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Feel like leasing a private plane? Download the JetSmarter app first

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If you want to avoid the hassle of commercial air travel, you can always lease a private jet. Don't know where to look? Try this new travel app for fliers with deep pockets.

Name: JetSmarter

Available: iOS, Android

Cost: Free

What it does: It wants to be the Uber of private aviation. The JetSmarter app lets you book a seat on a private plane from your smartphone for flights around the world. Find deals at a steep discount or book your own charter flight.

What's hot: I was surprised by how many options there were and how easy it was to use and compare planes and prices (I know very little about private jets). If you're looking to charter a flight, plug in your dates and departure times, let the app search for planes, then review your options. For a weekend L.A.-San Francisco round-trip flight, I found five options for booking a turbo-prop, four options for "entry-level" jets and dozens more options for bigger jets — even airliners. The deals are marked with a green tag. Click on the price to get to plane information and pictures. An additional click on the "tap for more info" link takes you to a list of amenities.

What's not: The $6,999 annual membership fee. You would have to put this app to good use to make that fee worth it. And wouldn't that be fun.

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