Summer Flying Secrets

The Summer is a busy travel season in the USA with many of the airports filled to the rafters with thousands of eager travelers. Here are some secrets that may help you find summer travel a little bit easier and more relaxing.

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1. Private Jet Charter

Private Jet Charter is not as expensive as you think it might be. This is the undisputed best way to avoid the clamor and congestion of stuffed big airports. Not only that, private jets can take you to many off-the-beaten-path destinations that are generally near to commercial airports. The reasons for travelling with private jet charter in the Summer are multiple and of course for your travel needs, we suggest ElJet Private Jet Charter.

2. TSA Pre-Check

TSA security lines are a necessary part of flying to keep all the passengers safe. If you are going to be flying with commercial airlines it would be in your best interests to get TSA Pre-Check. This will help you move through security a lot quicker and avoid a long line. Most people agree that the hardest part of travel is actually getting through the airport to the plane, TSA Pre-Check eliminates one of these obstacles.

3. Try Something Different

If you are headed to a destination that everybody is headed to then chances are that you are going to experience a lot of airline travel congestion. If you choose something a little different, a little alternative then you will find that your air route may be less congested, this will contribute to a better travel experience no doubt.

4. Travel Light

If you can, avoid having checked baggage on commercial flights in the Summer. Commercial flying is significantly slower with checked bags. If you need your bags then there is not much of an alternative but if you can avoid checked baggage, then do so. I have even heard of people with good shipping options, using UPS and FedEx to send their bags, think about it!

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BedBox by JetKids Full Review

I was initially intrigued by the BedBox by JetKids as it was something that potentially would have made my life a lot easier.

I was bound for a 30 hour trip from Los Angeles to Johannesburg at the end of May and decided to give the BedBox a try without hearsay but with a real hands-0n experience.

The results were great and I would strongly vouch for any person making a long haul flight with little kids to purchase themselves a BedBox by JetKids.

Here are all the reasons why:

1. Allowed My Child to Sleep

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There is no doubt that the primary purpose of a BedBox is to let a child sleep comfortably on the plane and BedBox by JetKids checked that box. Once my child was asleep somewhere over Zimbabwe, the BedBox allowed him to sleep until somewhere over Paris. This was on the Johannesburg to London route. The BedBox will not put your child to sleep, it will however allow them to rest comfortably once they are asleep.

2. Allowed my Child to Play

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The extension of the seating area that BedBox affords was one of the greatest assets. It allowed us to pull out toys, games and books for my child to play without the toys constantly falling on the floor. We were able to give crayons and a coloring book and it really did provide a great little play area with little fuss.

3. Stored on Plane very Easily

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BedBox by JetKids was very easy to store under the seat when not in use. It is sturdy and could be a comfy foot rest even when you don’t set up the actual BedBox.

4. Great for Packing

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There was no shortage of space when it came to packing the BedBox. Even with the mattress and side panels, there was ample room to pack diapers and wipes. Enough diapers and wipes to last us a week. The sturdiness of the case really feels high quality.

5. Easy to Set-Up and Pack Away

The BedBox is super simple to set-up. I am not particularly savvy when it comes to the set-up for such stuff but the BedBox was a breeze, flip the lid and you are pretty much good to go. Pack up was also very easy and it stored back beautifully. This was really positive from the BedBox.

6. Fun-to-Ride

My son had a great time riding the BedBox. With younger kids I would advise extreme caution. I found this to be more of a novelty with the BedBox as opposed to a practical mode of transport. Perhaps with an older child 5 or maybe even 6 years old, this could be a practical mode of moving around the airport.

Overall

The BedBox was a great benefit on my trip. After doing 60 hours of travel, it still looks as good as new and is in tip-top condition and I did not treat it with any particular care (although I probably should have). There is no doubt that the BedBox will only be of benefit to people travelling with children.

 

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Staying Calm When Travelling

Travelling especially air travel can be quite stressful for a lot of people.

There are ways that a person can calm themselves before travel with some simple steps.

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The Flight Deck

  1. Arrive Early

Time is your friend when you travel. Being there on time will give you ample opportunity to find the gate and terminal and even leave some leeway for getting a little bit lost without stress.

2. Plan

Many people feel that in the age of Google, planning is over rated. Particularly for people who tend to be anxious or stress there is no replacement for planning. Plan your mode of transport to and from the airport. Have a notebook with all your contacts that are important. Yes, you can store them on your phone but phones are dependent on power sources, a paper will be with you no matter what.

3. Pack Essentials in Carry-On Bag

Don’t go overboard with this but if you have worries about your luggage being lost then pack everything that is absolutely essential to you in a bag that will be with you at all times. Don’t go scrounging around the house looking for what may be essentially necessary to you, have a pre made list and check the list off as you put the items in the bag. Anxiety comes from the sense that there are many variables that are not in a person’s control, be meticulous to ensure that you are in control of as many things as possible.

4. Focus on your Reason for Travel

If the reason you are travelling is a valid one then your need to travel is validated. Book a flight that gets you into your destination with enough time before you are needed there to rest up and get back to yourself. Air travel is far more reliable then people give it credit for.

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Are the skies more unfriendly?

Let’s be honest. It has not been a good season for commercial flying companies. Altercations, scuffles and all sorts of other unfriendly interactions have seemed to become a weekly occurrence.

Are the skies really that unfriendly?

What are the factors that have led to this:

  1. Overbooked Flights

There is no doubt that the airlines are overbooking the flights more than they did. However, at first glance this is helping keep costs of flying down. This problem is no doubt compounded when there are weather flight cancellations. So while customers complain about overbooked flights they have to bear in mind that overbooked flights keeps the cost of flying down.

2. Social Media

Everyone can be a journalist. We have voice recorders and cameras at the ready every moment of the day. We can record anything and within seconds it is out there for the world to see. The proliferation of such media has no doubt had an impact on the amount of airline issues that have started filtering to the masses. This is not an excuse to airlines that are conducting themselves improperly but with a little bit of video cut here and a little bit of video paste there, the boundaries of truth can be pushed and blurred. Once again, violence by airlines and their support staff should be publicized and necessary repercussions handed down but this is for sure a factor.

3. Passenger Impatience

The airline industry bears the brunt of the customer is king attitude more than many or most industries. We live our lives at a rapid and instant pace and we expect things to be done with rapidity. Air travel is by and large similar in time to the way it was 10 and 20 years ago. If anything, it has become slower with more lines and delays. This no doubt frustrates people to the point where they are prone to act out.

The simple solution is to fly with ElJet Private Jet Charter.

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BedBox by JetKids Review

Long haul flights are really the epitome of tough travel for many passengers but few could argue that parents with little kids have it the toughest on long haul flights.

Is the BedBox by JetKids the ultimate solution?

Take a look:

Here are some of the pros and cons of this suitcase turned sleeping bed:

Pro #1.

It is not designed as a makeshift afterthought type of item, it really is built to fit a regular seat in Economy. This means that it will dramatically increase the chances of your child getting some sleep on a long haul flight.

Con #1

The price. It really does cost a lot of money. The cost of manufacturing is probably high but at around 200 dollars after shipping to the USA, most flyers will take a long thought before buying the BedBox by JetKids.

Pro #2

If you set it up it will allow your child to lay out all their toys and snacks without them falling over the floor and rolling all over the plane. It does provide considerable more space and comfort even if it does not serve the primary use of giving your child a restful night.

Con #2

It needs to be stowed during take-off, landing and turbulence. Now there is scantly nothing worse in the entire world than having to wake a sleeping child on a flight. While this may be an impossible hurdle for the BedBox by JetKids to get over, it is certainly a con.

Pro #3

The suitcase feature really does make the BedBox versatile. There is enough room to fit diapers, wipes and snacks so that is a huge plus.

Con #3

Buyers have expressed concern over the quality of the material used for the BedBox does not match its hefty price tag. One would hope that a product like this would be a hand-me-down for generations, as it addresses an issue that will be around for ages.

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Landing Before I Leave

One of the questions we get very often at the ElJet Private Jet Charter Blog is: Can I land in one destination before I leave another?

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The answer to this is of course a technical one based on playing with the dateline and time changes. As of yet no airline company or airplane manufacturer has successfully manufactured a time travel machine. However, there still is a certain thrill of landing before you took off, so to speak.

The easiest way to do that is of course to fly from Australia to Los Angeles. When flying from Sydney to Los Angeles you generally land about 3 hours earlier than you took off. This does lead to some issues with people who book continuing flights. Ensure that you book a continuing flight the same day as you actually take off and do not add a day. This leads to the interesting scenario where you technically can board your second flight before you board your first flight. This is indeed a possibility.

This is only a small time difference. If you fly from Seoul to Honolulu you can gain a good 10 hours. For example, if the Seoul flight takes off at 7 PM on Monday, you will land in Honolulu at 9 AM, the same Monday.

What about locally in the USA. Is it possible to schedule a trip in the USA and land before you take-off?

If you take a very short trip across various USA time zones than this would indeed be possible. If this is something on your thrill and bucket list then you will have to get a private jet charter as there is no major commercial flight that gets you in before you leave.

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Big City Private Jet Alternates

The 2 biggest cities in the Unites States of America are by far New York and Los Angeles. These cities are very different from one another but they do share a lot in common. With so many people living in New York and Los Angeles, it creates commuter transportation havoc. Not only on the busy roads of Manhattan or Hollywood but it also creates a huge amount of airport congestion.

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There is little solution to the airport congestion there is a solution though to avoiding the busy airports. New York has 3 very busy airports, although one is situated in New Jersey it is still a very close access point to New York and Manhattan in particular. The 3 airports are JFK, La Guardia and Newark. Los Angeles has the very famous and very busy LAX.

A-listers, celebrities, high level politicians and businessmen of note have been avoiding these airports for years. They have been avoiding these airports by flying private jet charter into smaller airports with similar or just-as-good access points to Los Angeles and New York City.

The best option for flying into New York City with private jet charter is to request a flight that lands in Teterboro. Teterboro is brilliantly placed to give a busy person or a person who seeks utmost privacy, quick and easy access to all 5 boroughs of New York City.

The best alternative for accessing Los Angeles while avoiding LAX is to fly into Van Nuys Airport. Van Nuys is extremely close to Hollywood, perhaps even closer than LAX and gives travelers superb access to downtown Los Angeles and Burbank.

For service to or from Teterboro or Van Nuys airport you should get in touch with ElJet. ElJet maintains exclusive relationships with Teterboro and Van Nuys jet owners to ensure passengers get the best planes at the best prices.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Flying

One of the biggest failures in recent technological times has been the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Here is something for you to ponder though:

How would they tell if somebody boarded a flight with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7?

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The most obvious way would be when the person goes through security. Now, it is probably obvious when going through security that a cell phone is a cell phone but how is it possible to tell what kind of cell phone it is. Secondly, are security personnel specifically searching for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones? If they are not then how would a person carrying a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone be stopped from bringing it on the plane.

Samsung have taken steps that as soon as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 upgrades it immediately goes dead. But there is probably still a few people who do have that phone and therefore this is a real and pertinent question.

There are a few things to take note of with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ban. The ban does not only pertain to carrying the Note 7 phone on the plane with you but you cannot even have the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in your checked luggage. This raises the question again, unless they hand sift through every piece of checked luggage how would they stop this type of phone from getting on the plane?

It is worth considering that the ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from flying is actually a federal ban. This definitely raises the punishment that will be meted out for those that ignore the ban. Possibly even criminal charges along with hefty fines.

Perhaps the deterrent is so strong that people simply will not carry the phones on the planes but unless the flyer takes the phone out, it remains unclear as to how a person with such a phone would actually be outed.

 

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Things You Should Do Before Flying

You can book with private jet charter and most things will be taken care of for you. If you are flying with regular commercial air travel, here are some unconventional things that you can do that may enhance your flight experience.

1. Check Your Flights Inbound Flight

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Everyone knows that they need to check if there flight is on time or their flight is delayed but there is something more that you can do and it is probably even more important than checking if YOUR flight is on time. You should be checking if the plane that you will be flying on is on time. This is called your in-bound flight. If your inbound flight is running late then there is still a chance that another aircraft will be used for your flight but this is usually unlikely. There are many websites that allow you to check the inbound flight but you can also do things like calling your carrier and they will give you the information.

2. Ensure you are registered with the frequent flyer program

Many people will have a particular frequent flyer program. This means that if they fly a different commercial airline they are not necessarily registered for the frequent flyer program. Even if you do not intend to travel with that carrier too often, it is still worthwhile signing up to their frequent flyer program. The points add up and not necessarily do you have to amass a lot of points for free travel tickets but these programs usually have many other great things that can be bought with these points.

3. Check Private Jet Charter Rates

If you are looking for business or first class tickets in a short space of time then you should look at private jet charter options. With empty leg and dead leg flight availability, you can often find very competitive private jet charter rates.

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Maho Beach St. Maarten

It is not the most pristine beach in the world but it is definitely a plane fanatics favorite beach in the world. Maho Beach in St. Maarten sits at the end of the runway at the Princess Julianna International Airport.

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There used to be a once a day tradition in St. Maarten where people used to flock to Maho Beach to watch KLM’s 747 make its landing. It was a must see St. Maarten staple. KLM stopped flying their 747 into St. Maarten as of October 2016. There are still great flying spectacles as Air France make their landing with their Airbus or other large aircraft from multiple destinations.

It also makes for quite a spectacular landing if you are on one of these planes as you come into St. Maarten. The thrill of flying in just inches above the sunbathers and sea surfers is quite exhilarating.

For pilot’s though, the landing in St. Maarten is known to be one of the tougher landings. The runway sits in unusually close proximity to where the fence cordoning of the beach ends.

Youtube is inundated with many video’s of sunbathing thrill seekers who have witnessed the flying fanatics dream of Maho Beach.

St. Maarten itself is a gorgeous island with a blend of party life and sophistication. St. Maarten is also Saint Martin. No need to be confused. It is simply one island that is separated into two halves. One half is owned by the Dutch and the other half is owned by the French. It has many casino’s, great accommodations and many great fine dining spots.

St. Maarten is less than 2 hour flight from Miami and is a great access point to many other great Caribbean islands.

For all your St. Maarten Private Jet charter needs speak to an ElJet private jet charter agent.

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