WorldMate Establishes Industry Leadership In 2011

January 17, 2012 San Francisco—Today WorldMate published its key usage statistics for 2011. “We have experienced phenomenal growth,” comments WorldMate’s CEO, Jean Tripier.  “Our users flew nearly 12 billion miles in 2011 and we have quadrupled the number of itineraries under our management. This effectively means that WorldMate is the largest mobile itinerary management platform today. Looking ahead to 2012 we expect our growth rate to accelerate as we have strong partners, a highly scalable platform, and many large prospects that need us to power their travel itinerary management solution.“

WorldMate shared the following data from the itineraries it managed in 2011 and the travel bookings made within the WorldMate apps:

Number of Registered Users on iPhone/Android/BlackBerry 3,001,771
Number of Itineraries Managed in 2011 4,225,414
Number of Miles Flown in 2011 11,954,647,500
Number of Hotel Room-Nights Managed in 2011 4,592,604
Percent of Hotels Booked (in App) within 1 day of Check-in 52%
Number of Car Rental-Days Managed in 2011 2,019,915
Percent of Car Rentals Booked (in App) within 1 day of Check-in 42%
Number of Meetings Managed in 2011 1,319,568

“We’re going to surprise a lot of pundits by the millions of itineraries we’re managing,” predicts WorldMate’s VP of Business Development, Ian Berman. “WorldMate is amassing these itineraries by quietly partnering on dozens of distribution deals with the dominant travel and mobile industry players around the world.”

WorldMate’s Head of Products, Amir Kirshenboim, provides insights into a key trend among WorldMate users, “Our data shows that travelers are fundamentally changing their last-second purchase behavior by shifting away from serendipitous ‘walk-ins’ and, instead, pulling out their smartphones to shop for a hotel room or car rental. Those travel companies that can ascertain the real-time context of a traveler and market the right room at the right moment will collect windfall profits. We’re harvesting our treasure trove of data to do exactly that.”

To learn more about WorldMate, download for free at:
WorldMate for Android: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.worldmate
WorldMate for iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id317823888?mt=8
BlackBerry Travel: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/25652?lang=en

WorldMate Upgrades Android Users With New Car Services

Calling All Android Users: You’ve Been Upgraded

Back in July, we launched the WorldMate for Android “Gold” premium services , and it has become one of the handful of apps to win the coveted “Editors Choice” designation from Android Market! Still, our team has been working overtime on major enhancements to the next iteration of WorldMate for Android—Version 4.0. We’re thrilled to announce its availability as of today! So, what’s new in 4.0?

Calendar Synchronization for Outlook, and Google/Android Calendar: Demand for this has been overwhelming—so here it is! Setup takes a minute or two and then all your flights/hotel/car rental reservations in WorldMate will automatically sync to your calendar.

Car Rentals: Renting a car by walking up to the rental counter at the airport is so 2010! With 4.0, you can reserve a car at hundreds of airports around the globe. Select from multiple car rental agencies including, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, and many more.

Limousine Reservations: Guess what? Limos aren’t just for celebrities or going to the Prom. The next time you’re thinking about that $85 taxi from the airport into New York City, check WorldMate for a much more comfortable town car at comparable prices. With our partner, GroundLink, we’re providing limo reservations to/from airports all over the world. Reservations are made with a simple click to call or, if you just don’t like talking to people much, you can reserve directly within the app. Try it on your next trip and be one of “those people” who have a driver waiting for them at baggage claim.

Improved Graphics: We’ve redesigned the main screen to accommodate the ever-growing number of services with in the app. You will also notice the enhanced mapping functionality- WorldMate now displays a uniquely labeled pinpoint for the airport, hotel, and meetings in your itinerary.

Advertisements: My father always told me, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” WorldMate is closing in on 9 million registered users, many of whom are free users. Until now, we’ve been ad-free, only serving promotions for our hotel booking service or to our travel insurance/limousine booking partners, etc. With 4.0, we’re introducing 3rd party banner advertising to generate a little cash to pay for everything the millions of free users enjoy today (and to keep our investors and accountants happy!). We hope that its not too intrusive and that maybe you’ll even click one or two of them. Of course, if you upgrade to the Gold version, those ads will magically disappear.

Download in the Android Market

Re-Introducing WorldMate For iPhone

WorldMate for iPhone
WorldMate for iPhone

We’re very excited to announce that WorldMate for iPhone 2.0 is now available on the iPhone App Store. We’ve redesigned the app from the ground up and added all the latest iOS features to make organizing your travel plans an even better experience.

Included in this version

New design:
You’ll love the beautiful new design of WorldMate 2.0 for iPhone; based on feedback from thousands of WorldMate users we’ve made everything nicer and easier to find.

A more complete itinerary:
We have added support for more details about your reservations, so each item in your itinerary now contains more details from your original flight/hotel/car reservation email.

Latest iOS updates:
WorldMate for iPhone now supports multi-tasking, fast app switching, Retina display and you can even open the app directly from a WorldMate import email.

Download in the App Store

WorldMate Gold Has Come To Android

WorldMate for Android

WorldMate for Android

Real-time flight alerts
Get instantly updated on flight delays, cancellations or gate changes with pushed alerts directly to your Android.
Flight status updates in your itinerary
Never miss an update your itinerary will be  auto updated with the real-time status of your flights or gate changes.
Flight status look-up
Check real-time flight status for over 350 airlines and instantly lookup information about flight delays, cancellations and gate changes.
Peace of mind for your next trip
Get all the convenience of flight alerts, status and lookup. Going Gold means you’ll always be one step ahead of everyone else when something goes wrong.

WorldMate Gold is available via in-app upgrade with Google checkout for just $9.90.

Get WorldMate 3.0 at the Android Market.

We have also included in this release pushed notifications for all itinerary updates, so any time you send us a travel confirmation email or edits your itinerary at worldmate.com you will get a pushed Android notification confirming that yourtravel items (flight, car, hotel, etc.) were successfully imported. This service is free for all users.

WorldMate Collaborates with RIM on BlackBerry Travel

Palo Alto, CA, February 14, 2011 – WorldMate Inc., the industry leader in mobile travel services, announced today that it has worked with Research In Motion (RIM) to bring the power of the WorldMate travel platform to the new BlackBerry® Travel app.

“WorldMate continues to expand its technology and deep travel and mobile expertise to better serve the traveler, and our collaboration with RIM allows us to bring the convenience of mobile travel services to the world,” said Jean Tripier, CEO of WorldMate. “The BlackBerry Travel app represents the most sophisticated end user experience in functionality, automation and polish, making it easier than ever to manage all aspects of your travel from your smartphone. As such it marks a new era for mobile travel.”

Existing WorldMate for BlackBerry smartphone customers can immediately begin using the new BlackBerry Travel app at no cost. Simply download the BlackBerry Travel app to start taking advantage of a new, more powerful travel experience. This new application makes WorldMate’s technology always available to travelers and gives them more control of their itineraries and overall travel experience than ever before.

“We are really excited to bring this level of quality to the BlackBerry platform with WorldMate,” said Jean Tripier, CEO of WorldMate. “Our users demanded an BlackBerry version and we were happy to provide the experience for them and all BlackBerry users, at a level previously unknown to that mobile platform. WorldMate is devoted to lessening the pains of travel, and now an entirely new segment of smart phone users can benefit from our personal travel service.”

“With BlackBerry Travel, users are getting a powerful travel app that presents information quickly, simply and elegantly,” said Tyler Lessard, Vice President, Global Alliances and Developer Relations at Research In Motion. “We’re thrilled to team with WorldMate to bring the mobile travel experience to the next level.”

The BlackBerry Travel App is available in beta for download from the Test Center on BlackBerry App World™ (www.blackberry.com/appworld).

Judges Choose Worldmate as Winner of the Business Traveler Innovation Award

Judges, Business Travelers Voted for Top Innovations That Have Made Life on the Road Easier

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and The Wall Street Journal have announced the Judges’ Choice for the first-ever Business Traveler Innovation Award. Celebrity judges yesterday chose Worldmate’s Live Mobile Travel Software as a top innovation for business travelers. The award, along with those to honor additional winners, was presented today at the 2010 NBTA International Convention & Exposition in Houston.
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WorldMate Eliminates the Need for Manual Itinerary Creation

July 12, 2010 – WorldMate’s Pioneering TripCatch Service Automatically Turns Confirmation Emails into Detailed Itineraries

WorldMate Inc., the industry leader in mobile travel services with over 5 million active customers worldwide, announced today a major service upgrade with the introduction of TripCatch. WorldMate with TripCatch for Blackberry now automatically recognizes travel confirmation emails and sends the information directly to a user’s WorldMate account, freeing users from having to manually enter travel information in their calendars.

How it works:
TripCatch (an opt-in service), monitors a user’s BlackBerry mailbox for travel confirmation emails and imports the travel itinerary automatically to their WorldMate account. With Tripcatch automation, confirmation emails for flights, hotels, rental cars and more generate detailed trip itineraries. The WorldMate service also includes flight alerts, calendar synchronization, and itinerary integration with mapping, navigation and LinkedIn contacts.

To ensure the absolute privacy of WorldMate travelers, the TripCatch implementation is certified with the Privacy Seal from TRUSTe , the leading internet privacy services provider. Only information explicitly allowed by the user is ever accessed by WorldMate, and users can opt-out at any time.

“We know that business travelers deal with all kinds of challenges and annoyances, have little free time to waste, so we built TripCatch to cater to their busy lifestyles. Automating the creation of mobile-accessible itineraries allows WorldMate users to more fluidly incorporate mobile business travel services, with no extra work to their already hectic schedules,” said Jean Tripier, CEO of WorldMate. “WorldMate makes life easier for business travelers, and TripCatch takes our service to a whole new level.”

Travelport and WorldMate Unite to Bring Best in Travel Mobility Technology to Business Travelers in the U.S. and Canada

ATLANTA, May 11, 2010 – Travelport, one of the world’s leading global distribution system (GDS) providers, operating both the Galileo and Worldspan platforms, today announced details of a new multi-year mobile technology distribution arrangement with WorldMate Inc., the industry leader in mobile travel services with over 5 million active customers worldwide. Through the agreement, Travelport will bring WorldMate’s premiere mobile technology to travel management companies (TMCs), their corporate customers and business travelers in the U.S. and Canada. TMCs will be able to private-label the application and provide special features, including direct click-to-call, which offers customers a simple way to connect to their designated travel representative. WorldMate lets TMCs deliver real-time updates directly to travelers’ smartphones, including flight plans, hotel arrangements and meeting details. WorldMate’s intelligent travel tools let business travelers stay in control of their trips and make the most of their business travel. Services provided include:

  • Comprehensive itinerary management, directly on the smartphone
  • Pop-up flight alerts if a flight is delayed or canceled, with suggested alternative flights when necessary
  • Calendar synchronization of flight and hotel information to Outlook / Notes
  • Easy sharing of itineraries with coworkers and business contacts
  • Itinerary integration with mapping and navigation
  • Easy connections with LinkedIn contacts while on the road
  • One-click access to designated travel representative

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