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Making the Most of Your First Private Jet Experience: 5 Essential Tips

Is this your first time flying private?

5 Tips for Your First Time Flying on a Private Jet

Why fly private? It’s a seamless and straightforward process from start to finish. You can get a cost estimate within minutes, board your plane within hours, and arrive refreshed and relaxed at your destination—no lengthy lines at the baggage counter or invasive security checks.

And with technological innovations and an uptick in the industry after the global pandemic, private aviation has never been more accessible.

If you’ve never booked a charter, you’re likely wondering: how does flying on a private jet work? Here are five digestible tips to help you prepare for your first time flying on a private jet.

1. Fly on your schedule

Private aviation is all about convenience, luxury, and exclusivity. When you fly with a commercial airline, your itinerary revolves around their schedule. The airline decides when you must arrive at the airport, when you should go through security when you board, and how many connecting flights you must make to reach your destination. It’s an uncomfortable and arduous process with which we’re all too familiar.

But flying doesn’t have to be that way.

When you fly private, you decide when to go wheels up. Whether you’re flying to make an important meeting, skip the morning rush hour, or even just to fit your personal preference, jet charters put you in control of your schedule.

This flexibility also gives you an advantage when making last-minute travel plans. Unlike commercial airline tickets, which should be purchased weeks or months in advance, we can get you in the air with as little as four to six hours' notice. Depending on the flight and the uptick in private aviation availability,

2. Arrive early, but not too early

In private aviation, that doesn’t mean three hours before your flight for international and two hours for domestic.

So, how early should you arrive for your private jet charter? We recommend getting to the private jet terminal or FBO (fixed-base operator) about 30 minutes before your flight. That will give you time to use the facilities and unwind before takeoff. Many FBOs also offer snacks, beverages, and amenities while you wait.

3. Don’t forget your ID

Yes, you still need your documentation when flying private. A government-issued photo ID like your driver’s license will suffice for domestic flights. If you're heading overseas, don’t forget to pack your passport.

Starting May 7, 2025, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says all travelers in the United States will need to show REAL ID-compliant identification before flying.

4. Consider tipping the flight staff

While tips are not expected, they are always appreciated. Unsure how much you should tip? It depends on the role and the service. In general, we recommend tipping:

  • Ground services providers/drivers: $20-$50

  • Line crew/baggage attendants: $20 each

  • Cabin attendant: $100

  • Pilots: $50 each

5. Lean on your Charter Provider

When flying private for the first time, your charter broker is your lifeline.

At Advent Jets, our knowledgeable and friendly staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about your flight, crew, aircraft, itinerary, or anything related to your charter.

Ready to get started?

Call us at 833-444-9494 or to plan your first private jet flight.

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