Is it Cheaper to Charter a Flight or Buy Plane Tickets? An In-Depth Look at the Cost of Chartering
The first question we usually get asked when people are considering chartering a flight is, “Is it cheaper to charter a flight vs buying plane tickets?”
The answer is, “It depends.”
To be honest, chartering a plane is one of the more expensive ways to fly. It will never be cheaper than buying a plane ticket on Southwest or United Airlines. But that doesn’t mean you can’t save money by chartering a plane.
It all comes down to how many people are flying, where you need to go, and what kind of plane you want. (You can read more about the different types of planes available for charter in our post: An In-Depth Look at Charter Planes.)
When people want to travel in a group of 10 or more, often the question arises: “Should we charter a plane?”
There are a lot of unanswered questions about chartering a plane and how much it costs. Let’s break down the cost of chartering and try to answer these questions.
What is chartering?
If you book a flight with any airline, you are buying an individual seat on an aircraft that flies several times per week. When you charter an aircraft, you are paying for the entire plane and its crew, rather than just one seat. This allows your group to travel on your schedule. The plane will take off when you want it to and it won’t leave until your group has boarded.
How much does it cost to charter a flight?
Several things affect the cost of chartering an aircraft: distance traveled, time in the air, number of passengers, number of stops, type of aircraft, etc. Let’s look at two different scenarios where groups are traveling between two cities: New York City to Los Angeles and New York City to Chicago. We’ll compare what it would cost for ten people to fly round-trip on those routes with several different airlines versus what it would
With the summer travel season coming up, many people are wondering how they can fly their family to their vacation destination on a budget. Some people may be considering chartering a plane versus buying plane tickets to save costs.
It’s no secret that flying is pricey. With the rise of gas prices and airport taxes, it can be hard to find an affordable flight. So is it cheaper to charter a plane or buy plane tickets?
It turns out, it depends on your situation. In this article, we’ll look at the total cost of buying plane tickets versus chartering a plane and help you determine which one is more cost-effective for your situation.
The company that I work for is expanding to three cities in the next year, and I’ve been asked by our CEO to look into chartering a plane so employees can travel from one location to another. I think it would be a great idea and wanted to get some more information about how much it would cost and if there are any other benefits for using this type of service.
I’m not sure where to start, but once I have more details, I’ll share them with you here! The goal of this post is just to give an overview of what chartering a plane entails and how much it would cost us as employees if we were traveling on one for business purposes for example.
In the meantime, I’ve put together some pros and cons below:
– cheaper than flying commercially in most cases (especially if you’re traveling with a large group)
– less flexible than buying plane tickets directly through an airline so you have less control over when your travel date will be scheduled or what time your flight arrives at its destination(s).
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average domestic plane ticket cost $348 in 2017. That is a lot less than most chartered flights, which can cost between $1,500 and $10,000 per hour.
Why is chartering so much more expensive? It’s all in the flexibility. When you book a commercial flight, you’re buying a seat on an already scheduled plane. You’re taking up space that would otherwise go empty — or you’re just cramming yourself into an overstuffed plane where you have to pay for every checked bag and personal item.
With chartering, the plane departs when you want it to. If you want to leave at 10 p.m., you can do that. You also choose from whom you buy the service — including selection of aircraft quality and type of airline used. You also pay for this privilege: Chartering is simply not as cheap as flying commercial in a crowded coach seat.
A charter flight is a private flight by a plane that belongs to you or one that you’ve rented from a company. The owner of the plane or the rental company usually charges an hourly rate for your use of the plane.
A charter flight can be cheaper than using a commercial airline for some people and less expensive than buying their own plane in some cases. Like any travel purchase, however, there are many variables that will influence how much money you may spend on your charter flight.
What is a Charter Flight?
A charter flight is used when someone wants to travel to a place where they can’t get to on a commercial airplane. Often the trip is a short one, such as going from Miami to Key West, Florida. Or it could be one of many stops if you’re traveling across the country and taking off and landing at small airports along the way.
“Charter flights are typically done with smaller aircraft,” says John Boyer, president of Air Charter Advisors in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “You might see larger planes like Gulfstreams for international travel or long trips over water.”