Delta is going to roll out a new offering that will allow elite customers to ‘buy up’ to private jet travel.
- These will cost $300 – $800
- Offers should begin this week
- Initial test will be small and focused on East Coast hubs
Delta has 66 private jets (they’re “the fourth-largest U.S. operator of private jet flights”), and like all private plane operators faces the problem of empty repositioning flights that they’d like to generate revenue from.
Of course since private jet travel isn’t necessarily scheduled in advance, operators don’t know until last minute what their repositioning needs will be. So these will be offers for last minute purchase.
Most of the upgrades will involve travel scheduled the next day, although Delta Private Jets said it would have some flights that offer travelers as much as 48 hours’ notice.
Delta has regulatory authority to offer private jet flights to commercial passengers on 160 (domestic) routes.
The company also had to receive Department of Transportation approval for its plans; it is allowed to fly commercial passengers four days per week, Tuesday-Friday, and must submit for review new cities it wants to add
This seems like it’s going to be a rare and limited offering, certainly not something to count on, but a real treat for certain travelers … who may run into problems if they try to expense the upgrade with employers. Still, it’s cheap relative to the cost of private jet travel so some will value the initiative.
Would you pay $300+ to fly private instead of commercial on a short East Coast hop?