How a Jet Charter is quoted

There are many variables that are taken into account when a private jet charter is quoted. These are the basics:

Jet class/type:

There are various sizes and types of jets, but generally they are categorized as follows:

Heavy Jets

Super Mid Size Jets

Mid Size Jets

Light Jets

Very Light Jets

In general, the heavier (larger) the aircraft, the higher the hourly rate will be.

Flight time hourly rate:

Charter operators charge for either the amount of time the aircraft is in the air or the “block time,” which includes taxi during departure and arrival. To some degree, the market dictates this price; however, it varies greatly by aircraft type (as explained earlier) and location as well as who owns and manages the aircraft.

Quotes are based on the estimated flight time. If JetOptions quotes a price that is not “firm”, the final price may vary based on the winds, weather and traffic the pilot encounters during the flight.

Most operators charge a 2-hour daily minimum flight charge, which is averaged over the duration of your trip. JetOptions does not charge minimums.

Depending on the current cost of fuel, there could be a fuel surcharge in the quoted price.

Landing fees:

To accommodate wear and tear on the aircraft, a fee for each landing is charged.  The typical price will vary by size of aircraft, but charges will be in the neighborhood of $100 per landing for a light jet to $500 per landing for a heavy corporate jet.

Nightly fees:

If the aircraft stays overnight during your trip, there will be a fee to cover the flight crew’s hotel and car rental. Typical prices range from $300 – $500 per crew member on a domestic flight, which uses two pilots and possibly a flight attendant.

Per Day fees:

If you charter a large-cabin corporate jet, there will usually be a flight attendant on board who is trained in the safety procedures of the aircraft. The flight attendant also prepares and serves meals.  A typical per day rate for a flight attendant is $500.

For day trips, operators often charge a per diem fee for each crew member. JetOptions does not charge this fee.

Miscellaneous Airport Fees:

There may be a charge for using a busy airport (high density fee).

In severe weather, there can be charges to hangar or de-ice the aircraft.


The IRS requires a 7.5% Federal Excise Tax on all domestic charges.

There is a $3.70 per person, per leg segment fee.

Separate taxes apply to Hawaii and international destinations.

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