An entrepreneur from Somerset who jets off on luxurious holidays has shared his hacks on how to travel in style while saving big –including getting a private jet for half price.
Dan Legg, 22, said he is a self-made millionaire after trying his hand at foreign exchange trading –known as forex –in 2017. Dan, from Cheddar, hit his first million within two years and has continued to grow since then –even moving to Dubai last year.
He continues to trade as well as running several businesses, alongside living a lavish lifestyle and traveling the world in private jets. But along the way he says he has picked up some top traveling tips on how to get luxury experiences for less than they would usually cost –including getting a private jet for half the usual price.
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And to reassure anyone feeling panicked at how fast summer is approaching, the seasoned traveler insists booking last minute will get you the most value for money. Dan said: “Whenever I fly around Europe, I fly private –it’s the best thing ever.
“There’s no queues, you just drive onto the runway and get on the plane. A lot of people want to try it but they think it’s never an option for them because of the cost. But when you travel a lot you get to know the hacks. “
Empty leg flights
Dan revealed his top tips that he swears by for traveling luxury –which he says are tried and tested by himself. His first is to look into’empty leg flights’, which are a way of experiencing a private flight with a price slash of up to 50 per cent.
Empty leg flights are where private jets have a charter booked from a certain destination, and they often travel to that booked destination empty. You can book yourself onto one of those empty legs –or even find two that match up with your holiday dates and get a private return flight, too.
Dan says he has caught empty leg flights to Menorca, Paris and Jersey before, and paid half the price of what it would ordinarily cost. He added some brokers even sell empty seats on a private flight in order to fill the plane, giving you the luxury experience for a fraction of the price.
Dan said: “It’s especially good if you’re traveling to somewhere like the south of France, where they have jets in and out all the time –so they’re easy to find.” Dan uses a website called Just Jet to find his empty leg flights.
It should be said, however, that the flights are still eye-wateringly costly for most of us. A search on June showed a LearJet empty leg flight from Naples to London for a price of £ 8,500, for example. That includes full catering and an open bar –but still.
Still, Dan’s tips might bring a once in a lifetime experience a little closer to being affordable. Maybe …
Last minute bookings
Dan also insists to get the best deal on both flights and hotels, you’re best leaving it to the last minute. He said he has saved up to 30 per cent with last-minute bookings that are within 48 hours of arrival.
He insists he’s never had issues with availability, and recommends people give it a go to get the best deal. So for anyone panicking about not having booked their post-pandemic summer getaways yet –all hope is not lost.
His final tip is asking to upgrade to business class at the check-in desk –as they will often give you a good price to fill the seats.
Dan said: “One example of this is flying between Dubai and the UK which I do a lot. I have always paid an extra £ 550 to upgrade to business class with Emirates, although it’s not open information on the website.”
Again, perhaps Dan’s tips only work for those who can afford to splash a little. Which during the cost of living crisis, isn’t many of us.
But last minute holidays are perhaps worth a try. If you’re willing to risk airport chaos, given recent headlines, that is.