6 Discount Travel Website Success Stories [2023]

6 Discount Travel Website Success Stories [2023]
Start A Discount Travel Website

Discount travel websites help travelers save on the cost of travel. Besides, discount travel websites help hotels and travel agents achieve full booking and highlight promotions.

More people search for discount offers on travel websites. Thus, starting your discount travel website can be a lucrative business opportunity.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a discount travel website:

1. I Know The Pilot ($840K/year)

Garth Adams (from Melbourne) started I Know The Pilot almost 7 years ago.

$70K / month
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Hi, my name is Garth Adams, founder of I Know The Pilot. We send out airfare and accommodation deals to our subscribers every day. While other travel deal sites rely on paid subscriptions, we have been 100% free from day 1.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s take it back to how I got started, and then find out how we are doing now that vaccines are slowly being rolled out.


2. The Travel Secret ($1.2M/year)

David Adler (from San Diego, California, USA) started The Travel Secret about 5 years ago.

$100K / month
2 founders / 2 employees
San Diego, California, USA

Case Study

TheTravelSecret gives you access to pricing on travel that is not available to the public. Membership automatically gives you access to our platform where you can book hotels, cars, cruises, flights, vacation rentals, homes, activities and even travel insurance at a discount. Unused timeshare inventory is also made available to our members where you can book weeklong stays for a steep discount at more than 500,000 different properties around the world.

We serve a wide array of demographics, from solo travelers to large families across all ages. Since you can basically book anything that you book right now, even business owners are now starting to use the platform to save money on travel.


Learn more about starting a discount travel website:

Where to start?

-> How to start a discount travel website?
-> How much does it cost to start a discount travel website?
-> Pros and cons of a discount travel website

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established discount travel website
-> Marketing ideas for a discount travel website
-> Discount travel website slogans
-> Discount travel website names

Other resources

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4. Flight Expert Bangladesh ($18M/year)

SALMAN BIN RASHID SHAH SAYEEM (from Dhaka, Bangladesh) started Flight Expert Bangladesh about 6 years ago.

$1.5M / month
3 founders / 60 employees

Case Study

Hello, I am Salman Rashid, Founder & CEO of Flight Expert. It is the first-ever online travel agency in Bangladesh. Our uniqueness was to build a state-of-the-art online travel agency with services focusing on Bangladesh primarily. This country has never before enjoyed taking assistance from any online travel agency.

However, the best part is that we achieved 50% more revenue in October 2021 than our pre-covid highest number on sales in a month, interestingly, and we are aiming to hit breakeven by March 2022 if all goes well in the market.


5. Hotels Etc. INC ($3M/year)

Shawn Pigg (from Loganville) started Hotels Etc. INC almost 27 years ago.

$250K / month
1 founders / 14 employees

Case Study

Hello, my name is Shawn Pigg and I am the CEO of Hotels Etc. Launched in 1996, I purchased the company more than 15 years ago to bring true discounts to travelers and to help businesses increase revenue.

Hotels Etc. is now a multimillion-dollar company and one of the oldest membership programs on the net today.


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