5 Tips for Booking a Private Jet Flight for Your European Vacation

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              Private travel expert outlines important differences from commercial travel

Where will your vacation take you this summer? London? Paris?The French Riviera? If you want to fly by private jet, it’s not too early to start planning. Booking a private jet flight to Europe requires very special expertise. There are dozens of fees, permits and other considerations that you or your travel consultant need to know about to ensure a successful trip.

The XOJET Blog spoke with Clayton Smith, senior charter sales representative, to compile a list of five tips to ensure a smooth flight experience and a great vacation.

1.      Plan in advance. The more advance planning you do, the more choices you’ll have. “For example, if you plan 6 months out, you could have twice the aircraft options available to you,” says Clayton. “A good rule of thumb is that the longer the flight, the further out you should plan.” Foreign-flagged aircraft typically need several permits to enter other countries, which can take time to obtain, especially if you’re travelling to multiple destinations. Try to book at least eight to 12 weeks in advance.

2.      Be flexible. “Flying privately to Europe is quite different from flying on a commercial airline,” explains Clayton. “Some airports have customs offices, some don’t. We have to take this into account when we plan, especially with customers who want non-stop travel.” The more specific you are about your trip, the fewer cost-saving options will be available to you. However, if you can also be flexible on things like jet type, aircraft year of manufacture, date and time of travel, and airport, we can find the best price and options available. For example, flying into a general aviation airport like Paris’s Le Bourget could be much less expensive than flying into Charles DeGaulle.

3.      Tell us everything. When you call to book your flight, we’ll start by asking you not only for the dates and times of your trip but also your requirements and preferences. The more you let us know up front, the more options we can deliver. When we have complete information such as the size of your party (including pets!), aircraft preferences (if any), if you are willing to consider options that require a fuel stop, dietary restrictions and the like, we can deliver options to meet your exact needs—and a customized flight experience in the air. Again, being flexible your requirements can dramatically impact the options and prices available.

4.      Remember Customs. You’re no doubt aware that when you travel internationally, you’ll need to go through Customs when returning home. But where you clear customs depends on whether you are on the aircraft operator’s Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) program. Getting you an operator’s BOE could take as long as two to three weeks, and you’ll need to provide passport information for every passenger—so allow enough time. “The BOE is particularly important for non-stop flights,” adds Clayton. “Check to see if your provider offers a BOE program. Otherwise you’ll have to stop to clear customs at the first point of entry into a country, possibly delaying your return home.”

On a related note, if a minor child is traveling with just one parent, the other parent will need to provide a notarized letter authorizing the child to leave the country. This can be important if your spouse and kids are planning to join you in, say, Paris, after you finish your business trip.

5.      Pick the right aircraft for your flight. If you want to fly non-stop, consider a large-cabin heavy jet. For flights from the East Coast, the Gulfstream G-IV series is the smallest heavy jet that flies nonstop to and from Europe in either direction; other options include the Bombardier Challenger 600 series or the Dassault Falcon 2000 series. All of these jets can typically fly from the northeast United States to most destinations in Western Europe nonstop. However, for the return flight to the United States, these aircraft will likely require a fuel stop.

For flights from the West Coast, you’ll need to upgrade to ultra-long-range aircraft like the Gulfstream V or G550, the Falcon 7X or the Bombardier Global Express/5000. Super-mid-size jets like the XOJET Citation X and XOJET Challenger 300 will need to make a fuel stop (usually in Iceland, Canada or Maine) when flying to and from Europe. Watch this blog for an upcoming in-depth comparison of these aircraft.

At XOJET, we can arrange any of these aircraft for you through our own fleet and through the XOJET Preferred Partner Network, a carefully vetted list of the best operators.

Bottom line: it’s the little details that can affect your flight experience. Work with a private aviation consultant who has booked international travel before and can handle all the details. Make sure your consultant has the trip management capabilities to handle a European trip and can give you an all-inclusive price, including fuel (measured by the liter, fuel is much more expensive in Europe).

The XOJET team has extensive experience arranging for private jet trips to Europe and the rest of the world. They know what airports have the tougher permits and the most traffic, and which have customs offices. They also know the airports that charge less for fuel and landing fees. For example, flying into London Luton can possibly save you thousands in fuel costs, permits, and landing fees over flying into a high-volume airport like Heathrow or one that requires special permits, like London City.

A good aviation consultant will give you those options, make suggestions, and handle all of the details for you. Bon voyage!

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Luxury Has Never Been More Affordable With New ‘Ultimate Luxury Package’

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Business Class Airfare, Five-Star Hotels, and Chauffeur-Driven Touring From Just $2,799 Per Person Round-Trip Including All Taxes and Fees

Imagine traveling to Ireland in Business Class round-trip on Aer Lingus, staying at five-star hotels across the country, and enjoying private chauffeur-driven touring between cities — all for less than $3,000 per person round-trip for a six-night getaway. This dream trip is now a reality for travelers who book the new "Ultimate Luxury Package" from the Aer Lingus Vacation Store.

A group of four travelers will experience true Irish hospitality with incredible elegance and unparalleled luxury throughout this six-night vacation which includes stays in four of Ireland’s most exclusive properties where many of the world’s famous actors, athletes, politicians, and royalty have stayed: Four Seasons in Dublin, Glenlo Abbey in Galway, Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney, and The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt. And to make it even more exclusive, the private driver lets travelers see it all in style and comfort!

Here is how the itinerary works:

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FREE BUSINESS CLASS AIR ON TANZANIA DELUXE WING ADVENTURE WITH AFRICAN TRAVEL, INC.

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African Travel, Inc. has an amazing offer on their unforgettable eight-day Tanzanian Sky Safari: FREE BUSINESS CLASS AIR when you book anytime now through September 15!* This incredible journey includes Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti – ideal wildlife viewing locales. Arusha Coffee Lodge, Tarangire Treetops, The Manor at Ngorongoro, Migration Camp – the lodging is absolutely top-notch throughout. And transport between destinations is provided by a meticulously outfitted Executive Grand Caravan – an eight-seat luxury aircraft. Game drives are in custom built Safari Cruisers and each day brings the promise of another surprise.

Free Business Class Air is offered only through September 15, so book today!*

Tanzania Sky Safari–8 Days. 1 night Arusha, 2 nights Tarangire National Park, 2 nights Ngorongoro, 2 nights Serengeti National Park. Priced from $6895 per person, land only, based on double occupancy during promotional period August 27-October 26*.

For more information and reservations, contact your local Travel Agent or call African Travel at (800) 421-8907 or visit www.africantravelinc.com. CST 2071444-20

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CHEAPFLIGHTS.COM ADDS NEW SPIN TO TRAVEL SEARCH

Rolls out fun and easy way to find destination ideas and deals,

adds mobile site for users on the go

Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, is on a quest to deliver the world for less to travelers. To help make travel planning easy and fun, Cheapflights.com has added a new way to find deals on trip types of all kinds and to all sorts of places. And, to boost convenience and fast access to travel deals, anytime and anywhere, Cheapflights now offers a mobile site that brings this new style of search as well as traditional deals search to smart phone users.

With a click on the “Be inspired” tab on the homepage at Cheapflights.com, travelers can now look for a deal in the same way they would describe a trip they want to take. They simply name a departure point, time frame and, if they choose, a trip type such as beach or ski & snow or city break. With a click they see up to a dozen possible trips. From there, they can use sliders to enhance the search based on budget, location and even average temperature.

“Travelers have asked for a simple tool that reflects how people think and talk about planning a trip,” said Chris Cuddy, CEO of Cheapflights Media. “We have found that the most frequent questions travelers ask when exploring a trip are when, where, and how much. We’ve designed our new search tools to be a natural extension of these conversations.  It’s accessible from your mobile device and computer so that you’re prepared, whenever or wherever a travel discussion breaks out, to find the best travel deals.”

The “Be inspired” option opens up a world of travel possibilities, allowing users to brainstorm about where they can go and what they can do. Users cast a wide net to start and then use simple filters to refine their search. This offering means users coming to Cheapflights.com have a choice of deals search, date search and, now, ideas search.

 

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES LAUNCHES NONSTOP SERVICE FROM JFK

In anticipation of a strong rebound in travel demand from the United States this winter, tourism officials have announced that Caribbean Airlines will begin twice weekly non-stop service from JFK to Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

The Caribbean Airlines service will begin on December 14 and is expected to boost last minute holiday bookings and assist returning nationals looking for last minute deals. Service will originate from Port of Spain to V.C. Bird International Airport and return service from New York’s JFK.

A fare sale launched today by Caribbean Airlines will offer a special one way rate of 189USD from JFK to Antigua and 209USD one way from Antigua to JFK in addition to taxes and service fees. Caribbean Airlines will offer competitive rates including a 10% discount for seniors and children and a baggage allowance of 2 pieces not exceeding 50 pounds each.  The airline will also feature some creative pricing options on their return one- way fares.

Tourism Minister John Maginley welcomes the prospect of additional air service to Antigua and Barbuda at a time when all signs point to an increase in travel from the United States. “I am particularly pleased with the timing of this service, since it will facilitate smooth connections from almost all North American gateways as well as European markets such as France, Italy and Germany.  This aligns with our strategic vision of providing greater access from some of our key markets.”

Flight 428 will depart Antigua at 8:45 a.m. and arrive at JFK at 11:50 a.m. The return Flight 429 will leave JFK at 1:55p.m. and arrive at V.C. Bird International at 6:55pm. 

Airline officials report a steady increase in bookings since the launch of this fare sale today. Customers can book online at http://www.caribbean-airlines.com, call the airline toll free at + 800 744 2225 or contact their travel agent to make their bookings.

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AVIANCA-TACA AND COPA AIRLINES TO JOIN STAR ALLIANCE

Strategic Network Expansion in Latin America

Star Alliance, the way the Earth connects, will be expanding its presence in Latin America following the unanimous approval by its Chief Executive Board (CEB), to accept both Avianca-TACA and Copa Airlines as future member airlines.

“On behalf of the Chief Executive Board, it gives me great pleasure to invite Avianca-TACA and Copa Airlines to join the Star Alliance network. The addition of these two quality airline groups concludes a strategic process which increases the Alliance’s footprint in the vibrant, growing economies of Latin America,” Jaan Albrecht, CEO Star Alliance said. “The aviation landscape in this region is changing rapidly and alliances are playing an ever bigger role as Latin America continues to develop.”

The combined network of the two airline groups gives Star Alliance a more prominent footprint in Central America, the Caribbean and the northern and western regions of South America, as well as additional direct connections between Latin America and cities in Europe. Star Alliance passengers will in future have access to a large range of new destinations and flights connecting through the Copa Airlines hubs in Panama City (Panama) and Bogota (Colombia) and the Avianca-TACA hubs in Bogota (Colombia), San Salvador (El Salvador), Lima (Peru) and San Jose (Costa Rica).

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EMIRATES TO LAUNCH SECOND DAILY FLIGHTS TO HOUSTON AND L.A. IN MAJOR BOOST TO U.S. SERVICES

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Emirates, the Dubai-based international carrier, has underlined its commitment to the United States by announcing the launch of second daily flights to Los Angeles and Houston.

The award-winning airline, which recorded a significant increase in revenue for the Americas in 2009-10, will soon offer over 15,000 seats on 98 return flights per week to the United States.

Starting October 31st for Los Angeles and November 1st for Houston, Emirates will fly non-stop to both cities twice a day on Boeing 777 aircraft.  The services will provide the highest standards of passenger comfort, with luxurious private suites in First Class, lie-flat beds in Business Class and generously-sized Economy Class seats.
Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “Emirates has experienced very strong demand across all of its U.S. gateways this year, including very healthy premium and business traffic. We are delighted to meet this increased demand with the start of second daily services to both Houston and Los Angeles.”

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Bonaire: Insel Air Offers Fare From Miami to Bonaire-$233 Roundtrip

**This special rate is available for travel now through June 4, 2010**

Insel Air has just announced the lowering of their special promotional fare to only $233.00 per person, roundtrip between Miami and Bonaire.

This fare is valid as of today and will be available for travel through Friday, June 4, 2010. The fare includes government taxes and fuel charges; it excludes departure taxes and the rate is subject to availability.

Those wishing to take advantage of this great special can book Insel Air flight #71908, departing Miami every Saturday at 3:15 PM, arriving into Bonaire at 6:55 PM.  The return flight is Insel Air #71907, which departs Bonaire every Saturday at 11:25 AM, arriving back into Miami at 2:25 PM.  These flight times allow for easy connections in Miami from a variety of U.S. or Canadian gateways.  Insel Air utilizes an MD 82 jet aircraft which carries 152 passengers.

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