JetSmarter is a brand new private transportation startup that many are calling the Uber of private jets. It is in a sense, but this company’s model is even better. What JetSmarter does so brilliantly is combine three different services into one — free scheduled JetShuttle flights, last-minute JetDeals, and chartered flights — all accessible in a single app.
Let’s start with the free JetShuttle flights because this is absolutely out of this world. You can fly on a private jet, mostly Gulfstream G4s and Challenger 850s, for free on scheduled flights around the country: New York to Florida, Chicago to Los Angeles, San Francisco to New York, Los Angeles to San Francisco, Dallas to Houston, and more. All of those flights, multiple shuttles per week, are totally free for members. That means you can fly on a Gulfstream G4 from New York to Los Angeles every week for a year and not be charged anything.
JetDeals represent another really exciting component of the membership. When charter companies reposition aircraft to pick up charter passengers, that plane flies empty. So, if someone charters a Challenger 300 from White Plains, NY to Nassau, Bahamas and the plane is currently in Miami, it has to fly from Miami to White Plains without any passengers. JetSmarter lets you book that plane for free and bring along companions for free as well.
The third part of the service, traditional charter, is attractive for people who already travel privately, as the service offers wholesale charter prices in a great interface that’s so easy to use.
JetSmarter has a very diverse clientele and members often network during flights. These include executives, celebrities, actors, models, and other A-listers, some of whom allow JetSmarter to notify members about an upcoming flight, offering the ability to fly with them for free. Jaimie Foxx, entrepreneur Daymon John, and actress Emily Ratajkowski are just a few examples of the company’s high-profile members. I’m also a member and brand ambassador for JetSmarter, so you might even run into me on a flight.
“Passengers and celebs will get a lot of networking value,” Sergey Petrossov, JetSmarter’s founder and CEO said in an interview with CNBC. “Friendships and business relationships are created daily between our passengers.”
The membership includes unlimited free JetShuttle flights and is just $9,000 annually, so it definitely isn’t reserved just for the super-wealthy. In fact, it’s not even just a luxury: the company says members who fly regularly save money with the expansive membership package it offers.
JetSmarter has raised more than $50 million from venture capitalists, the Saudi Royal family, Jay-Z and other investors. The company has also started scheduled-free JetShuttle flights in Europe, flying from London to Paris, Paris to Nice, and other locations.
You can download the JetSmarter app on iOS for free here, and can use promo code BGR for $500 in flight credit when you sign up! You can also visit the company’s site at jetsmarter.com