JetCombo's Take On Travel

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Two entrepreneurs have developed JetCombo.com to take their stab at the airline hub-and-spoke system by offering a new online point-to-point trip planner designed to tap into "the other 5,400 public airports" in the U.S. JetCombo mines a database of aircraft and operators ranging from jets to small propeller aircraft through an online interface that allows users to select their departure and destination while JetCombo returns its most efficient route. AVweb tried a search using JetCombo.com to schedule a flight for two people flying economy class, for a Friday to Monday trip booked two weeks in advance. Our query seeking flights from San Diego-area Carlsbad Palomar Airport (KCRQ) to Georgetown (Texas) Municipal Airport (KGTU) yielded options ranging in cost from roughly $300 per person (with one stop) flying Continental Airlines to just shy of $5400 including two guests who would fly "free" non-stop in a Piper Malibu, to more than $20,000 (seven "free" guests) on a Falcon 2000. One-way travel times ranged from about two and a half hours to nearly eight hours. You'll pay more for speed ... and for carbon credits, if you want them.