Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This year’s most practical and lavish luxury holiday gift is a private jet flight card. The world’s largest jet broker, Blue Star Jets, is offering flight cards with no minimum deposit for the holiday season.

“Our idea for a flight card actually came from our clients,” says Blue Star Jets President Todd Rome. “Seasonally, we found our clients look for unique ways to reward their employees and surprise their families. Our holiday gift card is the perfect solution.”

The diffculties of flying commercially has made flying privately more desirable and relaxing for busy people and their families. Unprecedented delays and an increasing number of commercial flight cancellations cause first class fliers to turn more and more to the increasing affordability of on-demand charter. Such private charter flights will always take off and land on schedule, without the lengthy security procedures and frequent delays of commercial flights.

If you wish to provide your loved ones, your preferred clients or employees a gift they will never forget, that will take them places in style, luxury and comfort right on time, consider a gift-card for a private charter flight from Blue Star Jets, the largest
private charter company.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The costs of a private flight versus first class ticket prices

A flight from New York to Boston charted from Blue Star Jets costs about $4,700 for seven people as compared to a last minute, one-way, First Class ticket priced at $700. Private flights eliminate having to fight airport congestion, endure long waits at security checkpoints, incur additional costs and the general lack of privacy and convenience encountered at most major airports every day.

Charter flight travelers can take advantage of point-to-point travel, fully utilize their time and enjoy the benefits of affordable private jet travel and conveniences. In addition the biggest unrealized benefit of flying privately is the range of destinations. Private jets access over 5,000 destinations as opposed to the limited 500 domestic destinations accessed by commercial flights.

So consider when you spend $700 for each passenger for a trip that will likely take a total of 5 hours from Boston to New York (2 hours in security and airport check-in lines, a 1 hour flight plus a likely 1 hour take-off and landing-pattern delay, followed by an up-to 1 hour delay getting your baggage and leaving the destination airport).

Compare that to a
private charter flight that will take you 15 minutes to board from the time you reach the airport, take off with a few minutes delay, reach the destination airport in about one hour, land without delays and be on the way to your destination with your luggage in another 15 minutes, for a total trip time of 1.5 hours.

So for a difference of a few hundred dollars per person on the flight, you likely save 3 hours per person. If the time of your passengers is a valuable commodity for your company, private flights can save you a large sum of money.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The cost benefits of flying private jets

In these times of financial turmoil, a serious credit crunch, lower corporate and private earnings, reducing unnecessary investments is a high priority for both individuals and corporations. Another way this issue is frequently referred-to is; “Cash is King”. Owners of jets, both full and fractional, now more than ever are looking to reduce their non-income-producing investments in aircraft, as well as reduce monthly cash expenditures for depreciation, maintenance, insurance, hangar fees, pilot salaries and other costs not related directly to a specific flight.

This was our premise and promise to clients when
Blue Star Jets was established back in 2001. At that time my partner Todd Rome and I figured that the concept of “Fly like you own it, Pay like you don’t” would be well accepted by people and corporations who were concerned about getting the most value for a better-than first-class flights they wanted to take. The service we created, based on our by-now, well-known slogan of: ”Any Jet, Any Place, Any Time” has not only received overwhelming acceptance, but has quickly made Blue Star Jets the leader of the private charter industry.

If imitation is the highest from of flattery, the number of Private Charter Jet service providers that sprang up since then, well illustrates the industry leadership we provide. Having been rated #1 by the Luxury Institute since 2005 also proves that we are not resting on our laurels and are constantly striving to exceed the offerings of our competitors.

Can we help get you to your destination in safety and luxury at the best prices available?
All it takes is a phone call to us, while all our travel consultants are ready to help you 24/7.

Please let me know how I can help you by responding to the blog or calling our offices.
Thanks and I will blog more soon.

Ricky Sitomer,
CEO
Blue Star Jets
New York

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Business traveler challenges and delays

Business travelers are encountering more and more difficulties due to commercial flight cancellations. Getting to and from important business meetings on time is becoming more of a challenge as there are fewer flights available, flights are more packed with less flexibility of rebooking a seat if a connecting flight is cancelled or a trip needs to be changed.

The Air Transport Association predicted that during 2008 nearly one hundred U.S. communities will be left without regular commercial air service (the figure may double next year). In total, more than four hundred airports across the country have seen reductions in services.

As a result flying privately is becoming a realistic option for businesses traveling regionally or nationally. Blue Star Jets has seen an increase in business travel, while helping businesses overcome the difficulties due to the troublesome commercial hub-and-spoke system. "We are providing a much needed alternative for companies wanting to fly privately and affordably," comments CEO Ricky Sitomer.

Blue Star Jets

A charter flight from New York to Boston charted from Blue Star Jets costs about $4,700 for seven people. (This is roughly the same price per person as a first-class ticket.) Private Jet flights also eliminate having to fight airport congestion, endure long waits at security checkpoints, incur additional commuting costs to the airport and the lack of privacy and convenience encountered at commercial airports.

Private Jet travelers can always take advantage of direct point-to-point travel, fully utilize their time for business and enjoy the benefits of affordable private jet travel and conveniences. Another advantage of flying privately is the access to over 5,000 airports as opposed to the limited 500 accessed by commercial flights.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Incoming President Obama and everyone else we know of, appears to be going to Washington for the Inauguration.

And so are we.

Blue Star Jets will arrange to ferry the well heeled clients to and from Washington with accommodations in the Mandarin Hotel’s (what else - but) Presidential Suite for four nights with amazing views of the city’s monuments and of course the other Presidential Suite (the White House).

Guest will be picked up at and brought back directly to the steps of their private charter jet by a chauffeur driven Maybach, Rolls-Royce or Hummer.



In addition to the Inaugural event (tickets and a complimentary pressing of your formal attire will be provided before the event) the other evenings can be spent at a five-course dinner prepared by chef Eric Ziebold and sommelier Christopher Hile, a spa treatment, selecting from designer fashions at Neiman Marcus, getting a makeover from Channel, among the many other possibilities in the Nation’s Capital.

The package of course costs far less than the current budget deficit.
Please call your Blue Star Jets broker for further details (at 866-Jet-Time ) or visit http://www.bluestarjets.com/

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The economic turmoil's impact on the private jet community.

The economic turmoil of 2008 is continuing to impact the private jet community of flyers and airplane owners in significant ways.

Since November 2008 Blue Star Jets has seen 70% of incoming inquiries originate from owners of private jets, fractional airplane share holders and card holders all looking for better values for the private jet flights they are considering. The economic downturn appears to have started a substantial trend of more and more private jets being put up for sale, fractional share owners not renewing their contracts and jet card holders looking for better alternatives.

Now all of these sophisticated and financially astute individuals and corporate entities are looking for a more cost effective alternative to flying privately. Blue Star Jets being the leading provider of brokered private charter flights is ready to offer the best prices and to provide the best safety and service to all private flyers. Blue Star Jets is proud to prove to clients who previously owned private jets fully or fractionally, how much more efficient and cost effective private charters can really be.

Visit our website at http://www.bluestarjets.com/ or give us a call (at 866-Jet-Time ) and let us show you the substantial savings and the high level of safety and service we can offer you and your company.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Senate to vote on FAA funding for air traffic control

On April 27, CharterX Industry Headline News reported that it was likely that the United States Senate was likely to vote on Federal Aviation Administration funding on April 28, which happened in an 88-0 vote [yes, some Senate folks were missing], to move a FAA funding bill closer to the desk of President George W. Bush, who will be forced to veto or to sign a final bill--soon. Today's vote centered on FAA reauthorization funding, long overdue, which would fund the agency through Sept. 30, 2011.


FAA funding will provide $800 million over the next three years to modernize the nation's air traffic control system. The majority of such funding, from the Senate vote, will be paid for by private general aviation in the way of increased excise jet fuel taxes increasing to 36 cents per gallon of fuel from the exiting 21.9 cents per gallon of fuel.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Next generation PC-12 jet introduced



Swiss producer of single engine aircrafts Pilatus have introduced the PC-12 NG - where the NG stands for “Next Generation”.

As the name suggests, this is the successor to the top-selling PC-12. The spacious passenger aircraft, with room for nine, has been upgraded to make this NG the largest member of the Pilatus family. A more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine allows the aircraft to climb up to 30,000 feet. It also boasts a fully integrated Honeywell Primus Apex avionics system. This is topped off by an aesthetically pleasing cockpit design by BMW Group Designworks USA.

Even its hefty $3.78 million price tag has not been a deterrent, and the PC-12 NG is already more popular than the first. In fact, demand is so high that it is already sold out till the end of 2009.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Demand remains high for private jets



According to an article on private jet travel, one expert expects 15,000 business jets to be sold over the next decade.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy may be coming in for a landing, but the demand for private jets is still flying high.


The bustling economies of China and India, and newfound oil wealth in countries such as Russia, have helped keep sales of small executive jets strong. Despite the weakening of corporate profits in the United States, North American plane makers are reporting record orders, many from overseas.


“There is a lot of demand worldwide,” said Raymond Jaworowski, an aerospace analyst with market research firm Forecast International in Newtown, Conn. “If the U.S. economy does soften and even if we go into recession, the effects will be insulated somewhat by the growing economies outside the United States.”


The overall demand for jets is expected to remain strong in the coming years, said Jaworowski, who forecasts nearly 15,000 business jets worth a total of $192 billion will be sold over the next decade industrywide. The increase will come in planes of all sizes, he said.


New planes may be in the works to satisfy companies hoping to free top brass from the hassle of commercial air travel. Some analysts expect General Dynamics Corp., owner of the Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., to announce plans as early as this week for its largest plane yet, a jet that could carry around 20 people across the Pacific Ocean on one tank of fuel.


The North American market has traditionally been the biggest consumer of private jets, but Falls Church, Va.-based General Dynamics said 2007 orders for Gulfstream jets overseas surpassed its North American totals for the first time. The company sold its first large cabin jet in China last month.


Canada’s Bombardier Inc. said earlier this year that it had a record 452 orders in its fiscal year ending Jan. 31, up from 274 in 2006. The Wichita, Kan.-based Hawker Beechcraft Corp. said the Chinese business aircraft operator Deer Jet, one of China’s largest charter companies, ordered two midsize business jets last year.


The Brazilian plane maker Embraer recently signed deals with Indian and Chinese companies, while Cessna Aircraft Co., the world’s largest manufacturer of general aviation planes, said companies outside the United States accounted for 53 percent of its total business jet orders in 2007, up from 48 percent in 2006.


Nicholas Chabraja, CEO of General Dynamics, told an investor conference on March 4 that the company is still trying to chart the long-term impact of the increase in overseas orders, but said “it looks like a structural change in the marketplace.”


Private jets have become the travel method of choice for corporate executives who can afford them, cutting down on wait times and delays that affect commercial carriers. Corporations can either buy planes outright, or buy fractional jet shares to avoid shouldering the hefty price of planes that can range from a few million dollars to $50 million.

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If you want to sidestep expected increases in commercial airline fares, as well as take advantage of all the other benefits of private jet charter travel, such as safety and convenience, visit Blue Star Jets.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Schwarzenegger criticized for using private jet

Actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger has come under criticism for commuting three hours to work each day in his private jet.


Schwarzenegger, the governor of California, lives almost 380 miles away from his office and his commute to work costs hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.


Defending his means of commuting, Schwarzenegger said: "The question is how can I be with my family, because that is extremely important - to be with my kids. They are all growing up. They are in their teens. They need their father around. I felt my not being at home everyday took a toll on my family. So what I am trying to do is find that balance between the family and running the state."

Friday, February 29, 2008

Ready for the Beijing 2008 Olympics?

If you’re thinking about taking part in the excitement of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the official website has a great deal of information you’ll need, including how to buy tickets, visa info, hotel reservations, competition venues and schedules and more. Of course, the best way to get to Beijing in comfort is by chartering your own Blue Star Jet.

Friday, February 15, 2008

2007 was banner year for private jet sales


In what was a record year for private jet sales, Bombardier has emerged as the industry’s top dog. The Canadian conglomerate’s aerospace division topped over $5.2 billion on orders of 226 private jets in 2007, according to the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA). Bombardier’s strong showing is owed to the strong reception of the company’s Global Express XRS, which tops the group’s comprehensive range of Challenger and Learjet aircraft.








Bombardier was closely followed by General Dynamic’s Gulfstream Aerospace with billings of $4.83 billion, led by strong demand in the heavy jet category for its G550 and G500 jets. Textron’s Cessna Aircraft remained particularly strong in the light and mid-sized jet category. The Wichita, Kansas-based manufacturer, who last week unveiled plans for its long-range Citation Columbus, billed $3.91 billion. Dassault Aviation rounded out the top four with orders totaling $2.32 billion.





The banner year for private jet sales was bolstered by strong international demand, coupled with steady domestic sales. Last year saw a 28.4 percent increase in private jet sales over the 886 sold in 2006, as sales breached the one thousand mark for the first time. A record 1,138 aircraft were sold in 2007, according to the GAMA.







With an extensive backlog, and a number of new jets poised to enter the market—in particular some long awaited Very Light Jets—analysts are predicting that private jet sales should remain strong through 2008 and beyond.







If you want to sidestep expected increases in commercial airline fares, as well as take advantage of all the other benefits of private jet charter travel, such as safety and convenience, visit Blue Star Jets.




Friday, February 1, 2008

Western Aviation, Hawker BeechCraft Co. sign deal



Western Aviation's brand new Hawker 900XP Private Jet for which western aviation had signed a deal with Hawker BeechCraft Corporation - USA during the recently concluded 'Dubai Airshow 2007' has arrived in Dubai and is making commercial flights. The Hawker 900XP the best of the best-selling midsized business jets in the world is the first aircraft in the International Market was expected to arrive in Dubai by end of December 2007. After successful test flights the aircraft was opened for commercial charters and is now flying to destinations all over the world.



"The acquisition of this Hawker 900XP has given Western Aviation the runway to take off towards its vision of becoming one of the Leading Private Jet Charter Company in the Middle East" says Western Aviation's AGM Mr. Mohammed Fairoz.



Apart from this Western Aviation has opened up a new office in Dubai Airport Free Zone. "This new airport free zone office gives western aviation the strategic advantage and close proximity to the VIP terminal and other FBO's as well as places Western Aviation in the heart of business aviation community offering a lot of scope for growth and carter to our expansion plans" comments Mr. Ihsan Deeb - Business Development Manager of Western Aviation.



"The Hawker 900XP with the Largest Cabin in its class, Longer Range, Maximum Cruise Speed and equipped with advanced ProLine 21 avionics system makes it a joy to fly" says Captain Sulaiman, First Officer of the Hawker 900XP.






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If you want to sidestep expected increases in commercial airline fares, as well as take advantage of all the other benefits of private jet charter travel, such as safety and convenience, visit Blue Star Jets.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Obama's jet clips wing of 2nd plane

According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times relating to private chartered jet travel:


Flying back home from Nevada after a long day of campaigning, presidential hopeful Barack Obama was safely on the ground when his chartered plane clipped the wing of another plane at Midway Airport.



No one was hurt in the incident early Saturday morning, but the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration want to know how it happened.
Both planes sustained minor damage.



Obama, though, apparently didn't even notice what happened -- nor did anyone else on the plane.



"No one on board even felt it," said Ben LaBolt, an Obama campaign spokesman.
In advance of the Nevada caucus Jan. 19, Obama on Friday made two appearances in Nevada -- a rally with Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and an event with a culinary workers union.
He left late Friday on a Gulfstream II jet, along with 12 other people, including the plane's crew.
LaBolt declined to identify the flight crew but said the campaign had flown with them before.
Back to Nevada today



The plane landed around 2:30 a.m., "safely, without incident," said city Aviation Department spokesman Gregg Cunningham.



It was taxiing to a general aviation parking area for private planes near the south end of the airport, off 63rd Street. At that point, the plane's crew was under its own direction and no longer under the FAA's air traffic control, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham-Cory said.



The plane's left wing then hit the right wing of a parked Cessna 208. No one was aboard the Cessna at the time.



Cunningham said neither plane was allowed to move from the spot of the collision until 9:15 a.m. Saturday.



The investigation could take weeks or months, Cory said.



Obama heads back to Nevada today.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Forbes.com: priciest private jets in the world





In an article on private jet aircraft, Forbes.com gives us a glimpse into the priciest private jets in the world:







What does a billionaire do when having a private jet becomes so affordable that mere millionaires can swing the cost?







He trades up--to a Boeing 747-8, say, or to a Airbus 380--costing $280 million and $300 million, respectively.







Back in 1996, when Boeing introduced the first "personal use" version of one of its commercial airliners, the $30 million Boeing Business Jet (a reconfigured 737) was treated as the last word in spaciousness and luxury. Now, compared with competing luxe lifts, a 737 looks like mashed potatoes.







In Pictures: Priciest Private Jets







Boeing's far larger 747-8 won't be ready for flight until 2010, and Airbus' 380 has been pushed back to the middle of the next decade. But these two giants should be worth billionaires' wait. Just outfitting their cavernous interiors with the little touches that make a plane a home--mahogany paneling, gold-plated fixtures and maybe a Jacuzzi or a screening room--could cost an owner $20 million.







Buyers kicking the tires of these behemoths probably own several other planes, says Steven Hill, president of Boeing Business Jet. Out of the four customers who have pre-purchased the 747-8, two were previous owners of smaller Boeing Business Jets, and their main motivation is to "get the latest and greatest," says Hill. "These people are fleet planning--they're planning their future."







Reported owners of Boeing aircrafts include Russian oil tycoon Roman Abromavich as well as Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) guys Larry Page and Serge Brin. Other private jet-owning billionaires include Sergio Mantegazza (Falcon 900), Philip Green and Lakshmi Mittal (who both own Gulfstream G550s).







But perhaps the most luxe jet out there is the Airbus 380. What do you get for $300 million? For starters, plenty of room.







Jennifer Clay, principal of J. Clay Consulting, a New York City firm that advises major players in the airline industry, says a big, yacht-like reconfiguration of what was once a 180-person commercial jet allows an owner do something he perhaps could not in smaller private plane: stand up.







Lack of headroom on smaller jets, says Clay, is a cause of concern for many owners.
Greg Thomas, CEO of Privatair, an aviation company controlled by billionaire Spiro Latsis' group Paneuropean Oil and Industrial Holdings, agrees that the reason for these planes' appeal has everything to do with their interior potential.







An owner willing to restrict use of his plane to his own travel (not allowing it to be rented out to third parties) can, according to regulation, outfit the cabin with amenities to suit his every whim.
"There are two different standards [for cabin design]," explains Thomas. "If you're flying it commercial, you have to apply all sorts of stringent safely standards. It really limits the type of materials and configuration you can have. If you have a private design, you can more or less do what you like on board."







Two thirds of Privatair's jet owners have decided to do just that.







"There are some extraordinary VIP interiors around," says Thomas, particularly those on aircraft belonging to Gulf States royalty. Monarchs, he notes, "really go to town on their airplanes." One royal family mounted a Webcam on its plane's exterior, the better to enjoy clouds and rainbows, whose images were projected onto an interior 8-by-4-foot screen.
With that kind of technology, who needs the window seat?


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If you want to sidestep expected increases in commercial airline fares, as well as take advantage of all the other benefits of private jet charter travel, such as safety and convenience, visit Blue Star Jets.




Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Charter to Caribbean Islands Just Got Easier

Over the Holiday Season, Blue Star Jets, a leader in corporate and private jet charter services has seen an increase in reservations for individuals seeking to charter a jet to the Caribbean Islands. Blue Star Jets attributes this to recent troubles facing commercial airlines losing luggage and numerous flight cancellations. As such, individuals are seeking alternative ways to arrive at their exotic destinations this winter season. They also are able to fly to more exotic locations without the hassle of plane transfers increasing the chances for concern.

Todd Rome, CEO of Blue Star Jets stated, “The individuals who seek a charter jet to the Caribbean Islands and around the globe rely on the corporate jet charter industry to keep deadlines and travel time at a minimum. People are beginning to look for convenience, efficiency and safety over price for themselves and their family.”


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Spotlight On: The CSeries



One of the private jets you may find yourself on when you arrange a flight with Blue Star Jets is the Bombardier CSeries, a business jet manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace.

According to the manufacturer’s website:



The Bombardier CSeries is the only family of aircraft designed specifically, without compromise, for the lower end of the 100- to 149-seat market. CSeries is the perfect balance of proven methods, materials and leading-edge technology to meet the airline needs for 2013 and beyond.



This competitive aircraft family will be built with unmatched operating economics, optimal environmental friendliness, total life-cycle support, unparalleled passenger appeal, superior operational flexibility and mature reliability levels at the entry into service.



The aircraft features an optimized cabin design for widebody comfort and storage, an aluminum lithium pressurized fuselage, better fuel economy, and other ‘green’ features such as reduced CO2 emissions and noise.

It also features larger windows and wider seats for enhanced passenger comfort.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Right Jet for the Right Job

When it comes to private jet charter, the type of aircraft for your particular needs is an important decision. The charter company you choose should have a variety of aircraft types available. Blue Star Jets has access to over 4,000 aircraft worldwide. The aircraft shown below are representative models within their respective classes.

Turbo Props
The lightest aircraft aloft combines the use of twin propellers and a turbine engine to fly. With a conservative use of fuel, the turbo prop is the most cost-efficient aircraft for short-service flights. Ideal for short to mid-range flights. Capacity to hold 6-8 passengers, average cruising speed of 280-315 mph and average nonstop range of just over 1,000 miles. In addition, we have turbo prop airliners which hold 12-29 passengers.


Helicopters
Quick on and off the ground and agile in the air, helicopters are a versatile air travel option that allows ultimate accessibility. Capacity to hold 4-6 passengers, averaging cruising speed of 150-194 mph and average nonstop range of 450-591 miles.

Light Jets
A sleek entrance into the jet class, light jets feature pressurized cabins and can fly at higher altitudes than their prop counterparts. A smooth ride, with the luxury of a quiet engine. Most economical choice for short to mid-range trips. Capacity to hold 5-8 passengers, average cruising speed of 400-560 mph and average nonstop range of 1,500 miles.


Medium Jets
The most versatile of the fleet. With the comfort of the larger aircrafts and agility of smaller models, the medium jet ofers a best-in-class experience. Capacity to hold 7-9 passengers, average cruising speed of 510-590 mph and average nonstop range of 2,100 miles.


Super Medium Jets
A masterful aircraft for executive travel, specifically for long-range flights. A step up from the mid-size allows more space and fuel capacity. Capacity to hold 8-10 passengers, average cruising speed of 490-590 mph and average nonstop range of 3,400-3,600 miles.


Heavy Jets
With impressive cruising speed and cabin space, heavy jets embody optimum performance. The largest size aircraft that doesn't require a major airport runway, while still covering long distances. Capacity to hold 9-15 passengers, average cruising speed of 500-560 mph and average nonstop range of 4,000 miles. In addition we have access to Boeing Business Jets which hold 15-23 passengers.

Jumbo Jets
More commonly known as a commercial airliner, this aircraft, available through Bluestar Jets, is anything but. Traveling at higher speed with greater range, the jumbo jet can fly the globe delivering any entourage any distance. Whether it's a sports team or a rock tour, this member of the fleet can be configured for executive, coach or even private travel with bedrooms and any other amenity you can think of.


For more details on particular aircraft, visit the Blue Star Jets website.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tips for Business Travelers: Car Rental

If you’re traveling on a private charter jet for business, there’s a good chance you’ll be renting a car when you arrive at your destination. Here are ten tips for business travelers that could make your next car rental a breeze instead of an accident scene:
1. Do you have to rent a car? The best way to avoid rent-a-car hassles is to avoid renting a car in the first place. Do you absolutely need your own wheels or can you use public transportation, shuttles and taxis to get where you want to go? Conference resorts cater to the non-driver. In Orlando, Florida for example, a variety of transport services are available to take you to conference destinations -- at a fraction of a car rental cost. If your final destination is an urban center, weigh the taxi fares against parking garage costs, possible parking tickets and the trouble you may have negotiating unfamiliar streets.

2. Membership has its privileges. No doubt about it -- if you are going to rent cars, you should join car rental frequent traveler programs. While upgrades and frequency points are terrific, one of the best benefits you receive with some is the ability to bypass lines. With National Car Rental's Emerald Club membership, you can go from baggage claim to car without stopping at the counter. Alamo's Quicksilver program lets you arrange for your car at a kiosk. Car rental companies want the frequent flyer's business. Once you pick the one that suits your needs -- try to to stick with it.

3. Review your company's travel policy. Does your company restrict the type of car you can rent? Will the expense for the SUV or convertible be turned back by the accounting department? Before you rent, make sure what is and isn't approved. Some companies may cover a car rental expense over the weekend if that mean a lower airfare for the business trip. Does your corporate card cover additional insurance and additional drivers? (see Tip#5). Check it out -- before you rent.

4. Reserve ahead of time and try to arrive early in the day. Again, it helps if you are a preferred customer -- but always try to make your reservation as soon as possible.Write down the confirmation number and verify the class of car and guaranteed rate. If possible try to get the information from the company in writing, through your corporate travel department. One day -- or even hours prior to your trip, verify the reservation again. Even with a confirmed reservation, you may be out of luck if you arrive late in the day when cars have just turned over.

5. It's always a dilemma for travelers -- do you really need the optional loss or collision damage waiver (LDW/CDW). Understand your company travel policy about CDW. If you use a personal credit card for business expenses, check to see if it covers collision and liability for rentals. It may, but some cards don't cover certain vehicle types, long-term rentals or rentals in some countries. Extra insurance fees can really add up, but so can the cost of an accident.

6. Gas up now or later? Should you prepay for gas? It depends. Understand your company policy and the price implications. If you think you will be running late, trying to catch the last flight home, check off the fuel prepayment option. Review all of the rates before you sign the contract.

7. Sign up additional drivers on the spot. If you're sharing driving duty with a business colleague, make sure they are listed as an additional driver before leaving the parking lot. You'll find that most car rental companies have a policy where co-workers can sign on for free. Don't skip this step - only authorized drivers should be behind the wheel in rental cars - or you'll be liable if there's a problem.

8. Study your car on the outside. Take a few minutes looking over the car before pulling out. Check for scratches and dents. If you find anything, be sure to get this documented. If there is a line at the counter inside, have this documented at the gate leaving the lot. You will be held liable for car damage, unless it is written down. Don't get stuck paying for a stranger's damage. Look at the tires, check out the brakes and lights. If the car is unsafe - switch it - no matter how late you're running for your next meeting.

9. Familiarize yourself with the car's interior and control panel. Get the air just right and find your kind of music on the radio. You don't want to be searching for the windshield wipers while you're doing 65 in a sudden downpour. If the car has anti-lock brakes - and more than 50% of today's rental fleets do - practice braking before heading out on the highway.

10. Know where you are going. Many overconfident business travelers leave the lot without a clue how to get where they are going. If you haven't been to the location before, get directions and a map. Some car rental companies offer in-car navigation systems, such as Hertz's Neverlost.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Blue Star Jets SkyCard™ Offers Alternative to Fractional Jet Ownership

Looking for a cost-effective alternative to the high cost of fractional jet ownership? Blue Star Jet's SkyCard(tm) could be just the ticket.



The Blue Star Jets SkyCard offers unprecedented convenience and flexibility for all your private jet needs. As a cost-effective alternative to the high cost of fractional aircraft ownership, the SkyCard entitles members to special privileges and services designed to make your private jet charter experience the best it can be.

One look at the SkyCard vs. Fractional comparison illustrates the overwhelming benefits of the

Blue Star Jets SkyCard. The Blue Star Jets SkyCard Program offers:


  • Five levels to match your personal and business private jet travel needs

  • Each card level offers special charter jet services on Blue Star Jets, including free upgrades

  • Allows you to extend available SkyCard flight privileges to anyone in your family or company

  • One SkyCard is all that you need for any private jet flight

  • Your own personal travel consultant

  • Personal concierge to assist with travel, dining and entertainment needs

Blue Star's SkyCard program has no membership fees, no aircraft acquisition costs, no monthly aircraft management fees, and no long-term contractual commitments. Visit Blue Star's website for more information.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Jet service flies jockeys, trainers around the world



An article in the Saratogian on private jet charters reports that privat jets ‘work miracles’ at getting leading jockeys and trainers to big races on time.



The aviation feats are the stuff of legend as they shuttle riders and horsemen from track to track throughout the country and all parts of the globe. Two years ago, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey was in the third race at Saratoga, slated to race later that day in the $1 million Haskell at Monmouth Park. The plan was to fly Bailey from Saratoga County Airport to a facility adjacent to New Jersey's Monmouth Park, about an hour's air time away.



This month alone they've flown high-profile horsemen such as Shug McGaughey, Bill Mott and Todd Pletcher to major races outside Saratoga. Pletcher, for example, went to Chicago's $1 million Arlington Mile.



For trainers, to whom every second counts, private flights offer convenience, speed and a guarantee that they'll get where they're headed on time, not having to worry about cancellations, as sometimes occurs with regular commercial airlines. The price seems expensive, but to horse owners that want to protect their investments, it's worth every penny and the cost is divvied up when multiple clients share flight time.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Pittsburgh Airport Expands Enclave for Private Jets

There aren't many places in Western Pennsylvania that can boast about playing host to Tiger Woods, Ben Roethlisberger, Sidney Crosby, Al Gore and a host of other athletes, politicians and celebrities.

The Business Aviation Center at Pittsburgh International Airport is one of them. A local company, joined by local politicians and Allegheny County Airport Authority officials, opened a new 30,000-square-foot jet hangar and 7,250-square-foot charter terminal and office center at the airport yesterday.

The firm believes the $5 million expansion, which doubles its space, will further enhance its ability to serve corporations, sports team charters, private operators and general aviation enthusiasts.

Officials also are hoping the charter terminal will better accommodate the sports teams that use it, including the Steelers, Penguins, local universities and visiting squads.
Current corporate clients include FedEx and Bayer.

Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato said the center is a key component of the region's economic development efforts, offering corporations a place to house their jets and easy access to them.

"In this global economy you need these types of facilities," he said. "It is key to us remaining competitive."

The facilities also help the region compete for events like the U.S. Open and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which produce a lot of corporate and private jet traffic.

"These are the types of facilities you put in those proposals," Mr. Onorato said. "This goes a long way in allowing us to be competitive in those proposals."

The facilities have been used by the Steelers and Penguins as well as a number of politicians, including George W. Bush when he was a candidate, Dick Cheney, Mr. Gore and John Kerry.
Mr. Woods used the center when he came to Oakmont before the U.S. Open for a practice round.

Last year, about 50,600 passengers took off and landed from the facilities in Pittsburgh, a 41 percent increase over 2005.

The company provides fueling and deicing, maintenance, ground transportation, catering, and hangar and ramp space for corporate and private jets and charters.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Charter Flights Offer Many Benefits to Business Travelers

Due to the post-911 increase in airport security and boarding procedures, chartered flights have taken off as the new convenient way to fly. Last year, the air charter industry introduced thousands to the advantages of private jet charter.


Often the money saved is the biggest benefit to busy executives who otherwise would be at the mercy of the scheduled flights. Chartered jets offer luxury surroundings, and the convenience of traveling when and where you want. Security is not an issue on private jet flights and the increase in productivity can make up for the additional expense. There are instances when chartered flights are not the best solution. For example, if flying very long distances or overseas, chartered flight may not be the best solution. However, if you need to fly to many locations in a certain timeframe, are traveling in a group, are traveling to a location not close to a major airport, or if the scheduled flights don't suit your needs, chartered flights are the answer.


Additionally, the flexibility of charter flights is a major advantage. You have the ability to land and take off whenever and wherever you want without worrying about flight schedules. By setting your own departure time, you can save money on hotel rooms, car rentals and dining.


While more than 50% of commercial flights travel between only 20 of the country's major airports, charter flights reach 12,000 airports that are not accessible to normal airlines. This allows you to avoid the nosy, crowded major airports.


With all these benefits, chartered flights can meet your need for luxury, comfort, safety, and privacy that will allow you to more productively spend your time.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

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