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The Best Private Jet Cards

BARRON’S.COM:  The best programs for a variety of travel needs—from traveling around the world to flying on short notice.

Options are good—until you have too many.

The private jet industry has been conjuring up a wide variety of prepaid jet cards that allow clients on-demand travel without the expense and commitment of owning a jet. They work much like debit cards and offer a high degree of flexibility. Typically, you get either a set dollar amount or a fixed number of flying hours—say, $100,000 or 50 hours. But with so many jet card programs available, the decision process can be disorienting.

So for advice on the best deals, Barron’s Penta turned to Doug Gollan, founder of Private Jet Card Comparisons, a modern-day online Kelley Blue Book for private jet cards that compares over 100 programs by 60-plus characteristics. Here are his top choices, broken down by category…