Here's how to score a private jet for just a fraction of the cost

Just because you're not filthy rich doesn't mean you have to fly like a peasant. In fact, for less than the cost of many first-class tickets, you and a small group can fly in a private jet.

Here's how: Book an empty leg flight on a private jet.

Much like other travel booking sites, Privatefly (the first travel comparison site for private jets) gathers quotes from more than 2,700 competing carriers to offer discounted luxury rides from airports in the US and around the world. The key to the low prices, of course, is that these planes would otherwise be empty when they fly home after dropping off jet-setters.

Though you won't score a $4 flight in a private jet, you will find tickets for around 75 percent less than their original price about two weeks prior to a flight. At the time of publishing, seven seats on a flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Orlando, Florida on Aug. 26 cost $4,500, or just under $643 each (though individual seats aren't for sale). And a flight from Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Aug. 27 costs $10,300 for 7 seats, or a little over $1,471 each.

And the closer to the departure date, the lower the price. 

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"A week prior to the flight, the operator/owner is most likely going to open a bid and sell it to the 'most-generous'", Mehdi Dialmy, Head of the Flight Department, told Thrillist in an email. "A day prior to the flight and without having sold the flight... the operator would pretty much accept any decent offer for a private jet flight!"

Of course, an empty-leg flight only goes one way, so you'll need to make your own way back. But your flight there comes with all the perks of being rich, including more space and privacy. As for food and drink, though, there's plenty on board, and you can even put in special requests.

But, according to Dialmy, the main perk is time.

"The check-in time is only 20-30 minutes before take-off", he said. "If the passengers are late, the plane will wait for them... It's their jet after all!"

Check out upcoming empty legs on PrivateFly right here. There's also an app available to download for free.


Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.