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Empty Leg Flights


We don't currently provide the opportunity for users to book empty-leg flights on our site, however, this is a feature we may add in the future so check back for updates.

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What are Empty Leg Flights?

Empty leg flights, or 'deadhead flights', are a term that refers to private aircraft that are operating flights without passengers on one leg of the journey. The reason for these flights vary, either the aircraft is flying back to its base, the aircraft is repositioning itself, or it's moving to a different location for maintenance. As the aircraft is due to be empty, it means that you can get heavily discounted flights, due to the plane flying the same route regardless.

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Alternatives to Empty Leg Flights

Unfortunately, Alternative Airlines does not offer our customers the opportunity to book empty-leg flights on our site. We may revisit this in the future, so it's important to always check back for updates.

Empty leg flights might also not be for everyone, whether it's the last minute-ness, or you prefer to fly commercial, there are plenty of other options to suit your flight booking needs.

In the same way that empty leg flights can be more cost effective, so can using buy now, pay later to pay for your flights. Whether you prefer a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly payment schedule, Alternative Airlines has you covered. Choose from over 650 airlines, including major carriers like United, British Airways, and American Airlines. With various payment plan options, you can book your flights now and pay later using methods such as PayPal Credit, Affirm, Klarna, Zip, Afterpay, Clearpay, Postpay, or Tabby. Experience the convenience of securing your travel plans with Alternative Airlines.

Benefits of Empty Leg Flights

Saves Money

The aircraft that are often used for these empty-leg flights will be flying regardless of whether there are passengers on board or not, therefore, booking an empty leg flight works out cheaper than traditional flights as they are heavily discounted.

Great for Last Minute Travel

If you can be spontaneous and book that last minute flight, then empty leg flights are perfect for you! Last minute business trips or impulsive travel plans are great excuses for an empty leg flight.

One Way Travel

If you're looking to travel to multiple destinations on multiple legs, why not travel one of those legs in style? Empty leg flights are operated on private jets that are typically of a nicer standard than commercial aircraft.

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Empty Leg Flights FAQs

Can I book empty leg flights with Alternative Airlines?

Currently, this feature isn't available on our site, however, we do offer buy now pay later options for you to spread your flight payments in weekly, bi-weekly or monthly instalments.

Are empty leg flights cheaper?

Empty leg flights are typically cheaper than standard private jet charters, however, they are not cheaper in comparison to commercial flights with popular airlines such as easyJet, Ryanair or Lufthansa for example.