There’s no doubt that right now, travelers are concerned about safety. In fact, may apprehensive travelers are opting out of flying commercial, and instead, choosing to fly on private jet. Enter Jet Linx. This award-winning private-jet company not only offers exceptional air service and safety — but it has just launched a new program to offer super special services that take you right from the plane – to your luxury hotel – with an amazing set of perks.
It’s called the Jet Linx Elevated Lifestyle Preferred Hotel Program and it provides clients with unparalleled access to some of the world’s finest hotels – in addition to exclusive benefits, special amenities, preferred rates and more – to make traveling as easy, luxurious and safe as possible. In partnership with luxury travel agency EMBARK Beyond, the Program launched with nearly 50 world-class hotels in more than 10 nations across the world, including:
Jet Linx also has “Elevated Lifestyle” members that include a vast network of partners in travel, transportation, libations and cuisine, golf, health and wellness, and fashion – and beyond. They include such renowned places as the Cleveland Clinic and Canyon Ranch Spa (one of the world’s best spas, in my humble opinion), and companies such as Hennessy (cognac), Petrossian (caviar), Revo (sunglasses) and Tom James (custom clothing). All of these luxury partners offer special deals and discounts to Jet Linx’ Jet Card members.
But back to the posh hotel perks. These include benefits and amenities such as complimentary booking assistance for your stay, preferred rates, complimentary amenities such as daily breakfast and WiFi, complimentary upgrades and roundtrip transfers to/from the nearest private airport (among others). Wouldn’t you love to travel on a private jet, and then experience all the wonders of a world-class five-star hotel after you are safely transported there by air and by car? Who wouldn’t?
Jamie Walker, the President and CEO of Jet Linx, granted me an exclusive interview, to explain all about Jet Linx, what makes it special, unique and different, and how the just-debuted Plane To Pillow program works.
He told me that many private-jet companies simply gas up at FBO’s – Fixed-Base Operations – which he described as being no-frills operations that are sorely lacking in customer service. But with Jet Linx, you get the advantages of an array of their own dedicated private terminals, along with the services of a local airplane pilot, a local concierge, and a local phone number that you can call if you need it – no 800-numbers to be found anywhere. “It’s an elevated experience,” Mr. Walker told me. For example, just a year ago Jet Linx opened its private terminal at Teterboro Airport, which is only 20 minutes from Manhattan. Said Mr. Walker: “In an industry defined by exorbitant sponsorships and supported by 800-numbers, and floating fleets, we have taken a different approach. We’ve chosen to invest in personalizing the experience rather than commercializing it.”
Currently, Jet Linx has 19 private terminals around the USA, although it flys to all international destinations including China, Europe, and Africa. It operates 100 airplanes 365 days a year, and “We serve you from the place you call home,” he says.
All it takes is membership — “It’s like joining a country club,” he said, citing the $17,500 Jet Card membership fee. But it guarantees you availability of a light, mid-size or heavy jet, with no minimum hours and no deposit. The hourly rate is pay-as-you-go, Mr. Walker told me, with a light jet costing about $4,000 an hour, and a heavier jet about $8,000 per hour. For example, you could fly out of Teterboro Airport in New York, and head right into Pittsfield, Mass., Municipal Airport, if you were to visit the Canyon Ranch spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. It’s that easy. You’re just bound to have a bespoke trip!
One truly exceptional service that the Plane-To-Pillow program offers is a personal connection to the General Manager at your hotel. Now, I’ve been in the Travel industry for more than 30 years, and if you don’t know this already, it’s time you found out: Access to and a personal introduction to your hotel’s General Manager makes a huge difference in your stay. It’s like night and day when you have the top guy (or gal) apprised of your arrival, and what you may need or want. It makes an average stay – totally extra special, with even more intuitive service that world-famous hotels are known for.
It also appears to be safer to fly on a private-jet operation, than going commercial. To safeguard the health of its crew members and clients, Jet Linx also began treating all of its aircraft and facilities nationwide with the BIOPROTECTUs™ System by ViaClean Technologies in March 2020. Jet Linx is the first and only operator in the worldwide aviation industry to utilize the BIOPROTECTUs™ System, which encompasses an array of EPA registered and FDA-compliant technologies that disinfect surfaces and inhibit the growth and spread of problematic bacteria, fungi, algae, mold and viruses, providing long-term antimicrobial protection for 90-days. Recent studies by two Centers of Excellence of the Global Virus Network (GVN) have proven the product’s efficacy against SARS-COV-2 for more than six weeks.
Jet Linx is also be the first company in the aviation industry to install BIOPROTECT™ Hand Purifier dispensers in each of its 19 private Base terminals and offer BIOPROTECT™ Hand Purifier inflight on its fleet of jet aircraft.
Jet Linx is an IS-BAO Stage 3, ARGUS Platinum, and Wyvern Wingman safety-rated operator — a trio/Trifecta of safety accomplishments earned by less than one percent of all aircraft operators in the world.
“Jet Linx continues to set new standards for private aviation, from our safety initiatives to Five-Star service, and this groundbreaking Program is no different,” said Mr. Walker. “It is an honor to provide our clients with exclusive access to some of the world’s most coveted properties, as well as complimentary booking assistance, to deliver a truly seamless travel experience. By bridging private aviation and hospitality we look forward to introducing our clients to these sought-after destinations.”
Jet Linx is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska and has base locations in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Omaha, San Antonio, Scottsdale, St Louis, Tulsa and Washington D.C.
Now get out your passport and have some fun!
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