Owning an aircraft is expensive. With sky-high fuel prices and the cost of hiring, training and retaining your own personal flight crew, private aircraft ownership is out of reach for most people. But traveling on a private jet doesn’t have to be.

As more business leaders move up from first class and families experience the comfort and convenience of private aviation, people are finding better ways of affordable private jet travel.

Here’s what you need to know about affordable private jets and the best way to save money in the air.

What is the cheapest price for a private jet?

The Cirrus Vision Jet, one of the most affordable private jets on the market, costs nearly $2 million. This small, single-engine aircraft has a five-foot-wide by four-foot-high cabin capable of flying seven people more than 1,200 miles. 

However, the initial purchase price is only one cost to consider when buying a private jet.

As an aircraft owner, expect operating costs of $500,000 to $1 million per year to cover electric and mechanical work, maintenance and cleaning, and crew training. You’re also on the hook for crew salaries and hangar fees.

What is the cheapest way to travel by private jet?

On-demand charters are the most affordable form of private jet travel. Unlike full and fractional owners who first purchase the aircraft or private jet card members who pre-pay for flights in 25-hour increments, on-demand charters empower you to pay as you fly.

Not only is an on-demand charter more affordable, but it also protects your capital by allowing you to fly as you need without risky upfront investments. 

Travelers with a flexible itinerary can take save more by booking an empty leg flight. Also known as a deadhead flight, these routes happen when a private jet has to reposition to its next scheduled departure airport. To avoid flying without passengers, these flights are discounted as high as 75 percent off.

How much should I pay for a private jet?

The hourly cost of chartering a private jet depends on the type of aircraft, the distance traveled and the location of the jet before it arrives at your departure airport.

Smaller aircraft typically cost less per hour, with a turboprop plane such as the Beechcraft King Air 350 starting around $3,000 per hour. A super-midsize jet, like the Falcon 2000EX, starts at around $11,000. For an accurate estimate, try our private jet charter cost estimator. 

Why should I book an on-demand jet charter flight?

Whether you value your time and want to skip the wait of a scheduled flight or want to experience the height of luxury as you soar through the sky, chartering an affordable private jet is the best way to fly.

At Stratos, we care about our clients and want to see you reach your destination effortlessly. That’s why we only work with the best air carriers in the business. We’ve spent decades nurturing these professional relationships so you can experience a truly exceptional flight every time you book with us.

When you’re ready to take to the skies in a safe and affordable private jet, our flight advisors can help you select the right aircraft for your journey. Reach out to our team at 1-888-593-9066 to get started.