Are you ready to book your first private jet charter, but not sure of the dos and don’ts? Here are five things you need to know before you book your flight.
1: It’s Best to Book Your Private Flight in Advance
Booking in advance makes life easier for your broker. It’s also the best way to ensure you get the aircraft, departure time, and services you want. Maybe you need a shower, sleeping couches, or a meeting room on the plane? Perhaps you need concierge or security services, specialized catering, or transfers? Paramount Business Jets – a top-quality broker can arrange all these (and more) for you. However, booking early is the best way to ensure these facilities are available, and to know in advance exactly how much your private jet charter will cost.
2. Ensure You Have the Necessary Travel Documents
When you fly private, check-in is simple, but you still need the appropriate travel documents. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a valid passport and any visas and health/vaccination documents required by the destination country. Check the requirements with your broker if you’re unsure. If you’re traveling internally, some countries may accept another form of official photo ID, such as a driver’s license.
3. Follow the Dress Code to Feel Comfortable and Confident
There’s no official dress code for private jet travel. However, it’s a high-end form of transport, and other people you may encounter in private lounges will primarily be wealthy and well-dressed. So, even if you’re traveling for pleasure rather than business, we recommend at least smart casual. Think smart jeans, collared t-shirts, blouses, shirts, skirts, and chinos rather than hoodies, gym wear, or worn-out clothing.
Remember that the temperatures of your plane, departure point, and destination may be very different. Wearing layers will help you adapt your outfit to stay comfortable.
4. Understand the Luggage Restrictions
Luggage limitations will depend on the aircraft size, weight restrictions, fuel requirements, luggage compartment door dimensions, and the number of passengers. You’ll usually be able to take one large suitcase and one soft, smaller bag on board.
Unlike commercial flights, private flights allow you to bring larger quantities of liquids on board, including alcohol. Many private jet guests bring a bottle as a thank-you to the person organizing the trip. However, Federal Aviation Authority rules state that alcohol must be served by the crew, so ensure you hand over your alcohol when you board.
5: Always Tip the Crew and Pilot!
Private jet pilots and crews work hard to ensure your plane is safe, clean, well-maintained, and well-provisioned. Even your luggage gets personal attention way beyond anything offered by commercial airlines! So, if you’re pleased with the service, show your appreciation with a tip. For short flights with basic services, tips from $20 upwards are suitable. For longer, more lavish flights, some people may be happy with larger tips of up to $1,000.
You’re Ready for Your First Private Flight
Remember: book that flight now to get the plane and services you require. Then check over your wardrobe and your luggage, and make sure your travel documents are to hand. Got cash for tipping your pilot and crew? Then you’re all set. Enjoy the experience of your first private flight.