Private Aviation Recommendations for an Acqualina Getaway, Provided by Private Jet Card Comparisons

Acqualina Private Aviation

Located on 4.5 beachfront acres in Miami’s Sunny Isles, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach features 98 oversize guest rooms, suites with up to three bedrooms, and 188 residences. There is every facility and amenity you might imagine from multiple restaurants to three oceanfront pools and a 20,000 sq. ft. spa.

It’s one of a select few properties in the world to receive 5-stars from Forbes Travel Guide and five diamonds from AAA. It is also a top pick by both US News & World Report and USA Today’s Readers Choice Awards in 2019. TripAdvisor users rate it #1 Luxury Beachfront Resort in the Continental United States. The resort is equally ideal for families with children of all ages, those of you looking for a romantic getaway as well as group celebrations and board meetings.

Best of all, Acqualina offers easy access with four major airports nearby that cater to private aviation, including options that offer U.S. Customs and Immigration, 24/7 operations and the ability to handle to any size of private aircraft, including widebody airliners.

You may even find it advantageous to fly into one airport and out of another. For example, while Ft. Lauderdale International Airport and Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport are closest to Acqualina, if you are going to be departing after an event at American Airlines Arena or you have meetings in downtown Miami, Coral Gables, or Coconut Grove, Miami International Airport is closer and has dedicated private aviation facilities. Here’s an overview of private aviation options for Acqualina guests.

Getting to Acqualina by Private Flight

In addition to saving time and a providing a more enjoyable experience by avoiding commercial airport terminals, flying privately is a good option for families, particularly if you have young children. It is also the least stressful way for pets to travel. While baggage capacity varies by aircraft type, you won’t have to worry about the size of carry-on luggage, number of pieces, or the weight of your checked baggage. If you are bringing golf clubs or other sporting equipment, flying privately is a good way to make sure your valuables arrive with you and aren’t damaged.

On-Demand Charter

If you don’t own your own plane, you will often find great deals to charter a private jet both coming and going to South Florida. The state has more private aviation departures than any other state, which means operators can give you attractive pricing since they usually don’t have to reposition the aircraft after dropping you off. Like a good travel advisor, a good charter broker is your best friend, sourcing the operators who best meet your needs.

Jet Cards

If you like to fly on short notice, considering investing in a jet card. Many jet cards give you a fixed hourly rate so you know how much your flight will cost in advance. Guaranteed availability with as little as six hours notice means one call during breakfast and you could be at Acqualina in time for a quick dip in the ocean before dinner.

Jet Sharing

Jet sharing to South Florida has also become popular. Jet sharing allows you to buy seats on a private flight or crowdsource a flight with others who want to travel from where you are at the same time. Most sharing is from New York City, but if you go the FlyXO.com website, you can plug in your city and dates and see what’s available and how much it costs to buy a seat on a flight somebody else has already started (or to even start your own shared flight). You don’t have to be a member to buy — however, members get better rates. Wheels Up and Jet Linx Aviation also offer sharing; however, you have to join first. If you are thinking about jet sharing, keep in mind, once you book, there are often no options to change or cancel your flight and get a refund. You might also find the airports that the flights depart from negate the time savings, although you will avoid the hassle of commercial airports.

Empty Legs

Empty legs can save you up to 50% on the normal cost of chartering a plane. However, these flights are based on repositioning an aircraft after it drops off somebody paying the retail cost, or flying to pick that person up. What it means is if their plans change, your flight can get pulled at the last minute — even when you are at the airport! Since private flights often leave from airports with little or no commercial air service, if your flight is canceled you may also find you have limited options.

Special Offers

Acqualina is featured in the JetSuite Experiences by Embark Beyond travel program. Members of its SuiteKey jet card program get credits up to $3,000 that can be used for your vacation at Acqualina. Contact JetSuite Experiences at 866-359-4100 or embark@JetSuite.com.

Bonus: Five-Star In-Flight Dining

Acqualina can provide catering for your return flight.

Nearest Private Aviation Airports

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Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF)

Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport is only 6 miles from Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins and many concerts.

  • 13 miles from Acqualina
  • Longest runway:  8002 x 150
  • Open:  24 hours

FBOs 

  • Atlantic Aviation: +1 305 455 2295
  • Fontainebleau Aviation: +1 305 685 4646
  • Signature Flight Support: +1 305 687 8410

U.S. Customs and Immigration

  • Hours:  9am – midnight daily
  • +1 305-687-5475

miami-airport.com

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (MIA)

If you are departing after meetings with your yacht charter broker or boat builder, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International is less than five miles from the Fort Lauderdale Marine Center, where many yachting-related businesses are located. It is also a good option if you are coming from the Las Olas area. Also, it offers 24/7 customs and immigrations for private aviation, so you can arrive at Acqualina anytime from anywhere in the world.

  • 13 miles from Acqualina
  • Longest runway:  9000 x 150
  • Open: 24 hours

FBOs

  • Jetscape Business Aviation: +1 954-359-9991
  • National Jets: +1 954-359-9900
  • Sheltair: +1 954-359-3200
  • Signature Flight Support: +1 954-359-0000

U.S. Customs and Immigration

  • Hours:  24 hours
  • +1 954 359 1160

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Miami International Airport (MIA)

If you are leaving after attending an event at American Airlines Arena or from an appointment in downtown Miami, Brickell, Coconut Grove, or Coral Gables as well as the South Pointe area of Miami Beach, Miami International Airport offers dedicated private aviation facilities.

  • 20 miles from Acqualina
  • Longest runway:  13016 x 150
  • Open: 24 hours

FBO

  • Signature Flight Support: +1 305-874-1477

U.S. Customs and Immigration

  • Hours: 24 hours
  • +1 305-526-7155

miami-airport.com

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE)

Located north of downtown Fort Lauderdale, last year FXE became the first general aviation airport in the nation to introduce automated passport control self-service kiosks at its onsite U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility. If you are departing from downtown Fort Lauderdale, the uptown business district, or areas such as Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Tamarac, and Sunrise, FXE is a good option.

  • 23 miles from Acqualina
  • Longest runway:  6002 x 100
  • Open: 24 hours

FBOs

  • Banyan Air Service: +1 954-491-3170
  • Fort Lauderdale Executive Jet Center: +1 954-351-2003
  • W Aviation: +1 954-938-1962
  • Lynx FBO Network: +1 954-772-7444

U.S. Customs

  • Hours:  8 am – midnight daily
  • +1 954.491.5647

flyfxe.com

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