Article by Charlie Eisenhood (Ultiworld) - The original article on Lucid Travel can be found on the Ultiworld website
For a game that requires just a disc and eight cones, ultimate can sure seem expensive. As you move up into higher level youth, college, and club competition, the travel costs can start to pile up. Many teams look to fundraising to help offset the costs of their season, but it can be an arduous process. Imagine if you could fundraise simply by getting money back in your pocket every time you traveled?
Enter Lucid Travel (Raleigh, NC). The growing online travel start-up makes it possible for you to earn up to 5% back on your hotel purchases and room-blocks, simply by signing up for a free account and booking through their self-service portal, backed by industry leaders like Priceline PN, Hotel Planner, Hotels.com and Booking.com as well as direct rates from all the hotels. Their rates are exactly the same as found elsewhere online, but you get up to 7% back for your team.
It’s perfect if you already book hotels online.
How does this work? Online travel booking companies offer commissions on sales to travel companies — and Lucid Travel simply shares the commission with you. Your team can cash out money to offset costs for attending Nationals, end of year gifts/awards, or team gear. Teams can also share their team page with family, friends, and other teams as an alternative fundraising channel.
This past college season, Lucid Travel worked closely with NC State Ultimate and helped UNC Darkside, UNC Wilmington Seamen, and Richmond Spidermonkeys book their trips to Nationals. Over the course of a season, the savings can really add up. “Lucid was wonderful to partner with,” UNC Wilmington captain JD Hastings said in a testimonial on Lucid’s website. “They worked quickly and effectively to help meet our needs for traveling to College Nationals (traveling from Wilmington, NC to Mason, Ohio). Customer service was spot on on the trip up to Ohio as well as when had arrived. Getting a kickback for fundraising was a nice addition on top of everything. UNC-Wilmington will definitely be using Lucid for future travel.”
UNC also had a great experience. “Lucid travel was a tremendous value to UNC Darkside,” said head coach Mike DeNardis. “Troy and his team were attentive and thorough in all avenues of customer service when dealing with the team. It was a pleasure getting to work with such a committed organization. As far as unique value added, Lucid provided us with not only unmatched rates and complete ease of booking, but also up to 5% back on hotel bookings, which is fantastic considering our organization is mostly self-funded. I’d highly suggest Lucid to any team in or outside of the ultimate frisbee community.
The inspiration behind Lucid Travel comes from their own experiences with team sports. Their mission is to offset the costs of team sports by creating alternative fundraising opportunities through the very things that cost teams the most money. Coming this September, Lucid Travel will be launching a beta with select College Club Sports Departments. Involved Universities include NC State, UNC, UNCW, Texas, Kansas, Delaware, UConn, George Washington, ECU, and Texas A&M. Many more universities are also excited about the prospect of working with Lucid Travel.
Any team can sign up for free right now. There are no obligations to create an account, only an opportunity to earn up to 5% back on hotel purchases you are already making and to refer others.
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If you are interested in the benefits of a team partnership or want to bring Lucid Travel to your University, reach out to Troy Miller (co-founder) by email ([email protected]) or text (919-526-0520).
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