Weekend4two Delivers Getaway Deals and Exceptional Service Using AWS



You and a friend or your partner are looking for a weekend break, but you’re not sure what to do or where to go. You’re after some inspiration—and a simple, convenient way to book. Where do you start?

Weekend4two was created for just this situation, when two people need ideas for getaways. The website acts like a trusted friend and selects breaks organized by the type of experience or location, so you can easily find the right one for you. You can choose from a range of themes such as wellness, romantic, or gourmet, or say you want to be out in nature, or in a city, or only pay up to 400 euros.

Since its founding in 2008 in Bern, Switzerland by Invit Travel, weekend4two has helped more than 300,000 total customers book a short break in Europe. To support its website and booking platform, Invit initially rented servers at a local hosting provider—and spent a lot of money and time maintaining systems. The founding team of three, which began by working on weekend4two part-time while they carried on with their other jobs, just didn’t have the time for it. The need to adhere to strict security and encryption standards for payment providers added further hassle and expense.


Simplicity, reliability, and security are the most important factors for us. We have all of those now—and we’re still running everything with a three-person IT team.”

Toni Rudolf
Managing Partner, weekend4two

Weekend4two Delivers Getaway Deals and Exceptional Service Using AWS

Weekend4two migrated to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to simplify operations, reduce costs, and improve security. “Before using AWS, managing our infrastructure took up much of my time and used up a lot of our operating capital,” says Toni Rudolf, managing partner at Invit Travel. “Now we use managed services and leave the maintenance to AWS. That’s a huge win for a small company like ours.”

Profit margins are tight in the competitive travel and tourism market, so it’s vital to minimize operational costs. Invit estimates it cut IT costs by 30–50 percent using AWS, because it didn’t have to hire an additional full-time employee to manage its infrastructure. It also freed up the team to focus on developing products and providing a great experience for customers.

The availability of weekend4two is key to customer satisfaction. Its booking platform, for instance, needs to operate reliably at all times so getaway seekers can arrange travel 24/7. It also needs to handle a continuous stream of data from hundreds of hotels on the latest room availability and pricing. Using AWS, the infrastructure can easily scale to meet variable demand.

This means weekend4two always has the compute capacity it needs, even during busy travel times, so customers receive a responsive service and have access to the latest deals. “Using AWS, we know we have state-of-the-art technology at our fingertips and that our infrastructure is agile and elastic,” says Rudolf. “We can maintain a lean operations team and grow organically, and pay only for the resources we use.”

Security has also improved on AWS. Compliance testing for payment providers is easier and the process is less expensive, compared to when it used an on-premises infrastructure.

As the go-to platform for getaway seekers in Switzerland, weekend4two is looking to help more people across Germany, France, and other parts of Europe find and book short breaks with ease. “We’re confident that, using AWS, our infrastructure can expand and do whatever we need,” says Rudolf. “Simplicity, reliability, and security are the most important factors for us. We have all of those now—and we’re still running everything with a three-person IT team.”

About weekend4two

Invit Travel migrated its website weekend4two to AWS to simplify operations for its three-person IT team. Founded in 2011, the company built an innovative booking platform on AWS that provides getaway seekers with a convenient way to find and reserve hotels and resorts for short breaks. Using AWS, Invit cut its infrastructure costs by at least 30 percent, shortened compliance testing for payment providers, and expanded its business across Europe.

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