Other SF Bay Area Helicopter “Tour” Companies
FYI, Do yourself a favor and do your due diligence, as anyone can claim to be an experienced business operator online, a tour operator, or even a helicopter tour operator. Apparently You don’t even need a helicopter to claim to be a “Helicopter Tour Operator”. Third party bookers from across the country are booking clients and selling helicopter tours. They book the unsuspecting clients, then call the real tour operator in the appropriate city for the actual tour and availability. These third party bookers know nothing of the local tour they are offering and explain nothing to the client they just booked with. The client unknowingly is subject to any and all issues that may be realized through incorrect booking info, lack of communication, lack of policy info, and no weather updates.
The internet allows for this kind of fraudulent representation and content that is a ultimately a mis representation of our industry. This financially affects the client and further affects the real businesses as it undermines those genuine local operators.
We at Bay Aerial take pride in offering an genuine tour for a honest value. It has taken us 18 years and we are still learning, and looking to improve our offering for an even better experience. We prefer to be honest and transparent about our operations and availability. We assist our customers with scheduling, weather information and we are flexible when changes need to be made. So if interested please give us a call to hear our local knowledge first hand and hear an honest representation of our the tour industry in San Francisco.
Furthermore, In the helicopter tour space a warning is necessary, as “tour operators” pop up and disappear, they come and go, and with little warning and sometimes little experience. These new companies/Tour Operators will claim to know how a tour service is offered, and even very little time in business, when in comparison, and after 18 years we at Bay Aerial is still learning and refining the process to better serve our customers.
Just because one company charges more money does not make them better, or mean they have a better tour. And the opposite applies as well, just because a company is less expensive doesn’t mean its a better deal. Discounts and half off coupons basically mean you will receive a shortened tour or an incomplete routing. Check out the offering and make an educated decision, after all, your experience and the experience of your friends or family depends on it.
So again, please do your due diligence and research the helicopter tour company that you are thinking of. Be sure they have experience, local knowledge and more than a few months in business. Check the reviews and maybe speak with another tour company to cross reference what you are hearing.