About Us

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Our 3 Core Beliefs

Lucid has 3 core beliefs that guide who we are and why we do what we do.

  1. Travel Is Important - Going to new places, experiencing new cultures, and meeting new people is what makes life worthwhile. Travel experiences are one of the few things in life that people cherish and remember forever.
  2. Teams Matter - As the world becomes more & more connected, meaningful relationships seem to become harder & harder to come by. Teams, from sports to business, are able to provide the deep, human connections that so many of us lack.
  3. Give First - One of the best ways to build a meaningful life is to care. People who give first and care for others are happier, have better relationships and are more fulfilled.

What We Do

What Lucid does is simple - We make booking travel cheaper & easier for teams.

Most travel companies claim the same thing, but it's not clear what they're actually doing to make it happen.

Here's what we're doing:

  1. More Options - No travel company can possibly have the most inventory and best prices every single time. That's why we simply consolidate rates from all the top travel sites, as well as include rates directly from vendors, so you know that you're getting the best price every time you make a booking.
  2. Real Savings - Because we pull in rates from all the top sites, you know you're getting the best available rates.

    So, the next question is - How does Lucid help us save money?

    Every time your team books with Lucid, you earn up to 7% cash back. We can do this because travel websites, hotels and vendors pay us when bookings are made. We simply share the revenue with you as a way to save extra money (It's a great fundraiser too!).
  3. Easier for Teams - With Lucid, you get a team profile that allows you to add other team members, review your receipts, change/cancel existing reservations and even find group discounted rates using our room block tool.
  4. Easier Group Rates - You fill out a group request form (here it is) that is automatically sent to all the hotels in the area you choose. After that, hotels will send you group discounted bids that will show up in your inbox. The best part is, you can still talk to the hotel manager and even pay them directly - we just help you find the best bids and our agents are always available to help.
  5. Superior Customer Service - We believe that building an open and honest relationship with our customers is essential to our operation. You can call us directly, as well as access our live chat messenger at any time.

Our Values

The principals that define an organization can be felt by every person that's involved, whether it's a part-time contractor or a first-time customer.

  1. Be Proactively Honest
    • Tell the truth, communicate often and face conflicts head on.
    • Don't be afraid to disagree and challenge ideas.
    • Be the real you (genuine people attract others like a magnet).
  2. Be Curious
    • Always ask “Why?”, you'll be surprised where it can take you.
    • Take risks & don’t be afraid to fail
    • Explore new experiences & ideas
  3. Take Ownership
    • Don't make excuses
    • Own your wins AND failures
    • Real leaders take the blame even if they're not at fault
  4. Be Authentic
    • Care for and help others whenever you can.
    • Think about what's best for the team, not you.
    • Leave the world better than you found it.
  5. Be Disciplined
    • Greatness comes from consistent effort, over a long period of time.
    • Build trust and reliability with others
    • Discipline equals freedom

Our Story

  • The Foundation

    During their senior year spring break, a group of friends at NC State University decided to go to Breckenridge, CO for a snowboarding trip. They quickly realized that finding flights, transportation, lodging and ski tickets for everyone at once was tough... so they bought an all-inclusive package through Inertia Tours .

  • Date of Incorporation

    Lucid Travel was officially incorporated and launched but we had nothing but a landing page and contact form.

  • First Sale

    Nearly 2 years later, two large groups of 50+ college students were looking for a simple, all-inclusive package to Cancun, Mexico. The founding team connected them with Inertia Tours and earned 5% commission on both the groups which ended up being almost $2000... This is when the opportunity became realized.

  • Major Pivot

    Ends up that selling spring break packages was not as easy as we thought... It was at this moment that we realized a major change was needed to build the high-growth, scalable venture we envisioned.

    We took some time to research the industry and came to the assumption that university club sports would be a great initial niche. After surveying 100+ university club sports departments, the opportunity become clear and Lucid Travel (As seen today) was born.

  • University Launch

    The founding team was able to scrap together a prototype that was good enough for a couple university club sports programs to test.

  • 20 University Partners

    By the end of the 2017 year, we had 20 official university club sports partnerships in place.

  • 100 University Partners

    In less than a year, the Lucid team grew in size and so did our impact. At this point we officially hit the 100-university partnership mark!

Leadership

Ben Knosby Co-Founder & CEO
Nick Karagiannis Co-Founder & COO
Chase Summers VP Sales

Team

Willow Groskreutz Content Manager
Alex Leszunov Director of Growth
Sarah Karagiannis Customer Success
David Tillack Growth Rep

Technology

Sourabh Chawla Technology Director
Steven Kless Sales Engineer
Cody Riemenschneider Data Engineer

Advisors

John Prince President, Americas of HotelPlanner.com
Chris Molnar Tech Leader, CTO of Pearup.com (Aquired by Custom Ink)
Troy Miller Sales Executive, Co-Founder of Lucid Travel

We're Hiring

Sales, Product Development, Customer Service, Marketing & Design

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