US financial services and technology company Brex is working with cloud-based booking platform Spotnana to launch a new travel booking service for its clients.
Brex, which provides corporate cards and accounts to small businesses and start-ups in the US, is enhancing its Empower platform to include travel booking, alongside its current corporate card and expense capabilities, to make it a “true all-in-one T&E solution”.
The travel booking service has been built on top of Spotnana's cloud-based booking platform, using its APIs and infrastructure.
Spotnana founder and CEO Sarosh Waghmar said: “We've been saying that this is an open platform and Brex has executed against that. They have taken the platform, built on top of it and created more value for existing customers.”
Brex’s enhanced platform will allow users to book and change travel within the app, receive agent support, get receipts and view the applicable travel policies throughout their trip.
Spotnana’s platform provides Brex Empower users with "unbiased inventory", including GDS content, NDC-based fares and other direct API integrations with airlines, as well as flights from local and low-cost carriers, which are not typically available through the GDS. Travellers see
what is in policy with their trip, Dubugras said. [Editor’s note, March 22:
Spotnana later clarified that travellers will be able to see all options
in the platform, but it will clearly indicate what is in policy.]
This latest development comes just two weeks after US travel industry veteran Mark Walton announced he was setting up a new travel management company, called Solutions Travel, which is built on Spotnana's travel-as-a-service technology stack.
Spotnana works with TMCs, suppliers and technology partners to provide an open ecosystem with access to microservices and content from suppliers through APIs. Corporates can contract directly with Spotnana or through their TMC. The start-up featured in BTN Europe’s 2022 Hotlist.