Everything that managers, travellers, and tech journalists need to know about Travelstop
I’m already working with a corporate travel agent / business travel management tool. Why should I switch over?
Firstly, we’re not your typical travel booking solution. Our platform offers a suite of services that cover every aspect of business travel, such as flight and hotel bookings, expense claims, and data and insights.
Secondly, compared to travel agents and other business travel management tools in the market, we’re extremely affordable. By a long shot.
Finally, being a tech company, our platform will constantly evolve to meet the ever-growing demands of our discerning audience i.e. you. So we will keep getting better and better — an important factor in an industry that hasn’t improved much in decades.
Oh, and we’re free to use for a limited period. That’s always a plus :)
So I’d be able to get an overview of all the business travel and expense spending being made within the entire company?
Indeed. We will be rolling out our Insights feature very soon, which will give you interesting data about your employees’ business travel and expense spending.
Knowing what’s being spent where will give you the power to make suggestions and tweaks to your company’s travel policy to make it as cost-effective as possible. Cue your happy boss giving you an early pay raise in gratitude.
Hold on. How are you able to offer so many features for just $10/user/month? Are you sure you’re not hiding some sneaky hidden fees?
We’re just that good ;)
On a more serious note: our goal is — and always will be — to provide SMEs and startups with an affordable business travel management tool. As such, we opted for a simple SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) pricing model, which doesn’t markup flights and hotel prices (something travel agents tend to do).
Also, we only charge for active usage of our platform. In other words, you only pay if your employees are actually using our product. We believe that’s only fair.
👨🏻💼 Business traveller ️
Agoda/Expedia/other online travel agencies make booking hotels and flights super easy for me right now. How is Travelstop any different?
You’ll be happy to know that we offer more than just hotel and flight bookings on our platform. We offer a range of features that aim to simplify your entire business travel experience. For instance, we make it super easy to manage and report travel expenses to your manager.
Even when planning your trip, we go one step further than your typical Agoda/Expedia/online travel agency. With our AI-driven recommendation engine, you can pick out the best flights and hotels — based on your criteria — in a few clicks.
What about other random expenses I rack up while on the road, like that latte I just bought for my client at Starbucks?
No problem at all. You can file any expenses you’ve incurred during your trip via our platform. In fact, your expenses don’t even have to be travel-related — feel free to throw in monthly phone bills, software subscriptions, and team outings.
Wait, you mean I don’t ever need to leave Travelstop to make any business travel arrangements? Like, ever again?
You got it. In fact, we have plans to cover even more bases in the future, such as vacation rentals and car rentals. Watch this space.
👨🏻💻 Travel Manager
Does Travelstop make my job redundant? Should I be calling up my recruiter?
Not at all! Sure, this will make your life a whole lot easier, but our platform will also help you to get more done with your already-limited time.
To do this, we’re working on tools that will allow you to book travel for any employee in your organization. You will have access to all their profiles, which means you will never have to fill any form ever again (we remember all the details and pre-fill them for you). We will also notify you if some of the details are dated — for instance, if your employees’ passport is nearing expiry.
But I kinda like using email and Whatsapp to communicate with my offline travel agents.
Give us a chance to change your mind. Once you use Travelstop, you will no longer need to communicate with any travel agents. We will have all the travel inventory personalized for your company’s business travellers.
👩🏻🏫 Tech journalist / Startup enthusiast
How is Travelstop different from other business travel management tools in the market, like American Express Global Business Travel or BCD Travel?
Our key differentiator is in the technology. We use technology to offer a solution that is not only easy to use, but also very smart.
For instance, with machine learning and AI, we can understand what’s happening within a company — say a group of employees flying to a city at the same time annually — and make it easy for them to pick the best hotel and flight bookings instantly.
We offer some 200,000 hotels and 700 airlines to choose from. Thanks to our partnerships with Booking.com and Ctrip, soon we’ll be adding on over 1 million more hotels, and almost every airline in the world.
Also, our goal is to provide SMEs and startups with an affordable business travel management tool — current alternatives in the market are exorbitant, to say the least. Additionally, with our lineup of partnerships, we’ll bring you the cheapest fares you can possibly find without needing to leave the Travelstop platform.
How much funding have you received so far?
We’re thankful to have raised US$1.2 million (S$1.65 million) from leading investors in Singapore and USA. Since then, we’ve launched in Singapore, and are looking to expand across the rest of Southeast Asia as well.
What do your plans to dominate Asia’s business travel market look like?
We will continue to drive product development, build a world-class development team in Singapore, and to ramp up growth through sales and marketing. In 2018, our energies will be focused on key markets such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The rest of Asia is our oyster from 2019 onwards.