The benefits of flying private over business class

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Many people consider business class or first class to be the epitome in luxury travel as they dont consider flying privately as a viable option. Traditionally the cost of chartering a private jet has always been viewed as prohibitive, and though in many cases it will be higher than first or business class, in many instances the price difference may not be as high as imagined. There are also a host of benefits that tend to be overlooked, which when added together can offset any extra cost for a lot of travellers. If you are a frequent business or first class traveller that has never considered flying private, here are some of the benefits that you are missing out on.

Its time saving

Though travelling business class is undoubtedly a n upgrade on luxury and comfort, it certainly doesnt save you any time over a standard airline ticket. You still have to arrive a couple of hours before take off, go through the same tedious check in procedures and suffer the extensive security checks.The number one benefit heralded by anyone who has flown privately is always the amount of time it saves. You set your own schedule for departure then simply arrive shortly before that time and board the plane at your leisure. It saves time at either end as well because you can fly into virtually an airport in the world rather than the huge out of town ones that commercial flights use.

You have complete freedom of choice

When you charter your own flight you have complete control over the catering. Whether you want to have something from the menu of your favourite restaurant, or a specific dish that you love to have when you travel, it can all be accommodated. This option to customise extends far beyond just food though, you can also choose what plane you fly on and what facilities you require it to have giving you the ability to tailor it exactly to your needs. Granted, you get a whole lot more flexibility with business class over a standard ticket, but flying privately is out on its own when it comes to your choice.

The cost can be comparable

Most people believe that the cost of flying privately is definitively prohibitive, but there are a few instances where it may work out comparable to business class. Clearly just comparing the price of a single business class ticket versus chartering a private jet will result in a vast price difference. However, if you are purchasing business class tickets for a group of friends, a work cohort or a large family, the cost of hiring your own plane might not be that much dissimilar. In some instances it may even work out cheaper, and so its well worth getting a quote to check. When you also take into account the huge time savings as well as the savings you could make by leaving from and arriving closer to your destination, you may see the value in a new light.

Flying privately is great for business flights

Private charters are the perfect choice for business flights for various reasons. There is absolutely no wasted time as you can utilise your flight time to work without restriction - use your phone, seamless wifi, hold business meetings with colleagues all without any privacy concerns - essentially its your own office in the air. You can also minimise any disruption to your working week by jetting to and from your meeting within a single day, which isnt always possible when you are relying on the schedule of a commercial airline.

Its hassle free

Business class may feel like the lap of luxury while you're on the flight, but you still have to deal with all of the hassle before you board and when you touch down. So boarding may be expedited, but you still have to arrive early and wait around in the lounge for the scheduled time. Flying privately youll avoid all of those annoyances and be up in the air within minutes of arriving at the airport. You could be relaxing in the sun on the beach or skiing down that piste hours before the scheduled flight has even taken off with absolutely no stress in getting there.

Gayle Anderson is Sales Director atPrestige Jets.

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