A private jet charter to LA? I’d love to!

Abby Tegnelia El JetWhen I was asked by Swagbucks and El Jet to participate in a free-trip-to-Las Vegas contest, I was thrilled. Showing off my adopted hometown is one of my favorite things to do! And as if that wasn’t enough, there was something for me, too: I got to leave the office for a few hours to meet the winners in LA. I had been talking to Daneille and Alyse for weeks, planning their trips. Finally, the day arrived for them to meet Las Vegas for the first time. And they sent me a private jet charter to scoop me up and head to LA to greet them.

Yup, they sent a jet, just for me.

Getting on a private plane as the only passenger is a bit like jumping into a cab. Once I found the sort of-hidden entrance with double barriers, I drove right up to the hanger and boarded my jet. And we took off — just like that.

I could get used to this.

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Come onboard!


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Pimping gold accessories, like these air-conditioning vents.

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Need anything? The pilots are right there. And there were more of them than me!

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If you had a whole plane to yourself, where would you sit?

In the air, I had nothing to do but gaze out the window, not having brought a book or anything that would take away from the experience.

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Very clearly, still flying over the Nevada desert.

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We must be nearing LA!


One thing that hadn’t occurred to me: how much attention I would get during my one hour of celebrity treatment. The pilots were hilarious, asking me if I’d like more photos and making quips like, “Where to?” as if this really were my little taxi in the sky! While I waited in the lounge at Van Nuys Airport, the private airport that had welcomed Jennifer Aniston home just the previous day, two older men grilled me about what the heck I was doing. I guess they’re more used to celebrities, businessman and high-limit gamblers, not single chicks like me who had rolled up to the hanger in a seven-year-old Honda Civic!

And then… the winners arrived! I finally got to meet Daneille, Alyse, and their “plus ones.” They could not have been nicer or more excited about their trip. And then we were off to Vegas, baby!


Touchdown! The airport is so close to the Strip, that you can make it from the private airport to the gambling tables in 20 minutes flat.

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When we landed in Vegas, the guys had my Honda ready to go, AC blasting so I wouldn’t be too hot in the desert heat. The Swagbucks winners drove off in a limo to start their trip, and I headed back to work.

Just another day in the office? Gotta love Las Vegas!

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  1. Abby, you are the best! Thanks for all your help and advice! We had an amazing trip!

  2. I’m so glad you had fun, Alyse! I’ve been dying to hear from you!!

  3. Amazing! Gotta love the perks of the job right?!

  4. How fun! Sounds like a very cool experience. I wouldn’t mind having a private jet someday…

  5. That makes two of us!!

  6. Just when I thought your life couldn’t get any more glamourous you show me this? I need to get to Las Vegas!

  7. Gotta admit this is something I have never done and doubt I will!! What a riot!

  8. I think it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing for most of us onboard lol.

    Ayngelina, come to Vegas already!

  9. What an unforgettable experience! I would have been pinching myself the entire way!!!

  10. Seriously fun stuff, Abby! And – as always – you look incredible.

  11. Dude … amazing!!! If only you could get the private jet to fly to THailand!!

  12. Totally amazing!!! Hubby is a flight instructor and has always dreamed of flying a private jet. One day, we’ll hope to have a bit of the awesome experience you did, rock on!!

  13. Somehow Abby, this kind of travel just seems to suit you. You should travel like this from now on, but you’re going to have to get a different car to drive to the airport in.

  14. how rad. Maybe all of us travel bloggers should pool together and just have a private jet to whisk us away whenever we want 😉 One can dream right?

  15. Daneille, Swag Mom says:

    So exciting Abby. Still get a thrill thinking of our very special trip. Don’t we look happy ? My “plus one” was very impressed with all the VIP treatment. Thank You !!

  16. Gerry was such a good sport — I’m so glad he had fun!!

  17. I love how they had your car ready with the AC running when you got back. What a nice touch!

  18. Yes, please!

  19. Definite yes! You look so good next to that plane!

  20. Ohhh this is awesome! Up until a month ago I worked for a law firm that bought and sold these things…I was always secretly hoping to snag a ride on one somehow, but I never got the chance!

  21. Arriving to Vegas in a private jet is my dream come true. If there were blackjack on the plane, it would be perfect. Sounds live fun!

  22. I love that even the seatbelts are gold – god forbid private jet passengers have to use boring old silver like everyone else!

  23. I’m really glad you didn’t take work on the plane. 🙂

  24. That looks like a whole pile of awesome fun 😀 The closest I’ve been was a bit of solo flight in a single prop aircraft, which was very exciting, but slightly less glamorous…

  25. Wow…first class will never be the same will it?

  26. Fancy shmancy! Lucky ducks, all of you 🙂

  27. Wow, living the good life!

  28. Seriously amazing experience! I’d love to do this one day!

  29. Speechless 🙂

  30. It must be a nice experience to travel via a private jet. Good for you 🙂

  31. Thank you for sharing your experience! Flying private looks like it’s a huge time saver if you’re willing to dish out the cash. This would be a cool bucket list item.

  32. Sounds incredible! What a great idea not to bring a book or anything so you could soak up the whole experience 🙂

  33. It was… unique 😉

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