Alex Skjong

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Alex Skjong is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Atlanta. The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, nurtured his journalistic foundation and the Internet did the rest, as his interest in new media forms such as podcasts and videocasts has grown over the years. He’s contributed print and online content to luxury and lifestyle publications including Michigan Avenue Magazine and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, and social media content to the guitar website FRET12.com. When Skjong isn’t writing or tweeting, he’s recording music and tightly crossing his fingers for affordable commercial space travel.

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  • On September 25, 2012
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    What is NetJets?

    ©NetJets NetJets allows you to become the fractional owner of an aircraft, giving you all the perks of owning your own jet — like taking off to anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice — without the upfront cost and maintenance responsibilities of full ownership. Through NetJets, you can purchase an undivided interest in a specific aircraft; the size of your share is proportional to how many hours you fly in a year. The smallest share you can purchase is a 1/16 interest, or about 50 hours of annual airtime.
     
    Regardless of the jet you choose to buy a stake in, you’ll enjoy exchange privileges within a fleet of more than 800 planes around the world, which can vary based on who’s traveling with you, how far you’re flying and where you want to go. NetJets doesn’t rely on just one manufacturer, so its fleet is composed of 13 different kinds of jets, including light, mid-size and large cabin aircraft that can accommodate seven to 14 passengers (including your pets). Some NetJets aircraft have a flight range up to 7,700 miles, so you can stop for a business meeting in New York, play a round of golf in Bermuda, then enjoy a romantic weekend getaway to Paris.
     
    Hate adding on hours to your travel time with check-in, security lines and pre-boarding procedures? NetJets can have a personal jet ready and waiting within as little as four to 10 hours’ notice. In fact, NetJets — which helped kickstart the fractional jet ownership industry in 1986 — was designed for travelers just like you. The service is most beneficial to passengers who often fly with short notice, require departures from multiple airports, need more than one plane a day and fly during peak periods. And because NetJets chooses your pilot and crew, tends to jet maintenance and enforces top-notch safety standards, you don’t have to worry about all the pesky details — just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    What locations can I fly to with NetJets?

    The best part about NetJets is that you can literally fly anywhere in the world, without the hassle of waiting at the airport — drastically reducing your travel time. NetJets flies all over the United States from Seattle, San Francisco and New Orleans to New York City, Miami and Los Angeles — and everywhere in between. Want to hit the slopes in Lake Tahoe? Done. Dance the night away in Las Vegas? Give your pilot a ring. Play a round of golf in Fort Lauderdale? Better pack your clubs. With ownership in NetJets you can have a personal jet that accommodates seven to 14 passengers ready in as little as four to 10 hours, depending on the size aircraft you need and how large your share is.
     
    NetJets has affiliate programs in Europe and China, so you can fly all over the world using the exchange service. NetJets also flies to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, India and Russia, so you can take care of your international business — or pleasure — any day of the year.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    What is it like to fly with NetJets?

    Flying with NetJets is just like having your own personal jet waiting at your beck and call to whisk you off to almost any destination around the globe. With NetJets, you own an interest in a private plane and have exchange privileges within a fleet of more than 800 jets worldwide. The NetJets fleet includes light, mid-size and large cabin sizes to accommodate anywhere from seven to 14 passengers, so you can fly with the family, the business team or by yourself.
     
    As you’d expect on your own luxury plane, NetJets supplies its aircrafts with the finest amenities, such as verbena-scented hand lotion and soap from L’Occitane and more than 20 in-flight snacks, including gourmet treats from Dean & Deluca, such as blueberry-pomegranate crunch mix and hickory-smoked almonds. Your meals are worthy of a Five-Star restaurant with fresh fish and meat dishes, plus artisanal cheese and Mediterranean platters. Like a little bubbly with that in-flight movie? Not a problem. NetJets serves fine wines and champagne chosen by noted retailer Zachys that change each season.
     
    And NetJets takes the utmost care of its cabins, so you’ll fly in new, modern surroundings. NetJets has begun renovating 250 mid-size and large cabin aircraft with WiFi capabilities as well as refurbishing the interiors of the entire fleet, adding New Zealand wool carpeting, new, sleeker leather seats and darker fabrics for a cozier vibe. Just want to cuddle up and sleep until you touch down? Grab a luxurious micromodal blanket from Glen Saxon and you’ll be in dreamland in no time.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    What refreshments will be served on a flight with NetJets?

    ©NetJets When you fly with NetJets, don’t expect the typical peanuts and sodas.  Refreshments served on your NetJets private jet are top-notch, with seasonally changing wines, more than 20 varieties of snacks and artisanal dishes worthy of a Five-Star restaurant. In June 2011, NetJets started rolling out a new in-flight menu sourcing the highest quality and freshest ingredients from caterers across the country. The new menu features a new take on classic crab, smoked salmon, chicken and beef dishes, plus some new options, including an artisanal cheese tray with accouterments like grapes and nuts, a Mezze plate filled with goodies like olives and hummus and a seafood tray loaded with shrimp and three dipping sauces.
     
    Just want a little snack to tide you over until you land? Not a problem. NetJets also added new snacks to its menu last June, including gourmet treats from Dean & Deluca like hickory-smoked almonds, jelly beans, a cranberry nut mix and blueberry-pomegranate crunch mix. There are also granola bars from Mareblu Naturals and Clif as well as sinful chocolate chip cookies from New England Naturals. And don’t worry: NetJets kept all-time favorites like Pringles, Oreos and Tootsie Rolls on the snack list.
     
    What would a private jet ride be without a little bubbly? NetJets wines are provided by Zachys — they change every season — with a variety of reds, whites and champagne from classic labels like Moët & Chandon. So go ahead: sit back and relax while you fly. You’ll arrive at your destination so quickly, you may not even finish that snack.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    How much does a private jet flight cost with NetJets?

    ©NetJets With NetJets, you purchase an undivided interest in a specific aircraft and gain access to a fleet of more than 800 jets worldwide. Prices per share vary depending on the type of jet you choose — light, mid-size or large cabin — and how often you fly. The smallest share you can purchase is a 1/16 interest, which gives you 50 hours of flight time a year.  Your biggest upfront cost is a one-time acquisition fee: for the Phenom 300 Platinum Edition jet, which is being added to the NetJets fleet in 2013, a 1/6 interest, or 50 flight hours, costs $550,000. The largest share possible is a one-half interest, or 400 hours of flight time, which costs $4.4 million.
     
    In addition to the acquisition cost, fractional jet owners are also responsible for a monthly management fee and an occupied hourly fee, which covers fuel, maintenance, catering and landing fees. For that same jet, the monthly management fee for a 50-hour share is $9,600, while a 400-hour share costs $60,000. The occupied fee is the same regardless of jet size, at $1,950 per hour. NetJets owners sign up for a two-year, two-and-a-half-year or three-year commitment, depending on the size of the aircraft, and NetJets has a guaranteed buy-back option after that commitment is up.
     
    NetJets also has finance and leasing options, if you want a smaller upfront expense. NetJets offers 6 percent fixed-rate financing on balances $100,000 and up after you’ve put down 20 percent of the value at signing. You can also buy a pre-paid lease with the Marquis Jet Card, which is good for 25 hours of flight time. A single-year starts at $119,900 in a Hawker 400XP jet.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    What kinds of planes does NetJets fly?

    NetJets operates 13 different kinds of jets, including light, mid-size and large cabin aircraft that can accommodate seven to 14 passengers — so you can fly comfortably whether you’ve got the whole board or the whole family in tow. NetJets is not affiliated with a single manufacturer, so owners can purchase a share in the jet that best suits their travel style, with exchange privileges when other jets are needed. NetJets maintains a fleet of more than 800 jets, all of which are held to the highest safety, technology and maintenance standards. Jets have a flight range up to 7,700 miles, so you can take a quick jaunt to Miami from New York, or a weekend trip to Paris. The average age of the fleet is about six years, and NetJets is constantly updating jets with upgrades such as new décor and WiFi, so you’ll always feel like you’re flying in a cozy, modern cabin.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    What is the Marquis Jet Card?

    Like flying in style, but not a frequent flyer? The Marquis Jet card gives you access to much of the NetJets aircraft fleet with a pre-paid lease for 25 hours of flight time. You can choose from among 10 different jet types, and make exchanges between the U.S. and Europe programs. In as few as 10 hours, you can be off to your business meeting in Los Angeles or a dinner for two in Rome. You simply buy the card that’s right for you and your flight time is deducted from your Marquis Jet Card balance. This option is less expensive than partial ownership — but just as convenient. For 2012, a single-year, 25-hour card for a Hawker 400XP jet starts at $119,900, plus taxes and some additional fees for fuel surcharges and insurance. For more information you can talk to a NetJets sales consultant about which jet is right for your needs.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    What is the best way to get to Charleston?

    Don’t fret about long lines and airport delays on your trip to Charleston — the best way to get to “The Holy City” is to fly on your personal jet with NetJets. The service lets you purchase a fraction of a jet proportional to how often you fly, which gives you exchange privileges and access to a fleet of jets around the world, ready at your beck and call. NetJets offers three sizes of jets — light, mid-size and large cabin — that can accommodate seven to 14 passengers. With NetJets you can cut your travel time to Charleston is an much as two-thirds. For example, a commercial flight from Miami to Charleston would normally take 4 hours and 20 minutes with boarding and baggage wait times, but you can breeze there with NetJets in only one hour and 20 minutes. The only decision you have to make is what you’ll do with the time you save. Stand on the spot where the first shot of the Civil war was fired? Tour a historic home? We vote for indulging in good old-fashioned Southern cooking.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    Where does NetJets have airport hubs?

    ©NetJets While NetJets’ fleet of private jets can land in pretty much any airport, the company does have home bases where pilots and flight attendants are based. Columbus, Ohio; Teterboro, N.J.; Dallas; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Los Angeles are the five cities that crews call home — but that doesn’t mean you have to. The biggest perk of using NetJets is that within as little as four hours, you can call a personal plane to whisk you off to a business meeting in New York, a round of golf in Fort Lauderdale or a romantic vacation in Paris.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    What international cities does NetJets fly to?

    NetJets has affiliate programs throughout Europe and Asia, which means you can cross the Atlantic or the Pacific on your own private jet, without all the hassle of dodging traffic and waiting in line at the international terminal. NetJets flies to more than 170 countries, so you can get wherever you need to go, whether you’re needed on a last-minute business trip or just want to get away for a weekend trip. Get some needed sun time in Aruba or tour the ruins in Mexico. See the museums in Florence, dance the night away in Barcelona or jet set to Hong Kong and Macau. Whether you choose to visit South America, Europe or Asia, rest assured you’ll get there faster — and in higher style — with NetJets.