3 Tips for Traveling on Empty Leg Flights
Leah Walker November 9, 2017

If you’re getting tired of the hustle and bustle of commercial flights, you may be wondering how to find empty leg flights as an alternative. These flights are fantastic because they are available on private jets for commercial airline prices. So it makes sense to look for the best deals possible on one way charter flights.

But how do you find them? That’s the question on everyone’s mind when it comes to taking affordable private jet flights. We’ll provide a number of tips you can immediately put to good use and discover when and where these flights will be available.

Plan Your Trips around Big Conferences

This may not be possible for everyone, but certain locations like Las Vegas and Dallas regularly host trade shows and conferences. If you’re traveling to a destination that hosts big conferences on a fairly consistent basis, try to plan your trip around those dates if possible.

You see, during conferences, many participants will take private jets to get to the event. But the pilot will not have any passengers when he or she flies back to the location they originally took off from. In these situations, an aircraft will be flying without passengers. You can take advantage when there’s an empty leg flight and it is available more often than you would imagine, as long as you’re willing to take the time to find it.

So, do yourself a big favor and plan your trip around a big conference. There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find an empty private charter, but your odds will improve greatly in this scenario.

Be Flexible When Choosing Empty Leg Flights

Flexibility is the name of the game when looking for empty one way flights. Even though private jet flights are mainly about on-demand convenience, when looking for an empty leg flight of this nature, you have to be willing to take what you can get whenever you can get it.

The best way to get one way charters at a low cost is to be flexible in your schedule. Don’t stick to a strict itinerary because having to be at a certain place at a certain time will eliminate your ability to be flexible when choosing your mode of transportation.

If the pilot is flying in the same direction as you are, and her or she has an empty private jet, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to look into their ability to take you along for the ride. The best way to make this happen is to be available to fly whenever the pilots plan their return flight.

Consider Connecting Flights if an Empty Leg Can’t Take You Home

Sometimes a private jet pilot will be going in your direction, but he or she will not be able to take you all the way home because they aren’t landing at that particular airport. In cases like this, it may still be worth it to take the empty leg flight anyway and find a connecting flight at the airport where the pilot drops you off.

The good thing is you have multiple possibilities. You can take the empty charter flight as far as you can go and connect to another commercial flight if that’s your only option. Or you may get lucky enough to find another empty leg flight flying out of the same airport, which you can then catch a ride on that private jet to take the rest of the way home.

Instead of traveling on commercial flights, use these tips to travel in comfort and style on empty leg flights.

Leah Walker

Leah's a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, USA Today 10 Best, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel and wine ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's lived in Paris for three years, and was recently awarded another four with a Passeport Talent visa renewal. Though, her talent for speaking French is abysmal.

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