PAL, Agoda.com tie up for online hotel booking engine
INQUIRER.net / 04:50 PM February 20, 2013
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has teamed up with Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), to offer the flag carrier’s customers access to Agoda.com’s inventory of over 100,000 hotels worldwide.
As the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia, Philippine Airlines has been carrying people to and from the Philippines since 1941. In a world that’s more connected and engaged than ever before, the airline is pushing the limits of its online and digital capabilities. The partnership with Agoda.com is a further strengthening of its international competitiveness, after San Miguel Corporation joined the PAL management team in 2012.
As part of the new campaign, the partnership will allow Philippine Airlines customers to access fantastic hotel deals for both domestic Philippines and international destinations through a customized hotel booking page linked to PAL’s website, at www.agoda.com/PAL. The deals will mirror PAL’s global network of destinations so customers can book flights and hotels in one easy step.
“With PAL being one of the oldest and most respected airlines in the world, it’s an exciting prospect for Agoda.com to match PAL’s network of destinations with the best hotel deals, so that PAL’s discerning customers can book their travel requirements in an easy and convenient way,” said Ernst Hemmer, Agoda.com’s Commercial Director.
The arrangement brings the number of Agoda.com airline partnerships with national flag carriers to 10, not including a further 7 traditional airlines and 6 low-cost carriers. These partnerships have proven to be mutually beneficial to both companies involved, and have given customers the opportunity to add even more value to their vacations.
“Philippine Airlines is privileged to be a partner of Agoda.com, one of the world’s leading online hotel reservations companies. In addition to own tour package offerings, this strategic tie-up with Agoda.com provides passengers bound for PAL’s 28 international and 32 domestic destinations convenient access to the best hotel deals available online,” said Felix Cruz, PAL’s vice president for marketing.