Private Jet Membership

It only took one trip for George to cover his annual fee

Sign-up fees are common with private jet programs in the United States, but the concept is less common or proven in Australia. This article helps explain what it is, why we have it in place, and how it enables our value-driven occupied hourly rate.

Our Access by Airly program comes with an annual fee of $9,950 for two card holders.

For those who aren’t familiar with private, or perhaps have only chartered once or twice in the past, this can feel like quite a charge for no immediate product or service.

The reason the annual fee exists is to help smooth and flatten the fixed costs involved in operating, positioning, and making available six premium Cessna Citation Mustang jets for card holders. This enables us to deliver a consistent and low occupied hourly rate by reducing and removing unexpected operating costs caused by factors such as repositioning, holding, taxiing, and delays.

Additionally, the annual fee contributes to ensuring the highest quality service providers, operators, pilots, building an incredible team, and being able to update our platform on a regular basis.

So when real-world Access cardholder George was in the process of signing up, he also had some reservations about the annual fee. However, the fact that he was planning to fly 5-8 times a year made the cost savings compelling.

How soon did George make back his annual fee in savings?

Despite traveling mostly for business, George first utilised his Access by Airly card in taking his family to Byron Bay for a five-night holiday.

To charter, it would have cost him $20,500 return for a similar size jet.

Under Access by Airly, George paid $10,387 return, immediately saving him more than the annual fee he paid.

On average, our card holders make their annual fee back by the second or third trip – and that’s not including all the additional value the program provides outside of competitive flight pricing:

  • Six jets available to you on the east coast – no other provider can provide such coverage;
  • The most consumer-friendly booking, cancellation, and change terms;
  • No positioning fees or overnight fees; and,
  • A consistent and predictable experience

How does ACCESS by Airly compare financially?

Warren Buffet once famously said “Price is what you pay – value is what you get.” 

Let’s apply this to Victoria’s travel options from Sydney to Thredbo, for herself and her two children, and compare ACCESS by Airly to both commercial and charter options from a value perspective.

ACCESS by Airly:

  • ACCESS by Airly: $9,950 annual fee (assume 10 flights per year): $995 amortised
  • Flight from Sydney Airport to Snowy Mountains (Cooma) Airport: $2,716 (whole aircraft)
  • Ground transfers from Rose Bay to Sydney Airport, and Cooma to Thredbo: $250
  • Total: $3,991 (including ACCESS annual fee)
  • Door to door trip time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Via commercial air travel, Victoria could choose to fly to Canberra:

  • Flight from Sydney Airport to Canberra: Between $208 and $450 per person ($624 – $1,350) economy, or $760 business class ($2,280)
  • Ground transfers from Rose Bay to Sydney Airport and Canberra to Thredbo: $800 (3 hours)
  • Total: Between $1,800 (economy) – $3,080 (business)
  • Door to door trip time: 5 hours

And a charter flight estimate:

  • Sydney to Snowy Mountains (Cooma) Airport in a Cessna Mustang: $6,835
  • Ground transfers from Rose Bay to Sydney Airport, and Cooma to Thredbo: $350
  • Total: $7,185
  • Door to door trip time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Overall, ACCESS by Airly’s value is compelling in terms of the time to price ratio, while the journey experience is without rival.

From fatigue and stress to fast and simple, transforming your A-to-B

Like any parent, we always want the best for our children. We want to keep them safe, we want them to experience as much as possible.

And for Victoria, she would make the most of every Winter by driving her daughter to the snowfields several times during the snow season.

But with school and a busy personal schedule during the week, Victoria would leave late Friday driving five hours in low light and bad weather to ensure that come Saturday morning they could maximise their time on the slopes.

The long drives took its toll, so Victoria sought to find a way to maximise the time spent on the slopes without the dangers of driving at night for long hours.

Victoria explored the option of flying by private jet to save time, and make for a stress-free trip. However, paying over $15,000 for a weekend away just didn’t make sense.

Thankfully, via social media, Victoria came across ACCESS by Airly.

Through the program, Victoria could now fly from Sydney to Cooma in 35 minutes and jump on the waiting Mercedes van to whisk her and the family to Thredbo.

ACCESS by Airly reduced the travel time from 5 hours to just 90 minutes.

The process to book was simple, the experience was seamless and the price point was also far more palatable: under $3,000 each way.

ACCESS has had a profound impact on Victoria and her family’s life.

Simple and seamless A to B at a far more reasonable price point gave Victoria her life back and alleviated her stress when it came to travel.

Airly celebrates 100 demand hours

100 hours of impacting lives

Back in June of 2021, in the midst of some pretty horrid market conditions we launched the first twenty five ACCESS cards in a stealth fashion.

We kept marketing to a minimum so those who followed us on our journey could be the first to experience the new offering.

The card program was the first of its kind in Australia, many have conceptualised and tried, but never managed to get the product operational.

In February we managed to effectively sell our initial release out, and prepare to launch the next 15 cards.

Fast forward to this morning, we had our card holder and her family arrive to some special treats and a nice chilled bottle of bubbly to celebrate our 100th demand hour.

An incredible way to start their long weekend in Tasmania.

Airly celebrates 100 demand hours

We always knew ACCESS would be impactful – either by making private more affordable, easier to consume or understand. But it’s had a far greater impact than we first thought.

We are giving our card holders their lives back.

Appreciating how much time we have given back to card holders based in Regional Victoria who can now be on location at their farm in Central Queensland within 2 hours where it used to take a full day of road and commercial travel.

Preventing a family from driving late Friday night in dangerous conditions just so the kids can experience a full weekend on the slopes.

Or getting a father back to his children in time for dinner after a day on the ‘road’. Where in the past he used to spend several days travelling to achieve the same outcome.

We aren’t about transactions, we’re about people: our card holders.

Because when you have a true understanding of what impact you have on people, it makes all of our pain and hard work in building this product worth it.

We are so proud, so grateful and so excited for what’s to come.

Private Jet Card

What is a Private Jet Card?

A private jet card enables holders to book from a designated type of aircraft at an agreed hourly rate. Generally obtained by pre-purchasing hours on a specific jet, the card is aimed at those in the market to purchase their own aircraft, but save on the maintenance and ongoing expenses.

Where did the concept originate?

The first private jet card originated in Boston in 1997, by a broker named Sentient. The card was developed in response to the growing popularity in fractional ownership programs championed by aviation powerhouse NetJets.

Both products were designed to provide a cleaner and simpler solution without the complexities of owning a private aircraft. For the term ‘jet card’ took on the meaning of bulk on-demand charter hours.

Private Jet Card

Providers have doubled in the past ten years

As expected with the industry, if a concept works it will be replicated and tinkered by many and for the jet card, this was the case.

As of 2018 there is believed to be over 250 providers providing a myriad of options including dynamic based, milage based, capped rate and even jets by the seat.

What factors to consider when purchasing a private jet card

If you’re in the market for a jet card do your research, because in some cases, it is difficult to void a contract and claw back pre-paid funds.

  1. Establish the upfront costs involved, including any maintenance, fuel and sign on fees?
  2. Ensure the expectations of the operator are clear, what is the availability policy, what if an aircraft isn’t available etc?
  3. What, if any, additional fees are payable and how are they charged?
  4. How long are your pre-paid hours valid, what happens to funds at the end of the contract period?

Do you even need a private jet card?

And herein begs the question, do you even need just a product? Especially in Australia.

At Airly our mission is, and always has been, to make flying private easier to understand that is accessible to more people at a more palatable price point.

But if you’re looking for a program that is similar to a jet card without the upfront cost and restrictive conditions – ACCESS may be the best solution.

What is a private jet card

Once a card holder, you can book from a streamlined fleet of four seat jets at an all-inclusive rate of $3,995 per occupied hour. You won’t pay for empty positioning fees or overnights. Fixed Base of Operations (FBO aka lounges) and gourmet catering are included where available.

You can learn more about our Australian-first program here.

Airly ACCESS Program

Three reasons why our private jet program will be the talk of the summer

Interstate border restrictions are crumbling on the East Coast.

And there’s a growing number of travellers who don’t want to wear masks or be forced into isolation after a commercial flight is declared an exposure site.

This is why private aviation is the natural alternative.

But in the past deciding who to book with, what jet to select, confusing pricing options and inconsistent experience can really defeat the purpose of the ‘stress-free’ promise.

So we built ACCESS.

We’ve doubled our card holders in the last month, have seen a 500% jump in inbound interest and we are adding more value outside of the flying program.

Three reasons ACCESS will be the talk of the summer.

1.  Palatable price point

After the annual membership fee, you only pay for the time you’re physically in the jet.  This could be half the cost when compared to chartering with another broker.

Whether you’re flying one way, overnight or staying for five weeks it does not impact the fixed, all-inclusive, occupied hourly rate of $3,995 for the four seat Citation Mustang jet.

The price is the for whole jet, not per seat.

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2.  Simplicity

We view simplicity in a number of ways. 

The way you book ACCESS flights is unmatched.  You can utilise our app, WhatsApp, SMS or email. 

Then there’s the experience.  A streamlined fleet of jets that look and feel the same, the in-flight meals (included in hourly rate) available to/from major airports is clean and wholesome and caters to all dietary restrictions.

Finally, being able to plan your annual travel budget couldn’t be easier.  The only variable you need to consider is the flight duration.

3.  Additional value

Our card holders join ACCESS for the flying, but stay for the added value. 

We’ve secured member-only rates for the best five star hotels in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  Members can also receive discounts on our premium Sydney chauffeur as well.

ACCESS members will soon be able to take their card overseas – but more on that at a later date.

We have a huge vision for this program far beyond what you see today, so get in early and enjoy the offering at todays price point.

To maintain sound availability over the summer we will be capping our memberships so if you’re interested in joining the program please reach out via the link below, or apply via the app.

Join the ACCESS Program

private Jet App - Airly

Explore the newly released features on the updated Airly app

We’re pleased to inform you that the latest version of the Airly app is now available.

Less bugs, more features and better experience.

Let’s explore some of the new features.

ACCESS at your fingertips

We’ve added in all the functionality and features of the newly-launched and popular program, ACCESS.

You can request an ACCESS membership, book and manage ACCESS flights as well as manage prepaid hours.

Enhanced SHARED features

A flow on benefit from the ACCESS program is the reduction in seat prices along SHARED routes.

It’s also now easier to share your itinerary with others and we created preferred departure time selections (only available to SHARED members) to help group members together for the purpose of flight activation.

Improved charter flow

The development team have improved user experience, flow and visuals on the charter-specific sections as well.

To enjoy the new features please update your app or click here to be taken to the appropriate app store.

We really hope to see you on the app again soon.  

Pets on Private Jets

🐾 Pets on Private Jets: Memberships for four legged family members

Did you know you can take your pets on private jets.

We’re extending our private jet membership programs to include your four legged family members.

2020 and 2021 have seen a large number of interstate relocations.  And thanks to border restrictions the reduction in commercial flights have seen four legged family members get left behind.

We continue to hear heartbreaking stories of furry family members being stranded due to hotel quarantine requirements or the huge backlog experienced by animal transport providers.

So we’re in the process of enabling your pets to also be included into the SHARED and ACCESS program free of charge.

Pets on Private jets

What does this mean?

It means you can now use your SHARED or ACCESS membership to transport your pet without the need for you to be on the aircraft.

How will this work?

Simply advise your member care team that it will be your pet travelling, and we’ll guide you through the process. 

Airly will also send your dog or cat a luxury gift after the flight.

When can I book?

You can book using your SHARED or ACCESS membership now!

Dog on private jet


If you, or someone you know, is currently separated from their dog or cat please contact us and we’ll work to put some flights together using our SHARED platform to help reunite family’s with their best friend.

Private Jet Cards

NetJets Pauses Jet Card Sales

NetJets and other Private Jet Card providers are having to pause sales citing that demand is far outweighing availability.

This expands on the pause sales of fractional shares, leases, and jet cards for the Cessna Citation XLS and Embraer Phenom 300 due to “unprecedented demand within the private travel industry.”

Those who wish to purchase NetJets Jet Cards will be added to a waitlist with pricing secured till supply can catch up.

Meanwhile in Australia, most of the East Coast remains in lockdown or closed to interstate travel raising ongoing concern of the disparity between state and federal governments on a plan to open.

Does NetJets fly in Australia?

If you are in Australia and are looking for a product similar to NetJets, you may take interest in our ACCESS Program.

Under the program, ACCESS members can book from a fleet of four seat Citation Mustang jets for $3,995 per occupied hour with no fees for empty repositioning or overnights.

To learn more visit

Private jet cancellation

ACCESS Members won’t pay cancellation fees, here’s why.

Whether it’s a pandemic or change of plans, you shouldn’t be penalised for changing or cancelling your private jet flight.

As Australia enters a ‘hokey pokey’ phase of lockdowns and border closures we’re commonly asked what happens to your flight if plans change, or you get caught up amongst the lockdowns?

Whether you choose to book a trip with Airly or another provider, make sure you understand the requirements and penalty’s involved with changing or cancelling your trip.

Our newly-launched ACCESS Program features the most consumer-friendly change and cancellation terms in the market.

If you’re not familiar with ACCESS, this product allows you to book from a streamlined fleet of jets for an all-inclusive fixed hourly occupied rate.  That means members don’t pay empty positioning fees, overnight fees or lounge fees.

If you’re on the jet for one hour, you pay for that hour.  Everything is included!

And best of all, unlike the SHARED program, flights are confirmed on booking – and you have the entire jet to yourself and your guests.

But one of the most impressive facets of the program is our cancellation and change terms.

We ask for 72 hours notice if your schedule changes if possible.  But if your plan changes last minute we won’t charge any cancellation or change fees (so long as we haven’t already positioned to pick you up).

And if lockdowns or border closures get in the way there’s no penalty, ever.

A private jet product that is simple to understand, easy to predict, accessible to more at a far more palatable price point?

This is ACCESS.