Private Jet Card Membership Price Comparison

by Richard Zaher / Sep 27, 2019

A side by side price comparison of popular jet cards in the private aviation market.

The Paramount Jet Card Membership Program
The Paramount Jet Card Membership Program

Private jet clients have an extensive variety of private jet card membership programs to choose from, including PBJ’s own Paramount Jet Card Program. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but choosing the right option for your needs can mean significant savings.

First, identify the program that offers the most attractive options. Some companies design their membership programs around using a fixed fleet only available to their jet card members, which in addition to exclusivity also provides consistent aircraft types, interior amenities and fleet age. One key disadvantage is that clients are limited to those common options.

Others design their programs around using multiple operators, which offer greater flexibility but also more varied aircraft types and in-flight accoutrements. There may be significant variance in the amenities, interiors, and the age of the aircraft. Clients do have the option to specify their preferred aircraft age and approve aircraft interiors on a per-trip basis – but the variance will still be there.

Some programs also offer fixed hourly rates, while others offer dynamic pricing based on market demand. A fixed-rate allows for consistent budgeting – you always know what the cost will be – but clients typically pay close to twice the charter market rate per hour for the same model of aircraft. That is because the fixed-rate model must still account for market-driven costs that may be variable for the operator, but not the customer.

Why the Paramount Jet Card Program is the fairest and most cost-effective

In 2010, Paramount Business Jets was the first to offer a fully transparent pricing model for jet card memberships with the Paramount Jet Card Program. From safety standards to aircraft specifics and operator ratings, every detail of the flight – including broker markup and operator wholesale price to the broker – is entirely transparent to the client.

The Paramount Platinum and Black Jet Cards
The Paramount Platinum Card and The Paramount Black Card

Under this program, Paramount Business Jets functions as an extension to the client and works directly for them. In other words, the client’s and broker’s interests are one and the same: to find the best, safest and most cost-conscious option for the client’s travel needs.

Cost Savings with the Paramount Membership Program

The cost savings of the Paramount Jet Card Membership program are The cost savings of the Paramount Jet Card Membership program are significant when compared to other popular jet card membership programs. Here is the side by side comparison of private jet card membership prices, in U.S. Dollars:

Aircraft Category Magellan Marquis Sentient Delta Paramount
Light 5,780 6,236 5,891 5,500 4,697
Midsize 7,750 8,316 7,850 7,150 5,628
Super Midsize 9,985 11,316 9,971 9,950 7,542
Large 13,412 14,996 14,013 13,500 7,826

*Paramount’s average hourly rates are based on the last 150 jet card member flights and include any and all repositioning fees, surcharges, taxes, and all other fees.

As you can see below, the cost savings from using the same aircraft type with the Paramount Jet Card can be as much as 48%!

Savings over Competition Magellan Marquis Sentient Delta
Light 19% 25% 20% 15%
Midsize 27% 32% 28% 21%
Super Midsize 24% 33% 24% 24%
Large 42% 48% 44% 42%

As mentioned before, every program has its benefits and its tradeoffs. The main disadvantage of using the Paramount Jet Card membership is that aircraft type, age, and interior amenities will vary. Our clients review the interior and exterior pictures as well as the specifications of aircraft options prior to booking flights but the variance will still be there.

To address this drawback, over the past 10 years PBJ has handpicked over 4,000 of the world’s safest and finest certified private jets, and these are the preferred aircraft we offer to our clients. The Paramount Preferred Aircraft include ARGUS, Wyvern, and ISBAO rated aircraft, as well as aircraft positively reviewed by our clients over the years.

The average age of the aircraft offered by Paramount is 10 years or younger, and most interiors are six years or less. Clients may request a newer aircraft, which may cost slightly more – but again, under PBJ’s transparent business model, we’ll be honest about whether we can accommodate such a request and what the additional cost will be.

We have also calculated the average hourly rates by aircraft type that our members have paid on their flights. This information uses average prices over the last 150 jet card member flights.

View the average private jet card hourly prices by aircraft types.

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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