Momondo
Type of site
Subsidiary
Available inEnglish, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian, Dutch, Czech, Finnish, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian and Chinese
FoundedSeptember 2006; 14 years ago (2006-09)
HeadquartersCopenhagen, Denmark
OwnerBooking Holdings
Founder(s)Thorvald Stigsen
Key peoplePia Vemmelund, former CEO
Tore Pein Jensen, CMO
IndustryTravel
Employees250
URLmomondo.com
momondo.ca
momondo.co.uk
momondo.com.au
momondo.cz

Momondo (stylised momondo) is a travel fare aggregator and travel fare metasearch engine. Momondo also operates a travel information blog, Inspiration. The website is a white-label of the Kayak.com subsidiary of Booking Holdings.

History

Momondo was developed in Denmark and launched in September 2006.[1]

In March 2011, Cheapflights Media, operator of Cheapflights, a rival online travel agency, acquired momondo.[2][3]

In January 2014, Momondo launched "momondo places", a free city guide with maps.[1]

In July 2014, Momondo launched its "Trip Finder" tool.[4]

In October 2014, Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm, invested £80m for a majority stake in the Momondo Group, the company that owned the Cheapflights and momondo brands, valuing it at £132 million.[5]

In June 2015, momondo launched its "Travel Saver Calendar" tool.[6]

In November 2016, Ryanair extended its conflict with screenscraping websites such as Opodo, CheapOair to momondo.[7]

In July 2017, the Momondo Group, owner of the momondo and Cheapflights brands, was acquired by Booking Holdings for $550 million.[8]

Marketing

In 2016, Momondo launched an ad campaign called "The DNA Journey" in partnership with Ancestry.com. Momondo invited 67 participants from around the world to take a DNA test to find out more about their ancestry. The results were revealed on camera in a group setting, with the video uploaded to YouTube.[9][10]

Awards

In 2010, Travel + Leisure named momondo the best travel website for finding bargain fares.[11]

Momondo was ranked first in Frommer’s list of "The 10 Best Airfare Search Sites".[12]

Momondo received the Best Meta Search Website award in both 2014 and 2015 at the Travolution Awards.[13][14]

References

  1. ^ a b "Travel Launch: iPad app momondo places Matches Mood to Destination" (Press release). PR Newswire. 16 January 2014.
  2. ^ Wauters, Robin (29 March 2011). "Cheapflights invests in travel meta-search site Momondo". TechCrunch.
  3. ^ Fox, Linda (12 November 2012). "Momondo name to carry Cheapflights into non-English speaking territories". Phocuswire.
  4. ^ "Momondo Launches Trip Finder to Inspire Curious Travelers with New Adventures" (Press release). Business Wire. 24 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Great Hill Partners Acquires a Majority Stake in Momondo" (Press release). Great Hill Partners. 17 October 2014.
  6. ^ "momondo Launches Travel Saver Calendar to Help Travelers Find Best Deals on Flights and Hotels for Top International Destinations" (Press release). Business Wire. 16 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Ryanair and Momondo fall out over links to fare screenscapers". Phocuswire. 23 November 2016.
  8. ^ "The Priceline Group Completes the Acquisition of Momondo Group" (Press release). PR Newswire. 24 July 2017.
  9. ^ momondo – The DNA Journey. 1 June 2016.
  10. ^ Jardine, Kayla (14 June 2016). "Momondo's new video 'The DNA Journey' has a beautiful message about diversity". The Today Show.
  11. ^ "Best Travel Websites". Travel + Leisure. 1 October 2010.
  12. ^ Bramblett, Reid. "The 10 Best (and Worst) Airfare Search Sites". Frommer's.
  13. ^ Hayhurst, Lee (12 December 2014). "The Travolution Awards 2014 – more reaction and video image montage". Travolution.
  14. ^ "Travolution Awards: Winners revealed!". Travolution. 1 December 2015.