““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Notable Jet Card Providers
Buyers' Guide » 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 11:30am
Jet cards are sold in 10-hour minimums for flights aboard light, midsize, super-midsize or large-cabin jets from the international charter broker’s vetted operators. Aircraft are a maximum of five years old. Round-trip discounts available. No expiration and fully refundable deposits.
Delta Private Jets
Jet card accesses light, midsize, super-midsize and large-cabin jets from Delta’s managed and owned fleet and network of approved charter operators. No interchange fee or fuel surcharge. Card purchase bestows SkyMiles Diamond Medallion status on Delta Airlines.
The 25-hour JetPASS Select card provides model-specific access to Nextant 400XT, Citation X and Challenger 300 jets from the Flight Options fractional fleet. Aircraft interchange permitted. Card can be split to guarantee access to more than one category of aircraft.
Offerings include a card that provides 10 hours of access to Eclipse 500 VLJs and one that guarantees access to Wi-Fi-equipped Gulfstream G450s. Build-a-Card lets buyers select options, from aircraft size and lowered minimum flight time to peak travel surcharge waiver.
Aircraft-specific jet card uses NetJets fractional fleet comprising nine models ranging from light to large-cabin jets. X-Country 25-hour card offers 20-percent discount for transcontinental travel on Citation X jets, while Combo 25-hour card splits time between two aircraft types. U.S. members can access NetJets Europe fleet and European clients can access the U.S. fleet.
Model-specific Blue Card provides access to Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 and Pilatus PC-12 in increments from 15 to 60 hours. Interchange allowed. No expiration on card.
A 25-hour card guarantees access to light, midsize, super-midsize and large-cabin jets from Sentient’s network of charter operators. Aircraft category and quality can be chosen on a flight-by-flight basis. One-way and round-trip pricing available.
Preferred Access provides priority access to XOJet’s fleet of Challenger 300 and Citation X jets and Preferred Partner Network of 900 jets. Elite Access guarantees access to XOJet’s all-Wi-Fi-equipped fleet. All deposits refundable.
-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais
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