Jet charter costs can vary based on the slightest changes to an itinerary.

When you charter a plane for a round-trip, one of three things generally happens:

  • The plane stays at your destination – You pay overnight fees and daily minimum flight time fees, when applicable.
  • The plane flies out and back on both days – The plane flies you to your destination and returns to base that same day. It does the reverse to fly you home for the return.
  • Two different planes are used – You pay for a one-way flight on the outbound and a separate one-way flight for the return leg.

Jet Charter Cost Scenarios

Based on trip details, any of the above scenarios can make the most financial sense.

Charter plane prices are largely determined by the following:

  • Hours of flight time booked
  • Number of days the trip spans
  • Type of plane used

Depending on these basic factors, your mission plan and price can change dramatically.

Daily Minimum Fees

IMPORTANT!

Most aircraft have a 2-hr daily minimum flight time commitment to book.

For example, if you book a 3-day round-trip from New York to Chicago, your charter plane price may reflect 6 hours of billable flight time (3 days x 2.0hrs = 6.0hrs) even though the plane is only in the air for around 4hrs.

Keeping this 2hr daily minimum in mind, let’s look at the different ways round-trip flight from New York to Chicago could be priced.

Visit our Glossary to learn why aircraft owners impose 2hr daily minimums.

Jet Charter Cost Breakdown (Aircraft left at destination)

Routing: New York, NY to Chicago, IL
Flight Time: 2hrs each way
Aircraft Type: Light Jet
Hourly Rate: $2,500
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
FEE TYPE AMOUNT
Flight Time (4hrs) $10,000.00
Daily Min Fees (2hrs) $5,000.00
Fuel Surcharge $750.00
Crew Fees $1,200.00
Landing Fees $150.00
Subtotal $17,100.00
Federal Excise Tax (7.5%) $1,282.50
GRAND TOTAL $18,382.50

Is there a way to eliminate overnight fees and daily min adjustments?

If you have a dedicated private jet broker, they can provide two different planes for each leg of your trip, both priced at or near one-way value.

Using two planes eliminates overnight fees and daily min adjustments, reducing charter jet prices considerably.

Jet Charter Cost Breakdown (Using two one-way matches)

Routing: New York, NY to Chicago, IL
Flight Time: 2hrs each way
Aircraft Type: Light Jet
Hourly Rate: $2,500
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
FEE TYPE AMOUNT
Day 1 Flight Time (2hrs) $5,000.00
Day 3 Flight Time (2hrs) $5,000.00
Fuel Surcharge $750.00
Crew Fees $1,200.00
Landing Fees $150.00
Subtotal $12,100.00
Federal Excise Tax (7.5%) $907.50
GRAND TOTAL $13,007.50

In this scenario, you saved around $5,000 by booking this trip as two separate one-way flights.

What if there are no one-way flights available?

In most cases, even if there are no direct one-way matches for your trip, your charter broker can provide NEAR point-to-point value.

Book the trip with two NEAR one-way matches:

  • On Day 1, there is a plane moving from New York to Madison, WI (.5hrs away from Chicago)
  • On Day 3, there is a plane moving from Chicago to Nantucket, MA (.5hrs away from New York)

While these matches are not perfect for your New York to Chicago routing, they only add one (1) total hour of flight time to your bill (.5hrs each day).

If you use these planes for your trip, you will pay the additional .5hrs per day to get the planes over to their final destinations after you use them.

Jet Charter Cost Breakdown (Using two NEAR one-way matches)

Routing: New York, NY to Chicago, IL
Flight Time: 2hrs each way
Aircraft Type: Light Jet
Hourly Rate: $2,500
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
FEE TYPE AMOUNT
Day 1 Flight Time (2.5hrs) $6,250.00
Day 2 Flight Time (2.5hrs) $6,250.00
Fuel Surcharge $750.00
Crew Fees $1,200.00
Landing Fees $150.00
Subtotal $14,600.00
Federal Excise Tax (7.5%) $1,095.00
GRAND TOTAL $15,695.00

Even when there are no perfect matches available, your charter provider should be able to match your trip with aircraft heading in your general direction.

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