There are several factors to consider when chartering a private jet rental. Safety, insurance, operator history and price. All of these can be an overwhelming task to do on your own, and using a charter broker will assure that these items are addressed properly, specifically safety, and quality of the flight operations.
Do not choose a private jet rental based on price, and price alone. The safety and security of the passengers must be the primary consideration. If you receive multiple quotes from comparable charter companies, then price should be the deciding factor. The challenge is the due diligence that should be done to qualify the companies providing these quotes. If you have a need for charter on a regular basis, you might be able to negotiate with the charter broker on a “block charter” price, whereby you purchase 25-, 50- or 100-hour time blocks, which you can use over a specified period of time.
Charter customers might also find jet cards to be a viable option for charter. In recent years,
a number of charter brokers have started selling jet cards, which are similar to block charter in that you purchase 25 to 50 hours in a specific category or type of aircraft that will be operated under charter regulations by one or more certificated charter operators vetted by the card provider. If you chose a jet card option, be certain the broker does the proper research of selected operator’s reputation and safety record. With any type of charter, it is important to know where your money is until it has been used. Charter brokers should inform their customers where their money will be held, and customers should ensure that any payments made in advance of a charter trip are held in a separate account, escrow or other recognized financially secure account, until used.
Also, it is important to create an apples-to-apples comparison of the charter quotes you might receive. In addition to aircraft flight-time charges, there may be other costs associated with charter operations, including one-way fees (for non-round trip flights), fuel surcharges, wait-time charges, crew transportation and overnight charges, catering, ground transportation, overflight, landing and handling fees, agriculture, customs, immigration ,security fees, and federal excise taxes. Know what the entire cost of the flight will be before signing the charter contract. Finally, it is prudent to have an attorney review your charter contract/agreement before signing it and scheduling the flight.