At SimpleCharters, we have continually pushed the envelope when it comes to the charter flight booking experience, from availability to payment methods. It started by creating an availability engine that connects with all of our partner operators to understand where their aircraft are, where they will be, and when they're available for new flights. Traditionally, it takes a human to look at the schedule, obtain owner approval, and relay the availability information to the client. By automating this process through the proprietary SimpleCharters technology we're able to instantly schedule flights without the lengthy delays, giving our clients unprecedented access to private aviation.
We continued by building the most advanced pricing engine in the industry, capable of calculating the cost of any flight for any aircraft– in real-time. Instead of the traditional request-research-quote pattern, we designed a system that can calculate the complete cost of every available aircraft option, often dozens, for a client's itinerary in a few hundred milliseconds. This provides an incredible level of consumer confidence– every price is predictable, explained, and consistent. Displaying these pricing options in our user-friendly interface reduces the cognitive load when making the purchase decision, due to the fact that all pricing is in one place– not spread across several emails from different companies. Our unique interface is at the heart of what makes booking with SimpleCharters for both individuals and businesses an industry-leading experience.
The third piece of our revolutionary customer experience is simplifying charter flight payment methods. The de facto standard for paying for private flights was previously a wire transfer with credit card authorization form... which means openly transmitting sensitive credit card details over email/fax, a wholly insecure practice.
We've secured and simplified payments for private aviation.
On SimpleCharters, you now have several methods of payment that are secure and easy to use when booking your charter flight-- whether you charter once a year or once a week.
Charter securely with credit cards
If you're a new SimpleCharters customer, you can easily enter your credit card (we accept all major cards) information which is securely stored and processed by Stripe. Stripe has been audited by an independent PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and is certified as a PCI Level 1 Service Provider. This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry. We never physically store your credit card information on our servers ensuring that your sensitive information remains safe and secure.
Stripe now processes billions of dollars a year for thousands of businesses, from newly-launched start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Since Stripe powers so many new businesses, it's a snapshot of how the internet is changing; many users are in categories that barely existed five years ago. Web and mobile businesses around the world using Stripe include Twitter, Kickstarter, Shopify, Salesforce, Lyft, and many more.
We also allow you to store multiple credit cards, perfect if you fly for both business and leisure. All of your stored cards are available directly in the checkout, allowing you to easily select the correct card for each flight.
You can now pay for flights with credit cards up to 72 hours before departure.
Book your private flight with a wire transfer
In order to continually provide flexible options, we've heard from many clients that wire-transfers can often be easier than using a credit card. We've made this as easy as possible, by including write instructions right within the checkout. When booking a flight with a wire transfer, we simply use your credit card to secure the flight and let you transfer the full balance shortly afterward.
Wire transfers allow you to book flights in shorter timeframes than credit cards, due to the rapid speed of transfers. You can currently pay for flights with Wire Transfers up to 24 hours before departure.
Book a private jet with Bitcoin
As we previously announced, we fully support payments using Bitcoin! Bitcoin is accepted across 100,000 merchants in both online and physical locations around the world. The total market cap of Bitcoin is now well in excess of $40bn, with unprecedented growth over the first half of 2017 signaling a growing mainstream adoption by both individual and institutional investors.
Due to extremely fast transactions, no intermediary, and instant confirmation via the blockchain, Bitcoin is rapidly becoming a first-class money transfer method, especially for global commerce. We're proud to support this cutting-edge payment method and we have plans to add additional support for other cryptocurrencies. You can currently pay for flights with Bitcoin up to 72 hours before departure.
SimpleBalance: Prepaid Accounts
Our latest payment method is SimpleBalance. For the greatest in flexibility and short-notice flights, you can store a balance within your SimpleCharters account. Funds are available at any time directly in the checkout, and you can easily see the beginning and resulting balance. Unlike other prepaid options, there are absolutely no deposit limitations, no minimum balance, and you can withdraw funds at any time.
SimpleBalance is currently available by invitation only, for both personal and enterprise accounts. Please contact us if you're interested in learning more about the program.
Additional Payment Methods Coming Soon
To continually lead the private aviation industry in technology, pricing transparency, and reliability, we're working to offer support for additional payment methods, for both our domestic and international customers. We aim to eliminate the traditional friction points for booking private flights and we're committed to providing the industry's most flexible payment methods.