Jet Set Entrepreneurs: 5 Cool Travel Startups to Watch

From travel inspiration to mobile apps and travel experience enhancement find out which travel startups made our must-watch list this year.

3. Surf Air

Wade Everly; Source: Courtesy Photo
Wade Everly; Source: Courtesy Photo

Founded by brothers Wade Eyerly (pictured below) and David Eyerly, Surf Air is out to simplify the flying experience with its membership program.

The “All You Can Fly” membership airline will offer first-class travel on executive aircraft in and out of local airports.

With a goal to simplify flying and enhance the overall travel experience Surfair.com will provide no hassle, no lines and no fees; unlimited flights, booking in under 30-seconds and first-class luxury in executive aircraft with an on-site, personal concierge service and more.

Surf Air is currently accepting sign-ups. Interested frequent fliers can join the waitlist here. Learn more at www.surfair.com.


4. Airportchatter

Over 4 billion passengers pass through airports annually and yet the majority of them often have frustration and stress while traveling.

Airport Chatter Co-founder and CEO Mark Wagner, has made it his mission to make travelers happy and remove the frustration from air travel while connecting users to airports, airlines, retailers and other travelers.

Their free mobile app provides travelers with the information, tools and interactions to make air-travel a better experience.

“The mobile app includes venue profiles for the shops and services inside airports, allowing users to not only discover the hours of operations and other business info, but also post check-ins and reviews. That makes it something like a miniature version of Yelp, specifically designed for airports.”

Learn more at www.airportchatter.com.


5. Citynotes

Dan Frommer; Source: Courtesy Photo
Dan Frommer; Source: Courtesy Photo

With an aim to offer the best and most interesting travel guides for iPhones and iPads, City Notes  takes a novel approach to the very crowded local guide space.

After leaving his full-time job at Business Insider, Dan Frommer a former tech writer and editor, knew he wanted to build something but he wasn’t sure exactly what to build. After consideration, Frommer decided to enter the mobile space.

“I quickly figured out that I wanted to do something in mobile — it’s the future of media and computing, and a massive market … I wanted to build real, honest things and sell them to people, not just “collect eyeballs,” said the Citynotes co-founder.

While there is certainly no shortage of travel guides and apps, City Notes aims to help travelers take the “road less traveled” and find the best and most interesting places in a city, not the most famous or obvious. Learn more at www.citynotes.io.

What other travel-related startups should we add to our must-watch list? Let us know in the comments section below.

Photo: Jane Norman


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