Mumbai, March 29, 2018: Mihuru, a travel fintech startup based in Mumbai, offers an easy and convenient way for travellers to pay for their flight tickets in EMIs, without needing a credit card or credit scores.
Mihuru, which means “My Freedom,” is cofounded by a woman entrepreneur, Mihuru and is the first company in India to enable travelers to book their flights with a deposit of just around 20% upfront and pay the balance in installments before they fly. The startup has also adopted a unique method of assessing the credibility of their customers before providing them with instant credit for booking their flight tickets. The evaluation is done by a close observation of the digital footprint of the customer and a simple psychometric examination.
India has the lowest travel penetration among major Asia Pacific economies (outbound travel is 1% of population). This is expected to change as India emerges as a travel giant, reaching $48 billion by 2020, growing at 11% p.a. 270 million new travelers are expected to emerge but their ability to travel is restricted given lack of access to traditional credit systems of the country. These travelers need easy and flexible access to short term, small ticket size credit that enables them to book flights to their preferred destinations without having saved up the entire flight cost upfront. The credit needs to be approved within minutes in a fully online process.
Mihuru has an integrated travel discovery platform that personalizes discovery of curated destinations and activities and also recommends the best flight options for the traveler, inspiring them to avail the credit to book their flights instantly.
The startup is run by Shruti Mehrotra and her co-founder & Jonathan Nunez Gonzalez.