Tips for First-Time Private Jet Fliers

Tips for First-Time Private Jet Fliers

By Ricky Gomulka

Updated January 4, 2023

Fact Checked By Kevin Bales

Flying private is the best way to travel, whether it’s for business or for a vacation. Private jets offer much more comfort and luxury than flying commercial. Additionally, they can get you to your destination faster because you don’t have to worry about layovers. If this is your first time flying on a private jet, however, it’s a good idea to know what to expect ahead of time. Follow these tips to make sure that your first private jet charter experience is a good one.

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Tip #1: Arrive Early for Your Flight

In general, a private jet charter departs on your schedule rather than an airline’s schedule. You don’t have to arrive hours ahead of time in order to go through security and then wait for ages at your gate. You should still arrive early, however. It’s recommended that you show up 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time out of courtesy and respect for the crew and pilot as well as any other passengers you’re traveling with.

Before flying private for the first time, familiarize yourself with luggage policies, as they can vary. Dress comfortably but keep it classy, and arrive at the terminal 15-30 minutes early to avoid delays.

Tip #2: Don’t Pack Too Much

One of the benefits of flying privately is that it’s easier to transport fragile items. You may also be able to bring more with you than you could when flying commercial. However, there is a limit to the cargo space on even a private jet. You may have to share that space with anyone else you’re traveling with. Plus, if your private jet is a smaller aircraft, there won’t be a lot of cargo space at all. It’s best to avoid overpacking, especially if you’re going on vacation and may want to bring purchases back with you.

Tip #3: Plan Ahead with Special Requests

If you have certain requests for food or entertainment, make sure to ask the concierge to arrange it as soon as possible. Private jet charter companies try their best to accommodate requests passengers make, but if you wait to ask for something until you’re already on the aircraft, then chances are high that the crew won’t be able to comply. They just won’t have the resources to fulfill your request.

Prepare for your first private jet flight by understanding specific jet etiquettes like tipping policies, which are not mandatory but appreciated for exceptional service. Also, consider your catering needs in advance to enhance your flight experience.

Tip #4: Bring Your ID and/or Passport

You don’t have to go through any TSA security checkpoints when you fly private, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need to be able to identify yourself. You’ll need to prove that you are the one who booked and paid for your flight as well as go through a security check before you get on the plane. This is for your protection as well as that of the pilot and crew. You’ll need to make sure you’ve got your passport if you’re flying to an international destination.

First-time private jet travelers should communicate their preferences and requirements to the flight crew or concierge services for a tailored flying experience. This includes meal preferences, desired privacy levels, and any special occasion celebrations.

Tip #5:Avoid High-Density Airports

Private jets have many more options for landing than commercial planes do. When you fly privately, you can choose smaller regional airports that are closer to your destination instead of having to fly in and out of the busy commercial airport. This will save you time in multiple ways. Not only do you arrive closer to your destination but you can also take off and land faster because you won’t have to wait to use a runway.


Flying private is an experience that not many people have access to. For that reason, it’s important to make the best of it, whether you’re a guest of someone or are switching over to private flights for all of your future travel. Follow the above tips to get started the right way.

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