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The Traveler’s Guide to Empty Leg Flights

Tuesday, Jul 14 2020
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If you are looking for a way to save on a private jet charter, then you should consider Empty Leg flights.


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WHAT IS AN EMPTY LEG FLIGHT?

Air charter operators usually fly customers round-trip. However, there are instances when a client doesn’t need to use both legs of the round-trip charter flight. These one-way scenarios create a situation where one leg of the original client’s flight is empty.

Charter companies often make these one-way empty flights available for other clients at a discounted price, resulting in a win-win situation for both the air charter companies and would-be clients.

HOW MUCH CAN YOU SAVE WITH AN EMPTY LEG FLIGHT?

Things to note: You must be flexible with your flight schedule to fully benefit from an available Empty Leg. Because Empty Leg flights originate through another customer, if the original customer changes or cancels their flight, your empty leg will also be changed or even cancelled. Be aware, while air charter operators will generally give refunds for a cancelled flight, they usually do not offer a replacement flight in cases when the original flight is cancelled or changed.

Availability of Empty Leg flights varies considerably. It may be easier to find one if you are flying to a popular destination. Customers who fly to a destination frequently for either business or pleasure may also benefit because the routine nature of the travel may create the flexibility to take advantage of the savings. Also, air charter peak times, such as the holidays, may mean more availability of Empty Leg deals.

HOW DO I FIND AVAILABLE EMPTY LEG FLIGHTS?

Many air charter operators will post available Empty Legs on their websites.

For example, you can visit the Keystone Aviation website regularly to monitor available Empty Legs in hopes of finding one that fits your schedule. To keep customers informed when Empty Legs become available, Keystone Aviation sends direct email alerts. You can let us know you are interested by signing up to receive Empty Legs email notifications.


Empty leg flights are an efficient way to save on air charter expenses. If you cannot be flexible with your dates or times, then you may be better off booking a traditional private air charter flight instead. Visit the Keystone Aviation website to learn more about chartering from our fleet. However, with flexibility comes real savings for a fantastic private aviation experience.

Questions? Call 888-900-6070 or email contact@keystoneaviation.com.

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