Among the joys of this holiday season is getting together with family and friends from across the country – especially when you’re able to avoid the hassles of commercial air travel and fly independently. Here is the time of year when many of our fractional-share customers get the most from the personal jet investments. Family vacations, for instance, could be extended so that you may be outside on the ski slopes or on the shore the day that you arrive and the day you depart instead of shedding these days to flying crowded, frequently delayed commercial aircraft and linking through hubs that are inconvenient.
Obviously, this can be a busy period for its fractional providers also, so Jetsmarter pays to plan ahead to make sure that your vacation journey is hassle free and all that you bargained for. These tips should help:
Play the slots.
Some popular airports like Aspen-Pitkin and Eagle County/Vail possess limited landing slots. Your supplier may need more advance notice for flights in these airports (early dawn and Saturday/Monday arrivals could be a lot easier to slot.) Some suppliers will fly right into mountain airports just during daylight hours. Other popular destinations like Florida and the Caribbean could suffer air traffic control delays. The bottom line: operate with your supplier to cover all of your bases in scheduling flights to provide the best chance of preventing hassles.
Avoid peak travel days.
Many of your designated “peak travel days” happen throughout the vacation season. On these days, access to aircraft is significantly much more limited, your supplier can postpone your flight by many hours, and update and other concessions aren’t guaranteed. Whenever you can, schedule flights on non-peak days. You’re a lot more likely to prevent a charter and to fly your favorite program.
Take advantage of bonded updates.
In case you’ve negotiated nicely, your contract might include a guaranteed upgrade to a bigger aircraft. This is helpful once you would like to fly your entire family together into a vacation place. You could also need a update to accommodate all of your luggage, especially for ski and golf vacations. Again, ask the upgrade well in advance and avoid peak travel days.