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Where (and How) to Travel in February

Punxsutawney Phil’s keen eyesight/flagrant shadow may have recently doomed us to six more weeks of winter, but don’t let a marmot-based folktale and hypothetically-frigid temperatures quell your sense of wanderlust this month.

In fact, we here at Aircraft Services Group would argue that February — home to both Valentine’s Day and a long President’s Day weekend — is actually one of the best months of the year when it comes to excuses for travel.

Whether you’re trying to get in a some last reliable powder runs before the snow machines take over or simply hoping to get a sneak peak at spring a few weeks early, with the love of your life on your arm or armed with only a weekender bag in tow, the shortest month of the year is positively running over with opportunities for the seizing.

So shake off that biological desire to hibernate, Netflix, and chill, and venture forth out of your wintry cave…

There are a month’s worth of excuses our jet charter team is just waiting to help you exploit.

Because it’s Valentines Day…

St. Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, which definitely throws a logistical monkey wrench into any grand romantic travel plans you might have. But remember, a good Cupid always has more than one arrow in his or her quiver.

Lighter planes like the King Air 300, Beach Jet 400, and Citation CJ3 were not only built for short, quick day (or evening) trips like the one you still have time to plan, they also give you (and your lucky Valentine) access to a whole other world of smaller, non-commercial airports — including romance-adjacent ones like Montauk Airport, Catalina Airport, and Cherry Ridge Airport (in the Poconos of Pennsylvania).

They’re also undoubtedly your most cost-efficient option, meaning you’ll have more that much more to splurge on chocolate and flowers.

Because it’s President’s Day Weekend…

Each February, we as a country honor two of our nation’s greatest presidents by heavily discounting mattresses and giving ourselves a much-needed, mid-month Monday off.

The question though, is how to best take advantage of that fundamental day off our forefathers fought so bravely for…

Do you use it to slip down to a favorite Caribbean island to soak up the thermal energy of the Gulf Stream (our go-to February destination recommendations: Aruba, St. Lucia, and Jamaica), or is it better served getting you and your family out to somewhere like Montana’s Yellowstone Club to soak up some 2,200+ acres of beautiful, blue Big Sky country?

Regardless, when exercising your inalienable right as an American to the long weekend of your choice, look for an aircraft like the Embraer Legacy 600, which at 1,413 cubic feet offers significantly more space in the cabin and hold than similar models; or the Gulfstream G200, a favorite amongst all “Super Midsize” aircraft, beloved as much for its 6’3” cabin height as its signature Transcontinental capabilities. They can be configured to seat either 9 (the Gulfstream G200) or 13 passengers (the Legacy 600) more than comfortably, and come equipped with all the high-speed WiFi your tablet-wielding family and friends could ever need.

Because it’s already spring somewhere…

The New York-to-South Florida route has become such a popular route for charter fleets this time of year that it might as well be considered an elevated version of I-95, as recently-thawed urbanites from across the entirety of the Tri-State Area flock to the Sunshine State in search of Vitamin D and humidity.

Fortunately, with a chartered jet, one can avoid the most hectic Floridian airports (Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood) in favor of more tranquil landing spots (our personal favorites include Palm Beach International Airport, Sarasota–Bradenton, Naples Municipal Airport, and Opa-locka Executive Airport in Miami).

Though, keep in mind that along with your parents, kids, and friends, the current President of the United States also likes to frequent South Florida in the winter, which could cause potential delays for commercial and private air travel alike. Be aware of your travel time, and be flexible with departure windows if it looks like travel may be disrupted. Better yet, think about checking out the warmer waters and slower pace of the Gulf Coast (e.g. Naples, Sarasota) to avoid any possible ATC delays on the eastern side of the state.

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Safe travels!

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