-to-date information regarding their flights, including information about their aircraft and the airport they’ll be using.”
Those familiar with SkyJet will notice when they type in the old SkyJet URL, they are redirected to PrivateFly after an amicable merger in early 2019.
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")