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Freebird flies with $5 million as it eyes expansion in corporate travel

Freebird, a startup to help travellers rebook flights following disruption, has received a fresh cash injection of $5 million.

The funding comes from General Catalyst and Accomplice which also led the startup’s initial round of $3.5 million back in November 2015.

A number of travel industry angel investors, including TripIt founder Scott Hintz, also participated in the round which will be invested in Freebird’s expansion in the corporate travel segment.

Ellen Keszler, an advisor to the startup, and former president of Travelocity Business as well as GetThere, is also an investor.

The company recently signed partnerships with a number of travel management companies including Altour, Short’s Travel Management and Travel and Transport.

General Catalyst managing director Joel Cutler says Freebird is on to something.

“Interruptions in air travel are more common than any of us like. Freebird’s ability to detect problems and create instant alternatives is gaining great traction with TMCs and their corporate clients.”

Freebird works by charging travellers a fee to cover their flight in the event of delay, cancellation or other significant disruption.

The service sends travellers an alert about the flight to their mobile device and then enables them to rebook an alternative.

A number of startups are now building up around travel disruption with Roomstorm (Startup pitch here) providing access to extra hotel rooms.

Related reading:

Getting under the skin of airline disruption

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About the Writer :: Linda Fox

Linda Fox is deputy editor for Tnooz. For the past eight years she has worked as a freelance journalist across a range of B2B titles including Travolution, ABTA Magazine, Travelmole and the Business Travel Magazine.

In this time she has also undertaken corporate projects for a number of high profile travel technology, travel management and research companies.

Prior to her freelance career she covered hotels and technology news for Travel Trade Gazette for seven years. Linda joined TTG from Caterer & Hotelkeeper where she worked on the features desk for more than five years.

 

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  1. Murray Harrold

    Strikes me, this system is fraught with all sorts of issues. Anyone who had booked with a proper travel agent would not have any issues anyway – we agents just fix stuff. There is no indication as to how this works, save by simply buying a new ticket, which is the most hair-brained way of sorting disrupted flights known to man. The comment that “your travel agent will make sure further flights are not cancelled” is a joke. Anyone using this system is nuts, basically. Use a travel agent!

     
 
 

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