travel

  • Kayak co-founder Paul English raises $15M for his travel startup Lola

    Kayak co-founder Paul English raises $15M for his travel startup Lola

    Lola, a startup that connects travelers with live travel agents, has raised $15 million in Series B funding. The Boston-based startup was founded by Paul English, who previously co-founded and served as CTO at Kayak. In contrast to many other assistant services that hype their automation and technology, Lola proudly highlights the fact that its iPhone app uses human travel agents —… Read More

  • Pana’s travel companion app goes free, can automatically check you into flights

    Pana’s travel companion app goes free, can automatically check you into flights

    Pana, a travel companion that organizes your plans and sends personalized trip alerts, is now making its app free to challenge rivals like TripIt, Google Trips and others. First launched two years ago, Pana had previously focused on its paid subscription service for individuals and companies needing a 24/7 travel concierge — a move that may have limited its potential market. The… Read More

  • Trivago closes up 8% in public debut

    Trivago closes up 8% in public debut

    Hotel search site Trivago went public on Friday, after separating from Expedia. The company priced its shares at $11 and closed the day at $11.85, up 7.73 percent. But this was after pricing at $11 per share, below the $13 to $15 range that had been forecast. The company raised $287 million in the offering and plans to use the capital to focus on growth and potentially make strategic… Read More

  • Hopper raises $61 million more for its airfare prediction app

    Hopper raises $61 million more for its airfare prediction app

    Airfare prediction app Hopper has grown from 1 million downloads to over 10 million in the course of a year – a trajectory that’s allowed it to pull in $82 million CAD (~$61.2 million US) in additional funding to continue to grow its business. The Series C round was led by North American pension fund manager, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and includes participation… Read More

  • Trivago files to raise up to $428 million in IPO

    Trivago files to raise up to $428 million in IPO

    German hotel booking site Trivago updated its plans for a U.S. IPO in a filing that came out on Monday. The company expects to price its shares between $13 to $15, a $428 million offering at the top end of the range. Officially named Travel B.V., the company will change its name to Trivago to match its popular web property, before completing the IPO later this month. Expedia will still own… Read More

  • China’s Ctrip is buying flight search company Skyscanner for $1.74 billion

    China’s Ctrip is buying flight search company Skyscanner for $1.74 billion

    Skyscanner, the Scotland-based flight-search company, has been acquired by Chinese online travel giant Ctrip for £1.4 billion, or approximately $1.74 billion. Read More

  • AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel

    AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel

    A startup that originally launched as an AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, has pivoted to focus on travel only. And why not? There’s little to do online that’s more annoying than booking flights, hotels and everything else you need just to take a break, or be somewhere for work. Mezi’s newly designed app allows users to find and book flights and hotels and make… Read More

  • Come hear GoEuro’s CEO talk trains, planes and automobiles at Disrupt London

    Come hear GoEuro’s CEO talk trains, planes and automobiles at Disrupt London

    Travel and transportation have always been major focus points for the tech world. Why? Because people will always want to get from points A to B, and to do it faster and cheaper than before. GoEuro — a startup based out of Berlin — is a company to watch here because it straddles both of these industries. Come hear how GoEuro is doing this — and making a success of it… Read More

  • FoundersCard members now get three months of free private jet flights from JetSmarter

    FoundersCard members now get three months of free private jet flights from JetSmarter

    FoundersCard, the membership-based program that offers perks like discounts on hotels, travel and shopping has inked a new deal with JetSmarter. As a refresher JetSmarter is also a membership-based program that lets members book discounted seats on shuttle flights between pre-determined cities as well as book their own private flights. JetSmarter also offers a program called JetDeals that… Read More

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