I recently introduced my wife and daughter to the private jet experience for the first time with a brief family trip to the Bay Area.
A Weekend Family Private Jet Trip
Last summer, my first trip in the air after many months at home was onboard a Citation X from Los Angeles to Scottsdale, Arizona. It was my son Augustine’s first time flying a private jet and we had a great time flying into Arizona then flying back that evening on Southwest Airlines to Los Angeles.
This time, my wife agreed to join us so all four of us flew from Van Nuys to Oakland, again on a Citation X. It was a beautiful 50-minutes in the air and my difficult-to-impress wife was totally impressed by the ease of driving up to the terminal, walking in, having a cup of coffee, then boarding a jet with no security checks.
I warned her not to get used to it!
Since the summer trip, Augustine has turned four years old and was more excited than all of us combined to fly on a “jet airplane” again (he knows how to distinguish most larger aircraft type now, but calls all private jets “jet airplanes”).
It’s not like I decided to splurge for a nice weekend…the flight was free thanks to my friend Nancy, who has access to empty-leg flights when these jets are being repositioned. I am most thankful for her kindness over the years and for allowing my entire family to experience a private jet.
Upon landing in Oakland, we had a rental car waiting for us at Signature FBO from National and decided to drive to Monterey for the night.
Normally, we like spending a weekend in Carmel this time of year, but our beloved Highlands Inn is still offering zero food service. No thanks…at those prices we will wait. Instead, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey.
By necessity, empty leg jets arise suddenly. We had little notice about the trip and did not even have time for lunch prior to the flight. When we arrived in Oakland, we were quite hungry.
On the way down to Monterey, we stopped at Texas Road House in Union City. We wanted something quick and substantial this proved to be the perfect stop (it was my first time eating at this restaurant chain…not bad at all for steak assembly line).
It was a fun weekend.
We had other commitments we had to return to, so after a lovely day and night in Monterey, we just drove home. It would have been nice to spend the entire weekend there, but our two-day trip turned out to be a well-needed break from the very busy season my family is currently in.
I’ll share more details about the flight in a separate report.