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Jumpjet: Private for the Cost of Coach?

I don’t know much about them, but a new company called Jumpjet has launched, offering the use of a private jet for roughly the cost of coach tickets.  Here’s the deal:

They have several different packages, but at the most basic, you pay a $500 signup fee, and then $1,800 a month for 3 months.  For that, you get 2 round trips on a private jet per month, and you can take 3 people with you.  Doing that math, that’s about $1,000 for 4 round trip tickets on a private jet.  Flights have to be less than 1,800 miles or so, though packages are available if you need to go coast-to-coast.  If you have a vacation home, or do frequent business elsewhere, this is a helluva deal.  Good luck convincing your spouse of that.

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11 Comments.

  1. I would be careful here.

    First of all if it sounds too be good to be true it probably is.

    Second when I call the group they are supposedly working with the 800 number is nonworking and the direct line goes directly to voicemail of what sounds like one guy’s phone. It isn’t clear who Private Jet Group is, how big they are, how many planes they own etc.

    Nobody flies planes at a loss. Perhaps this is a backhaul service, perhaps something else but the terms and conditions are somewhat odd and it isn’t clear one is actually going to be able to get a booking when and where you want to go.

  2. Steve…

    Agree for the most part, except all airlines (except Southwest & JetBlue) flew planes for a loss from 2001-2006 :)

    The 14 day advance purchase requirement is odd and will likely keep people from signing up for this. The point of a private jet is flexibility, and 14 days AP does not provide that.

  3. The 14 day advance scheduling requirement, along with a rule limiting members to 2 reservations in the system at a time, makes it extremely restrictive! If, as they recommend, you make a reservation ‘well in advance’ for a holiday trip or family vacation, then take your first trip June 5 – 8, then when you get back from trip #1, you must then give 14 days notice to book your second June trip, so no earlier than June 22, which then must be completed by June 30th. So let’s say you book another trip for June 24 – 26. When you get back on June 26, you can book your first July trip no sooner than July 10, so you book July 11 – 13. Then you need another 14 days notice, so the earliest your second July trip can be is July 27th, but back by july 31st, etc. By the third month, it is impossible for you to use both flights, and even for the first 2 months, your flights are really limited to only a very few dates each month, when a jet may or may not be available, as it is first come, first served.

  4. There is no restriction on the number of reservations a member may have in the system. That is very old information. The 800 number was down for a few hours on one day. It is operating nicely and the website also contains a wealth of information.

  5. Kentrellvious

    I hope this is real although the concept seems ridiculous. 4 legs per month at average of 1.5 hour trips for $500 each?? Even the smallest, slowest jet cost the operators around $1800 an hour. Even if they were able to take advantage of repositioning NetJet & FlightOptions jets, it still seems incredibly far fetched.

  6. Kentrellvious

    I hope this is real although the concept seems ridiculous. 4 legs per month at average of 1.5 hour trips for $500 each?? Even the smallest, slowest jet cost the operators around $1800 an hour. Even if they were able to take advantage of repositioning NetJet & FlightOptions jets, it still seems incredibly far fetched.

  7. I really wanted this business to work out. But the sad truth is that it is a scam. The owners have no idea what they are doing and have zero experience in this business. The only conceivable way it could be profitable is if they can get you to pay “monthly” fees and then you don’t fly. Do the math yourself. I cancelled my membership months ago when they started sending out misleading email messages and I am still waiting for my refund. They are ignoring me. Hmmm…you’ve been warned.

  8. I have had the same experiences. I signed up and was told I could cancel at any time, and get a full refund. The Customer Service of this company is as bad as it gets. They hired a guy, Mickey, to lead the Customer Service department, I am sure he has left too, not being able to deal with the “brains” of the operation, Will Ashcroft. I am waiting for my refund as well, my biggest regret is that I referred friends to this company. I was told by an insider that Amex and Visa refuse to do business with Will, that is why everything goes to a lock box. I believe some flights have happened, but it is destined to fail. Stay away. You have a better chance of winning the lottery than this working, and then you can buy your own jet…

  9. What you dont seem to realize is that the max guest allowed is 1-2 max. So figure a flight is booked for 8 poeple on an 8 passenger aircraft
    thats 750×4 assuming 1 guest each. Total $3000
    so on and so forth

  10. I joined jumpjet– thinking what a great idea! I paid my $500 fee, and signed up for the platinum membership. Couldn’t get a reservation by phone & the site simply DID NOT work.
    Forfeited my deposit just to get out of the monthly payment, which would have been $4,500.

  11. I still wish this idea could work. Has ANYBODY actually gotten a reservation and received the service promised? I hope so. It’s such an interesting concept. I know that the website had reservation problems in Aug & then it was up in Sept. but it never worked for me. I did hear a good report through a friend of a friend–she took a short flight, from Albuquerque to Chicago & loved the service. But that was right at the beginning…

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