Skip to content

Inside one of the world's cheapest and most efficient private jets

July 10 2022
4 min read
Inside one of the world's cheapest and most efficient private jets
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

While there's nothing affordable about flying private, there are services and aircraft types that are less expensive than others. For instance, you can save by flying semiprivate and sharing jets with strangers.

One of the cheapest private jets on the market today is the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet. The base model starts at about $2 million and operating costs are relatively reasonable given its light weight and that it can be flown with just one pilot.

Verijet, a charter company that exclusively flies the Cirrus Vision Jet, recently invited TPG for an inside look at the plane at its new Northeast base in White Plains, New York. Here's what you need to know about the plane.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

For the latest travel news, deals and points and miles tips, sign up for our daily newsletter.

The Vision Jet can be easily spotted by its V-shaped tail, which reduces noise and provides a smoother ride.

There's also just a single engine that sits atop the main body of the plane.

The single-engine design allows the plane to burn a quarter of the fuel of a similar light jet, meaning lower costs and less carbon emission. It also allows the plane to land in smaller airports that might not be accessible with bigger jets.

Related: This company wants to make small-group private jet travel more efficient

Inside, the cabin almost feels like a luxurious SUV. It's 5.1 feet wide and 4.1 feet tall and offers seating for up to five adults (including the pilot) and two children spread across three rows. All seats are forward-facing, so there's no playing footsie with other passengers.

The seats in the second row have ample legroom and a generous recline. All seats offer easy access to built-in USB ports, power outlets, cup holders, overhead lights and air vents.

Similar to an SUV, there's no bathroom or galley on board. However, there is a 22-inch entertainment screen that drops down from the ceiling. It can be used for working or watching movies, but AvGeeks will likely prefer to entertain themselves with the massive windows. The windows don't have shades but are UV tinted.

More importantly, the plane offers a slew of unique safety features. With the Safe Return system, the plane can land itself at the nearest airport with the press of a button. If things go really wrong, there's also a parachute, designed to bear the weight of the entire aircraft, that can be deployed by pulling a red lever on the ceiling. Other features include an infrared camera for increased awareness when flying at night and in bad weather.

Related: Honda wants to build the first transcontinental light jet — and it’ll only need 1 pilot

The plane has a maximum range of 1,275 nautical miles, but averages around 950 miles. That's enough to fly between city pairs like New York and Chicago, Boston and Atlanta, and Phoenix and Dallas. It cruises around 350 miles per hour and has a maximum altitude of 31,000 feet, allowing it to fly above bad weather. These specs are slightly below the HondaJet, but that plane costs roughly twice as much.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

Verijet offers flights on this plane at a simple flat rate of $3,250 per hour, including fuel. It has bases in Florida, California and New York and doesn't charge repositioning fees within its service areas. The company stands out for making all flights 100% carbon-neutral at no extra cost.

For more on private jet travel and exclusive travel experiences, see:

Featured photo by (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

TPG featured card

Best Marriott card for Business Owners
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
3 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

2 - 6X points
6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
4X4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
2X2x points on all other eligible purchases.

Intro offer

Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 points75,000 points
Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.

Annual Fee

$125

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent/Good
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Apply for Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card
at American Express's secure site
Terms & restrictions apply. See rates & fees
Best Marriott card for Business Owners
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
3 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
4X4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
2X2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Intro Offer
    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.

    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 points
    75,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $125
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees