Quicket is a travel booking site that allows for quick reservations and provides on board info about seating and meals. One of its founders is Guinness world record holder Fred Finn
You can have ten different travel apps on your phone to book trips or track your flights on different airlines. Munich-based Quicket is looking to clean up all those apps and offer all features on one platform.
The iOS app, which officially launched at the end of June, allows travelers to book flights in under a minute with advanced filters that include airline alliance and layovers on 700 different airlines. It at first seems like nothing new, but the app also lets users keep track of different frequent flyer programs, and can provide information on baggage allowance, on board seating, meal selections and flight changes and layovers. The app also helps users rebook flights when changes occur and flights can be booked up to three hours before takeoff.
“Our goal with Quicket is to provide end-to-end travel solutions and help minimize travel disruption,” Djois Franklin Sronipah, CEO and co-founder of Quicket, said. “Quicket’s design is sleek and uncomplicated, intended to be navigated with one hand on your mobile device and the other hand on your luggage.”
Battling app fatigue
Quicket was founded by two international travelers: Fred Finn, who holds the Guinness world record for the most air miles flown (15 million) and flew on the Concord’s first and last flights; and Djois Franklin Sronipa, who spent years travelling internationally when working at Microsoft, which he left in 2010, and at his current position at X.Million Capital Ventures.
In an interview with Geektime, Sronipa said he came up with the idea due to his traveling, especially at X.Million, which required him to book travel on his own. He met Finn last summer at a conference and pitched the idea to him. Finn liked the idea and the duo immediately began working on an app and raised €600,000 from both X.Million and private investors. Within six months the first version of the app was released – March 7 – and since then Quicket has been working to improve its product.
In May Quicket acquired Jets, an app that provides airplane seat maps, and incorporated that capability into its own platform before officially launching the app as a final product. The company is now working on the Android version, which is expected in a few weeks, Sronipa said.
Like other travel platforms that help users book at the best prices, Quicket can retrieve real-time flight prices from more than 700 airlines. It also recognize the user’s closest airport and offer secure quick pay features so bookings can be finished in one minute. Quicket said its platform is optimized for frequent and last-minute flyers.
It also has onboard tools that are available without internet, such as flight tracking, inflight menu options and seat advisories. Its boarding pass scanner allows users to get info about their flight even if they didn’t book through the app. The seat advisory has on board maps of 932 aircraft from more than 170 airlines and it colors the seats based on the amount of legroom, view restrictions, proximity to restrooms and other factors.
So far the app has tens of thousands of users, Sronipa said, noting that roughly 35% of the users are in Asia, despite the app only being available in English so far. He said the team is thinking about developing a Chinese version due to the high demand, but that is still just a thought.
The app is free, and probably most useful when needing to book last minute flights, especially due to a cancellation. Sronipa said Quicket makes money through affiliate payments and has relationships with airlines and airports that pay to have their flights booked on the platform.
There are already tons of different travel booking apps such as Expedia, Orbitz, and SkyScanner, but Quicket seems to offer a few added features that may seem trivial to the leisure traveler. But for someone already in high stress for travel, knowing exactly what your flight will be like with legroom and position in the airplane may provide some little piece of mind.