Fairlyne, a Paris-based startup, has secured €2.7 million in seed funding to transform non-refundable tickets into resalable fares, revolutionizing the travel industry’s distribution landscape. Led by Speedinvest and joined by Evolem, Kima Ventures, FJ Lab, and several angel investors, this funding will propel Fairlyne’s Resale-as-a-Service platform and unlock new opportunities for travel brands and operators.
For years, travel operators have struggled to establish a profitable resale experience for non-refundable customers. While other sectors, such as sports events and concerts, have successfully embraced resale, the travel industry has faced technological and economic barriers. Fairlyne addresses this gap by offering a turnkey solution that enables travel companies to implement resale functionalities, enhancing customer satisfaction and generating additional profitability.
Co-founded by Gilles de Richemond, Michael d’Eboli, and Morgan Guérin, Fairlyne’s platform seamlessly integrates with operators’ consumer-facing channels, facilitating a seamless resale experience for customers. By capitalizing on the potential revenue from no-shows, travel operators can optimize their business while providing customers with the flexibility they desire. Fairlyne’s Resale-as-a-Service platform opens up incremental revenue streams and taps into the untapped potential of the travel market.
The recently raised funds will support the platform’s further development and expedite its deployment with enterprise clients across the travel industry. Fairlyne also aims to expand into new markets, including the United States. Partnerships with renowned travel operators such as Ouigo, the French low-cost train operator, and Royal Air Maroc demonstrate the platform’s viability and success in unlocking new revenue streams.
Jeroen Arts, a partner at Speedinvest, expressed excitement for Fairlyne’s potential to revolutionize the travel industry. The platform offers a 10x improvement in customer experience, empowering travelers to effortlessly resell their non-flex tickets. Fairlyne’s solution benefits both travel operators and customers, creating a win-win situation.
In addition to Fairlyne’s successful seed funding round, several other companies in the travel tech industry have also secured significant investments.
HyperGuest, a prominent hospitality technology platform, has recently concluded a successful Series A funding round, raising an impressive $23 million. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, a renowned venture capital firm, and also saw participation from Viola Ventures and Thayer Ventures.
NoeKe, an Amsterdam-based startup offering a data sharing and authentication platform for travelers and travel service providers, raised $1.5 million (€1.3 million) in pre-seed funding from Dreamcraft Ventures, ff Venture Capital, Gharage, and Plug and Play Tech Center.
Another noteworthy company is Hardt Hyperloop, which secured $13.5 million (€12 million) from a group of private and public investments. Hardt Hyperloop aims to develop an ultra-high-speed train system for passengers and goods. The recent funding, which includes support from the European Innovation Council Fund, Dutch regional investment funds, and private backers, signifies the growing interest in transformative transportation solutions.
Furthermore, Boddy, a Zurich-based startup connecting travelers with wellness operators, raised $2.2 million in seed funding from Li Wu, a health research scientist and founder of Virtusan, a digital healthcare company. Boddy’s platform allows users to search and book access to gyms, classes, massages, and more in various destinations. The funding will enable Boddy to expand its services and continue promoting wellness experiences for travelers.
These funding successes demonstrate the confidence investors have in the travel tech sector and highlight the potential for innovation and growth in various areas of the industry. As these companies continue to develop their platforms and solutions, they contribute to the evolution of the travel industry, offering enhanced customer experiences and convenience for travelers worldwide.
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