Veteran airline executive Jeff Potter is behind the launch of a new travel and lifestyle membership service, Manifest.
Potter stepped down as CEO and chairman of Surf Air in 2017 and was previously boss of Frontier Airlines for five years until 2007 and served in the same position at Vanguard Airlines for a year in 2000-2001.
The idea behind Manifest, which Potter founded, is to operate a platform that connects its members to getaways to exclusive US destinations via private planes.
The Colorado-based company claims to have received over $2 million in funding from HNWI and Potter. He is currently in the process of filling out a funding round.
Manifest will have club “chapters” that are positioned in the top 50-60 US source markets, based on household income and consumer propensity to purchase business and first class fares.
Each will be limited to 175 members. The first chapters available to join now include Denver (with flights from Centennial Airport), the San Francisco Bay Area (San Jose Airport), and Los Angeles (Van Nuys Airport).
The cost to members is $2,500 per year.
Potter says: “I have been lucky in my career in aviation, hospitality and travel, as every opportunity has presented me with some successes and, just as importantly, some lessons learned, all of which have come to fruition. when I came up with the concept of Manifest.
“Although I have been fortunate enough to travel to all corners of the world, I still believe that there is much to discover within hours of where we live. This is especially true now, in the midst of COVID-19 – we are always looking for moments of emotion and discovery but in destinations much closer to home.”
More chapters are planned for Santa Barbara, San Diego, Phoenix, Seattle and Portland in the coming months.
The team includes Kelly Tompkins (Chief Product Officer, ex-founder of AdventureLink and LeisureLink), Dan Cohn (VP of Corporate Strategy, ex-Delta Executive), Margaret Harrell (Chief Business Operations Officer) and Cam Thiel (Director of Member Services, ex-United and Inspirato exec).