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April 18, 2007

Jumpjet: Private for the Cost of Coach?

I don't know much about them, but a new company called Jumpjet has launched, offering the use of a private jet for roughly the cost of coach tickets.  Here's the deal:

They have several different packages, but at the most basic, you pay a $500 signup fee, and then $1,800 a month for 3 months.  For that, you get 2 round trips on a private jet per month, and you can take 3 people with you.  Doing that math, that's about $1,000 for 4 round trip tickets on a private jet.  Flights have to be less than 1,800 miles or so, though packages are available if you need to go coast-to-coast.  If you have a vacation home, or do frequent business elsewhere, this is a helluva deal.  Good luck convincing your spouse of that.

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I would be careful here.

First of all if it sounds too be good to be true it probably is.

Second when I call the group they are supposedly working with the 800 number is nonworking and the direct line goes directly to voicemail of what sounds like one guy's phone. It isn't clear who Private Jet Group is, how big they are, how many planes they own etc.

Nobody flies planes at a loss. Perhaps this is a backhaul service, perhaps something else but the terms and conditions are somewhat odd and it isn't clear one is actually going to be able to get a booking when and where you want to go.

: Steve at Apr 18, 2007 1:11:19 PM

Steve...

Agree for the most part, except all airlines (except Southwest & JetBlue) flew planes for a loss from 2001-2006 :)

The 14 day advance purchase requirement is odd and will likely keep people from signing up for this. The point of a private jet is flexibility, and 14 days AP does not provide that.

: Jared at Apr 18, 2007 3:35:38 PM

The 14 day advance scheduling requirement, along with a rule limiting members to 2 reservations in the system at a time, makes it extremely restrictive! If, as they recommend, you make a reservation 'well in advance' for a holiday trip or family vacation, then take your first trip June 5 - 8, then when you get back from trip #1, you must then give 14 days notice to book your second June trip, so no earlier than June 22, which then must be completed by June 30th. So let's say you book another trip for June 24 - 26. When you get back on June 26, you can book your first July trip no sooner than July 10, so you book July 11 - 13. Then you need another 14 days notice, so the earliest your second July trip can be is July 27th, but back by july 31st, etc. By the third month, it is impossible for you to use both flights, and even for the first 2 months, your flights are really limited to only a very few dates each month, when a jet may or may not be available, as it is first come, first served.

: Tim at Apr 19, 2007 9:21:07 AM

There is no restriction on the number of reservations a member may have in the system. That is very old information. The 800 number was down for a few hours on one day. It is operating nicely and the website also contains a wealth of information.

: John at Apr 30, 2007 12:40:16 PM

I hope this is real although the concept seems ridiculous. 4 legs per month at average of 1.5 hour trips for $500 each?? Even the smallest, slowest jet cost the operators around $1800 an hour. Even if they were able to take advantage of repositioning NetJet & FlightOptions jets, it still seems incredibly far fetched.

: Kentrellvious at May 1, 2007 12:44:39 PM

I hope this is real although the concept seems ridiculous. 4 legs per month at average of 1.5 hour trips for $500 each?? Even the smallest, slowest jet cost the operators around $1800 an hour. Even if they were able to take advantage of repositioning NetJet & FlightOptions jets, it still seems incredibly far fetched.

: Kentrellvious at May 1, 2007 12:45:01 PM

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