Thousands of flights canceled again as snowstorms and omicron wreak havoc
Rolling flight cancellations continued into the new year as more than 2,100 flights to, from and within the U.S. were canceled on Monday. The cancellations came as a winter storm slammed into the mid-Atlantic and staffing issues linked to the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 continued to plague U.S. carriers. Preemptive cancellations were …The cancellations came as a winter storm slammed into the mid-Atlantic and staffing issues linked to the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 continued to plague U.S. carriers. Preemptive cancellations were extended into Wednesday, underscoring the likely longevity of the disruptions that have been near-constant since Christmas Eve.
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If you ever feel the urge to search for private jet charters online, there’s a good chance you’ll come across Jettly. It’s essentially the Kayak of private jet flights.
Jettly is an “open marketplace” private aviation booking platform that connects passengers directly to charter operators — no brokers or other middlemen. You can search for flights online and instantly get quotes from over 1,500 operators worldwide. You can even filter searches by aircraft type, safety ratings, inflight amenities and more. Better yet, this direct-to-consumer model means no hidden fees and there are no minimum deposits for memberships.
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We put the age-old debate to rest.“The notion that there’s a single best day and time to buy tickets to get a good deal is a myth that simply refuses to die,” says Willis Orlando, senior product operations specialist at Scott’s Cheap Flights. The reason it’s so persistent, Orlando explains, is that this concept used to be true decades ago when airline employees would update prices every week, meaning that savvy passengers could snag deals by booking right after those updates. But “the fact of the matter is this is just not how things work anymore, and it hasn’t been for a long time,” Orlando says.
Now, the company wants to expand its services. In an exclusive interview with TPG, Jettly CEO Justin Crabbe revealed that the company applied to become a Part 135 operator so that it could start selling seats on shared charters, in addition to traditional private jet charters.
“With demand for private air travel at unprecedented levels worldwide coupled with the seemingly ever-increasing inconveniences associated with commercial air travel, the opportunity has never been greater to transition to a democratized solution providing the masses with convenient access to private aircraft and private air travel at attractive prices,” Crabbe told TPG.
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Disney deal: Nonstop flights servicing Orlando and LA for less than $170
Calling all Disney fans for this magical deal alert: With flights from Orlando to Los Angeles and vice versa, you can visit both Disney World and Disneyland in a single round trip. Fly from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Orlando International Airport (MCO) for as little as $168, or start in MCO and fly …Fly from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Orlando International Airport (MCO) for as little as $168, or start in MCO and fly to LAX, starting at $178, depending on the airline.
Semiprivate flights are nothing new. In fact, they’ve become quite popular in recent years with a number of companies offering “private” flights by the seat, including Aero, Blade, JSX, XO, Wheels Up and more. Some are more glamorous than others, but the concept is the same for each: Enjoy the comfort and convenience of private jet travel but at significantly lower prices by sharing the plane (and subsequently the cost) with strangers. The biggest passenger-facing implications of flying under Part 135 regulations are that there can be up to 30 seats and flights are allowed to operate out of private terminals.
In explaining the new offering to TPG, Crabbe told us, “Jettly will apply the same social, sharing economy approach to private air travel, enabling travelers to capitalize on available seats on existing flights — or create a flight of their own and crowdsource the seats they don’t need, to the rest of the Jettly community.”
You Can Still Get a Good Flight Deal This Year—Here’s How
Photo by Fabio tomat/Shutterstock Icelandic carrier Play is one of several low-cost carriers offering more affordable flights to Europe. Consumers reading the latest headlines about airfares skyrocketing—due to a combination of heightened demand for travel as pandemic concerns ease and rising fuel costs—might assume that they’ve lost their chance to grab a good deal on flights this year. They aren’t wrong to worry. Booking app Hopper predicts that domestic airfares will average $360 round-trip by May, up from $235 at the start of 2022. International tickets will top out at $940 on average in June, up from $650 in January, Hopper says.
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The most popular routes for semiprivate flights today are between New York and South Florida, so that’s where Jettly would launch its shared service — along with some shorter routes within the Northeast. Seats on these flights usually range between $2,000 and $3,000 with Blade and XO, but Jettly hopes to shave a couple of hundred dollars off by continuing to offer “wholesale prices” to by-the-seat customers.
Crabbe explained that customers should expect to pay the true per-seat cost as if they were chartering the entire jet. Meanwhile, competitors generally charge customers a premium for booking shared flights.
Jettly also hopes to cut costs by using smaller, more economical planes for shared flights. For instance, Crabbe is a fan of Cirrus’ Vision Jet G2+. It can accommodate up to five adults — one being the pilot — and has a range of up to 1,467 miles.
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Greece deal alert: Flights from New York and DC starting under $500 round-trip
Flights to Greece for the spring and fall are on sale now. So if you’ve been thinking about visiting the country’s numerous historical sites or relaxing on one of its immaculate beaches, this is a great time to search for flights. Some flights are more than 50% off normal prices, so these are truly good …Some flights are more than 50% off normal prices, so these are truly good deals. Almost all the flights we found at the best prices included a layover, and while there are good prices in May and June, the widest selection of sale prices was for travel near the end of the year.
As of now, the plan is for Jettly to rely on its network of over 20,000 partner aircraft for shared flights rather than actually acquire its own, dedicated fleet.
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As is the case today, you won’t need a membership to book shared flights. That said, it will likely make sense to get one since they generally offset the 10% nonmember booking fee.
Memberships start at $370 per month and, unlike most other private jet membership programs, can be canceled at any time. Paid members also get a range of other perks, including the opportunity to participate in Jettly’s loyalty program Jet Miles, onboard catering credits, free Uber Black transfers and more. That said, all Jettly customers have access to the same flight availability, regardless of whether you’re a paid member or not.
Although the pandemic fueled a surge in demand for private air travel, Crabbe is confident that the demand is here to stay. Crabbe shared that Jettly currently sits between 15,000 to 20,000 requested flights each month. During the December holiday rush, it received as many as 3,000 requests in a single day.
Flights to Turks and Caicos and Dominican Republic for $300
Let’s start this week off with a fresh deal alert to the Caribbean, with the majority of these round-trip flights less than $300 to both Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic, from select U.S. cities. There is wide availability departing to both destinations from all three New York City airports. For more TPG news …There is wide availability departing to both destinations from all three New York City airports.
“There’s no shortage in demand,” Crabbe explained. “There’s just a shortage of aircraft.”
If all goes according to plan and there are no delays with the Part 135 approval process, Jettly’s shared service should launch by December of this year.
“We’re all very excited as we enter this next chapter and believe the next few years will continue to show tremendous growth for the company both here in North America and abroad,” Crabbe said.
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