Upside

We are an ambitious, well-funded startup with plans to change a $1 trillion-dollar global industry.

Founded 2015
51-200 employees
  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Headquarters address
    1 Thomas Circle, 8th Floor

    Jay Walker has been working on the ideas behind his new travel venture since his time at Priceline.

    Every business trip Jay took over the years was a reminder that he had left a big travel problem unsolved – the high cost of business travel. While Priceline is great way for leisure travelers to save money, it doesn’t help business travelers at all. In early 2015, after a particularly expensive trip to Rome, he decided to dig in and work on a solution.

    In today’s marketplace, most business travelers can’t operate within the carefully designed rules that keep business travel costs 2-5x higher than leisure travel – rules like requiring a 21-day advance purchase or a Saturday night stay. Unless you are a giant company, these rules keep 99% of business travelers from getting lower prices.

    For Jay, this business travel puzzle was unfinished business. He knew that there was valuable hidden flexibility inside every business trip, just not the kind of flexibility leisure travelers have. He also knew that business travelers have very different motivations than leisure travelers.After all, business travelers are spending their employer’s money and that changes everything. They might make reasonable tradeoffs to save money for their company – if there were a reward system that made it worthwhile. A new reward system would need to out-motivate – but not replace – the giant established loyalty programs offered by airlines and hotels.

    The timing is right for a big new idea. The latest round of U.S. airline mergers has reduced the industry from seven legacy carriers to four. Travelers are frustrated with major changes to frequent flyer programs and companies feel taken advantage of with constantly changing airfares that just go up and up – while leisure travelers get super web deals.

    High prices and unsatisfying rewards are a big problem in a big industry. Business travel is a $300B market in the U.S. alone (and $1 Trillion globally). There is a giant business opportunity for anyone who can reduce costs 5%-10% and improve rewards.

    Jay’s latest travel innovation does just that. It will deliver the cost savings that companies demand and a new level of great rewards that business travelers deserve.

    Tech stack

    Node.js, GO, React, Postgres, AWS, Python, Swift, Kotlin

    Benefits

    Compensation and retirement

    Stock Options
    401k

    Health and wellness

    Health insurance
    Dental insurance
    Vision insurance
    Life insurance
    Disability insurance
    FSA (Flexible Spending Plan)
    EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

    Vacation and time off

    Unlimited time off
    Paid holidays
    Maternity benefits
    Paternity benefits

    Personal development

    Conferences reimbursement

    Values and quality of life

    Diversity program
    Accessible via public transportation
    Bike parking
    Employee groups and committees
    Snacks and beverages
    Company activities
    Games and recreation
    Pet-friendly workplace
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