Santa Cruz, California Jet Charters

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With its laid-back vibe and surf culture, Santa Cruz is the true definition of a beach community. However, the city also offers many urban amenities from arts and culture, restaurants and shops, as well as large companies and high-tech industries that make it worth visiting for both business and pleasure. It’s also a great family destination, with fun to had at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and wharf.

How Much Does it Cost to Book Charter Flights to Santa Cruz?

There are number of things to consider when factoring in the price of a Santa Cruz private jet charter. The location of the departure as well as size and type of the jet all play a part. To get an idea on costs, it helps to look at the most commonly flown routes to Santa Cruz. Many originating flights arrive and depart from Oakland, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Van Nuys, Carlsbad and Camarillo.

Santa Cruz Jet Charter Information

Santa Cruz is a city located in Santa Cruz County on California’s Central Coast. Situated on the shore of Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz is located about 70 miles south of San Francisco and 40 miles north of Monterey. Named after the twelfth mission of 21 California missions, Santa Cruz is supported by a number of industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, technology and tourism. Home to the world headquarters of several large companies such as Dell, Safeway, Lockheed Martin, Intel and Cisco Systems, Santa Cruz also features a college campus of the University of California. Booking Santa Cruz charter flights provides easy access to the nearby cities and towns of Capitola, Aptos, Davenport, the Monterey Peninsula, Pleasure Point, San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley, where you can take in the mild and coastal climate, renowned surf beaches, high quality living, and welcoming atmosphere. Santa Cruz also boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene and many unique attractions, making it an enjoyable destination for all types of business and leisure travelers.

Popular Things to Do in Santa Cruz

A visit to this vibrant city is not complete without checking out the Santa Cruz wharf on Monterey Bay. Here you can shop for beach ware, book a boat cruise, spot sea lions, dolphins and whales splashing in the bay, and dine on fresh seafood. Back on shore is the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park, where you can take a ride on a 1911 vintage carousel or the 1924 roller coaster known as the Giant Dipper. For something a little less stomach churning, why not grab an ice cream cone and stroll along the one-mile stretch of sand known as Main Beach. If looking for more sand and surf, make sure you explore the tidal pools or bring your board to some of Santa Cruz’ other spectacular beaches, including:

  • Natural Bridges State Beach
  • Twin Lakes
  • New Brighton
  • Cowell Beach
  • Seabright State Beach
  • Pleasure Point

Santa Cruz embraces its history and culture. Abbott Square downtown features a marketplace with bars, restaurants and a plaza where you can catch free performances and look at public art. It is also home to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Other cultural amenities in Santa Cruz include the:

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
  • University of California Performing Arts Center
  • Santa Cruz County Symphony
  • Tannery Arts Center
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Santa Cruz

Don’t forget to pack your surf board and wetsuit when you book a Santa Cruz private charter. The allure of the city is strong for many traveling around South-Central California. For both business aviation needs and personal travel, Stratos Jet Charters is the most comprehensive and efficient private jet charter agency found anywhere. Whether your travel needs call for a light jet, turbo-prop or a heavy jet; our worldwide network of pre-approved air charter operators gives Stratos access to more than 5,000 aircraft, allowing us to provide the best aircraft to fit any private or group charter requirement.

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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 635 reviews from our trusted Jet Charter reviews
5 1 5 02/23/2020

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

5 1 5 09/21/2017

Would highly recommend anyone looking for charters to contact Stratos. Their team was second to none in handling our request from first call to post flight. The CEO was even kind enough to phone me to ensure that we had located our crew at the FBO just prior to departure. I have run multiple aircraft in flight departments for many years and can truly say that its hard to find this level of professionalism in the business.

5 1 5 02/20/2013

I really don't have a basis for comparison since this was my first experience with a charter but I was extremely pleased with the service.

5 1 5 05/05/2021

Appreciate Glenn's attention to detail and follow up. He is great to work with.

5 1 5 10/31/2022

Good communication between Stratos and me regarding the jet being on site on ready for departure. Plenty of advance notice with the updates. This made my planning much easier.

5 1 5 01/08/2023

Working with Kerry Hill and Joel A. Thomas from Stratos is always a pleasure for us at Regency. There is clear communication from start to finish. Client expectations are laid out, so that we can work our best to execute them. They communicate with us in a timely manner, and of course expect the same from us. Their clients are respectful of our jets and our crews. We definitely enjoy partnering and are looking forward to many more come 2023!

5 1 5 09/04/2020

Hey Joel, First of all, thank you very much for sending this trip our way. We really appreciate your business, especially in these strange times. Both your sales team and trip management team were very responsive and quickly gave us all the info we needed. That ultimately helped us provide the best trip for your passengers. Thanks again, hope to talk soon.

5 1 5 11/01/2023

Probably to save on hotels for crew (Wisconsin would be cheaper than Toronto). Weather did not cooperate so cost us half an hour. Not the end of the world, but still an annoyance that could have been avoided.

5 1 5 02/26/2018

Pre trip work up seemed very professional. Crew had plane positioned on time and assisted with loading. Just my wife and I and two dogs. It was the dogs first flight so we had some concerns but the crew did a great job in getting them aboard and settled down. flight was uneventful and all worked as planned. No issues at all. Very good

Same on return flight except we arrived a good half hour early but crew jumped to task and loaded us and dogs promptly for return. Only item worth mentioning was during climb out to altitude both my wife and I heard numerous bumping sound on both sides of fuselage up and down the sides and top. We have owned our own planes and owned shares in jets through Flight Options and chartered often over the years and we have never had this type of noise. It almost sounded like rivets coming out or random bird strikes (which I knew it was not). I mentioned it to the co-pilot and he told me to report it so maintenance could be sure to check it out. Said it may be a maintenance issue on an older aircraft but a first for me. After attaining altitude the noise did not reoccur. All else went according to schedule and the pilots were very professional and assisted on and off with dogs and luggage. I would use again this service. Thank

Joel Thomas:  Hi William!  Thanks for the opportunity to serve you and your wife.  We are always grateful when our clients take the time to offer feedback.  We reached out to Chief Pilot of the air carrier you flew with regarding the noise you mentioned and here is what they said:  "Frequently you'll hear noises that sound like that and its just the airplane expanding as altitude, temperature and humidity change.  Its actually very common."  Looking forward to working with you all again soon!  All my best

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 06/08/2021

Zach was pleasant, knowledgeable, efficient and a delight to deal with. I have usually used another broker but Zach won the charter for your company Joel. Well done.

5 1 5 07/22/2021

As a repeat customer of Stratos we have always been treated with care and understanding of the circumstances surrounding our travel needs. When Joel was unavailable Zach jumped right in without missing a beat.

5 1 5 03/01/2017

Great service. Responsive and thorough.

5 1 5 10/18/2013

It was a perfect flight!

5 1 5 01/04/2019

I wouldn't recommend this plane that much though. One pilot was nice the other kinda ambivalent. The temp of the plane was either hot or cold and the electrical plugs not functioning. It was transportation only. But we are so happy to all be here with the rest of the family. it was worth the effort.

5 1 5 10/10/2020

Glenn like usual is great to work with and is always on top of it.

5 1 5 04/05/2022

The family loved the flights wow landings terrific pilots planning to repeat in the future

5 1 5 11/29/2018

I made all of the arrangements for the charter flight for my boss and his family. I worked with Joel Thomas personally, who took the time with me to show the jet options available, all the while considering my boss's medical issues and care requirements. He emailed a jet comparison guide with photographs to view side-by-side so that I could make a wise and informed decision, and walked me through them over the phone. He was determined to provide the best possible experience for everyone. Joel made it all so easy, and it was clear after conversations with him that he has a heart for people and genuinely cares about their needs. I ordered in-flight catering, over the phone, which could not have been any easier. The food was plentiful and exceptional! My boss called me the next day asking that I inquire as to who the local caterer was that supplied the food, as he wants to make sure that we use them in the future. They staged all of the food on beautiful white platters that looked classy and elegant, as though it was all prepared for red carpet guests. And every selection was freshly prepared that day and over the top in flavor! The pilot was very nice and personable and clearly cared about the comfort and safety of his passengers. The plane was extremely comfortable and very luxurious. The seating was perfect for the six of them and their cat, Molly! I received a call the next day from my boss's grown daughter, and all she did was rave about how it was first class all the way! She said I always do such a great job. LOL! It was Joel and the Stratos team that did all the work! My part was easy! Ohhh, and Joel also went out of his way to arrange for ground transportation upon their flight's arrival. I can say from personal experience over the years, that flying does not get any better than going first class with Joel Thomas and his team at Stratos Jet Charters. I want to thank them for making me look like the best assistant ever!!

5 1 5 03/26/2021

Glenn was great - very responsive. Would have given our experience 5 stars had the airport we intended to land (Ocean Reef) been secured when I paid the monies, instead of 3 days before our scheduled departure from HPN.

5 1 5 05/23/2021

10 out of 10 every time!

5 1 5 03/08/2012

Completely satisfied

5 1 5 11/05/2021

Stratos helped us make an amazing memory … I flew my elderly parents (90+ years old) from SC to PA for the day to spend time with our entire family. Everything from the planning, scheduling and coordination was seamless and went off smooth and in time. The pilots were so kind and gracious with my parents and made the 1.5 hour flight enjoyable. I must say at the heart of this entire experience was Kerry Hill of Stratos, she made it her mission to make this truly special, she went above and beyond… thank you so much Kerry & Stratos! All the best … Billy

5 1 5 02/20/2021

Smooth, calm, on time and will use it again

5 1 5 04/11/2020

This experienced exceeded my expectations in every way. The booking process, follow up, attention to detail, urgency and ease of communication were all excellent. The pilots were friendly, prepared, professional and prompt. The plane exactly as described and needed. I will definitely use this service again.

5 1 5 11/29/2020

Everything went as smoothly as it possibility could have. Special kudos to Randy who was perfect in his communication skills. Good equipment, good pilots ...great trip thanks

5 1 5 01/18/2024

already recommended to a friend.

5 1 5 01/08/2023

Great experience overall. Communication is always great and solving any unforeseen issues has always been a breeze.

5 1 5 07/24/2020

Randy Schuette answered all of my questions and kept me up to date even with the early arrival of my flight which kept my trip on time.  The flight was smooth with a great landing by pilot Mariah Fever!

Thank you,

Karen W.

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 03/03/2021

I thought it was very well-organized and information flows were smooth. The broker worked with me to get an excellent option at an attractive pricing point. The flight was smooth and professional. An outstanding experience!

5 1 5 02/05/2018

Always enjoy flying privately. Exciting from planning a trip to booking to flight(s). Predominantly use Stratos. Attentive and personal service. Joel Thomas was a great go to person. All subcontractors that they use have been top-notched. Only critique is I obtained better final pricing of the flight when I received quotes from other charter companies. Seems to be an industry thing about competitive pricing in order to obtain the best price. Yes I would recommend Stratos.

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 05/17/2020

Plane was not clean. One pilot claimed to have a mask but never wore it, despite being told to. My booking with Stratos was clear and should have been obvious even if I hadn’t specifically asked for a clean plane and a masked crew. My wife and I neither ate (to not remove our masks) nor used the bathroom ( the unmasked pilot had to use the bathroom shortly after departure). By far our most uncomfortable air travel made worse by the fact that it was private.

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Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  I appreciate the feedback and opportunity for me to address this with the air carrier. I have contacted them and shared your experience with them.  Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us.  While operating in this COVID-19 environment brings new challenges; sharing your experience, has allowed Stratos to identify opportunities to improve the customer experience by implementing several pro-active steps as well as additional QA requirements on the day of flight.  We sincerely appreciate our relationship with you and your willingness to help us get better every day! 

 

Soar Higher - Joel A. Thomas / CEO

5 1 5 12/27/2016

We have been using Stratos for a couple of years now and appreciate their dedication to using only the safest charter operators. Just completed the front end of a back to back for the Christmas Holiday.

5 1 5 03/26/2018

Yes. Good. Good. Yes

5 1 5 07/09/2021

Superb service.

5 1 5 08/07/2017

My experience with Stratos has been very good since I started booking jets several years ago. Joel and his team provide excellent service and followup at every stage. We recently had a flight where the incoming plane had a mechanical and they were able to replace it with a comparable one within just a few hours. Our original take off time was only missed by less than a half hour. The Stratos team communicated with us all along the way and everything was fine. The pilots are very good at what they do and the ground organization is thorough and efficient. I would recommend them to a friend.

5 1 5 01/08/2023

Great

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 04/20/2023

This trip was to return home from our 5.5 month winter sojourn in Florida. We had planned everything around this return date. Our cars had been shipped home that day. We had run down all the food. The cancellation occurred when we were out for dinner the night before the planned trip. We therefore did not find out about it until about 10pm. Anthony did a good job of helping with the recovery over the next hour. He responded instantly to almost every email. Unfortunately, because everything for ourselves and our fellow passengers had been planned around leaving on that particular day, we were very limited in our selection of recovery flights. As a result we paid an extra $7k+. Once that was settled and I had figured out how to get the extra money to you quickly enough, things went smoothly. When the flight was first booked (months ago) I had expressed some discomfort with the fact that the plane operator was so small and seemed to be focused on another business model. Anthony said that he had great experience with them and their reliability. It was unfortunate that my concerns turned out to be correct. As things have turned out, it now seems to me that I should be booking my flights right at the last minute, not rely on leaving on a certain date and, perhaps, even trying to catch an empty leg.

5 1 5 12/23/2018

Our crew on the ground and in the air were excellent to the point that I learned from them. We went in to a 30 knot crosswind and drove all the way down to the runway quickly, no drifting or swaying. The landing was flawless and we all felt very safe. The plane was clean and well maintained. The refreshments were perfect. The process around booking travel was easy and unobtrusive. Thanks!!!

5 1 5 06/18/2020

Anthony was terrific, good clear quote information, helpful options and overall a very pleasant experience.

5 1 5 07/19/2021

From start to finish everything was perfect. Steve Stogner was awesome, professional, efficient, great follow up . Our pax’s said “ absolutely loved the experience, great pilots, beautiful aircraft “

5 1 5 01/12/2014

MY agent did a great job. Due to the immediate nature of the flight, we didn't compare to others but he was very quick to respond.

5 1 5 01/02/2021

We had a great experience, Anthony our contact was in close contact before the flight keeping us updated and the service was excellent on both sides.

5 1 5 07/31/2023

I love Kerry and the Stratos team. Easy to work with from top to bottom. Even on a Sunday!

5 1 5 08/06/2017

As usual the trip from start to finish was handled professionally

5 1 5 06/23/2021

Great setbicr

5 1 5 06/25/2018

Stratos offers the best overall value you can get for private air charter PERIOD. I have done tons of research and cost models and there is no better value. Joel and his team do all of the hard work for you. My family tried Wheels Up, local charter companies and App Based Deadhead charter and they were all really disappointing. All of these option look good but when you compare cost per hour, schedule flexibility and booking Stratos is always a better cost and value proposition. The equipment is always great (this trip was a Citation X with a beautiful brand new interior and every feature possible) and Stratos works around your schedule and exact needs. We have made all types of requests due to my young family and the Stratos staff and cabin crews are always so helpful and accommodating. They never have over sold us and always are sensitive to every need. Most importantly Joel only will put us with great operators. We were in and out of Aspen and safety was the number one concern and he always covers all aspects of the trip but safety first. Again, I can’t say enough about the Stratos experience and team.

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.

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