The largest, most anticipated VIP event of the upcoming year is scheduled for February 4, 2018. Minneapolis, Minnesota will host Super Bowl LII; which draws athletes, entertainers, influencers, enthusiastic fans and an endless number of private jets. If you choose to charter a private jet to Super Bowl, here are four points to keep you winning— from every takeoff to every touchdown— airport field to football field.
1. Book your charter and travel plans in advance—
When chartering a private jet to Super Bowl, expect hotels, jet parking, landing slots, and car services to be in high demand. “Our private jet charter quotes remain the same, 365 days a year, regardless of the date or event,” says Elizabeth Nagy, Director of Charter Services Clay Lacy Aviation. “But, auxiliary costs increase during big events like the Super Bowl.”
2. Arrive before scheduled departure—
One of the benefits of private jet charter is the ability to leave when the client wants, but for Super Bowl, the narrative is slightly different. Due to the volume of private jets that travel to the event, it becomes difficult to adjust slated departure times. “For each chartered jet, we request specific landing reservations (called slots) for landing and departure,” says Elizabeth. “For events like Super Bowl, it’s difficult to change those slots. Sometimes clients have to wait 4+ hours on the ramp if they miss their designated departure slot.”
Also important to note for Super Bowl travel is that all guests in a charter party need to arrive early. “Make sure that you have your entire group ready to go at the FBO,” says Clay Lacy Gulfstream G450 Captain, Cliff Holt. “It’s necessary that you stick to your schedule. Otherwise, your group will probably be delayed.”
3. Consider alternate airports—
“The total amount of private jets that travel to the Super Bowl each year is huge,” says Cliff. “If you can, have your pilot choose an alternate airport to fly into.” If there are more options of airports, with long enough runways and in close vicinity to the game, consider the alternative. If the drive time is slightly longer, but the waiting period on the ramp is shorter, it may be more convenient to choose a secondary airport.
4. Extend your trip—
To miss the private jet rush to Super Bowl, on both departure and arrival, leave at off-peak times. If you would like to depart the same day, be prepared for anything to happen or possible delays. No need to worry if you do need to fly the day of the event. Your Clay Lacy crews know how to make game-day safe, fun and memorable no matter which team wins.
“The Super Bowl is an exciting event as Clay Lacy Cabin Servers go out of their way, based on client preferences, to create a fun inflight travel atmosphere,” says Elizabeth. Cabin servers often bring the ‘game to the plane’ through festive and fun décor, food, and beverages. Indeed, there is no better way to enjoy the Super Bowl experience than chartering a private jet.