Freebird Snatches $5M to Help Business Travelers Take Flight
One of the newer players in the Boston area’s travel technology sector is fueling its tank with $5 million from investors.
The new funding for Cambridge, MA-based Freebird comes from General Catalyst Partners, Accomplice, and entrepreneurs and executives from the travel industry. General Catalyst and Accomplice also led Freebird’s first round of funding, which totaled $3.5 million, in November 2015.
Freebird’s mobile tools help travelers instantly book a ticket on a new flight if their original flight gets cancelled or delayed by more than four hours, or they miss a connection. Before traveling, users pay Freebird a fee, and then when there is a flight disruption they can book a new flight on any airline for no additional cost, with just a few taps on their smartphone. Freebird covers the cost of the new ticket. The idea is to enable travelers to avoid the hassle of waiting in line at the airport or on hold with a call center to book alternate travel arrangements.