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How much does it cost to charter a private jet?

The cost to charter a private jet begins at $2,000 per hour up to $18,000 per hour. Private jet charter costs can vary depending on different factors. In general, the smaller the aircraft, the more affordable the hourly rate will be. For a more accurate price estimate, however, we encourage you to use the private jet charter cost estimator above. 

Please note that the private jet charter rates provided through the online private jet charter cost estimator are estimates only. For an all in price quote, we invite you to speak with one of our private flight advisors by calling 888-593-9066.

How are private jet charter prices determined?

The hourly rate is determined based on a combination of the variable and fixed costs attached to owning and operating that aircraft. Fixed costs include Crew salaries, insurance and hangar/storage costs. Variable costs include things like aircraft fuel and maintenance. 

The overall private jet charter cost is determined by three major considerations:

  • Type of aircraft being chartered. The larger the aircraft, the more expensive the hourly rate will be.
  • Availability of the preferred aircraft. When aircraft become scarce, charter fees increase.
  • Location of the aircraft relative to the departure location and post-flight positioning requirements.  If a charter jet isn’t located nearby, repositioning fees may be incurred.

Hidden and unexpected additional costs

Unoccupied flight time can often be the primary driver in the price of a private jet charter. It’s a common misconception that private jet passengers only pay for the time they spend in the aircraft. However, passengers are responsible for the full cost of moving the aircraft into position for the flight as well as moving the airplane back to its base or its next intended point of departure.

It’s important to know that most membership programs claim that they don’t charge repositioning fees. Instead, they embed the cost of repositioning into the fixed hourly rate. Fixed-rate programs aim to optimize the use of the aircraft by flying one or more routings per day to reduce the unoccupied flight time.

It’s good practice to ask the private flight advisor you work with about repositioning fees and how they affect the cost of your private jet charter.

Determining the most accurate private plane charter rates

For the most accurate pricing estimate, these details will help determine which aircraft is best suited to your personal travel preferences and requirements:

  • Travel date and route
  • Number of passengers
  • Amount of luggage
  • Special needs and requests

Be sure to discuss any flexibility you may have with regards to your travel date or departure and arrival locations. Once we’ve received the answers to those considerations, our private flight advisors can create an in-depth, accurate estimate that explains the private plane charter rates.

Speak with one of our private flight advisors (888) 593-9066

On Demand Pricing

At Stratos, we provide all in charter quotes so that there are never any surprise billings after the charter flight.  While our charter quotes include all known flight costs, there can be additional fees incurred do to weather, requested changes and concierge services.

We believe that by laying all the facts out there related to the cost to charter a private jet, your consumer satisfaction will be high and you will be ready and Soar Higher with Stratos Jet Charters.

Talk to one of our air charter argents now by calling (888) 593-9066 or by emailing [email protected]

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 Charter Rates by Aircraft Size and Category

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 07/13/2021

Everything from booking to flying to ground transport was taken care of. Stratos made our golf trip amazing!

5 1 5 12/09/2016

Our passengers wish to extend a sincere thanks to your staff. We however advise that you do not have permission to use Michael's name in their advertising or promotional material as to be endorsing your product. Thank you again. We look forward to working with you again in the near future.

5 1 5 12/21/2021

As always, every aspect of the trip from booking to deplaning could not have been more enjoyable and efficient!!

5 1 5 04/13/2017

We love Joel!

5 1 5 09/21/2013

It's all good !

5 1 5 09/14/2017

I have worked with quite a few different charter companies over the years and Stratos Jets has been the easiest to work with. I always work with Kerry Hill because she very professional, friendly, and is just down right awesome at her job. I often need last minute trips for my boss and she always gets back to me quickly regardless of what time of day it is. I truely feel she goes above and beyond to make sure every aspect of the trip runs smoothly and everyone is happy. I can't say enough about how much stress is taken out of booking these flights because I know Stratos and Kerry have everything I need covered.

5 1 5 05/23/2021

Would recommend Stratosjets to all of our friends, was a truly awesome experience!

5 1 5 05/05/2021

Your team was easy to work with and the clients were great. We look forward to working with you again. our trip # was Z0HQZZ

5 1 5 06/28/2021

Glenn was wonderful, the jet was clean and the crew was fantastic.

5 1 5 05/03/2017

The low approach over Newport was terrific....CAD even stopped talking. Have a nice w/e....David

5 1 5 10/14/2021

Class act from beginning to end!

5 1 5 03/23/2020

Kyle from Stratos Jet was great to deal with... quick responses....great service....great prices....A+ experience

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 06/11/2018


5 1 5 10/25/2017

Good communication

5 1 5 06/19/2017

Since day one, Joel and his team have been providing us with great customer service and always meet or exceed our needs. They are impeccable in their constant communication, which includes everything from quotes to flight status, and all in between. They are very accommodating to all requests, even the last minute ones. Sarah with trip support has carefully and flawlessly helped with all requested travel arrangements, from car rental to car service. It is hard to find a company these days that is genuine and understands the importance of truly great customer service, and this company and all members of the team, have this! It is very refreshing. I would recommend this company to anyone who has ever thought about trying Jet Charters or has done so for years, it will be a change for the best!

5 1 5 05/10/2013

Ricky was wonderful to work with and answered all our many questions!

5 1 5 10/14/2014

You can not improve on perfect !!

5 1 5 05/23/2021

Good flight. Thanks for the trip.

5 1 5 09/05/2018

Glenn and team were responsive and kept me apprised of the status of our flight, despite dynamic weather. Pilots were experienced and jet was on time and flight was smooth.

5 1 5 12/26/2017

As always the flight and booking process was handled with ease and professionalism. Our pilots were very personable and the aircraft was exactly what we were looking for.

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 02/10/2019

As always great coordination. I was not on the flight but rather my family and Stratos arranged everything. Even with a winter storm, my wife being delayed, De-icing and two sick kids on-board, Stratos updated me while I was over seas and I knew everything was handled without any issues. The pilots we super kind and accommodating and it made for a wonderful trip. All ground transport, catering and logistics went flawlessly and the Stratos team even arranged my ground transport meeting them from a commercial flight. I cant say enough about the team and their personal pride and care for my family. Thank you again!

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 02/05/2021

Great trip all round. Glenn and the team were terrific. The crew on the day were amazing.

5 1 5 01/04/2021

This was my 3rd trip with Stratosjets and all travel were arranged by Kyle Jones. Everything was efficiently and professionally done, and Kyle and the team were always prompt and responsive. I definitely will recommend the team to friends. Thank you.

5 1 5 01/13/2018

As always, Joel and team delivered. The whole experience was seamless. I would highly recommend Joel and the entire Stratos team!

5 1 5 01/24/2018

As the assistant who actually booked the trip and made the plans for my employer and her family, I must say that the experience was a new one for me. That said, the unfamiliar process was made much simpler thanks to the knowledge, expertise and patience of my rep, Christina Nesbit. She was extremely informative and helped thru each step of the process, reassuring me that the passengers were getting the most appropriate plane for their needs. I will double check to be sure there isn't any additional feedback I am missing, but to date I was told that the flight was a pleasurable one and they were appreciative and impressed that the President came to greet them pre flight as well. Thank you, Shari

5 1 5 09/19/2018

My boss recently travelled to Europe for the entire month of August. During that time his jet had mechanical issues and could no longer fly where he wanted. He had about 12 flights left in his trip around Europe and Stratos Jet Charters, especially Heather Latch, saved our lives. They were able to accommodate 90% of the trips he wanted at the time he wanted. She really was a life saver for myself and my boss. I will definitely use Stratos Jets again and work with Heather any day of the week! They are magnificent!!

5 1 5 02/21/2021

we will, repeat, refer, and appreciate, thank you.

5 1 5 08/07/2017

We have used Stratos on several occasions for Business and Personal use. The staff and service is superior. We would highly recommend Stratos to or Business Partners, Family and Friends.

5 1 5 12/22/2016

Ricky takes care of everything, and I honestly like dealing only with him every time I call. Very hard working and goes over and beyond for me.

5 1 5 08/07/2015

Mr. <name removed for confidentiality> is extremely upset and disappointed with Stratos Jets as the plane had mechanical problems on take off which delayed the trip by 5 hours. It was his wife's birthday and the entire family had a full day of sightseeing arranged which had to be cancelled. The trip was very costly and he feels he is due back some compensation. Thank you, Etta G.

5 1 5 02/17/2014

Everything was perfect ! Thanks to Ricky !

5 1 5 02/20/2013

Both the pilots were exceptional, professional, and very thoughtful. My father has limited mobility, and alzheimers , so the assistance from the crew was appreciated by all. Wonderful experience, i would do this again.

5 1 5 07/03/2019

We truly value our relationship with Stratos Jets and appreciate their business. They are organized and communicate well making sure all of the trips we do together happen seamlessly. We look forward to a long lasting relationship, thank you again for selecting our team and aircraft for your clients!

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 10/14/2019

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

5 1 5 03/31/2019

As always great coordination. I was not on the flight but rather my family and Stratos arranged everything. Even with a winter storm, my wife being delayed, De-icing and two sick kids on-board, Stratos updated me while I was over seas and I knew everything was handled without any issues. The pilots we super kind and accommodating and it made for a wonderful trip. All ground transport, catering and logistics went flawlessly and the Stratos team even arranged my ground transport meeting them from a commercial flight. I cant say enough about the team and their personal pride and care for my family. Thank you again!

5 1 5 09/09/2017

Great experience all around. simon was great - awesome customer service mentality and communication throughout.

5 1 5 06/23/2022

The entire process was smooth with Stratos Jet and the communication from all team members was great!

5 1 5 10/10/2020

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

5 1 5 07/12/2013

We had quite a number of issues booking this trip, which resulted in add'l work and follow up for me. As broker these issues should have been handled / caught prior to making a proposal. I believe I had to sign 4 different revised quote sheets for this trip! Also the final signed sheet stated we would land in LFMD on the return leg. Hence we booked transportation for pick up at LFMD. However flight landed in LFMN. This caused add'l stress and expense for no reason. I have only now seen that the last itinerary link showed an arrival at LFMN - but I never opened this one since all previous ones, including the contract reconfirmation showed LFMD. As for the aircraft itself: it was one of the oldest ones I have ever flown. The door / separation to the toilet / luggage area was broken (not the lock but the entire frame!) and the toilet was not accessible due to a lot of "stuff" (amenities, water bottles, etc.) being thrown in / stored in the area. Overall cleanliness was not superb either. Finally, the catering we requested was not available / not complete. Breakfast (eggwhite and sausage!!) was cold and wet and the fruitplatter had molded grapes; no ice bucket, nor champagne glasses were present. On the return leg, fruitplatter was nice but again no ice bucket nor champagne glasses were present. As a matter of fact, the soft drink container was not even replenished w new ice!! So overall - yes, we flew from A to B but the service experience was disappointing.

5 1 5 10/23/2017

Would highly recommend EVERYONE ALIVE! Amazing service. Awesome team, from first call to post flight. Top flight!

5 1 5 01/08/2023

I took a trip to NYC for New Year's Eve with my wife and another couple, the whole Times Square experience was amazing. Danny is a ROCKSTAR, he took care of every detail and stays in constant contact with me ensuring all my trips are seamless and effort-free on my part. This trip had a snag or two with planes and availability. Danny once again handled everything in a truly professional manner and kept me in the loop, even texting and talking to me on Sunday night! I will never go anywhere unless Danny is in my corner. THANK YOU!

5 1 5 01/31/2020

Working together with Stratosjets felt like working with my own team - very friendly and coorperative employees - loyal and trustworthy team - thanks a lot!

5 1 5 01/01/2022

From beginning to end the process was easy and seamless. While we were flying on an older mid-size jet, the interior had been recently updated and was really nice. We will definitely use Stratos again.

5 1 5 07/09/2021

Always a joy

5 1 5 12/21/2021

We had a great flight. I greatly appreciated Zach calling to let me know the address of the gate had changed. I did get an email with the update but it didn't show up in my inbox til I was driving to the airport. We had a great flight with no issues. The crew were very helpful when and if we had any questions.

5 1 5 11/28/2019

Joel and his team fire on all cylinders at all times. Every detail of the trip is always handled and communication is very proactive. We have special requests all of the time from exact wheels up times to ground transport changes and the team handles our trip with ease. I cannot recommend the Stratos Team enough and the value you get far exceeds our past charter and membership experiences. Thank you again Stratos Team

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Private Jet Charter Cost FAQs

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. 

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Private jet rental pricing examples

At Stratos, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with honest, transparent advice. We want you to make the most informed buying decision. Here’s a look at some estimates we recently shared with clients. 

Scenario 1: Our client Fred reached out and requested a quote on a trip from Orange County to Nashville so he and his wife could attend a concert. We provided him with three different quotes for consideration. 

Here’s a look at the private jet charter cost on three different aircraft.

Quote 1:

Trip type: One way
Total number of passengers:  2
Origin:  John Wayne Airport-Orange County, SNA
Destination: Nashville International, BNA
Aircraft size: Heavy jet
Aircraft type:  Global Express
Average speed:   548 mph
Estimated flying time:  3.60 hours
Hourly charter rate: $17,460
Subtotal: $62,857.14
Federal Excise Tax:  $4,714.29
Segment tax:  $8.60
ACI Audit:  $50.00
Total cost:  $67,630.03

Quote 2: 

Trip type: One way
Total number of passengers:  2
Origin:  John Wayne Airport-Orange County, SNA
Destination: Nashville International, BNA
Aircraft size: Heavy jet 
Aircraft type:  Falcon 900
Average speed:   512 mph
Estimated flying time:  4.10 hours
Hourly charter rate: $13,795.12
Subtotal: $56,560.00
Federal Excise Tax:  $4,242.00
Segment tax:  $8.60
ACI Audit:  $50.00
Total cost:  $60,860.60

 Quote 3: 

Trip type: One way
Total number of passengers:  2
Origin:  John Wayne Airport-Orange County, SNA
Destination: Nashville International, BNA
Aircraft size: Super mid-size jet
Aircraft type:  Citation X
Average speed:   604 mph
Estimated flying time:  3.80 hours
Hourly charter rate: $9,463,16
Subtotal: $35,960.00.00
Federal Excise Tax:  $4,696.25.00
Segment tax:  $8.60
ACI Audit:  $50.00
Total cost:  $40,714.85

Scenario 2: An executive assistant reached out on behalf of her corporate team and requested a multi-leg flight on an executive light jet. The group’s travel goal is to leave early in the morning and return home the next day.

 Here’s a look at the quote she received.

Trip type: Multi leg
Total number of passengers:  7
Origin:  Santa Barbara Muni, Des Moines Intl, Fort Worth Meacham Intl, Montrose Rgnl
Destination: Santa Barbara Muni
Aircraft size: Light jet
Aircraft type:  Citation CJ3
Average speed:   480 mph
Estimated flying time:  3.60 + 1.90 + 1.80 + 2.10 + 2.00 = 11.40 hours
Hourly charter rate: $5,346.67
Subtotal: $60,952.00
Federal Excise Tax:  $4,571.40
Segment tax:  $30.10
ACI Audit:  $50.00
Total cost:  $65,603.50

Scenario 3: A group of business partners requested a quote on a multi-leg flight with a quick stop along the way to drop off a partner in a different state. The group will be flying across the country for a series of meetings on the opposite coast and returning home the following evening. 

Here’s what their quote looked like. 

Trip type: Multi leg
Total number of passengers:  5
Origin:  Buchanan Field, Orlando Executive, Salt Lake City Intl
Destination: Buchanan Field
Aircraft size: Super midsize jet
Aircraft type:  Falcon 50
Average speed:   546 mph
Estimated flying time:  5.60 + 4.60 + 1.70 = 11.90 hours
Hourly charter rate: $6,510.38
Subtotal: $77,473.50
Federal Excise Tax:  $5,810.51
Segment tax:  $21.50
ACI Audit:  $50.00
Total cost:  $83,355.51

Private jet charter cost: An in-depth market analysis

At Stratos, we’ll present you with a range of aircraft and pricing options for a given flight itinerary. Our intention is to provide you with insights into the operational history of each air carrier and the capabilities of each aircraft in an effort to help you make informed buying decisions.

In order to provide clients with the most accurate estimate possible, our flight advisors look at price-determining factors such as:

  • Historical private jet charter rates
  • Standard availability
  • Seasonal costs, like de-icing
  • Landing & airport fees

Our private flight advisors are intimately familiar with each air carrier and can help recommend the right operator as well as aircraft. 

The benefits of booking with a high-quality provider

Stratos has been in the aviation industry for more than 15 years, forging strong relationships with industry partners. In that time, Joel Thomas, Stratos Jet Charters Founder and CEO, has served as the Chairman of the Air Charter Association of North America and is currently on the ARGUS Business Aviation Consumer Advisory Board. 

In addition, Stratos Jets is an ARGUS Certified Broker. That means we don’t just claim to have appropriate safety standards in place, we demonstrate safety excellence in everything we do and are routinely audited for compliance by ARGUS. 

Our streamlined booking process and upfront payments make working with Stratos a very pleasant experience. We pride ourselves on providing clients with a high-touch customer experience while offering the flexibility to choose their preferred aircraft at the best available price.

The cost breakdown for different aircraft categories 

How much does it cost to charter a turboprop? 

Turboprops typically seat 6-8 passengers and are best for short-haul flights with less than 3 or 4 hours of flight time, like Orlando (ORL) to Miami (OPF) or Las Vegas (LAS) to Los Angeles (VNY).

Aircraft Model Pax Range Speed Hourly Rate
Beechcraft King Air 250 8 1,362nm 357 mph $3,450 – $4,665
Pilatus PC12 6 1,810nm 322 mph $2,995 – $4,105
Piaggio Avanti 5 1,737nm 460 mph $4,450 – $5,875

How much does it cost to charter a small jet?

Light jets can comfortably accommodate 4 to 6 passengers and work best for flights that are less than 3.5 hours long. Popular light-jet routes include Fort Lauderdale (FLL)  to Atlanta (ATL) or Teterboro (TEB) to Miami (OPF)

Aircraft Model Pax Range Speed Hourly Rate
Citation Bravo 7 2,007nm 465 mph $5,275-$6,980
Citation CJ3 7 2,186nm 480 mph $5,550-$7,980
Hawker 400XP 6 1,726nm 518 mph $5,305-$7,080

How much does it cost to charter a mid-size jet? 

Mid-size jets can comfortably carry up to 9 passengers and are capable of flying non-stop for up to 5 hours. These aircraft are best suited to routes like Chicago (PWK) to Bozeman (BZN) or Cincinnati (LUK) to Denver (APA).

Aircraft Model Pax Range Speed Hourly Rate
Lear 60 7 2,515nm 489 mph $7,775 – $9,800
Pilatus PC24 9 2,035nm 506 mph $7,880 – $9,995
Hawker 800XP 8 3,100nm 482 mph $7,900 – $10,030

How much does it cost to charter a heavy jet? 

Heavy and ultra long-range jets can seat up to 16 passengers, but they’re most comfortable with less than 12 passengers. These aircraft are best for cross-country or transatlantic flights, like Los Angeles (VNY) to Teterboro (TEB) or Miami (OPF) to London, UK (LTN). 

Aircraft Model Pax Range Speed Hourly Rate
Gulfstream GIV-SP 13 4,728nm 534 mph $10,850 – $12,325
Global Express 14 7,077nm 548 mph $11,250 – $13,625
Gulfstream G650 12 8,055nm 578 mph $14,650 – $16,485

What is the cheapest way to charter a private jet?

One way to lower private jet charter costs is by traveling with a group of friends. By dividing the cost of a charter between each passenger, the cost of booking a charter becomes much more affordable, making it almost as affordable as a seat on a commercial aircraft. 

Scoring an empty leg that perfectly aligns with your travel plans is likely the cheapest way to travel. However, that doesn’t always work out. By analyzing the market for private jets that can provide flights on an ad hoc basis with a similar positioning need as your travel plans, a Stratos private flight advisor can provide you with the most cost effective manner of flying privately. 

Lock-in private jet charter rates with a Stratos membership

In exchange for monthly membership payments, clients lock in private jet charter pricing for either 6 or 12 months and enjoy other benefits such as flexible cancellations with a Stratos membership. Plus, there are no additional fees for repositioning, fuel surcharge, de-icing or hangar rentals.

On-demand pricing works for some of our clients, but we know others want greater predictability for budgeting their travel expenditures. With the jet card membership, our members are free to fly an unlimited amount of hours at a fixed rate.

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 along with increased flexibility of making changes to booked flights.

Stratos offers Fixed-Rate Pricing via our Soar Higher Membership Program. Becoming a member, locks in your aircraft charter rates for the term of your membership, so you can budget your travel expenses in advance.* The best way to lock in hourly rates for private flights is with our Soar Higher Private Jet Membership. Through the membership, we allow our Private Jet 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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