Seat Amigo was formed to solve a problem and
take advantage of an opportunity.
Seat Amigo is an app that allows Southwest Airlines passengers to meet, connect, and sit together to create a first-class flying experience. Seat Amigo provides an opportunity for business and social connections on Southwest Airlines, taking the randomness out of who's going to sit next to you on your flight.
The Seat Amigo app is a Progressive Web App (PWA), currently in BETA that works on any mobile device or computer. Users sign into the app for free, create a profile, upload a picture and then list themselves on their upcoming flight(s). Users then browse the flight to view the profiles of other Seat Amigo users who have listed themselves on the same flight and when they find someone that fits their desired seat mate profile, they request to sit next to them. The passenger who receives the request gets notified and then either accepts or denies that request. If accepted, the in-app messaging allows for communication one day before the scheduled flight so that the new seat amigos can decide where to meet at the airport. That's it! After the flight, each user is prompted to review the other, for which they earn free credits toward more Seat Amigo flights.
"I believe that air travel is an untapped market to promote and facilitate social and business connections. Everyone's time is valuable, and what better way to utilize the airplane than as a meeting room in the sky."
J Rusty Shaffer
Founder and CEO of Seat Amigo, Inc.
Per the Southwest Airlines Media Kit 2018, available on their website, Southwest Airlines flies 160 million passengers per year across 4,000 flights per day. By completing a profile and uploading a picture on the Seat Amigo app, users earn free credits toward for use on their first few flights. After that, the cost per one-way flight to a Seat Amigo user is $3.99. There is tiered purchasing of credits available, as well as a one-year subscription for about $70 - perfect for the Southwest frequent fliers.
The company believes that its patent-pending technology will quickly lead to other areas of travel/event seating opportunities as well as licensing to other airlines and travel operators. The company also believes that acquisition is a strong possibility.
If you're a forward-thinking investor, looking to get into an untapped area for social networking - Seat Amigo is your company.