Mikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1399 posts, RR: 8 Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2657 times:
Our rugby team did well enough to qualify this weekend to participate in the national championships in a few weeks. To that end, we're not looking at more than, say, 40-50 people going, so I figured an RJ or small jet would be ideal to at least price out to charter. As it stands right now, getting tickets < 2 weeks in advance is fairly far out of reach of some of the players, so we'd kinda like to pool our resources.
Anyway, I'm not even sure if this kind of arrangement is in the ballpark of, say, 40-50 people paying ~$400 R/T per person (as they would when buying coach tickets), so what is a standard rate to pull something like this off? Any help in terms of places to contact, questions to ask, answers to be prepared to give, etc. would be much appreciated.
JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2480 times:
I'd also check into the airlines group deparments, who offer special rates for groups. Perhaps, since your tight on time, consider splitting off on separate airlines to try and snag any group availability.
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2467 times:
And Delta is in the US.
You guys aren't in the US, are you? I would contact the regional carriers in your country and find out what they offer. The problem usually is the fact someone has to shuttle a plane in/out, which jacks the pric eup.
Blueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4068 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2330 times:
Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 10): I think they have a 727 configured to 59 seats. Also USA Jet has a DC9 configured for 50.
These are VIP-configured aircraft. Certainly more expensive than chartering an all-coach RJ from Delta.
Quoting Mikey711MN (Reply 3): Hmm...maybe this won't be an ideal solution after all. :/
Rather than go straight to an airline or charter yourself, I suggest a broker. For one thing, they can quickly tell you whether your budget is realistic or not, and they can come up with more innovative solutions than you could on your own.
The only broker I have had personal experience with is Air Charter Team, and I was satisfied. You can find plenty of others on Google too.
Quoting Mikey711MN (Reply 8): I think the relatively few seats to get to CAE will make booking a group this size difficult
One thing no one has mentioned yet that a broker can find out for you is if your group might be big enough, and the yield interesting enough, and the fleet scheduling flexible enough, a mainline carrier can substitute a 737 where an RJ would usually fly a scheduled flight so that your entire group can fly in a single group on a regular flight, which would be cheaper than a charter. That's a lot of if's but it does happen.