Traveling Well

Jet clubs reach higher

With more jet owners (both full and fractional) deciding to forgo the responsibility and cost of upkeep, jet-club memberships are soaring. Companies such as Marquis Jet and Sentient Jet are attracting attention not just for their simple debit-card approach—members buy blocks of flight time upfront—but for their anything-but-basic level of service. Marquis welcomes new members with Garrard cuff links, Tiffany key rings, and, this year, a $1,500 gift certificate toward a Zegna suit. It also has a 24-hour concierge service. Sentient Jet's concierge actually maintains an extensive list of each member's preferences, from his favorite limousine service to whether he prefers a Brunello or Bordeaux. When one member voiced his displeasure over the blue of his Lear 45's interior, blue was banished from all his future flights. When another client craved white asparagus, Sentient tracked down the freshest spears before takeoff. Marquis Jet memberships, $110,000-$300,000 for 25 hours; 866-538-1400; www.marquisjet.com. Sentient Jet memberships $, $100,000-$500,000; 866-473-6843; www.sentientjet.com.

With more jet owners (both full and fractional) deciding to forgo the responsibility and cost of upkeep, jet-club memberships are soaring. Companies such as Marquis Jet and Sentient Jet are attracting attention not just for their simple debit-card approach—members buy blocks of flight time upfront—but for their anything-but-basic level of service. Marquis welcomes new members with Garrard cuff links, Tiffany key rings, and, this year, a $1,500 gift certificate toward a Zegna suit. It also has a 24-hour concierge service. Sentient Jet's concierge actually maintains an extensive list of each member's preferences, from his favorite limousine service to whether he prefers a Brunello or Bordeaux. When one member voiced his displeasure over the blue of his Lear 45's interior, blue was banished from all his future flights. When another client craved white asparagus, Sentient tracked down the freshest spears before takeoff. Marquis Jet memberships, $110,000-$300,000 for 25 hours; 866-538-1400; www.marquisjet.com. Sentient Jet memberships $, $100,000-$500,000; 866-473-6843; www.sentientjet.com.

$ Establishment accepts no charge/credit cards or accepts cards other than the American Express Card.