services and technology company Brex is expanding its spend management
platform, Brex Empower, by adding corporate travel management powered by
offering includes comprehensive booking and management, in both the Brex dashboard
and mobile app, with global inventory, self-service trip changes and round-the-clock
support from agents.
in 2017, Brex launched the Empower software platform in April 2022 starting
with spend management but saying at the time that Empower would “serve as the
foundation for all Brex products moving forward.”
CEO Henrique Dubugras says the company has been working with Spotnana for about
a year, building the integration and enabling travel services for Empower
customers such as GoGuardian, Miso Robotics and Satellite Healthcare.
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earlier iteration of Brex Travel launched in 2018 in partnership with
TravelBank with a focus on travel rewards. Dubugras says the company is still
using TravelBank for the rewards redemption service but “Spotnana is the main
new system, built on top of Spotnana’s cloud-based infrastructure, provides automatic
approvals for expenses that are within policy, streamlining the process for
both employees who are traveling and for travel managers and ultimately
driving more adoption.
“Most employees find it
hard to comply because they don’t know what the policy is, and it takes a lot
of effort to collect receipts and memos for every purchase,” Dubugras says.
“With Brex Travel you can
easily see the right policy on the mobile app at the time of booking, and we automate
receipt collection, memos and approvals on trips. … When that is so easy,
employees participate more because it saves them time.”
Dubugras also says the real-time
budgeting tool helps travel managers become more thoughtful about which trips
are necessary, which over time can bring costs down. And he says, because
Spotnana does not take commissions from the global distribution systems,
Brex Travel is able to provide comprehensive, unbiased inventory.
“Brex is an innovator that shares our passion for
delivering superior customer experiences,” says Sarosh Waghmar, founder and CEO
“We are excited to partner with Brex and provide the
core travel infrastructure that enables them to expand the Empower platform and
create an end-to-end travel and expense solution.”
Dubugras says Brex Travel
is currently suited for companies with 200 to 10,000 employees, but the company
wants to grow its customer base to larger enterprises in the future.