Tag Archives: 30SecondsToFly

30SecondsToFly Adds Fare Search Tech, Investment From EGlobalfares

By | May 23, 2018

Chatbot maker 30SecondsToFly accepted an unspecified investment from eGlobalfares, a dozen-year-old fare search tech provider that serves a few hundred travel agencies globally. The deal also extends 30Seconds’ strategy to market to travel management companies. The partnership enables eGlobalfares customers to offer public and proprietary fares through the Claire chatbot to business travelers. Claire is available by SMS,… Read More »

Small Accounts Aren’t Worth The Effort, So Claire Chatbot Seeks TMC Users

By | April 2, 2018

Three unidentified travel management companies have enlisted 30SecondsToFly’s Claire chatbot, according to co-founder Felicia Schneiderhan. Claire’s parent is de-emphasizing direct client servicing in favor of powering other business travel entities due to the cost and limited return of maintaining small-business accounts. Claire uses the Facebook, Skype, Slack, SMS and web platforms to communicate with users about their bookings. “All… Read More »

Updates: Moscovici To College; Travel And Transport Enhances Agent Tool; Latest On Startups; Travel Leaders Corporate Renews Data Practice

By | March 6, 2018

Sometimes the things we write about peter out. Sometimes more developments happen, but they don’t warrant an entirely new article. In other cases, something unexpected or counterintuitive is noteworthy in its continuance. Hence, the Updates post. Click to jump to info on the latest from a rare collegiate program focused on corporate travel, enhancements for Travel and Transport’s agent desktop… Read More »

Nineteenth Century Tech Joins SEO, Data Mining In Business Travel Startup Marketing

By | June 21, 2017

Nothing beats word of mouth for business travel providers seeking new clients. Established players count on referrals, with the most gratifying coming from former users recommending them to new employers. New entrants incentivize to evangelize. The lucky business travel startup hooks a big fish corporate account and rides the wave of publicity. Downstream from big corporate, new entrants… Read More »

Another Travel Startup Leans On TMC Support

By | May 30, 2017

Disadvantaged relative to bigger companies that negotiate their own airfare discounts, small businesses mostly pay retail. TravelBank co-founder and CEO Duke Chung is out to change that. In a market full of business travel startups, one of his company’s angles is rebates for users. TravelBank introduced its first products in November. They are an expense app and budgeting… Read More »

Latest Startups Try Texting, With Agent Or Bot

By | February 5, 2016

It’s becoming difficult to count on one hand the tech startups going after the “small” or unmanaged business travel market. 30SecondsToFly, Cinch, Hyper Travel, TripChamp and Travo are a few. Hyper, along with shopping services like Assi.st and Mezi, are bringing a new element to the travel-booking experience. They’re focused on mobile texting as the means of communication between… Read More »

Meet The People Behind The New Virtual Agents

By | November 9, 2015

[UPDATE, March 7, 2018: 30SecondsToFly made available its Claire travel management platform for “small teams” on Product Hunt. Users access Claire by text and on Facebook or Slack. The platform offers pre-trip approval, custom travel policies based on price caps and cabin classes and consolidated travel data for admins filtered by office, department or traveler.] [UPDATE, Nov. 20,… Read More »