Charter flights can save you the hassles of getting regular flights. If you don’t see yourself spending on a first-class commercial flight and still seated with strangers on a plane, flying chartered may be the best option for you.
Unless you know someone who offers these services directly, you may have to resort to charter broker companies to find you the right aircraft and prices.
That, of course, becomes a new issue altogether.
While prices and comfort are key factors for your flight, you also need to think of your security. If you’re looking for your first charter travel, be careful. This flight may be your first and worst comes to worst, last.
So while planning your trip, remember these five steps in finding a reliable charter flight broker.
1. Airport Preference
Airport preference makes it to number one on my list because let’s face it; you’re renting a private charter for your convenience.
While a company’s offers are tempting, you have to make sure they can cater to your preferred airport. Some companies can only service limited areas.
2. Check Business Practices
It is always best if a company is connected with or supported by reputable affiliations. When flying, safety is your number one issue while comfort and prices come next.
Verify if your broker is recommended. It pays more to have reliable service.
3. Don’t Base it on Price, Do Your Homework
While price is also an issue you need to address, do not just settle with a company because its deals are tempting.
Look around and see the average price usually charged for your desired trip. Stay around that price. Not too high, not too low.
You’ll know honest brokers once they lay their cards on the line. If you know how much you should be charged for, then you know if they’re asking too much.
Should they charge way too less, verify the services you would be getting. Check who will pilot the plane or what aircraft will be used.
Promos are good but not in return for your life.
4. Safety and Customer Service Standards
Knock on wood. If something goes wrong on your flight, what will be the process? If you need to check your schedule or make additional arrangements, who should you call?
Things like these should be considered, too. An honest and reliable broker can give you straightforward answers immediately.
Ask around. Seek your friends’ advice or look for recommended services on the net. It is better to have some proven track record before you book any flight.
So there goes my list in finding a charter company you can trust.