SHANGHAI, China, Oct. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ctrip, China’s leading online travel agent, today announced a new partnership with 30K, the world’s leading frequent flyer content provider, to bring flight mileage benefits information to its users. The information is displayed within the fare details section on the search results page as well as within the ‘upsellable fares’ section on the booking section. The feature is available on Ctrip’s Chinese language website and mobile apps.
Mr. Xiong Xing, Ctrip Group CTO and CEO of Ctrip’s Flights and International Business Units, said: “Chinese travelers are becoming more sophisticated. Additional value-added information such as aircraft type, seat configuration and accruable frequent flyer mileage are increasingly becoming important decision-making factors when they select airlines for their journeys. This partnership with 30K enables us to provide accruable mileage information for each selected fare and can help encourage travelers to upgrade. This is also a welcome development for airlines, as OTAs provide more valuable options to travelers and create further opportunities for upselling.”
Alex Jawad, the CEO and Co-founder of 30K, said, “Frequent flyer programs are growing around the world as travelers seek value and rewards for their air travel loyalty. At the same time, the Chinese travel audience continues to expand exponentially. Ctrip has recognized the accelerated sophistication of this ever more important demographic by offering its valuable high frequency travelers a de-commoditized experience.”
Ctrip joins a long list of meta search engines across the world including Hipmunk from the USA and Ixigo from India, that have partnered with 30K this year. Ctrip is 30K’s first Chinese customer and the largest travel retailer to integrate its Milefy API to date.
30K was launched in California, USA, in 2012 as the world’s first aggregator of frequent flyer program content for personalized application in travel shopping and booking platforms, connecting travel retail with the top 25% of travelers that make up above 70% of worldwide aviation revenue. 30K’s technology returns content of the top 75 frequent flyer programs and serves to de-commoditize airfare shopping by bringing to the fore underlying benefits that are uniquely tailored to each individual traveler’s frequent flyer memberships. The company won the "Best Business Travel Innovation” award by GBTA in 2017 and its CEO, Alex Jawad, was named one of the “Future Leaders of Travel” by Phocuswright in 2016.
About Ctrip.com International, Ltd.
Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in China. It is the largest online consolidator of accommodations and transportation tickets in China in terms of transaction volume. Ctrip enables business and leisure travelers to make informed and cost-effective bookings by aggregating comprehensive travel related information and offering its services through an advanced transaction and service platform consisting of its mobile apps, Internet websites and centralized, toll-free, 24-hour customer service center. Ctrip also helps customers book vacation packages and guided tours. In addition, through its corporate travel management services, Ctrip helps corporate clients effectively manage their travel requirements. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip has experienced substantial growth and become one of the best-known travel brands in China.