Why You Need to Book Your Charter Flights Early for Fall and Winter

by Richard Zaher / Oct 01, 2019

Private Jet with Fall Leaves in Background

If you want to travel during fall or winter, it’s a smart idea to book your private jet early. Leave it late, and you may end up disappointed.

In a broad sense, around 75% of privately chartered flights are booked within two weeks of departure. And in some cases, clients want the aircraft ready just HOURS after putting in the request.

When it comes to the holiday seasons, this is definitely not an advisable strategy. It’s much better for you to give us plenty of notice, where possible.

So, what makes the fall and winter so special?

The main reasons that it’s harder to book flights at short notice in fall and winter are:

  • Holiday season
  • Blackout dates

First and foremost, a lot of people traditionally holiday in these months. This means that more private jets are being chartered. A slimmer supply, coupled with increased demand, means there are fewer aircraft available.

Private Jet over the Mountains in the Winter
Try to provide as much notice as possible when booking winter flights, to maximize your chances of securing the best rates

Each customer has very specific needs – for example, the size of the aircraft, or the onboard features required. So, when other flyers begin to book aircraft, it makes it harder to find one that ticks all the boxes.

Plus, at short notice, business-savvy owners can charge more.

As well as this, you’ll need to consider blackout dates.

If you’re using a fixed rate jet card, you won’t be allowed to travel on certain dates. These are known as ‘blackout dates’. They include Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

Using a broker gives you a better shot of securing a flight on blackout dates. But your chances will vastly increase if you provide a decent amount of notice. If you do, you’ll have more options at your fingertips. And you’ll secure your aircraft at a more competitive price.

How much notice should I give when chartering a private jet?

In a sense, the more notice you provide, the better. With that said, many jet owners will not know their exact schedule too far in advance.

We advise customers to try and provide 1-3 months’ notice when requesting a private jet. For the fall and winter months, we’d err towards the upper end of that scale.

What should I do if I’ve missed the cut-off?

If you’re running out of time but you need a private jet at short notice for the fall or winter, don’t despair. Your options may be more limited, but there’s almost always something our experts can do to help.

If you need to charter a private jet at short notice, give us a call on +1-877-727-2538.

About Richard Zaher

Richard Zaher Richard Zaher is the founder and CEO of Paramount Business Jets. He is a pilot and the President of Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA). Richard is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Studies. A seasoned international jet charter expert, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and the recipient of the Embry Riddle Eagle Excellence Award at the 2012 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. He is also an active member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as well as several safety and air charter organizations.

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