30 Nov Hotel platform Kaligo.com wins Mega Award for Loyalty Innovation of the Year 2015
San Francisco, November 30, 2015 – Kaligo.com, the hotel booking platform that rewards frequent travellers with thousands of miles and points, has been recognized with the Airline Information Mega Award for Loyalty Innovation of the Year. Runners-up in the category were Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia.
An expert judging panel selected the winner at the 6th annual Mega Event, held November 3-4, 2015 in San Diego, CA, which brought together 500 of the biggest names in the airline, lodging and credit card sectors to discuss opportunities around loyalty, co-brand cards and ancillary revenue. Kaligo.com joined the list of award winners including American Airlines (Co-Brand Innovation of the Year) and Southwest Airlines (Loyalty Campaign of the Year).
“We are honored to join the group of distinguished winners of the Airline Information Mega Award,” said Kaligo.com co-founder and CEO, Kyle Armstrong. “This validates the hugely positive response we’ve seen to our product: travellers simply love earning rewards faster than ever at all their favourite hotels, and airlines and card issuers love engaging their customers with our incredibly attractive miles and points.”
Since its inception in 2014, Kaligo.com has quickly created a new trend in travel planning. While price, location and review score have traditionally dictated how travellers choose a hotel, many are now making the rewards a top decision factor, with one single hotel stay booked on Kaligo.com often earning enough miles for a free flight or upgrade.
“Loyalty programs are a major competitive arena for airlines and credit card issuers alike, and players are looking for the next big innovation to drive up engagement and lower costs,” said Airline Information Managing Partner, Christopher Staab. “The highly accelerated rewards funded by Kaligo.com are an attractive benefit that has customers coming back again and again.”
Loyalty Programs Now Have Travellers Flying Free Sooner
Previously, an average customer collecting 1 point per dollar through a credit card might earn 20,000 points or miles in a year – enough for one short-haul return flight. Now, with cards that offer Kaligo.com’s accelerated earn rate of 10 points per dollar, this could easily be doubled to 40,000 points or more just by booking 2 hotel rooms for a single week-long family holiday. Travellers booking hotels more frequently, including for business, typically earn well over 100,000 points per year on their Kaligo.com spend – enough for a long-haul business class ticket.
For full details on the 2015 Mega Award winners, see mega-awards.com.
Established in Singapore in 2014 and with offices in London, Sydney and Atlanta, Kaligo.com is changing the way travellers book accommodation online by offering greater rewards than ever before. Together with a specialist team, co-founders Kyle Armstrong and Sebastian Grobys who share backgrounds in travel, banking and loyalty have built a uniquely customer-centric product. Choosing from over 365,000 boutique and chain hotels at competitive rates, Kaligo.com customers can earn thousands more miles and points, to the extent that one stay can mean a free flight, upgrade or lifestyle treat. Partnering with world-class airlines and credit card issuers, Kaligo.com aims to deliver the broadest and most exciting range of travel experiences. For more, please visit www.kaligo.com.
About Airline Information
Airline Information is the market leader and innovator in commercial aviation conferences. Since 2005, Airline Information has hosted thousands of airline and travel professionals at the company’s groundbreaking conferences, forums, workshops and networking events. Airline Information is also home to the airline industry’s most forward-thinking research in loyalty and merchandising. Airline professionals, marketers, investment firms and industry suppliers turn to Ai for the latest trends, advisory and industry guidebooks. For more information, visit www.airlineinformation.org.