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The Surging Popularity Of Affordable Private Jet Travel

As more travelers look to private jet experiences as a safer option, membership-based jet charter flight programs such as Set Jet bridge the gap of flying commercial versus flying private. Set Jet makes flying private more accessible with one-way flights starting below $500. As a result, Set Jet’s membership sales have spiked, even hitting a new record high this past month, further showing the demand for private travel is on the rise and a big reason why many luxury properties are looking to partner with private jet charter services.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort 

The property offers a private way to travel to St. Lucia through a partnership with XO Private Jet Travel. In the comfort of one of the sought-after Villas overlooking the views of the famed UNESCO World Heritage-listed Val des Pitons, experience a privatized festive season. Take in unmatched beachfront location and privately enjoy such holiday activities as Gingerbread House Making, Rum & Chocolate Tasting and a Festival of Lights on December 27.

The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort , Paradise Island, Bahamas

Located on the ultra-exclusive Paradise Island, the historic property is offering a private jet package in partnership with NetJets that can be customized to any party size. Once at the hotel experience the joy of the holiday season right from your private three or four-bed residence villas or suites. Enjoy in your suite/villa: private Thanksgiving dinner, Yuletide Set Menu Dinner, Christmas Brunch and Last Luxe Set Menu Dinner (New Year’s Eve) alongside tree decorating, rum tastings, cigar rolling and festive Art & Soul painting classes.

Eden Roc Cap Cana, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Get on board (literally) with this newly-launched private jet experience – taking luxury to new heights. In partnership with Helidosa, the Relais & Chateaux property located in the exclusive private gated community of Cap Cana, offers a fully privatized travel experience for guests. This Thanksgiving, the property is offering a ‘Week of Thanks’ with a robust family program. Think: private Thanksgiving dinner, sunset family picnic, Festive Tea Party, etc. They have also teamed up with Helidosa helicopters to offer private off-site heli-excursions. 

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

In conjunction with Schubach Aviation, the Private Passport to Pedregal package includes a private round trip flight into Cabo San Lucas from anywhere in the U.S. for groups of four to eight people, seven nights in a Two Bedroom Ocean View Villa, daily in-residence breakfast and more. In addition, guests can enjoy a weekend of Thanksgiving festivities featuring various culinary offerings or join for a spirited full-week of Unforgettable Holiday Festivities between Christmas Eve, or “Noche Buena” and

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Want affordable housing? Allow Arizona to regulate Airbnb-type rentals

Tim Robustelli and Maresa Strano, Opinion contributors
Published 6:00 a.m. MT Oct. 24, 2020


Opinion: Senate Bill 1350 prevents cities from regulating short-term rentals by AirBnb and others. Nixing it would help ease the affordable housing shortage.

Airbnb and other home-sharing websites and apps are adding to the affordable housing shortage we’re facing. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

As COVID-19 continues to ravage the country, housing advocates are racing to protect as many as half a million Arizonans from eviction and foreclosure. And yet, as local governments scramble to increase affordable housing options, they are being blocked by the state from implementing an obvious fix: regulating Airbnb and other short-term vacation rentals.

Short-term rentals have been a hot topic ever since 2016, when Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1350, permitting short-term rentals to operate in Arizona and preempting municipalities from governing the industry.

Communities in Maricopa County and elsewhere vocally opposed the bill. Residents, notably in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, have long criticized the rowdy weekend atmosphere created by these rentals.

But parties were far from residents’ chief concern. In a county that only has 20 affordable homes for every 100 renter households, short-term rentals are removing housing stock from the real estate market and driving up rent.

Investors flip complexes into weekend rentals

Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa contained more than 8,200 active short-term listings at the time of writing, according to the data analytics firm AirDNA, and investors are known to flip entire apartment complexes into weekend rentals, removing desperately needed affordable housing options.

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Maricopa County’s affordable housing crunch has contributed to an eviction and foreclosure crisis that resulted in at least 46,000 families being put out on the street in 2018, according to New America, a D.C. think tank.

The economic crisis resulting from COVID-19 means that a quarter of Arizona adults expect someone in their household to have a loss in employment income in the next four weeks, and will likely push hundreds of thousands of new families into housing insecurity.

Arizona prevents cities from making rules

And yet, as local governments in the Valley of the Sun scramble to stabilize families and increase affordable housing options, they are being blocked by the state Legislature from implementing already identified remedies like regulating short-term vacation rentals. This type of state-level choke — in this case via SB 1350 — is called preemption, and it’s a national problem.

Preemption occurs when a higher level of government limits or removes a lower government’s authority to legislate on a certain issue. Recent history has shown that it’s difficult to counter preemption laws, but not impossible.

Arizona voters proved that in 2016 with Proposition 206, a ballot initiative that trumped the state’s preemption of local minimum wage and guaranteed paid sick days for workers.

A broad coalition can defeat preemption

Elsewhere, just last year Colorado repealed its preemption of local minimum wage ordinances, the first

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The Affordable Travel Club offers low cost travel for seniors and baby boomers
with a Delightful Difference!

Would you like to
travel with low-cost accommodations, meet interesting people,and share
travel experiences? 

Does the warmth
and hospitality of a bed and breakfast experience appeal to you? 

Then we have an exciting

Join a host of other
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You stay in private
homes of travelers like yourself, paying a small gratuity.  In the
‘private home hospitality accommodation’, the hosts are individuals who
enjoy meeting other people, sharing their homes and communities, and perhaps
even serving their favorite breakfast recipe.

Our Motto:
The Spirit of Travel is Warm Hospitality

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Members gathered for the Annual Washington State Picnic in Gig Harbor,

Wall Street Journal published a front page article in its Weekend
Journal declaring that the newest trend in traveler accommodations is also
the oldest: Staying in someone else’s house.  The Journal called it
a “status symbol” to do so.  “The new destination of choice for many
travelers isn’t some crowded beach resort or an impersonal rental. 
Rather, it’s the downstairs den, former kids’ bedroom–or in the most upscale
cases, the fully appointed guest house–of a friend”. 

sounds like the Affordable Travel Club!  We are right on top with
The Journal.

will love the Affordable Travel Club if you want to travel in a different
and delightful way.  If you are missing the personal touch in your
travels and want to feel like a visiting friend, rather than a patron in
a hotel, then you’ll love the Affordable Travel Club.

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