Now You Can 'Grab' Hotels, Ticket, and Many More!

Now You Can 'Grab' Hotels, Ticket, and Many More!

Grab, a leading app in Southeast Asia, on Friday announced the launch of its ‘Hotels’ booking service. 

In a press release, the company said customers can book hotels and other accommodation from Agoda and soon, directly from the Grab app, and enjoy special hotel offers when they book through Grab.

The company said its customers can access and easily compare prices across millions of places to stay, ranging from a wide choice of luxury and budget hotels to apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs.

“Our ‘Hotels’ service adds to the multiple benefits we already offer travellers, including the most comprehensive miles and travel loyalty programme for any O2O platform, discounts at lounges and F&B outlets at major airports in Southeast Asia, and exclusive Grab transport pick-up points at airports in Indonesia and the Philippines,” said Jerald Singh, Group Head of Product and Design, Grab, as quoted by The Nation.

Image: Grab
Image: Grab


According to Tech in Asia, the launch of “Hotels” comes after last October’s US$200 million strategic investment in Grab by Booking Holdings, Agoda’s parent company.

More features and benefits will be added to the ‘Hotels’ service throughout the year. Grab customers will get free travel personal accident and flight delay insurance with each hotel booking, as well as special ride offers. 

In addition, customers will be able to pay with GrabPay, Grab’s cashless payment mode, and earn GrabReward points with each booking, which can be redeemed for more deals and discounts around other travel services, F&B, retail, entertainment and more.

Image: Grab
Image: Grab


Another new feature unveiled by Grab is “Tickets,” which enables the on-demand app’s users to book movie and event tickets. Set to go live in June, the service is being offered in partnership with Indian startup BookMyShow, which was announced as a member of the first intake of Grab Ventures’ Velocity accelerator program last November.

The other two features launching for Singaporean Grab users are video-streaming in partnership with Hooq – first reported by Tech in Asia in January – and “Trip Planner,” which integrates real-time public transit information into the Grab app for multimodal, point-to-point journey planning. Trip Planner was initially trialed in the Greater Jakarta region last month, and is now being rolled out to other markets.


Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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