037 – Rama Poola of SkyHi – For Thirty Five Bucks

SkyHi

Last minute travel subscription service, cheap tickets in exchange for a monthly fee…

SkyHiRama Poola, CEO of SkyHi (the first on-demand service for commercial airline tickets.), joins John Matson and Nick Vivion (tnooz) in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • About SkyHi’s most interesting recent use case, with people using it to go to Sundance Film festival, one click and they were ready to fly to Salt Lake CitySkyHi
  • How last minute travel is a bit of a business case
  • Looking at how removing all pricing allows free flowing travel action
  • How SkyHi wasn’t originally targeting corporate travelers, and was marketed toward digital nomads, but realized business people were joining
  • How an experience in Lisbon created an idea for the business
  • Why technology has been traditionally stifled in the travel industry
  • The way SkyHi found a strategic partner out of Hungary who had done this beforeSkyHi
  • The business model of SkyHi
  • OTAs seem to want to haggle for the business, they want the customer to buy, but keep it a distance from them
  • How SkyHi is making it easier for customer, but price arbitraging in a seamless, invisible way
  • Booking within a minute is game changing in itself
  • Loving the experience of flying

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