Spotnana | September 24, 2021
Spotnana Technology Inc.,the first technology company to build an open global innovation platform for travel, today emerged from stealth mode and announced $41 million in funding. The funding includes a $34 million Series A led by ICONIQ and Madrona Venture Group.
“Spotnana’s cloud-native unified global platform solves problems that have plagued the corporate travel world for decades and represents a giant leap forward for all participants travel suppliers, travel management companies, organizations with traveling employees, and the travelers themselves.”
The Series A round also included participation from Mubadala Capital, Decibel VC and super angels including technology and product luminaries Gokul Rajaram - Doordash, Scott Belsky - Chief Product Officer Adobe, Jeetu Patel - EVP Cisco, Vinod Marur - SVP Engineering Databricks and Akshay Bhargava - Chief Product Officer 1Password. The Series A comes on the heels of a Seed round of $7 million raised in early 2020, from Madrona Venture Group, 8VC, and Global Founders Capital, Shah Capital and angels.
“Spotnana is re-envisioning the travel experience from the ground up. By applying a cloud native and open approach to the technology stack, our platform enables travel industry participants to build on our platform to offer their services, and work with partners,” said Sarosh Waghmar, CEO and co-founder of Spotnana. “Spotnana’s unique and modern approach enables entirely new business models for travel buyers and suppliers which are only possible on its global software-as-a-service platform.”
Founded by travel veteran, Sarosh Waghmar, CEO, and technologist, Shikhar Agarwal, CTO, Spotnana has assembled an impressive team of technology and industry leaders with deep domain expertise in the travel industry, and a desire to dramatically improve the value proposition for all participants in the travel ecosystem. Bill Brindle, the former COO of American Express GBT and HRG, serves as Vice President of Travel Operations and Steve Singh, the founder and former CEO of Concur, serves as Executive Chairman of Spotnana’s Board of Directors. In addition, with the Series A investment, Greg Stanger, General Partner at ICONIQ, joins the board. Greg formerly served as CFO of Expedia.
“Spotnana is a cloud-native travel platform designed to serve the global, multi-trillion-dollar travel industry. We serve corporate customers, travel management company [TMC] partners, technology partners and our supplier partners – all on a global basis. The Spotnana TMC service is available to our corporate customers to run and manage their global travel program. Our TMC partners are using the Spotnana platform to deliver travel management services to their customers. Next-generation leaders in the spend management, meetings management, and TMC partners, are integrating into and building value on top of our platform, for the benefit of our mutual customers. Just as importantly, we are excited to partner with suppliers from around the world that wish to deliver differentiated content, and functionality to their customers. There is a tremendous opportunity to build a global platform that can dramatically improve the traveler experience while delivering a better value proposition for every member of the travel ecosystem. I am honored to serve as Spotnana’s Executive Chairman,” commented Steve Singh, Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group.
“We are honored to partner with Sarosh and the Spotnana team,” said Greg Stanger, General Partner of ICONIQ Growth. “Spotnana’s cloud-native unified global platform solves problems that have plagued the corporate travel world for decades and represents a giant leap forward for all participantstravel suppliers, travel management companies, organizations with traveling employees, and the travelers themselves.”
The company’s TMC service is now live with more than 50 early corporate travel customers, providing seamless global service for business travelers and empowering administrators to manage travel across dozens of global offices from one single online dashboard.
The funding will be used to expand the services available on the Spotnana platform and to build sales, marketing, partner, customer success organizations.
Spotnana, founded in early 2020 is unbundling travel with the world’s first cloud-native, open, platform for global travel innovation.
Travelner | February 10, 2022
The pandemic in general, and the outbreak of Omicron recently, have created a much broader awareness of travel insurance. “What happens if I get Covid during travel?” is for sure the most frequently asked question by travelers worldwide. The answer is in fact, very simple: “Insurance".Many travel insurance companies are now offering travel insurance packages that include the medical coverages of Covid-19. But would it benefit travelers in light of the new Omicron variant or any variant that may potentially appear? And how to find the best online travel insurance amongst so many options out there? Follow these top tips recommended by Travelner experts - a top-class travel agency - to get travel insurance online that can fully protect you and your loved ones when traveling abroad.
Find a credible provider to get travel insurance online
It is indisputably essential to check your insurance provider’s credibility before processing any further transaction since it will directly affect your benefits. “The best way to thoroughly examine your insurance provider is by looking at their state licensing, claims process, and complaints. And don’t be afraid to ask the provider about how they handle claims and how they arrive at a claim award ", said Tyler Wong of Travelner. These questions will help you choose which insurance company can support you to get travel insurance online and assist you in the event of an emergency.
Don’t forget to check your provider’s terms and conditions to make sure that the procedure is transparent and trustworthy. An insurance company’s financial strength is a valid proof of its ability to secure your benefits in case of any incidents. Travelner is proud to be a strategic partner with Trawick Insurance - recommended by Forbes as one of the best online travel insurance companies so that we can ensure travelers can fully experience their holidays when traveling with us.
Compare plans, prices, and benefits of cheap online travel insurance packages
Although most travel insurance packages do include Covid-19 medical expenses, some of them might not. Therefore, Travelner experts suggest travelers should read the policies carefully and look out for those that exclude pandemics. Travelner is currently providing a travel insurance package that covers medical expenses for COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and any mutation or variation of SARS-CoV-2.
Most travel insurance plans with medical benefits now treat Covid like any other illness. So when comparing prices to find the best online travel insurance, make sure that you are considering packages with the same plans and benefits. Keep in mind that cheap online travel insurance doesn’t mean it is the best option for your trip abroad. Moreover, note that to make a claim, you must have had travel insurance before becoming ill since insurance is designed for unforeseen issues.
Check on the claims process of the travel insurance provider
People often overlook the importance of claims process transparency, while in fact, it is one of the determining factors to distinguish between an ordinary and the best online travel insurance company. An ideal claims process should be transparent and fully guided so that you should know who and how to contact to make an insurance claim.
With Travelner’s insurance, travelers can rest assured that the claim procedure is clearly instructed and all claim forms can be found easily on the Travelner website. No more tedious process to get your family and yourself fully protected from the pandemic when traveling abroad with our insurance package.
iCruise | October 11, 2021
Cruise travel is back, and so is the World's Largest Cruise and Travel Sale taking place from October 11 through 17, 2021. During the weeklong event, iCruise, the leading cruise booking platform for cruise-lovers, is offering unheard-of discounts on cruises, packages, and other travel inventory. Travelers can expect significant discounts of up to 60% off cruises from Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity, Holland American Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and a host of other cruise lines.
Now that US ports open again to cruise travel, bookings are on the rise. Travelers and cruisers can be assured that comprehensive health protocols and processes are in place and have made cruising as safe and hassle-free as possible. And many of the major cruise lines have launched brand new ships with new amenities.
"We're very pleased to be able to bring back the World's Largest Cruise and Travel Sale," "What better way to celebrate the return of cruise travel than by providing the ultimate travel savings for millions of cruise lovers across the U.S.? We can offer amazing travel deals to travelers, enabling them to enjoy the trip of their lifetimes and make cherished memories with their families."
said Uf Tukel, Senior Vice President and CoFounder of iCruise.
This year's sale inventory offers a wider network of cruise, resort and hotel suppliers, including significant deals on close-to-home hotels, resorts, car rentals and flights. Cruise operators and participating hotels and resorts are also making fully vaccinated itineraries available to health and safety-conscious travelers.
Available discounted itineraries include Caribbean, Mediterranean, Alaska and European river cruises in various categories ranging from budget/family-friendly to ultra-luxury. Additional deals may include free onboard credits, reduced deposits, cabin upgrades, exclusive shore excursions and in-room perks. Because iCruise is also a full-service online travel booking site, travelers will also be able to book their flights, car rentals and pre- and post-cruise hotel stays during the sale – and earn a $100 credit toward a future booking with the iCruise Travel Rewards program.
iCruise is a Florida-based travel company specializing in cruises resort vacations. Arrivia, Inc. acquired iCruise in December of 2019. Arrivia is a global leader in travel-based loyalty and reward solutions. With the acquisition of iCruise, Arrivia reaffirms its strategic commitment to the cruise industry and expands its capabilities to deliver unmatched cruise value and services to its business partners and consumers worldwide. Our travel partners include all major cruise lines including Carnival, Celebrity, Cunard, Disney, Holland America, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, and Royal Caribbean; and our cruise specialists are trained in all cruise destinations including Alaska, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe and the Panama Canal.