Private vs. Commercial Flying

The idea for this blog post came to me a while ago, I just didn’t know how to structure it–or even how to go about writing it. But, I think it’s important to share any and all tips I have come across through my travels, even though private flying is completely off the table for some people (and that’s ok!).

I have experienced private flying 5 times (roughly) thanks to my grandpa and uncle, however, my commercial flying experiences total up to be way more than that (and more than I care to count). Still, these two types of air transportation share important similarities and differences that I hope to share with you – all you have to do is keep reading!

Private flying takes LESS time

This might be obvious, but it’s important to note. You don’t have to go through security OR wait for tons of people to board. Private flying usually consists of a pilot, a co-pilot and about 5 or 6 passengers (depending on the size of the plane). Not only does this cut boarding time but you also get to your destination in about HALF the time, because you’re not held back by excess weight.

Commercial flying is CHEAPER

This is important for those either not wanting to spend a lot of money or those who don’t have a lot of disposable income. Still, commercial flying is nothing to sneer at, you get complimentary drinks and snacks most of the time AND get a chance to talk to people you might not have otherwise met. Commercial flying is cheaper because of the longer waits and squished seating – the price you pay for saving money.


FOR ME private flying is more comfortable

I personally don’t enjoy sitting next to people whom I don’t know. I’m just not that kind of person who can strike up a conversation on an airplane – maybe because people just seem more unapproachable here. On private planes, I’ve been surrounded by family and friends and am able to relax. For me, private flying is completely more comfortable than commercial.

FOR ME commercial flying is more entertaining

I love airports. I love seeing all the cute airport shops, the people excitedly rushing to catch their connecting flights, business-y people always looking calm and collected, like their experts in travel and of course the destination names. I so enjoy looking at the terminals to see where people might be heading this early in the morning. I love trying to figure out which people just landed here and are switching flights and which people just arrived back in their home airport. For me, commercial flying is just more entertaining.

Whether you chose commercial or flying, remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination.

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