Fly on a Private Jet for $150 with Social Flights

Chartering a private jet is no longer a lifestyle just for the rich and famous or busy executive.

It’s all about charter, cheap flights and chatter: Social networking is transforming the VIP-jet experience into an affordable social outing, with a convenience factor that commercial air travel lacks. Photo Source: Social Flights

Chartering a private jet is no longer a lifestyle just for the rich and famous or busy executive.

Ambitious companies are tapping into the power of social networking, building private jet sharing communities and bringing affordable private charter flights to the masses.

In the US, charter broker, Social Flights, which launched in February, aggregates groups of people with similar travel needs, who can then rent a charter plane on-demand and pool their money together, paying only for the cost of their seat.

Charter seats can often be booked up at prices comparable to a business class, or even economy fares on commercial jets

The concept appeals to a wide demographic, from honeymooners to business travellers, sporting groups and solo travellers.

An increasingly popular idea is for sporting enthusiasts to self-organise into large groups and charter a plane to big events.

What is boosting the popularity of group-booked charter travel is that seats can often be snapped up at prices comparable to a business class (or even economy) fares on commercial jets, dependent on the destination.

Fly on a Private Jet for $150 with Social Flights

Travel in a Private Jet from $150

Chartering a flight with strangers has increasing appeal as splitting the flight cost on Social Flights can reduce the airfare to as little as US$150 for a one-way short-haul flight from the States.

The Social Flights website is currently advertising $150 seats on one-way domestic routes, including Portland (ME) to White Plains (NY) and Branson (MO) to Chicago (IL).

Seats are also available on international routes. For example, members can currently request a seat on aircraft ranging from a Gulfstream IV from Paris to Miami, a Legacy 600 jet from Farnborough (UK) to Marrakech or a big Airbus A310 from Tel Aviv to Stuttgart, Germany.

Social Flights also whets the public’s growing appetite for convenient and comfortable air travel, as charter planes avoid the congested hub airports of commercial jets and hop from one local municipal airport to another.

Travellers can sign up to the service free of charge and create and join “travel tribes” – a place where members can enter preferred itineraries, meet other like-minded travellers, request available flights and self-organise their trips online.

Once a destination has been requested, in some cases a Social Flights representative gets in touch with pricing and availability options.

Charter companies have also taken an interest in Social Flights, which can help fill its plane’s “empty legs”, which would otherwise return back to base from their destinations empty. Empty legs are therefore often heavily discounted, benefiting ordinary travellers with flexible itineraries.

Other firms have also recognised the commercial benefits that collective buying power can have in filling seats in the private jet market.

In Australia, EmptyJets offers everyday travellers discounted charter flights on empty legs, without the social networking element. For an annual membership of AUS$29.99, travellers gain access to available flights and e-mail alerts.

For people who are sociable by nature, have flexible itineraries, don’t mind flying from small towns or less populated destinations, and can organise their own flight back, group charter travel might just be the ticket.

What others have said

  1. Weekly non stops Harrisburg to/from Long Island? Looking to form a group for weekly direct filghts from ISP or LAG or JFK to Harrisburg. Ideal travel is Sunday eavining and Friday to ficilitate work week commuting. I am finding Amtrak keystone service a bit long.

  2. Hello I am interested in flying from Pittsburgh,Pa. To Hamburg,Germany or into London,France an would like it if it were an empty leg with a flight of 4 passengers & 10 pieces of luggage please let me know what the price of this would be if it were available Thank you.

  3. Could you be so kind to quote the private jet flight from NYC to Jeddah on February 2d, 2013 for ( 18 passengers , 30pieces of luggage). P.S. The client is interested in an unbeatable price, in case it could be a possibility of an “empty leg” that fits this itinerary. Looking forward to your prompt reply,

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