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For any frequent flyer or avgeek, flying private is a different and unique experience, often with a level of service that you’re unlikely to get on any commercial plane. As TPG says, you might not want to start flying private because the minute you start, you become totally jaded about everything else. And JetSmarter is one of TPG’s favorite apps to use to take advantage of a private jet experience — especially now that it’s launching a New York to London route. That’s right, you can fly transatlantic on a private jet.
The service between the two cities will begin on Friday, August 26, with service from New York to London. The flight will be on board JetSmarter’s Gulfstream G IV SP aircraft, which has 10 seats. The jet leaves from Westchester County White Plains (HPN) and arrives at London Luton (LTN) about 6 hours and 45 minutes later. However, the time you’ll be saving by being able to skip the lines at the airport — from check-in to TSA security checkpoint lines — can really save you quite a bit.
The service will operate twice weekly, with HPN-LTN service leaving on Fridays at 9:00am, and service from LTN-HPN service leaving on Sundays at 6:00pm. The luxury experience of flying JetSmarter is topped off by complimentary helicopter service, which is available at select locations, that will take you from a heliport in Manhattan to Westchester County (HPN), where you can completely bypass the TSA security line.
On certain JetSmarter routes, you can fly for free, but on this route there doesn’t seem to be any availability for free flights. On top of your membership, you’ll have to pay $1,990 each way to fly between New York and London at the time of this writing.
JetSmarter has increased its annual fee quite dramatically in the past couple of months (TPG was able to purchase his membership for $9,000), but the cost of the membership has risen to $15,000 for the first year — a $10,000 annual membership fee and a one-time initiation fee of $5,000. But, if you’re flying quite often on any of JetSmarter’s routes — and there are a lot, even internationally there are plenty of routes intra-Europe and Middle East — especially in first class, this could potentially be a good deal for you and save plenty of money, with the added comfort of flying private.
Keep in mind that when you have a membership with JetSmarter, you can fly as much as you want on certain flights at no additional charge. However, you’re only allowed to have two complimentary reservations for JetShuttles at any time. Once the booked flight is completed, the additional flight “token” will be returned to your account for a new booking. Also keep in mind that the length of the flight plays a role in how many reservations you can have booked at a time — flights less than four hours count as one reservation, and flights more than four hours will require you to use two reservations. So if you’re going to take advantage of this new New York to London route, you must use your two flight “tokens” to reserve a seat. Because you can book last-minute travel at no additional cost, this shouldn’t be that big of a drawback, especially considering that it prevents other members from booking far too many seats at a time.
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