7 Travel Booking App Success Stories [2023]

Updated: July 23rd, 2023
Start A Travel Booking App

The travel industry is a booming business, and it’s only getting bigger. Online booking apps have made it easier for people to book their travel arrangements, and they are becoming more popular each year.

If you want to start a travel booking app, you should have a strong understanding of the travel industry and be experienced in programming too.

The recent trends that are making this business more popular are the growth of the travel industry and the rise of mobile technology. Businesses are looking for ways to offer their customers a convenient way to book travel arrangements.

Starting a travel booking app can be interesting and profitable. It offers a unique opportunity to develop an app that can be used by businesses to reach their customers. This is a great opportunity for those who want to get involved in the travel booking industry and learn more about how it works.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a travel booking app:

1. SkyAlliance ($33.6K/year)

Andrew Norton (from England, United Kingdom) started SkyAlliance over 4 years ago.

$2.8K / month
1 founders / 1 employees
England, United Kingdom

Case Study

Hello. My name is Andrew Norton and I am the CEO & Founder of SkyAlliance Limited®. SkyAlliance is a travel search engine which allows you to find cheap flights, hotels, holiday packages and car hire all over the world.

5 years ago I knew nothing about web design, coding and software development, and today, I own a company that sends people away to various destinations and supplies them with another means of travel, all based on the 3 elements I knew nothing about.


2. Tiny Away ($3.54M/year)

Jeff Yeo (from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania) started Tiny Away over 6 years ago.

$295K / month
3 founders / 40 employees

Case Study

Hi! My name is Jeff and I am one of the three co-founders of Tiny Away (a Big Tiny hospitality management subsidiary, which is also co-founded by us). The Tiny Away network includes a range of comfy eco-friendly ‘tiny houses’ for travelers seeking alternative and unique accommodation experiences. Having already grown to over 75 private locations across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia & Queensland, Tiny Away offers adventurous road-trippers and weekenders the chance to immerse themselves in Australia’s, without compromising on comfort.

On average, we are taking in about $156,000 monthly in terms of rental revenue, not including the other streams of income, as Tiny Away is a subsidiary of Big Tiny which owns the entire tiny house ecosystem from designing to manufacturing, shipping, assembly, deployment, management, and after-sales service.


Learn more about starting a travel booking app:

Where to start?

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

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established travel booking app
-> Marketing ideas for a travel booking app

Other resources

-> Travel booking app tips

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

SALMAN BIN RASHID SHAH SAYEEM (from Dhaka, Bangladesh) started Flight Expert Bangladesh over 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. RatePunk ($600K/year)

Justin (from Vilnius, Lithuania) started RatePunk over 1 year ago.

$50K / month
2 founders / 20 employees

Case Study

Hi, startuppers! My name is Justinas Albertynas - I’m one of the founders of our travel-tech startup and my beloved product, a browser extension named RatePunk. It’s a tool that compares hotel prices on different booking websites live & for free. It’s available to install on 5 main browsers: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera & Edge, and we connected the 9 biggest OTAs into one system. It shows the cheapest option in seconds, helping the user not to waste more than necessary and better splash it on the fun during vacation, not on accommodation.

The beginning was unexpectedly challenging for our team - we barely collected the first 500 users in almost half a year, but… we hit more than 3000 less than a few weeks after that & got into the TOPS of Apple Store in the US, the UK, and in our home country - Lithuania. Statistics show that only around 13% of browser extensions on Chrome Store have more than 1k users, and we feel a bit special already!


7. Baboo Travel ($600K/year)

Paul Sarfati (from Dover, DE, USA) started Baboo Travel about 3 years ago.

$50K / month
3 founders / 5 employees

Case Study

My name is Paul Sarfati and I am the Founder and CEO of Baboo Travel. We built a travel platform that connects travelers directly with local travel agents or as we call them In-Destination experts to plan Custom Trips.

We are currently still depending greatly on COVID travel restrictions and can’t really operate the entire world as we would wish, but we are starting to see some interest in people traveling from the US to some countries in Latin America like Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile & Argentina, and also to Europe to Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, so that’s good news.


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