While miles and points are the focus of this blog, sometimes it is fun to check out some of the other travel experiences. With that in mind, I wanted to take a closer look at the Four Seasons private jet, which is a pretty unique (and expensive!) Experience.
It’s an especially exciting time for this concept as Four Seasons will fly a brand new jet with its upcoming trips.
What is the Four Seasons private jet?
Four Seasons is known for its world class hotels and many people follow the brand almost blindly and will visit somewhere because there is a Four Seasons. Well, in 2014, Four Seasons took its hospitality concept to the next level with the launch of the Four Seasons private jet.
The concept is simple – Four Seasons essentially developed some kind of luxury air cruise concept – a few dozen people can travel the world on a semi-private jet, experiencing all kinds of amazing destinations and hotels in the process, without the hassle that comes with it.
I think the main attraction of this concept is how seamless everything is – you just pop up and all the other details are taken care of for you. If you are a very independent traveler who loves planning your own itineraries, or if you are looking for the lowest possible price, this concept is probably not for you.
New Four Seasons Private Jet (A321LR)
Previously, the Four Seasons private jet was a Boeing 757-200 with 52 seats. Well, Four Seasons is getting a completely new plane. From 2021, the new Four Seasons private jet will be an Airbus A321LR. This is currently the most widespread version of the popular Airbus A320 Family aircraft, with a range of up to 4,000 nm in a standard configuration (the range of this aircraft is likely to be significantly greater as it has fewer passengers)
Four Seasons private jet Airbus A321LR exterior
The Four Seasons A321LR will only offer 48 fully flat seats spread across 12 rows in a 2-2 configuration.
Four Seasons private jet Airbus A321LR passenger cabin
Not only does each seat transform into a bed, but the stools are even designed so that a guest can sit on them for personal interactions.
Four Seasons private jet flatbeds
Four Seasons seating for private jets
These aren’t the most private business class seats you will find there. Note, however, that they plan these itineraries so that the flights are not too long as they move around the globe in logical order (unlike some others, which are in miles & points). 😉 In addition, all flights are carried out during the day and reach the destinations in the afternoon. So it’s not that guests would take ultra long haul flights on these planes.
The A321LR will also have a bar and social area. According to Four Seasons, this area is used for “craftsmen to showcase their talents and their craft in interactive workshops”. In the social area, too, the guests have “the opportunity to meet Four Seasons master chefs and mixologists, wellness experts as well as art and culture lovers and learn from them in order to have an enriching flight experience.”
Four Seasons Private Jet Bar & Social Area
The bathrooms are also designed to be some of the largest you will find on this type of aircraft and to make you feel more homely.
Four Seasons Private Jet Toilet
This is a ridiculously fancy Airbus A321. La Compagnie has an A321neo in a business class configuration with fully flat seats, but this aircraft has 76 seats. The fact that this aircraft only has 48 seats gives you an idea of how spacious and exclusive it is.
Here is a video about the new Four Seasons private jet:
Here’s how the Four Seasons Hotel Operations President describes the Four Seasons private jet experience:
“The Four Seasons Private Jet Experience defines modern luxury air travel that fosters meaningful connections between people and places while also enabling seamless and highly personalized travel. Building on the tremendous success of our previous private jet program with constant sell-offs, waiting lists and near-perfect guest satisfaction rates, our drive to continually renew and expand the traditional travel limits has resulted in this new opportunity to experience Four Seasons like never before. “
Four Seasons private jet travel
Four Seasons typically releases private jets up to two years in advance. Most trips take about three weeks. Some focus entirely on specific regions while others are truly global.
As mentioned above, the Four Seasons private jet flies only during the day and generally aims to arrive at its destination in the late afternoon. The overnight stay is usually in the Four Seasons. In places where Four Seasons doesn’t have accommodations, stay at another five-star hotel instead.
Obviously, some of the upcoming trips are likely to be in the air due to travel restrictions due to the coronavirus. Four Seasons will reschedule all itineraries as needed and also currently offer a flexible booking policy.
Here are the upcoming Four Seasons private jet trips:
Four Seasons World of Adventure 2021
The “World of Adventures” Four Seasons private jet trip will run from May 28 to June 20, 2021 and will cost $ 170,000 per passenger (based on double occupancy).
This trip takes you from Seattle to Kyoto, Bali, the Seychelles, Rwanda, Marrakech, Bogota, the Galapagos Islands and Miami.
Four Seasons Ancient Explorer 2021
The private jet tour “Ancient Explorer” Four Seasons will operate from October 5-28, 2021 and will cost US $ 167,000 per passenger (based on double occupancy).
This trip leads from Miami to Mexico City, to Easter Island, to Bora Bora, to the Great Barrier Reef, to Bangkok or Koh Samui, to Jordan, to the pyramids, to Athens, to Madrid.
Four Seasons International Intrigue 2021
The “International Intrigue” Four Seasons private jet tour runs from November 27th to December 20th, 2021 and costs USD 163,000 per passenger (based on double occupancy).
This trip leads from Seattle to Kyoto, to Hoi An, to the Maldives, to Serengeti, to Marrakech, to Budapest, to St. Petersburg, to Paris.
Four seasons of timeless encounters in 2022
The Timeless Encounters Four Seasons private jet cruise runs from March 14 to April 6, 2022 and costs USD 168,000 per passenger (based on double occupancy).
This trip leads from Kona to Bora Bora, to Sydney, to Bali, to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, to the Taj Mahal, to Dubai, to Prague, to London.
Four Seasons Ancient Explorer 2022
The “Ancient Explorer” Four Seasons private jet tour will run from April 8 to May 1, 2022 and will cost $ 170,000 per passenger (based on double occupancy).
This trip leads from Miami to Mexico City, to Easter Island, to Bora Bora, to the Great Barrier Reef, to Bangkok or Koh Samui, to Wadi Rum and Petra, to the pyramids, to Taormina, to Madrid.
What Does Four Seasons Private Jet Travel Include?
Of course, the price of the Four Seasons private jet is high, but luckily there is a lot in it. All Four Seasons private jet experiences include the following:
- All meals, including on the ground and in the air
- All drinks on the jet as well as drinks with meals on the ground
- Lots of tours that are usually in groups of six to eight people
- The highest category deluxe rooms in every hotel with the option of upgrading for an additional charge
- Accompanied by a Four Seasons concierge, tour guide, assistant tour guide, private chef, doctor, and 14 cabin and flight crew including three pilots
- Emergency medical assistance, including coverage for medical evacuation of up to US $ 100,000 and coverage for medical expenses of up to US $ 50,000 for reasons covered
The Four Seasons private jet has a crew of 14
What is not included in the Four Seasons private jet?
- Flight to and from your home airport
- Passport and visa fees
- Personal expenses such as laundry and telephone charges, optional activities, spa services, private cars and drivers, and alcohol and snacks consumed outside of the private jet and regular daily meals
My take on the Four Seasons private jet
I have some general thoughts on the Four Seasons private jet concept in no particular order:
- This is obviously aimed at ridiculously wealthy people willing to bet more than $ 300,000 on a trip (either as a one-off experience or as an ongoing thing).
- Four Seasons private jet tours were extremely popular and often sold out a year in advance. Of course there is a market for it, even at this price
- This is not ideal for someone who is an independent traveler and enjoys planning their own trip and dealing with the complexities of international travel
- This is great for those who love to travel to cool places but don’t like the complexity of planning
- I have to thank Four Seasons for how well they make these itineraries because you can’t easily visit such remote places on your own as hopping from Easter Island to Bora Bora to the Great Barrier Reef, for example
- I would envision some people to see this trip as a great networking opportunity
The Four Seasons private jet is sure to be a fascinating concept, especially when Four Seasons upgrades its jet from a 757-200 to an A321LR. It goes without saying that this is not for everyone, both in terms of budget and travel style.
If money is not an issue, you want to visit some pretty great places and have all the details done for you, I can’t think of a better way to travel than this. But luckily, if you don’t have tens of millions of dollars and / or are more of an independent traveler, there are plenty of other great experiences out there.
What do you think of the Four Seasons private jet concept? If money weren’t an object, would you book a trip like this or would you rather plan it independently?