Empty Leg Flights – Cheap Charter Flights And How You Can Get Them

One of the questions we get from people is what are “empty leg flights”?

In the next few minutes, I’m going to explain what empty leg flights are, how they work and why it could be a great way for you to get cheap private jet flights.

In the next few minutes, I’m going to explain what empty leg flights are, how they work and why it could be a great way for you to get cheap private jet flights.

What are “empty leg flights”?

An empty leg flight is when a private jet offers an empty part of the flight at a significant discount, in order to avoid flying without passengers.

A private jet may fly empty when it needs to reposition itself for its next customer or to return to its “home” base after dropping off a customer at their destination.

To avoid flying empty, the operator will offer the “empty leg” part of the trip at a significant discount.

Another reason that private jets might fly empty is because at certain times the majority of the travelers are heading one way for a holiday, special event or due to seasonality.

As an example, if you needed to fly from Aspen to NY the day before Christmas, you’d have a ton of empty legs to choose from

Because the majority of travelers are flying to the mountains for the holidays, instead of away from it – this actually leaves most planes sitting in Aspen with no “return” passengers.

When these scenarios happen, flight operators would rather offer you a steep discount than to fly their plane empty and get nothing for it.

Exterior & Interior of jet available for empty leg flights

What are “empty leg flights”?

An empty leg flight is when a private jet offers an empty part of the flight at a significant discount, in order to avoid flying without passengers.

A private jet may fly empty when it needs to reposition itself for its next customer or to return to its “home” base after dropping off a customer at their destination.

To avoid flying empty, the operator will offer the “empty leg” part of the trip at a significant discount.

Another reason that private jets might fly empty is because at certain times the majority of the travelers are heading one way for a holiday, special event or due to seasonality.

As an example, if you needed to fly from Aspen to NY the day before Christmas, you’d have a ton of empty legs to choose from

Because the majority of travelers are flying to the mountains for the holidays, instead of away from it – this actually leaves most planes sitting in Aspen with no “return” passengers.

When these scenarios happen, flight operators would rather offer you a steep discount than to fly their plane empty and get nothing for it.

Exterior & Interior of jet available for empty leg flights
Empty leg flight Insider

How much can you save with empty leg flights?

You can save a lot.

Travelers have received as much as an 80% discount on these private jet flights and paying way less than what they would normally pay because the flight is considered an “empty leg flight”.

Sometimes you can even get a heavy jet (Gulfstream or Falcon) for less than the price of a midsize or light jet.

Why empty leg charter flights are not for everyone…

If you search Google hard enough and long enough for empty leg flights in the USA or empty leg jet charters, you might be able to save as much as 80% off retail rates.

However, most people don’t want to spend that time researching to find cheap private jet flights.

These cheap private jet flights also come on a short notice and go very fast which means you must be decisive and book it when you see a flight that aligns with your travels.

Understand that the flight is also non-cancellable once you book, so you must also be flexible in your travels and make sure that the specific route and time is what you want.

The fact that empty leg flights often don’t become available until the last minute and are typically non-cancellable deters a lot of people from looking for cheap charter flights.

Yet, those reasons are also why some travelers are able to save as much as 80% off retail rates.

Why empty leg charter flights are not for everyone…

If you search Google hard enough and long enough for empty leg flights in the USA or empty leg jet charters, you might be able to save as much as 80% off retail rates.

However, most people don’t want to spend that time researching to find cheap private jet flights.

These cheap private jet flights also come on a short notice and go very fast which means you must be decisive and book it when you see a flight that aligns with your travels.

Understand that the flight is also non-cancellable once you book, so you must also be flexible in your travels and make sure that the specific route and time is what you want.

The fact that empty leg flights often don’t become available until the last minute and are typically non-cancellable deters a lot of people from looking for cheap charter flights.

Yet, those reasons are also why some travelers are able to save as much as 80% off retail rates.

How to find empty leg flights…

Finding these flights yourself can be tricky because these aren’t “on-demand” flights where you can just book it when you need a private jet.

You must know how to find them as soon as they become available, instead of getting the “leftovers”.

There are also websites that will list the prices of empty leg jet charters. You want to avoid those.

How good can an empty leg private jet deal be when it’s posted online for everyone and the entire public to see?

The best charter flight and private jet flight deals aren’t made available to the public.

Instead, they are reserved for Insiders.

I’ve flown with Ventura Air Services, and so have some of my clients. We all agree that Ventura provides excellent service.

Jonathan Blattmachr, Esq.Partner Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP

Ventura’s customer service takes incredible care of our clients. They have made it so easy we have decided to use them as our exclusive charter provider.

Mathew "Chewy" SmithPartner CID Entertainment

Privacy is important to my clients. I recommend Ventura’s charter services to all my clients because they are fast, safe, reliable and discreet.

Joe SchrankCEO C² The Core Company
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