Even those who love to enjoy the best of everything like to save money – especially when it comes to luxurious private travel. And, with empty-leg flights, they can. These flights also put private travel within reach for those who are not able or willing to put forth the funds to cover the full price of chartering a jet.
But what exactly are they? Where do you find them? And how do you book an empty-leg flight?
We are going to answer all of these questions and more so that you are ready and prepared when it is time to book your next flight.
What is an Empty Leg Flight?
Private jets are chartered to travel to destinations all around the world. While they prefer to fly with passengers, there are times when these jets fly empty. They may be returning to their home base after carrying travelers to a faraway destination. Or perhaps they were chartered by someone in a different location — and the jet has to get there for the flight.
Whatever the reason, this repositioning leg is referred to as an empty leg flight.
Now, how can you take advantage? Because a jet is already heading in the direction you need to go, you may be able to ride along for a discounted fee. That means being able to enjoy all that comes with a trip on a private jet charter.
The discount you will receive when booking will vary based on a few different factors, such as the type of jet and the distance of travel. However, you can expect the savings to be significant.
Traveling on an Empty Leg Flight
If you book an empty-leg flight, you will find that you get much of the same experience you would if you booked a full-price charter. You will likely fly out of a private airport terminal which means taking advantage of a more quiet, calm setting.
Here, you won’t find the long lines and the hustle and bustle of thousands of passengers. Instead, you will simply check in and be directed to your private jet. The process shouldn’t take any more than a few minutes.
Your flight will have a full crew as it pertains to the type of jet you are traveling on. And the interior will be as comfortable and luxurious as you imagined it would be. You are able to take advantage of all the amenities that come with charter jets.
Of course, you can also expect to be treated like the paying passenger you are. Just because you got the flight for a discount does not mean your services or experience will be discounted. The amenities and other luxuries on board are all there for you to enjoy for the duration of your flight.
Keep in mind that empty-leg flights are heading to a specific destination which usually involves a private airport. This is not something that can be changed. If you were expecting to arrive at the city’s major airport, you may have to alter your plans a little.
The good news is that while some flights have a specific day and/or time they are set to travel, others may offer a departure window that expands over a couple of days to give you some flexibility.
Where Do You Find Empty Leg Flights?
If traveling in luxury sounds amazing, all you need to know now is where to find empty-leg flights.
Most charter companies find themselves in situations that lead to empty-leg travel. And to cover their costs, they will offer up these flights to travelers.
Charter operators generally post the available flights on their websites. It is important to note that some third-party agencies will also list these discounted specials, but it is always best to book directly with the charter.
Many also allow those who are interested to sign up for alerts to get notified whenever empty legs become available. Since empty-leg specials are often up for grabs with short notice, it isn’t likely you will be able to book far in advance. Getting notified directly is a great way to stay on top of what is available.
Keep in mind that every charter company is different so you want to be sure that you book with one that is going to give you the experience you are looking for at the right rate – without skimping on care or attention to the jet, the crew, the amenities, or the passenger.
Booking Empty Leg Flights
You found the perfect charter company, you have researched their empty leg flights, and you have signed up for alerts. It may not take long for the perfect flight to pop up to a destination you have been wanting to visit. Since you have some free time, you’d like to book. What do you do? How do you book an empty-leg flight?
It depends on the charter company. You can usually reach out to them to inquire about booking one of the available flights. This is rarely done online as these companies take a more personal approach to travel.
What’s more, this interaction can present you with the opportunity to discuss your travel plans with an experienced representative and ask any questions you may have about the experience, the jet, and so forth.
Once it is determined that the empty-leg flight will meet your needs and you decide you would like to move forward, the representative will walk you through the booking process.
Empty Leg Flights with Sun Air Jets
As you begin to gain an understanding of empty-leg flights and how they can fit into your travel plans, Sun Air Jets is here for you. We nearly always have a list of empty-leg flights across the United States – and beyond.
Our charter jet fleet is quite extensive which means that you may have the opportunity to travel on many different jets all providing high levels of luxury. And our highly-experienced charter team will walk you through the process, providing you with nothing less than world-class service.
Before you book your next flight, check out the empty-leg flights offered by Sun Air Jets.
As always, contact us with any questions you may have.