HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO FLY PRIVATE?
Private Jet Rental & Charter Plane Costs Explained
Published August 3, 2021
How Much Does it Cost to Fly Private?
More people are flying in private jets and planes than ever before.
It’s not just for rock stars and tycoons anymore; in fact, a charter flight can be a surprisingly economical travel choice.
While air private flights tend to be more expensive than typical commercial airfares, the actual cost of renting a private jet or chartering plane is similar to flying business class.
With private planes costing millions of dollars to buy, air charter rentals are a far less expensive way to fly private. We break down the costs below.
Here’s what goes into the costs of charter flights, and how Linear Air’s prices are different from other air charter providers.
Charter Plane Costs
Private jet rental and charter plane costs are based on the size and type of the plane, distance to travel, and any extras people want.
Chartering a private plane can cost anywhere from $1,300 to over $13,000 per flying hour, depending on the size and type of plane, fuel surcharges, various fees, inflight accommodations, and taxes.
Plane type and size is the biggest cost factor. For example, a short flight on a small, piston-engine powered air taxi will be far less expensive than the private jet rental cost for a cross-country flight.
Rental Costs Per Hour - By Plane Make and Model
Here’s a breakdown of the cost per hour of popular private jet and plane models for each plane class.
|Plane Class||Plane Model||Passengers||Hourly Rate (approximate)||Range (nautical miles)||Flying Time||Air Taxi||Beechcraft Bonanza||3-8||$1,000 - $1,700||350||10.5 hours|
|Turboprop||Cirrus SR-22||6-8||$2,000 - $,2800||1,021||3 hours|
|Personal Jet||Embraer Phenom 100||4-5||$2,000 - $4,000||1,200||2.5 hours|
|Light Jet||Embraer Phenom 300||6-9||$2,900 - $5,800||2,000||4 hours|
|Midsize Jet||Cessna Citation X||8-13||$4,000 - $9,000||3,500||2 hours|
|Large Jet||Gulfstream G6||8-20||$4,000 - $10,000||7,000||13.2 hours|
Private Jet and Charter Plane Costs Per Hour
Size and aircraft type are the biggest determiners of the cost of charter flight prices:
- A piston engine-powered propeller plane will get you shorter distances on a budget.
- Turboprops offer many of the deluxe amenities as jets, but at a fraction of the price.
- A private midsize jet can often be less costly than flying first-class commercially for longer flights.
Additional Charter Plane Rental Costs
Fees are usually included in the hourly rate, and you should see a breakdown of individual ones on your invoice.
Additional costs vary depending on the plane type and size: air taxis are generally not subject to federal excise taxes, while larger turbo-prop and business jets require a 7.5% excise tax.
For International flights, fees and taxes differ depending on your destination.
So-called “repositioning costs” are always included if the plane needs to fly to you to pick you up, (or “reposition” back to its base).
The table below shows what to expect in the total cost of a typical flight:
Sample Additional & Fees
|Crew Overnight Fee||$750 - $2,500|
|Crew Per Diem Fee||$200 - $400 per crew member|
|Wait Time Fee||$50 per hour|
|Short Leg Fee||Trips less than 400 miles may require a short-leg fee.|
|Plane Repositioning Fees||Typically same cost as plane’s hourly fee.|
|De-icing Fees||$1,300 - $13,000|
|International Fees||$1,700 - $10,000|
|Catering||1.5% of total flight cost|
|Flight Phone Fees||$3+ per minute|
|Wi-Fi Fees||$3 - $8.50 per megabyte|
|Cleaning Fees||$100 - $2,500|
Optional Costs on a Private Flight
On larger private jets, you have the option of hiring additional crew members and in-flight catering services. The more accommodations you desire, the higher the rental cost.
These are some typical optional jet charter costs:
- Wi-Fi Services
- A roomier cabin
- In-flight entertainment system
- A more luxurious interior
- Catering services
- Flight attendants
- Sleeping accommodations
Sample Cross-Country Flight on a Midsize Jet
Here’s the cost breakdown of a sample cross-country flight from New York City to LA, on a midsize private jet:
|Flight Time||4 hours|
How Linear Air’s Charter Pricing Works
The cost of private charter flights doesn’t have to be a mystery. Our expertise, customer service, and direct pricing makes it easy.
Here’s why booking with Linear Air is better than with other air charter services:
- There’s no haggling: you simply pay the price listed.
- All taxes and costs are included.
- You get the entire aircraft for your trip.
- No submitting forms and waiting for quotes.
- No membership needed: Forget about jet cards, or fractional ownership responsibilities.
- All costs are included.
You can enjoy all the perks of flying privately – whether you’re on a budget or want to splurge – when you book a private jet or charter plane with us.