Agoda, the Asian online travel agent, has signed with Jetstar to provide the Australian low cost carrier with hotels for its dynamic packaging product, prompting industry speculation that in-house Qantas Group accommodation provider Hooroo had been dumped.
But that’s not the case for the simple reason that Hooroo never had the Jetstar dynamic packaging gig in the first place because it has not built a connection to the airline’s Navitaire booking system.
Instead “Hooroo remains the exclusive provider of standalone hotel content on Jetstar and Qantas, powering the hotels tab for all retail hotel bookings, where the majority of business lies,” said Hooroo’s Commercial Director Bruce Fair.
“The big market share is around retail where the volumes there are much higher.”
Hooroo also has a popular consumer site, hooroo.com.
On dynamic packaging Mr Fair said: “Jetstar has a number of wholesale hotel suppliers that may offer a hotel purchase during the flight booking path on the Jetstar website, where a connection to Navitaire is required in order to package up a flight + hotel.
“We have an option to build a connection with Navitaire to also provide dynamic packaging to Jetstar if it makes sense, but haven’t done so because we are working on other higher-yielding opportunities.”
Mr Fair said Hooroo offers all Jetstar “bookers access to exclusive discounted hotel deals (closed user group) via various access points, including links from the flight confirmation email, and a post booking email.”
Hooroo now has 5500 directly contracted hotels, Mr Fair said.
“We are pleased with the way things are going, we are growing very nicely.”