Fly a Shared Private Jet Between NYC and London for Under $12,000 Each Way

Jan 2, 2017

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Looking for another option to cross the Atlantic? Well, if you want inconvenience and a steep price, you’ll soon have an excellent option: Bliss Jet. The new private charter company is launching January 8 for flights between New York’s LaGuardia and London’s Stansted airport. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.

Bliss Jet makes quite a few bold promises. Image courtesy of Bliss Jet.
Bliss Jet makes quite a few bold promises. Image courtesy of Bliss Jet.

The company promises “the first ultra-exclusive individually ticketed private jet service linking New York and London” — for just $11,995 each way. Flights are scheduled for just two days per week: London to NYC on Friday nights and NYC to London on Sunday nights, which means you might have to wait a week if there are any issues, at least for the first few months.

Starting March 31, Bliss Jet is adding a second flight in each direction. However, rather than running these flights on a different day, these secondary flights are also scheduled for Fridays and Sundays, just hours away from the other departure.

The first four flights are listed as sold out, but not a single seat after that through September.
The first four flights are listed as sold out, but not a single seat after that through September.

If you’re looking to get on the inaugural, looks like you already missed out. The first four flights are listed as sold out on the company’s website. However, every single flight after the first four — all the way through the end of schedule in September — appear as having 10 open slots, meaning that Bliss Jet might have not sold a single seat on these flights. So it’d be interesting to know if the first few flights are actually sold out.

You might want to double check whether you're flying into Stansted or
You might want to double check whether you’re flying into Stansted or Biggin Hill Airport. Image courtesy of Bliss Jet.

Also peculiar about Bliss Jet’s website: it lists “convenient and uncrowded Biggin Hill Airport” as the London airport. However, when you go to book a flight, you’ll see that flights are into “London’s convenient and uncongested Stansted Airport”. Located a solid 40 miles outside of the heart of London, Stansted is certainly not convenient. The commute into the city makes the promised time savings of “save four+ hours each leg” even harder to achieve.

Other concerns:

  • “Will you delay a flight if I’m late?” The FAQs provide this answer: “We value the time of all of our passengers and have established a service that requires you to arrive at the airport no more than 30 minutes before scheduled departure time.” It seems that Bliss Jet means that you need to arrive no less than 30 minutes before scheduled departure.
  • “Can I recline enough in the seat to sleep? Yes, the seats recline comfortably.” The lack of “lie-flat” being mentioned here is a bad sign if you need a lie-flat seat to sleep.
  • Think security is going to be a breeze? “All passengers and their baggage are screened by highly-trained veterans of the law enforcement community. The Bliss Jet security team is comprised of retired FBI and United States Secret Service agents; federal air marshals; current and retired members of local law enforcement and the United States armed services.”

So, what are your alternatives?

Using two specially adapted Airbus A318s the twice-daily service between London City and New York provides an experience specially tailored for business, and premium leisure, travellers. The aircraft are specially equipped to allow customers to work during the flight on email, the internet and text on their mobile phones, making British Airways the first carrier across the Atlantic to offer this service. Menus onboard are created by head chef of Roast restaurant Lawrence Keogh. They include British regional specialties and classic afternoon tea of sandwiches and warm scones served with English preserves and Cornish clotted cream. The menu will change according to the availability of British grown produce, many of which will be sourced from stallholders at Borough market itself.
Fly into a closer London airport in a lie-flat seat for over $4,000 less each way on British Airways. Image courtesy of British Airways.

For a more convenient London airport with many more departure options, British Airways flies nonstop from New York’s JFK to London City Airport 6x per week. Even last-minute fares are running $7,953 one-way. You’ll be in an Airbus A318 with up to 31 other people — rather than up to 9 others — but the seats lie-flat and you’ll earn plenty of Avios or AAdvantage miles from the pricey flight.

If you’re going to commute into London anyway, Oneworld offers up to ten daily flights between NYC and London in either British Airways or American Airlines first class. Last minute one-way fares are over a grand cheaper than Bliss Jet at $10,917. If you book a round-trip on British Airways, you’ll pay much less if you’re an AARP member or pay with a Chase credit card.

Want the private jet experience? JetSmarter flies transatlantic between Westchester County White Plains (HPN) and London Luton (LTN) but unlike Bliss Jet, JetSmarter also includes a helicopter transfer into NYC. This flight costs around $2,000 each way, though there are steep initiation fees and annual membership fees before you’re able to get this price.

Bottom Line

Unless your bucket list includes flying a private jet over the Atlantic, there really isn’t anything appealing about Bliss Jet’s new NYC-London service. The scheduled departure times are limiting, the London airport isn’t convenient and the price certainly isn’t justified compared to commercial options.

Featured image courtesy of Justin Sullivan/Stringer via Getty Images

H/T: One Mile At A Time

Does anyone see any value in this new transatlantic option?

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