Charter Flights to RAGBRAI

The 51st RAGBRAI runs across Iowa July 20-27

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The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa

Each year, cyclists from across the globe flock to Iowa to take part in the largest and longest non-competitive bike-touring event in the country and the world.

Since 1973, the RAGBRAI route averages roughly 470 miles and features a wide variety of terrain. During the last full week of July, bicycle enthusiasts get started somewhere along Iowa’s western border on the Missouri River. The route ends along the eastern border of the Mississippi River.

To keep things exciting, the route changes every year. The route is always announced in January at the Iowa Bike Expo during the RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party.

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Get Ahead of the Race

Due to the popularity of the event, registration takes place early in the year. From there, a random computer lottery decides who will take part in the ride come July. There’s only room for 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 day riders. If this is your year to ride, Stratos Jet Charters can arrange private jets to RAGBRAI in Iowa with plenty of time to load up on carbs and dip the rear wheel of your bike in the Missouri River.

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Recommended private jets for your charter flight to Iowa

With so many options available from only the best air carriers in the country, Stratos is the leading charter broker for arranging transportation to RAGBRAI.

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Private jet airports near RAGBRAI

Because the route changes annually, your destination may change as well. However, some of the most popular airports in western Iowa include: Des Moines International Airport (DSM), Atlantic Municipal Airport (AIO), Sioux Gateway Airport (SUX), and Spencer Municipal Airport (SPW).

Ground Services in Iowa

Are you looking to experience the largest recreational bike tour in the world? Stratos Jets can arrange private jets to Iowa and anywhere else in the world. When you touch down, our Trip Support Team can have you off to the race in minutes with a pre-arranged car and driver, rental vehicle or anything else you might need.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Every charter flight review on this page was submitted by a real Stratos Jets customer. In the interest of transparency, we never change reviews or use incentives to influence these reviews. This way, you can hear directly from our past and current clients about how we handled their private travel experience.

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Overall rating (4.88 out of 5) Based on 650 reviews from our trusted Jet Charter reviews
5 1 5 05/07/2022

After our plane developed mechanical problems and a night of discomfort and doubt, Kyle was able to find a plane and a crew at last minute to save my wife's 60th birthday trip. We arrived a little late but we arrived! You are the best Kyle.

5 1 5 05/21/2020

As always, the booking went well, the trip was on time, the crew great: another perfect flight. Thanks.

5 1 5 10/19/2020

I clicked on your “submit” option but not certain it went. In any event, trip great, pilot charming and helpful and Joel Thomas outstanding in responsiveness, patience and constant availability.
 

5 1 5 01/18/2024

We had a last minute need for supplemental lift, and were very pleased with the service provided. Glenn did a fantastic job arranging this flight on very short notice and kept me up to date with the details. I would not hesitate to use them again.

5 1 5 04/29/2024

Was a bit nervous for this flight as there was a connection onto a cruise ship the same day but everything was seamless. Flight was able to take off 20 minutes ahead of schedule! Steve kept us in the loop every step of the way. 5 stars from us!

5 1 5 09/25/2017

It was great working with Joel he was involved from beginning to end in every aspect of the trip.  We look forward to many trips together. Thank you.

5 1 5 05/31/2022

Timely, efficient customer service, perfectly executed departure and arrival, concierge service no hassle and easy

5 1 5 03/05/2024

So easy to work with. Terrific communications.

5 1 5 06/27/2023

We did have a slight issue when the plane came in there was a mechanical concern that delayed my parent's trip but Kyle lined up aother plane for us so they could get to their destination with the least amount of inconvenience. The catering was delicious and the flight back went off without a hitch.

5 1 5 01/04/2024

The flight itself was fine. Glenn was in communication with me frequently but shortly before my flight the Tail Number changed to a new plane and I was not given a new itinerary with the correct arrival point. We flew into Modern Aviation but I expected to be a Hawthorne Aviation. My ride was at the wrong location and I had to adjust that myself after landing. She was livid at the lack of notification on the change. It wasn't a pleasant ride home.

5 1 5 05/31/2020

Kyle Jones was terrific about answering all of my questions PROMPTLY. Stratos gave us the best price and was best about getting all info to us. I wrote to Kyle many times as I was extremely nervous about flying. He was always reassuring. Pilots were friendly and professional. Transport people wore masks and gloves and were kind. Plane was very clean and when I asked for more disinfectant wipes, I got them without being made to feel I was being too cautious. Take-off and landing were a pleasure as was the flight. The thunderstorm was scary but that was out of the pilots control

5 1 5 03/01/2019

The flight was excellent, 24 hours prior Sarah helped us with a departure window and the crew and FBO were really accommodating as we were running behind. Really nice Hawker 900XP nice pilots and smooth flight. Cant give enough praise to the Stratos process and ease.

5 1 5 03/24/2020

Joel and his team at Stratos provided outstanding service during a time when air travel was challenging. In March 2020, Stratos was able to source an aircraft for my family with 24 hours notice. More importantly, when that aircraft arrived with a maintenance issue that occurred on landing, Joel and his team worked diligently to find us another aircraft within a few hours. He and his team went above an beyond to help us out. We highly recommend Stratos.

5 1 5 03/21/2023

Glenn, who assisted every step of the way was professional and kind as he answered the many questions I had as this was our first experience traveling in this way. The communication was clear and any expectations we had were exceeded. The pilot was very personable and made the experience enjoyable from the time we arrived at the FBO until we landed. Thank you.

5 1 5 12/15/2023

Anthony is the best. It's always hectic trying to get the details right and he stays on top of it so I don't have to!

5 1 5 01/27/2019

We were so very pleased with the planning, follow up and service. Do not waste your time or money looking anywhere else.

5 1 5 02/23/2020

Easy booking/cost effective/always takes care of all problems

5 1 5 09/17/2020

Smooth and easy

5 1 5 05/03/2018

My family has flown with you dozens of times. Everything, from booking, to the flights, to the follow-up shows that you care about your customers. I would definitely recommend Stratos & have already done so.

5 1 5 11/03/2016

Peace of mind!!! My family and I just completed our first charter on a private jet with Stratos. My wife and I have been on a few of our friend’s charters before and I fly regularly on my company's aircraft but this was the first charter of our own. Stratos and specifically Joel Thomas made my wife and I feel that we were in great hands throughout the planning, selection and ultimately flight process. Family loved it!!! Great experience.

5 1 5 04/17/2021

Anthony was great to work with and quickly provided all updates and changes for his client for us to communicate to our pilots and prepare the trip. We were glad for the opportunity to work with you all and look forward to helping with more trips in the near future!!

5 1 5 01/01/2018

Once again, Stratos Jets provided perfect travel service with competitive prices! We needed to move a family member with memory loss and agitation from Boston to Houston on very short notice. Joel set everything up within 24 hours- a beautiful private jet, cars and drivers at both ends of the trip, a security detail plus catering. I am completely impressed with this company and will use them whenever I need private jet service. Thank you, Joel!

5 1 5 01/10/2020

Jennifer said that last night was the best flight of her whole life!! I heard it was a brand new plane – lucky ladies of last night!! Thanks again for everything and I’m sure we’ll be working together again soon 😊 Kris

5 1 5 07/22/2019

Amazing customer service and overall experience from my first contact with Kimberly. Stratos truly delivers what they promise!

5 1 5 03/21/2023

I love the team and especially working with Kerry. Always a pleasure

5 1 5 07/20/2020

The passengers we flew had a great experience and were pleased with the flight. Jim Hensley American Jet Charter, Inc

5 1 5 07/22/2022

Professional in every way… and, fully enjoyed the experience… especially the flight…great plane and pilots were 1st class in every way.

5 1 5 02/21/2024

Daniel was the most efficient and communicative individual our firm has ever dealt with while in a crunch situation needing to get to Vegas immediately from Salt Lake. He went above and beyond to assess our needs and ensure our timeline was met. If we had a position on our sales team we would offer him a better offer then what you’re paying him and may in the future. Thanks Daniel. Hope to connect soon for our future trips. Garrett

5 1 5 06/22/2017

Always a pleasure to work with the Stratos Jet crew. You all have great communication with us which makes our life as an operator easier. Great job from Kerry, Sarah, and Trip Support as always.

5 1 5 12/21/2021

We had a large family gathering in Santa Barbara to which Frank with Stratos was able to arrange the flight. The plane and pilots were fantastic as was the service leading up to and throughout. I would recommend them to anyone that needs private travel arrangements.

5 1 5 03/26/2021

Katie was great on very short notice. Here is were the 5th star was lost: No on board bathroom and I was not told about it. I specifically asked about quality of safety and maintenance by operator and got incorrect information initially; although there was no apparent problem .

5 1 5 04/03/2018

Everything worked out great. Working with Stratos was seamless. When the Trump TFR foiled our plans on both the outbound and inbound legs, Stratos was proactive in finding the best solution for us and minimized the disruption to the timing of our itinerary while also remaining flexible to our schedule as well. Joel could not have been easier to work with, finding us the best options at the best prices.

5 1 5 09/17/2021

The flight was smooth and comfortable The crew was professional and courteous. The agent's support was extremely professional--assisting above and beyond expectations with car shuttling service in Albany. We will highly recommend these services to others.

5 1 5 01/09/2017

Our company uses Stratos, we work directly with Kerry, she and everyone else have always been extremely helpful and manage our flights and requests with no problem! They respond friendly, quickly and we have no interest in ever switching companies. Highly recommended! Extremely happy clients!

5 1 5 03/30/2020

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5 1 5 11/05/2021

The team and the total Stratos experience consistently impresses me on every trip! The immediate feedback, the technology platform which enables an immediate view of flight and aircraft availability, and of course the wonderful and accommodating communication with the whole team; Stratos is always amazing! They always go the extra mile and are always being preventative and proactive long before wheels up and down. As Stratos clients, we don’t feel any of the industry's current supply crunch. Whatever we have tasked Stratos with they have met and exceeded our needs and we could not ask for more or be happier. The experience, year-over-year is that Stratos has only added more options, more operators and we have only great experiences.

5 1 5 05/01/2020

Joel and his staff made a family loss so much easier to deal with. They are like family and they have my business whenever I need it and they’re available.

5 1 5 01/01/2022

Stratos Jets provided excellent customer service! One of the most reliable private jet charters. Glenn was incredibly helpful and professional he made the booking process very easy and kept me updated with trip details daily. Highly recommend Stratos Jet Charters.

5 1 5 05/02/2024

Easy to book, easy to work with. Smooth trip overall.

5 1 5 04/09/2024

All went well on the flight. Great pilot crew both ways.

5 1 5 03/09/2023

Everything was great. Prompt and clear comms about flight / craft options. Kept us informed about key status. Nice account website and live-links for details. And, just friendly and pleasant people to work with. One big thing was that our original operator's plane cancelled due to mechanical the day before our departure. We know that happens sometimes and not Stratos' fault. What was great was how quickly the Stratos team got us viable alternatives. Within probably an hour we had an alternate operator confirmed. We were very pleased how well Stratos reacted. And, the replacement craft and crew were top-notch as well.

5 1 5 04/09/2024

Great flight, great plane and great crew! Enjoyed it a lot and highly recommend Stratos Jets.

5 1 5 01/09/2022

My daughter was the passenger and she enjoyed her experience. This trip was vital to make it possible to go to her residence in Germany.

5 1 5 03/11/2021

Glenn made my first experience with Stratos easy and enjoyable. He went above and beyond to make sure I was completely satisfied and had all the information needed. I appreciated the attention to detail and the follow-up. Thank you

5 1 5 07/03/2022

Always a great experience. Amazing communication and expert service

5 1 5 05/12/2016

Flight was for an elderly person and the tail number was provided a long time before the flight and I made sure the person flying had all the info written down by someone who could hear and got everything correct. Flyer had that until day before when tail number changed. I had to find someone who could hear me well and right down the correct info for the person traveling so he got it straight in his head and for driver.

5 1 5 05/14/2024

I have had many flights with Stratos Jet’s all booked through Kyle. They make the flights seamless and easy and do what they promise. I have recommended them to others.

5 1 5 01/20/2019

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5 1 5 01/16/2018

Working with Stratos vs other jet charter companies lends a personal touch that seems lacking in others. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Stratos to friends.

5 1 5 07/24/2012

Hire more people like Kevin Bales. If you ever fire him he can work for me. Great job.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our friendly, expert air charter agents are here to answer questions or start your quote today. Don`t wait, call right now and we can get you on your way to the destination of your choice! Talk to one of our air chater argents now by calling (888) 593-9066 or by emailing [email protected]

  • How do I choose the right aircraft for my mission?

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    As charter brokers, we do more than simply book your charter flight. At Stratos Jets, our air charter associates are highly trained personnel capable of matching our clients with the appropriate aircraft for their travel needs. Once we determine how many passengers you’re travelling with and how far you’re flying, we can determine which category of aircraft you require. There are many options available. The most common aircrafts hired for private charters include:

    • Cessna’s Citation X
    • Gulfstream’s G650
    • Bombardier’s Global line

    After that, we can help you narrow down the selection of recommended aircraft based on budget, desired cabin amenities, airport requirements, luggage capacity, as well as aircraft age and performance capabilities.

    Staying Safe in the Skies

    At Stratos Jets, air charter safety is our number one concern. One of our key policies is to increase consumer education. This ensures our clients are able to make informed decisions. We also work with our aircraft providers to ensure their safety training programs meet and even exceed our air charter safety requirements. To make this happen, Stratos Jets is an ARGUS Certified Broker. This means that our brokerage firm is:

    • Committed to the best industry practices
    • Adhering to all applicable safety regulations
    • Maintaining the appropriate insurance coverage required
  • Are there additional costs per private jet rental passenger?

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    There are no additional costs per passenger. At Stratos Jet Charters, we base our private jet rental prices per hour, not per guest.

    The Stratos Pricing Estimator

    If you would like to estimate the cost of a private jet charter, use our Stratos pricing estimator page. It lists the most common estimates based on destination and aircraft type. And you can always enter customized data to get an estimate for a specific destination.

    Additional Concierge Charges

    We do charge for some of our additional concierge services, such as in-flight catering and entertainment, hotel bookings and ground transportation. We know our clients’ time is precious, so we offer the value and convenience of “one-stop-shopping” through our Trip Support team. When you book a flight with Stratos Jet Charters, we can take care of all the logistics, including booking hotels, meeting spaces, limousines and tickets to special events. That way you can relax, and enjoy your trip.

    Empty Leg Charters

    Also, since we charge per hour, not per passenger, there are travel bargains to be found with our Empty Leg Flights. Many of our private jet rental flights are one-way, and then we need to move the aircraft to a new destination. To reduce the costs of flying an empty aircraft, we offer discounts to travelers with flexible itineraries. Clever passengers will sometimes split the cost with their fellow travelers, thereby reducing the cost for everyone on the flight.  

  • Can I make last-minute changes to my itinerary?

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    If your plans need to change, we will do everything in our power to accommodate the changes. One of the benefits of hiring Stratos Jet Charters is that we have much more flexibility than commercial airlines and can provide many more air charter services.

    We have two teams that can help you. Here is a brief description of each:

    Charter Sales Agents 

    This is the initial contact team. They evaluate your travel needs to identify the appropriate aircraft type for your travel plan. Pricing is determined by aircraft availability, its position related to the intended departure location and the position of where the aircraft needs to be after performing the customer’s flight.   

    Trip Support Team

    Once the aircraft has been selected, Trip Support works with the customer, the air carrier and all concierge service providers to organize all of the travel details. Trip Support is responsible for coordinating:

    • Departure time
    • Departure and arrival at the Fixed Base departure location
    • Ensuring assigned crew members meet Stratos experience requirements
    • Making sure the insurance is current and everyone is protected
    • Coordinating all concierge services

    In reference to last-minute itinerary changes, any changes would go through the Trip Support Team.

    Our customers often have demanding flight itineraries that can change quickly. They’ve come to appreciate knowing there’s an entire team of people focused on organizing all the details of their trip. Stratos Jet Charters wants to provide our clients with consistently outstanding air charter service and an impeccable safety record.

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