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How much does a private jet charter cost?

Private jet charter costs can vary depending on different factors, but in general, the smaller the aircraft, the more affordable the hourly rate will be. A turboprop charter starts around $2,000 an hour, while a heavy jet charter costs closer to $10,000 an hour.


With a private jet charter service, you can fly on a luxurious private jet without breaking the bank. Private jet charter rates are significantly lower than buying your own private plane, and unless you fly roughly 150 hours or more a year, buying your own private jet just doesn’t make sense. According to Bankrate, with private jet charter rates, you don’t have to pay maintenance fees, crew salaries, insurance, or interest.

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We believe that by laying all the facts out there–our costs, their costs, our consumer satisfaction, their consumer satisfaction–you will be ready and eager to fly with Stratos Jet Charters.

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Fees included in private jet charter rates:

  • Domestic private jet charter rates & fees

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    Airport Landing Fees 

    Each airport authority charges their own landing fees. These vary from airport to airport, but the fee is usually between $100 and $1,000 per flight at executive and regional airports and depends on the aircraft size and weight. High-density airports like Boston Logan, Miami International, and JFK in New York have been known to charge more than $1,000 per flight. 

    Ramp and Handling Fees

    Fixed-base operators charge a fee to handle and park the aircraft you charter. This fee can range from $100 to $500 per flight. In some cases, these fees can be waived if minimum fuel requirements are met. 

    Segment Fees

    Segment fees are applied to each passenger per leg (segment). In the United States, the fee is $4.50 per passenger. 

    Federal Excise Tax

    A 7.5% Federal Excise Tax is charged on all domestic flights within the US.

  • Possible additional fees

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    Firm quotes provided by Stratos private flight advisors are based on a specific aircraft’s availability and are considered “all-in” prices, which include all taxes and any other anticipated fees. We bill all expected flight-related costs upfront so that there are no surprises. However, sometimes things don’t go as planned and an unexpected fee may arise. The cost of these fees are then billed post-flight.

    Common unexpected fees include, but are not limited to: 

    • Cleaning services
    • In-flight catering 
    • Ground transportation
    • Refueling
    • Unscheduled itinerary changes
    • In-flight phone usage
    • Wi-Fi
    • De-icing
    • Hangar rentals
    • Security services
    • International charges
    • Additional taxes

    Whenever possible, Stratos will advise clients if there is a cost associated with Wi-Fi usage during the charter flight. 

    Here’s an overview of the taxes and fees included in the private jet price

    Overnight accommodations for crew

    If crew members are required to be away from home overnight, a per diem between $200 and $600 per crew member will be added to the private jet charter cost. The per diem covers overnight expenses, including lodging and meals.

    Short Leg fees

    The greatest fuel burn of an  aircraft occurs during take-off. Short leg fees help to offset the fuel burn. Additionally, every time an airplane takes-off and lands, its maintenance schedule is advanced, bringing the aircraft closer to costly maintenance checks. Aircraft owners will often charge a short leg fee to help offset those additional costs. 

    Aircraft Positioning Fees

    At Stratos, we aim to locate aircraft that require minimal positioning to help reduce these fees. However, that’s not always possible, and aircraft positioning costs may be incurred if the aircraft needs to be repositioned for the charter flight.

    Hangar Fees

    Hangar fees are typically incurred during the winter season when aircraft need to be protected from ice, snow, or frost accumulation on aircraft surfaces and to avoid deicing costs. These fees can range from $500 to $1,500 each day.

    Wi-Fi Charges

    In many cases, your private flight advisor can arrange a charter on an aircraft that comes with free Wi-Fi access, but some aircraft operators may charge anywhere from $2 to $9 per megabyte. International charter flights may cost more. 

    Cleaning Fees

    Sometimes aircraft need a little extra cleaning after a charter flight. These fees can cost anywhere from $250 and up, depending on the amount of cleaning required.

    Deicing Fees

    In colder climates snow, ice, or even frost can accumulate on aircraft surfaces, prompting the need for deicing services. Deicing costs can vary from $1,500 to $10,000 depending on the size of the aircraft.

    International Fees

    A trip across the border can add anywhere from $500 to $5,000 or more to your charter invoice. These fees are required based on your route and arrival country and include landing permits, overflight permits, customs, and immigration fees.

    Fuel Surcharge

    Because fuel prices are constantly fluctuating, a fuel surcharge is applicable when there is a surge in fuel prices in the market. The surcharge, when applicable, starts around $300 per hour. 

    Aircraft Daily Minimums

    Aircraft operators require a certain amount of flight hours per day. Though the industry standard is 2 hours a day, smaller aircraft may only have a daily minimum of 90 minutes while a larger aircraft may have a daily minimum of 3 hours or more.  

    International Head Tax

    International flights departing from or arriving in the United States are subject to a tax of $19.70 per person. 

    Alaska/Hawaii Head Tax

    Charter flights are subject to a tax of $9.90 per passenger when flying to Hawaii or Alaska.

  • Charges for optional concierge services

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    Custom In-flight Catering

    Private jet rental pricing doesn’t include in-flight catering, but this service can be arranged for an additional fee. Depending on the items and quantities ordered, this fee can range from $230 to $2,000 per leg. 

    Ground Transportation

    Ground transportation is another addition to private jet charter rates that can cost anywhere from $180 to $1000 or more per reservation, based on specific needs and preferences. 

    Additional Concierge Services

    Extended concierge services include additional in-flight amenities, hotel, spa, and resort booking. A quote for additional concierge services will be provided for approval prior to booking.

    Client Services Fee

    The Client Services fee allows Stratos to provide a higher quality of trip support, including the coordination and organization of the trip, through a dedicated team of professionals. 

Hourly Rates For Charter Aircraft

Aircraft categories differ not only by size, capacity and flight range but also the cost per hour of chartering them. Below you can see the price ranges for each category Stratos Jets offer.

Popular Routes & Estimates

To provide clients with a quick snapshot of the costs associated with booking a private jet charter, we put together private jet charter cost estimates from some common routes and aircrafts.


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.

Overall rating ( out of 5) Based on reviews from our trusted Jet Charter reviews
5 1 5 01/31/2020

The flight was great. Kyle was easy to work with and very professional. The plane was very comfortable and our pilots were terrific! Great experience all around!

5 1 5 02/15/2021

Stratos was prompt, professional, and competitive. They were also willing to work with me as I was having second thoughts, without being pushy. I had a very enjoyable experience and look forward to using them again.

5 1 5 09/17/2020

Smooth and easy

5 1 5 08/19/2021

Everything was above and beyond. Thank you!

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 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 01/06/2018

As the operator, this client showed great brokerskills. Precise emails and everything was provided shortly after requested. Would love to work with StratosJets again soon.

5 1 5 06/03/2020

My representative Simon did a really good job explaining my options and arranging our charter. Disappointed our charter Was 30 minutes late due to routine maintenance. Since it was routine, obviously it should have been scheduled to not interfere with our flight schedule. One of the big reason for the charter was to avoid sitting around a lounge in the Covid era. Due to the delay, that’s exactly what we did. Small issues, but water wasn’t working in lavatory, cabin temperature was a bit erratic, and air vent dripped water. Crew was courteous and flight was fine.



Dear Peter, 
Thank you for taking time to provide feedback regarding your recent flight on N860TX.  After receiving your review, I investigated the matter to learn a bit more about what was going on.  
During the pre-flight check, the crew discovered a maintenance issue that, while minor, needed to be resolved prior to your departure.   Unfortunately, resulting in a delay in your schedule.  We understand that the value of private aviation is oriented around your schedule and privacy, but we can not prioritize that over safety.  In the case of the delay, it is a result of the crews concern for safety of flight.  Regardless, our team values your feedback and have shared it with the air carrier as well.  
We look forward to working with you again on your next trip and will seek to ensure a smoother travel experience.
All my best,

Joel A. Thomas 

President and CEO 

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 02/18/2019

The crew of Citation very good Cordial and effective Trip punctual all good Thanks

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 10/20/2022

Anthony made the booking easy and kept us fully informed. Flight itself was definitely 5 start. Good plane, good crew, good weather. What more can one ask?

5 1 5 07/21/2022

Kerry was absolutely amazing!! She made the entire process very seamless and so easy for me. Made me look very good to my boss. She kept me informed of the entire trip, from the plane arriving at the airport to wheels down at the final destination. I have nothing but extreme praise for Kerry and her customer service.

5 1 5 06/18/2020

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

5 1 5 10/14/2019

Always great to work with you guys.

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 04/27/2021

Great communication, easy to work with

5 1 5 08/12/2020

Anthony, couldn't have been better. Elegant and effortless.  Delightful crew and immaculate plane.  Thanks for helping us with this and I am sure you will hear from us in the future. 

All the best,


5 1 5 01/08/2023


5 1 5 08/23/2013

Kevin is great to work with. I'll call him again. the aircraft crew were great. Thank you for making this trip so easy for us.

5 1 5 05/24/2020

Everything was perfect. Kyle was extremely helpful. Answered all questions quickly and was very professional without a “hard sell” style. Everyone I dealt with was perfect. The flight itself was fast, quiet, comfortable. The plane was very clean, and well maintained. Both crew were helpful and pleasant. It is very likely that we will travel like this again and Stratos will be our provider. Thanks again. Susan

5 1 5 09/12/2017

Joel was a great help in getting my family out of South Florida last minute during hurricane Irma. I look forward to booking with Stratos again in the very near future.

5 1 5 07/03/2022

Always a great experience. Amazing communication and expert service

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 05/03/2018

I travel regularly for business and have booked charter flights through a number of different private jet companies. At the beginning of the year, I was referred to Joel at Stratos. Since then, I have booked a number of flights through Stratos. His team does a great job ensuring we have a seamless travel experience. I would definitely recommend Stratos to others.

5 1 5 10/18/2012

Since it was my first charter I have no comparisons

5 1 5 08/21/2022

Kyle immediately answered the phone when I called, after normal work hours, needing a plane the next morning. He worked with me for hours to find the right plane. I flew out the next morning at 9am. Kyle followed along with both that flight as well as the return the next day to make sure everything was fine. I feel comfortable knowing that Stratos carefully chooses their planes with the highest safety ratings. Thank you to Kyle and his team for their attention to detail and care that their customers have an excellent and safe travel experience. I highly recommend Stratos Jet Charters

5 1 5 10/14/2019

Stratos Jets has always been a great company to work with, very friendly staff.

5 1 5 06/28/2018

From start to finish, our experience with Stratos was totally professional, made very simple and the ultimate in how charter travel should be booked/enjoyed! We know it takes an entire team behind the scenes but all credit to Joel for his 'personal' touch and for making our return trip to New York a very memorable one indeed!!! We have used several charter companies worldwide over the years but Joel and his team beat them all!!!

5 1 5 11/26/2016

We prefer to finalize our itinerary, plane and crew at least a week in advance. We did not get things completely final until the day of the actual flight. Secondly, we prefer to pay post-flight rather than pre-flight. You were able to make an exception in our case which was appreciated. Lastly, the quality of the catering service from STT was atrocious. It was inedible.

5 1 5 01/04/2019

There are not enough words to express how incredible Stratos is. From start to finish, my experiences with them are the highest quality of service and performance.

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 10/28/2015

Stratos continues to exceed my expectations!

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 11/03/2020

I was helped at every step along the way. Any question was quickly answered.

5 1 5 05/17/2021

We had a great experience, particularly with Steve and the booking process, as well as with flight, which was fantastic. We would highly recommend Stratos. Thanks again!

5 1 5 09/27/2016

Simon was Great.  There is nothing that cold have been better.

5 1 5 04/13/2017

We love Joel!

5 1 5 03/22/2021

I have already recommended your firm to a friend and will continue to do so assuming, of course, my future travels with you remain consistent with my inaugural experience

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 08/23/2020

It was a treat to fly private again. Everyone at Stratos and Flying Labz were a joy! If I need to fly private again Stratos is the only company I'd reach out to.

5 1 5 11/01/2021

The experience from start to finish was excellent. I would highly recommend Stratos.

5 1 5 06/16/2021

I have highly recommended Stratosjets to friends and will continue to do so. The planning team (Kyle Jones being my lead - world class individual) continues to do a superb job tending to each detail and communicating same timely and in an understandable fashion.

5 1 5 05/04/2023


5 1 5 06/15/2020

Thank you for using Business Jet Access, we appreciate your business and it was a pleasure working with the Stratos team. Information was provided in a timely manner and communication was clear. Thanks again and we look forward to future trips.

5 1 5 10/06/2017

I was frantically looking last minute for a private jet to transport myself and a family member with early onset memory loss from Minneapolis, MN to Keene, NH. I found Stratos Jet Charters online and they caught my eye. From the first phone call to Eric Bold, the broker, to the landing in Keene, NH, I was completely amazed at how easy it was to book the flight and get the details in order. Eric was super sharp and made the entire booking simple and fast in a very professional way. He was also totally available by phone immediately when I needed to talk with him. Sarah, also, helped us with catering and the passenger manifesto and she was just as competent. The pilots, Jeff and Deanna, made us feel very secure and confident about the flight and our comfort. I feel so fortunate to have found this company and will reach out to them for all of my future private jet needs. Thank you, each of you, and thank you, Stratos!!

5 1 5 07/29/2022

Our experience was magnificent. Everyone at Stratos was on point and helpful with any and all questions we had for our trip. Glenn Walters was exceptional attentive. Your services are highly recommended.

5 1 5 07/03/2019

Stratus extremely professional company.

5 1 5 10/14/2021

I couldn't be happier with level of service provided to me by Frank and his team! Everything was so easy and just a click away. I really appreciated Franks attentiveness to my trips. Stratos Jet will definitely have my business in the future. Thank you Frank & team, you are awesome!!!

5 1 5 05/03/2021

Stratos was great and we for sure will recommend our broker to our friends

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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 Much Does it Cost to Rent a Private Jet for a Week?

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    The cost of chartering a jet for a week can range from tens of thousands of dollars to several hundred thousand dollars, depending on how often you fly and which aircraft you choose to charter. If you don’t plan on spending the entire week on the aircraft, it’s recommended you charter a plane for the days you do intend to fly as you’ll be required to pay daily minimums to hold an aircraft that could otherwise be earning revenue. 

  • Is it worth chartering a private jet?

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    The demand to fly on a private jet charter is increasing as passengers look for an alternative to commercial flying. 

    For those able to afford it, purchasing a private jet can range from several hundred thousand dollars to millions of dollars, and this doesn’t even include ongoing fees such as fuel, staffing, and maintenance. According to Bankrate, unless you fly roughly 150 hours or more a year, buying your own private jet doesn’t make sense. 

    With a private jet charter broker, you can fly on a luxurious private jet without the upfront cost of owning a personal aircraft. 

    To provide clients with a quick snapshot of the costs associated with booking a private jet charter, we put together a private jet charter cost estimator that can be accessed above.

  • How much does it cost to charter a private jet?

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    The cost of chartering a private jet is based on the size of the aircraft, the preferred travel dates, the location of the aircraft, and the arrival and departure airports. Rates begin around $2,200 an hour and can exceed $15,000 an hour. 

    For an approximate rate, use the private jet charter cost estimator above.

  • How much does it cost to rent a private jet?

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    The cost of renting a private jet is the same as the cost of chartering a private jet. Depending on the destination and size of aircraft, renting a private jet can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 or more.

  • How much does it cost to fly on a private jet?

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    Charter rates for private aircraft begin at $2,200 an hour up to $15,000 an hour. The hourly rate depends on the aircraft size, type and length of flight. For an idea of the cost, try our private jet charter cost estimator above or reach out to a private flight advisor for a more detailed free quote

  • How much does a private jet cost for a day?

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    The cost of chartering a private jet per day is determined by the number of hours flown. You can expect to pay between $2,200 and $15,000 per hour, depending on the aircraft size. For example, a turboprop hourly rate begins at $2,600 per hour. If you fly to a destination that’s two hours away, you’ll pay $5,200 plus taxes and fees. 

  • How much does it cost to rent a 747 private jet?

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    The average hourly cost to charter a Boeing 747 airliner comes in around $35,000 per hour, but that price can fluctuate based on demand, aircraft location, and more. 

  • How much does a private jet cost per flight?

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    Private jet flights are determined by an aircraft’s hourly rate. Smaller aircraft hourly rates are less than those of larger aircrafts. For example, a flight on a small jet from Van Nuys to Las Vegas would cost around $10,000, but it would cost closer to $15,000 on a medium-sized jet. 

  • Is there an Uber for private jets?

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    Some aircraft providers sell seats on charter flights instead of the whole aircraft. This model is based on the Uber business model, but it’s not a popular option for private flyers that are used to enjoying the luxury and privacy of flying solo or with close companions.

  • Do private jets land in public airports?

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    Yes, private jets land at public airports. However, one of the biggest benefits to flying privately is having access to less busy, smaller regional airports instead of being restricted to landing at crowded public international airports.

  • Can private jets fly internationally?

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    Private jets can fly to international destinations as long as the aircraft is capable of doing so. Larger aircraft can make the trip easier while smaller aircraft may need to stop and refuel along the way. 


    For example, a heavy jet, like the Gulfstream G-V, is capable of flying from Miami to London, a flight time of roughly 9.5 hours, without stopping to refuel. Smaller aircraft are better suited for international destinations that cross land borders. As an example, a Lear 60 can fly from Denver to Vancouver in Canada in just three hours without stopping to refuel.   


    For more information on which aircraft are best suited for international travel, please refer to our recent blog article: Everything You Need to Know About Flying a Private Jet Internationally

  • Can you smoke in a private jet?

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    If you’re chartering a private jet, you’re essentially borrowing it. That means there may be rules in place that prohibit smoking on the aircraft. If you own the jet personally, you’re welcome to smoke as much tobacco as you want! 

  • Can you bring whatever you want on a private jet?

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    Yes, but only items that aren’t prohibited, including illegal drugs and weapons, and as space allows. For a detailed list and to avoid delays, check the TSA website or speak with your private flight advisor ahead of your departure. 

  • Do private jets fly faster than commercial jets?

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    In most cases, private jets are faster than commercial aircraft. Some simply fly faster, but some are slower. The real time savings for passengers, however, is pre- and post-flight. 

    When chartering a private jet, there are no lengthy security queues to join or baggage carousels to wait around. You simply arrive at the airport, enjoy a brief check-in and board your waiting aircraft. And when you land? Simply grab your belongings and deboard. 

  • Why do planes not fly over the Pacific Ocean?

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    At its widest part, the Pacific Ocean measures roughly 11,000 miles. Few aircraft are capable of flying that distance without stopping for fuel.

  • Do people on private jets go through customs?

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    Yes. When you fly privately you still have to go through customs, but you won’t have to join a lengthy customs queue commercial travelers must face. Instead, you’ll be asked to visit the airport’s private customs facility. When the customs stop is the first point of entry, but your route takes you further into the country, you’ll usually be visited by a customs agent at the aircraft. 

  • Do private jets have bedrooms?

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    Larger aircraft can include bedrooms, and in some cases, ensuite bathrooms as well. If an aircraft equipped with a bedroom is a travel requirement, be sure to ask your private flight advisor to source an aircraft that accommodates this need. 


  • Who owns the nicest private jet?

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    The Air Force One is currently the most expensive aircraft in the world. The cost of this jet comes in around $660 million. This presidential aircraft boasts a cozy bedroom, private offices, a medical center, a large kitchen, and a conference room. It can even be refueled mid-air!

  • Are there showers on private jets?

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    Yes. Some aircraft models come equipped with a shower. These typically only appear on larger aircraft that are spacious enough to accommodate a large bathroom and shower stall. 

  • Why is flying private so expensive?

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    When you fly privately, the cost is typically shouldered by just one or two passengers. The hourly costs to charter a private jet include the cost of fuel, aircraft maintenance, crew wages, and more. When you fly commercially, on the other hand, the cost is shared among every passenger, resulting in a more affordable fare. 

  • Is it cheaper to fly private or commercial?

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    It can be more affordable to fly privately if the cost is shared among all the passengers. When you book a private jet charter, you’re renting the entire aircraft. Bringing other paying passengers with you can reduce the cost. There are other ways to reduce the cost of flying privately too, like joining a private jet membership and working with reputable aircraft providers.

  • How wealthy do you need to be to fly private?

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    To be able to afford flying privately, your annual household income will likely need to be no less than seven figures. The minimum net worth of private flyers is usually around $25 million. 

View all our Frequently Asked Questions >

Fixed-Rate Pricing with the Stratos Jet Card Membership

Get fixed private jet charter rates when you fly with Stratos Jet Charters, Inc

On-Demand Pricing works for some of our clients. Others want greater predictability for budgeting their travel expenditures, so Stratos offers Fixed-Rate Pricing via our prepaid Stratos Jet Card. By prepaying your aircraft charter fees at a locked-in rate, you can budget your travel expenses in advance.* The best way to lock in hourly rates for private flights is with a Jet Card Membership. With the jet card membership, we allow our Jet Card Members to fly an unlimited amount of hours at a fixed rate.

Download our brochure to find out more about Stratos Fixed-Rate Jet Card Membership.

*Please note that you might still incur some unforeseen ancillary operational expenditures such as charges for concierge services or changing elements of your itinerary during your trip.

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