How to Choose Between Commercial and Private Flights
Every year, multitudes of people travel by airplane. They may be going on vacation or honeymoon or traveling purely for business. There’s a lot of variety between the airports and airplanes that are used. Celebrities may travel on luxury planes from smaller airports, whilst families travel on standard commercial flights from larger ones.
Some people decide they don’t want the usual hassles when traveling abroad. Perhaps they have a little extra money or want to celebrate a personal event or landmark. They may even want to have the trip of a lifetime. But should they choose a standard flight or go for something a little different? This article looks at the two options they have available, and the differences between them.
Decide On Price Or Luxury
Standard flights involve paying a fixed fee upfront. People find the journey they want and opt for an available date and time. Once this flight has been booked, all they have to do is pack and look forward to the journey. By way of contrast, charter flights charge by the hour. There’s no denying it: these flights are always more expensive.
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Think About Tickets
People usually book commercial flights well in advance, although they may simply arrive at the airport and wait for the next available one.
The issue of tickets is irrelevant with charter flights, however. They don’t have to be reserved. Travelers simply book a flight by phone or by going online.
Consider Locations And Destinations
Commercial flights usually involve someone having to travel to a major airport, even if it’s a distance away from home. The travel times and potential destinations will be limited.
Charter flights offer the choice of more destinations, although it must be understood that some of these are seasonal. People can choose from domestic or international destinations.
Because charter flights may use general aviation airports as well as major ones, it opens up more choices for travelers. In some cases, this can mean there are ten times more places to consider. People may appreciate using a more local airport and having less traveling time there and back as a result.
What Is Your Attitude To Space?
Standard flights usually involve packed airplanes. The seats are small and there’s not much room for a person to stretch their legs. People are usually squashed next to their neighbors and it can be a nightmare getting in and out of the seats.
After several hours of traveling people often get neck or backache because there’s little space to vary their seating position. If someone pays for first-class travel, however, an improved experience will be received.
Private planes often offer more head and legroom. It can therefore be easier to sleep during the flight. If someone chooses a less popular route, however, it may be that a smaller plane will be selected. In this scenario, the comfort levels are likely to be less.
The Desire For Privacy
When people are all squished together on commercial flights, it can feel like a very public place. People have to be careful of what they say to each other as it’s easy to eavesdrop. If someone pulls out a book to read, there’s a chance the neighbor will be able to see it.
Charter flights are better in this regard. It may be that it’s a business trip and someone needs to read a confidential document. Only other colleagues are likely to be present.
Issues Of Luggage
Commercial flights involve people being limited over their luggage weight. If they want to bring additional things they will need to pay extra. On arrival at the destination, it frequently involves tired people standing in baggage claims areas, waiting for the carousel to start.
Charter flights usually allow people to bring as much baggage as they want, as long as it will fit in the plane and it can cope with the weight. (Travelers are advised to check this out beforehand to make sure). When people arrive at their destination the baggage will be immediately available and the person can travel to their hotel very quickly.
At the end of the day, people need to decide what they want and what they can afford. The safety levels are usually similar for both commercial and charter flights. If a private plane is chosen, however, the experience is likely to be more comfortable, professional, and private.
JR Dominguez is the technology, finance and music editor for MiLLENNiAL. When he's not writing, you can find him day-trading stocks, playing video games, or composing commercial scores.