Airfare Consolidator Mondee Acquires Rocketrip

Seven-year-old Rocketrip has a new home. The company that popularized incentive programs to encourage travelers to beat benchmark trip costs now is part of Mondee Holdings. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Describing itself as the “world’s largest airfare wholesaler,” privately held Mondee has a dozen or so companies in its portfolio, including several…

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Hotel Cleanliness: Know Before You Book, And Maybe While You’re There

Hotels are taking hygiene very seriously. Instilling confidence is the top strategic challenge, but the practicalities are difficult. One is getting the specifics of new cleanliness programs and certifications in front of travelers when they book. Travel management companies, booking tech providers and others are working to address the issue. BCD Travel global hotel practice…

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American Airlines Condemns Alleged Solombrino Behavior; Boeing’s GBTA Board Member Resigns

Joining other industry participants, American Airlines on Monday voiced its concerns about comments written by GBTA CEO Scott Solombrino. GBTA board member Kathy Briski, meanwhile, resigned from GBTA on Friday, a spokesperson for the association confirmed. “American Airlines strongly condemns the alleged behavior of Scott Solombrino,” according to a company statement. “We applaud the GBTA…

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Op Ed: Liam Moroney On Analyzing Airline Traffic Recovery Trends

Rocketrip has been crunching TSA data to create projections on the pace of the rebound in air traffic. As vice president of marketing Liam Moroney explains, such projections can be useful for travel companies rebuilding operations and considering future staffing needs. The internet is awash with predictions about when travel will return and what new…

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Delta-TripActions Dispute Was About Rewards For Trading Down As Well As The Display

When Delta Air Lines and TripActions last winter resolved their dispute, the parties suggested it had something to do with the display interface. As it turns out, Delta also had a problem with the TripActions rewards program. TripActions client Jennie Robertson of InVision in January speculated about whether the incentive scheme was to blame. The…

Traveler Incentive Platforms Tripkicks And Rocketrip Take Divergent Paths For Employee Connectivity

Rewards platform provider Tripkicks last week switched on a Chrome browser plug-in for SAP Concur Travel. Concur users whose companies work with Tripkicks will see target budgets to beat in the booking tool as they plan their travel. The first mover in the space, Rocketrip, already uses Chrome and Internet Explorer extensions with Concur and…

Rocketrip Picks Up An Advisor From A New Client

Shawn Zimmerman left Kellogg North America, where he was vice president of human resources, and joined Rocketrip as a strategic advisor. Kellogg signed on to use Rocketrip last year and began rolling it out in January. According to a Rocketrip announcement, Zimmerman implemented the business travel budgeting and rewards platform at Kellogg “to attract and…