GoBumpFree has launched its travel platform for airline employees and retirees after raising nearly $1 million from private investors, according to a report from Entrevestor.
The company said it is launching the latest version of its travel platform and running several promotions (including vacation giveaway packages) to coincide with the launch.
GoBumpFree allows airline employees to book last-minute hotel rooms and instantly cancel if required.
“As a former airline employee, I know how frustrating it is to have this great travel benefit—free flights—but not be able to use it because you’d pay cancellation fees [at hotels] if you got bumped,” said company founder and president Donna Lavallee.
Lavallee was a finalist in Innovacorp’s I-3 competition, which got the company more than $100,000. She then she began raising private capital and was accepted into the Propel ICT accelerator. The company Nova Scotia Business Inc. and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
“These are customers who book spontaneous vacations all the time, and are really influential in their personal networks because they’re frequent travelers,” said Lavallee. “So they’re the ideal customer for a hotel or resort. Sometimes they get bumped and can’t make it, but they return to their favorite destinations again and again.”
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