Articles tagged “plusgrade”

Online Travel

The Great Merging and Other Top Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali writes about the blending of work, travel, and personal lives, Ghana's decision to use celebrities to promote tourism emerges as problematic, and the labor shortage in hospitality enhances the need for robots in hotels.

The Great Merging and Other Top Stories This Week

Mergers and Acquisitions

PlusGrade to Buy Points.com for $385 Million in Cash in Blockbuster Loyalty Deal

PlusGrade and Points.com deal with some of the same partners, and they can now approach them with a collaborative pitch.

PlusGrade to Buy Points.com for $385 Million in Cash in Blockbuster Loyalty Deal

Mergers and Acquisitions

Private Equity Backs Travel Upgrade Startup Plusgrade to Do Acquisitions

Expect more travel tech companies to mimic Plusgrade and get private equity backing to be able to do the acquisitions they need to grow during the recovery.

Private Equity Backs Travel Upgrade Startup Plusgrade to Do Acquisitions

Business Travel

American Express Allows Passengers to Use Loyalty Points to Bid for Flight Upgrades

Those flush with American Express Membership Rewards points have a new tool for bidding on airline upgrades. Caveat emptor on the cost of the upgrades though.

American Express Allows Passengers to Use Loyalty Points to Bid for Flight Upgrades

Online Travel

Plusgrade Nets $150 Million Investment for Auctioning Travel Products

A $150 million investment in Plusgrade may seem like a lot, given the scope of the market for the company's services. But we're not surprised that a business that specializes in drawing out the highest price from bidders in consumer markets would attract this level of funding.

Plusgrade Nets $150 Million Investment for Auctioning Travel Products

Airlines

Airlines Find Another Way to Wring Out Extra Revenue: Auctioning Unsold Premium Seats

Remember when airlines used to give away their best seats for free? Ha! The economy is strong, and airlines are offering fewer upgrades. Passengers who want to sit up front need to pay for it. But don't worry. Another recession will come, and the good days (for upgraders, at least) should return.

Airlines Find Another Way to Wring Out Extra Revenue: Auctioning Unsold Premium Seats

Airlines

Airlines Are Auctioning Seats Rather Than Upgrading Loyal Passengers

Airlines aren't in the business of giving stuff away for free any more, so expect more airlines to consider seat auctions or other ways to monetize items they used to give away to loyal flyers.

Airlines Are Auctioning Seats Rather Than Upgrading Loyal Passengers

Airlines

The Plan to Pit Passenger Against Passenger for Better Flight Upgrades

Targeted bidding on flight upgrades is a smart way for airlines to engage customers and offer value without inundating flyers with additional fees and packages. But it also adds a level of uncertainty that travelers may find off-putting.

The Plan to Pit Passenger Against Passenger for Better Flight Upgrades