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 a wide range of private jet card memberships to choose from. Each program has its advantages and disadvantages. 

Some companies design their membership programs around using a fixed fleet, while others design them around using multiple operators. Some offer fixed hourly rates, while others offer dynamic pricing based on market demand.

The advantages of using a fixed fleet are that the planes are only available to the jet card members. A fixed fleet also provides consistency in the aircraft amenities, interiors, and age of the aircraft. 

The disadvantages are that clients have limited choice in aircraft type. They also pay nearly twice the charter market rate per hour for the same model of aircraft.

In the dynamic jet card model, providers have access to the fleet of many operators. Therefore, there is 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. However, the variance will still be there.

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

What sets Paramount Business Jets apart, is that in 2010, we were the first to offer a fully transparent pricing model for jet card memberships with the Paramount Jet Card Program.

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

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. Paramount Business Jets functions as an extension to the buyer and works directly for them. With this model, there is an alignment between the client’s and broker’s interests.

Cost Savings with the Paramount Membership Program

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:

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

*The Paramount 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, the cost savings from using the same aircraft type with the Paramount Jet Card can be as much as 92%.

Savings over Competition Magellan Marquis Sentient Delta
Light 23% 33% 25% 17%
Midsize 38% 48% 39% 27%
Super Midsize 32% 50% 32% 32%
Large 71% 92% 79% 73%

The main disadvantages of using the Paramount Jet Card membership is that the aircraft interiors and age vary. You never know if you’re entirely comfortable with the interior until you step into the aircraft.

To address this drawback, over the last ten years, Paramount has handpicked over 4,000 of the world’s safest and finest certified private jets. These are the preferred aircraft we offer to their 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 ten years or younger. Some are older than ten years, while some are younger than ten years. Most interiors are six years or younger. Clients do have the option to request a newer aircraft, which may cost slightly more. If we can make it happen, we will be honest about it, and if not, we will let you know in advance.

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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