Articles tagged “upside”

Flight Centre Invests in Jay Walker’s Biz Travel Company Upside

Flight Centre Invests in Jay Walker’s Biz Travel Company Upside

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It sure looks like global corporate travel giants are starting to take the small- to medium-size business travel market seriously. For some startups that didn't find traction in the marketplace, this means another shot at success.

5 months ago

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The Inaugural National Business Traveler Day Launches April 24

The Inaugural National Business Traveler Day Launches April 24

Upside + Skift

There are millions of U.S. business travelers driving the national economy forward, who have to navigate today's fractured travel ecosystem both online and offline. National Business Traveler Day is about acknowledging those people and the job they do amid many challenges.

1 year ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Startups Go Direct to Consumers in Battle for Business Travelers

Travel Megatrends 2018: Startups Go Direct to Consumers in Battle for Business Travelers

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Companies have finally realized that creating happier business travelers starts with empowering them instead of ordering them around. Now the rush is on to land those road warriors as customers with the understanding that they are experienced consumers.

2 years ago

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Mobile Devices Move Beyond Customer Service to Predict Travelers’ Needs and Solve Problems in Real Time

Mobile Devices Move Beyond Customer Service to Predict Travelers’ Needs and Solve Problems in Real Time

SkiftX

Think today’s mobile-powered travel services are impressive? The coming revolution in mobile predicted by many industry experts will make the current experience seem quaint.

2 years ago

Wall Street Journal Launches Online Travel Site Powered by Upside

Wall Street Journal Launches Online Travel Site Powered by Upside

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Upside is trying to reach a more high-yielding audience of business travelers through its partnership with The Wall Street Journal. Whether the Upside experience ends up resonating with its users over the long term is another story.

2 years ago

Lola Pivot to Business Travel Is All About the App

Lola Pivot to Business Travel Is All About the App

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Lola's push into business travel makes sense given the needs and booking frequency of experienced road warriors. But as Upside has experienced, attracting the right kind of users is a big challenge when travelers can just book trips themselves.

2 years ago

Business Travel Startup Upside Raising $100 Million in New Funding

Business Travel Startup Upside Raising $100 Million in New Funding

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Priceline founder Jay Walker aims with Upside to offer an alternative for smaller companies buying travel. If the reports of the latest funding round are true, investors must believe Walker is going to work some of his entrepreneurial magic again. On the other hand, they've been wrong before.

2 years ago

Upside’s Big Valuation Shows Hunger for Biz Travel Tech — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

Upside’s Big Valuation Shows Hunger for Biz Travel Tech — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Travelers get free gift cards, and companies save money on their travel spend. Tweaking traveler behavior through incentives isn't new to the corporate travel space, but investors seem to have finally noticed its potential.

3 years ago

Business Travel Startup Upside Raises $50 Million at $200 Million Valuation

Business Travel Startup Upside Raises $50 Million at $200 Million Valuation

Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

Priceline co-founder Jay Walker is looking to reinvent how smaller companies buy corporate travel. Investors see the potential in his play to reward business travelers themselves for travel choices that save their companies money.

3 years ago

Video: Priceline’s Founder on Choosing to Improve or Reinvent Travel Technology

Video: Priceline’s Founder on Choosing to Improve or Reinvent Travel Technology

Dan Peltier, Skift

Travel brands need to dream bigger, Walker argues, and realize that consumers and venture capitalists are more ready for technology reinventions rather than improvements -- aka band-aids. Accepting that reinventions don't render everything obsolete is a great place to start with this imagination.

3 years ago

Expedia Plans to Use Artificial Intelligence for Customer Service

Expedia Plans to Use Artificial Intelligence for Customer Service

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There has been serious talk about artificial intelligence in travel for the past couple of years. While Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wasn't talking about implementing artificial intelligence for customer service in the next quarter or two, be assured that Expedia and others are working on it hard.

3 years ago

Why Paying Business Travelers to Make Smarter Buying Decisions Works

Why Paying Business Travelers to Make Smarter Buying Decisions Works

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Smaller companies are using new solutions to incentivize employees to make smarter travel buying decisions. Big companies with entrenched travel policies are lagging behind, and wasting money in the process.

3 years ago