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June 16, 2016

WorldMate attended the 8200 Alumnus Conversion

Last week we got a chance to attend this year’s 8200 Alumnus conversion.

It’s been a great experience seeing all of the people come together to celebrate legacy and learn about companies innovating in their fields


Who Won?

We are happy to announce the winner for the "Louis CK tickets" competition!! And the winner is.... Corinne Geri!! Thanks Corrinne and everyone who took part of the ruffle.


Want More?

If so, then stay tuned!

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We'll look forward to hearing from you!

July 15, 2015


We are thrilled to introduce our latest version, WorldMate 7.0, which is packed with brand new features to make your travel experience easier and more enjoyable than ever!



So what's new?

  1. New Home screen

    Check out the new home screen - now featuring all the information you need for your travel. View your upcoming trip, flight status, hotel booking, offers, and more.

  2. Event Tickets

    Do you have a free night during your trip? Make the most of it! You will now see special ticket offers for a variety of fun events, like sports, music or theater.



Upgrade your app through the App Store and Give WorldMate 7.0 a try! Let us know what you think by posting your comments to Facebook or Twitter, or email us at


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June 04, 2015

Book your next hotel with WorldMate and get your chance to win a trip for 2 to Hawaii!


One lucky WorldMate user is going to win a trip to Hawaii for 2 just by booking his or her next stay in WorldMate!

We will be awarding the lucky winner 2 plane tickets from your home airport to Hawaii and a 4 star hotel stay for 5 nights.

Want it to be you? All you have to do to get entered is:

  1. Launch the WorldMate app on your iPhone or Android
  2. Search and book a hotel from more than 100,000 hotels available worldwide
  3. Get entered into WorldMate promotion for a chance to win a trip for 2 to Hawaii!

The promotion ends on 4th of July, 2015 11:59pm PST so hurry up!


Read the Terms & Conditions here

If you have any questions please contact

WorldMate Hotel Bookings Campaign Official Rules


By submitting an entry to WorldMate Hotel Bookings Campaign (the “Sweepstakes”), you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of WorldMate Inc. and that you satisfy all eligibility requirements.


  1. Sponsor. Sponsor of this promotion is WorldMate Inc., 1521 California Circle, Milpitas, California 95035
  2. Promotion period. The promotion begins on June 4th, 2015, at 12:01am Pacific Time ("PT") and ends July 4th, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. PT (the "Promotion Period"). The Sponsor's computer shall be the official timekeeper. All entries must be received during the Promotion Period.
  3. Eligibility. The campaign is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico and U.S. territories), void where prohibited. Entrants must be 21 years of age or older as of the date of entry. Winner and winner's guest must be 21 years of age or older as of the date of entry. All employees, and family members of employees, of WorldMate Inc., its parent companies, subsidiaries, and its and their parents and subsidiaries (“sweepstakes entities”) are ineligible to enter or win.
  4. Entry Method. To enter you must book a hotel stay using the WorldMate application or website or simply send an email to with your name in the body of the email. No purchase is necessary. Entries are limited to 1 per person.
  5. Drawing.. One [1] winner will be selected by a random drawing conducted at the end of the promotion period to receive prize package as described below.
  6. Winner. The winner will be notified by e-mail within 10 days of the random drawing. All decisions of WorldMate are final and binding on all entrants. Winner must then respond within two (2) days. Should a winner fail to respond, WorldMate reserves the right to disqualify that winner and select a new one in a second-chance random drawing.
  7. Prize. One [1] potential winner will be selected to receive the prize as follows:
    • 2 economy round-trip flight tickets from the entrant’s home airport to Honolulu International Airport.
    • 4 night hotel stays for 2 people, in Oahu, Hawaii.
    • The trip departure must take place prior to October 31, 2015.
    Approximate value of this prize package is $5,000 USD. No other prizes will be awarded. Prizes are non-refundable and non-transferable, and cannot be combined with any other special offer or promotion. Prizes may not be exchanged for cash value or substituted, except that WorldMate reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute with a prize or prizes of equal or greater value. WorldMate is not responsible for replacing a prize if lost, stolen, mutilated, or otherwise rendered unusable due to any act or omission of prize winner. Applicable federal, state or local taxes and any other costs or expenses associated with the prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
  8. Notification of Winner. The winner will be contacted at the email address used to enter the promotion (the "winner announcement email"), and the person receiving and replying to the winner announcement email will be considered the winner. If any potential winner selected cannot be contacted or does not respond within seven (7) calendar days of attempted notification, or any prize or winner announcement email is returned as undeliverable, such potential winner shall forfeit any and all rights to a prize and, at WorldMate's sole discretion, an alternate winner may be randomly selected. The winner may be required to complete, sign and return a confirmation of eligibility and/or a liability/publicity release, which must be returned within seven (7) calendar days from the date of notification. Such winner's prize will be forfeited and will be awarded to an alternate winner upon the occurrence of any of the following: (i) the failure of such winner to return any required documents by the deadline specified by WorldMate; (ii) the return of a prize, prize notification or winner announcement email to WorldMate as non-deliverable; or (iii) the determination by WorldMate in its sole discretion, that winner is ineligible or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules. By accepting a prize in this promotion, the winner, where permitted by law, grants WorldMate the right to use and publish his/her name, portrait, picture, image, and comments for advertising and promotional purposes without notification, review or approval, and without additional consideration, worldwide and on the Internet. WorldMate is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or winner's failure to adequately monitor any email account.
  9. Modification. WorldMate reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion, including if it is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other problems beyond the control of Sponsor. In the event of such cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize(s) in a random drawing from all eligible entries received before the time of cancellation.
  10. Disclaimer, Release and Limit of Liability.In no event will the sponsor or any of the sweepstakes entities be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, special, incidental, exemplary, consequential or punitive damages arising out of or in connection with entrant’s participation in the sweepstakes whether such liability arises from any claim based upon contract, warranty, tort (including negligence, strict liability or otherwise, and whether or not sponsor has been advised of the possibility of such loss or damage.


If you have any questions about WorldMate's Hotel Bookings Campaign, please contact

May 07, 2015

You're Invited! Join Our Beta Testers!

We're very excited to announce the brand new version of WorldMate for iOS which is going to introduce some new, super cool features, as well as a new UI for our iPhone app home screen.

Before we introduce it to the public, we need smart, savvy individuals to provide feedback that we can use to improve the final version before going live, which is where you come in.

We ask you to join our group of beta testers, and be actively involved by suggesting ideas and identifying issues, here's how to become a part of it:


  1. Enter your email in this form Note: We will not be able to send you the version until you've entered, so don't skip this step!
  2. You will receive an email from iTunes titled "TestFlight: You're invited to test WorldMate". Follow the instructions in the email to download the new version
  3. Give it a try!


Our team is listening! Submit your feedback by emailing

We hope you enjoy, and we thank you for your participation!

WorldMate Team


*To join you must be a Gold WorldMate user with iOS 8*

**Please note that when you agree to take part in a closed beta program you are asked to refrain from sharing any information without prior consent from WorldMate.**

April 16, 2015

Road Warrior Rockstar: A long rant and quick apps review on the topic of traveling and technology (and a giveaway)!

By Guestblogger Jennifer Jolly

The best travelers are totally organized. They have their itineraries at their fingertips all the time, like magic, and know exactly where they have to be when, every step of the way. And then, there's me. I forget to check-in early, lose important information like my flight number, and have even shown up at the wrong airport on the wrong day. I could blame it on mommy-brain or on being blonde, but the truth is, I’m frazzled and busy and tired – just like a lot of people traveling these days. I just need a little extra help from time to time. Or a clone.


You know that movie with George Clooney where he travels all the time, Up in the Air? That’s kind of my life, minus the grim-reaper firing people part. I travel an average of 10,000 miles a month for work as an on-air consumer technology contributor for USA Today, the Today Show, CNN, Meredith Vieira, and many others. Sounds glamorous, right? Ha!


As you may very well know, traveling for work is often downright brutal. I’m a mom first and foremost – which means that I try to make work and travel have zero impact on my family. I’ll take the red-eye to New York, appear on a show, and fly back to San Francisco that same day (unless I accidentally go to LaGuardia instead of JFK – been there, done that). Or, I’ll do 30 appearances in five cities in three days. I’m also a small business owner, so I have to run a tight ship – keep on top of everything and try to keep costs down. I not only try to find the best travel deals, but I make all my own arrangements. Nope, no assistants. Just me and modern technology … juggling it all. I like to think of myself as a Road Warrior Rockstar. (That’s what I secretly call myself to weather anything that comes my way up in the air, or on the road. Don’t judge, it helps, it really does.)


What tools do I use to stay (mostly) sane on the go? Here’s a quick list of what’s on my smartphone or in my bookmarks bar right this very second:

  • I love using Hopper to predict the best time to snag a flight deal. It analyzes billions of airfares daily to sniff-out a price drop – then alerts you so that you can grab it.
  • For a small fee, site Options Away basically lets you put a flight on hold. You can lock in an airfare as much as three weeks ahead of when you actually buy the ticket. Then, if the price drops, you automatically get the cheaper faire.
  • For booking that trip of a lifetime, I like Zyppos – an online sight where registered experts (aka travel hackers) help you find the perfect flight, best itinerary, and lowest fare – all in exchange for a $20-$40 finder's fee/reward.
  • GateGuru always leads me right to the closest XpresSpa so that I can get a quick neck massage before jumping on the plane.
  • And for traveling like a local, there’s Localeur. It solicits advice from the people who know a place best – the locals – to find awesomely authentic places to go, where to eat, and fun things to do.


And of course, there’s WorldMate. You already knew that I was going to say that because why else would they let me rant about all my travel on their blog – right? Yep, it’s true, I actually can’t imagine how I could travel so much without it. I use it to automatically organize all my flights, hotels, car rentals, meetings, and every other pesky trip detail into one single itinerary. I also rely on the abundance of other tools within the app as well, including exclusive hotel deals and car rental offers, integrated weather forecasts, local hot-spot searches, flight schedules lookup, and even social integration with LinkedIn. It’s this kind of technology that lets me navigate my always-changing, chaotic, challenging, and downright frenetic travel schedule – so that I still have time left to be hands-on mom, successful businesswoman, Road Warrior Rockstar, and generally cool human (in my own mind at least).


You’ve read this far? Well then you get a big fat reward. WorldMate is giving the first 50 readers who email them a free GOLD membership – just for reading this blog post. Email with “Yes,” then download the app, and you’ll be on your way to become a Travel Warrior Rockstar too. Or you can give yourself your own fierce name. Either way, it’s a cool tool that you’ve just gotten for the price of reading this post. Happy Travels!

March 20, 2015

If A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words Then Streaming Video Must Be Worth 1.2 Million

First Meerkat App Stream From Helicopter Over New York City. (Photo credit: : Anthony Quintano/Flickr)

A new app came flying out of SxSW this year called Meerkat and instantly we saw a potential game changer for the travel industry. Not sure what Meerkat is? Well, if you’re still sifting through the buzz from SxSW, Meerkat is a free app that allows you to record video from your smartphone and stream it instantly on Twitter for your followers to watch. It allows people to tell any story they want or to share any experience they want, in real-time. 

For travelers, Meerkat could mean live broadcasting of you making it to the top of the Great Wall of China or trying squid for the first time in a foreign land. In this age of sharing, it’s going to be fun, and everyone is going to get very creative.

Meerkat could change the way we use Twitter. It isn’t inconceivable that those traditional 140-character tweets will gradually be replaced by live streaming and other videos. It is likely that long, well-produced videos will give way to serendipitous, funny “sharing” videos.

As with every social platform, big businesses will start to evaluate how they can use a tool like Meerkat to connect with potential customers. We’ve seen brands crack the Twitter code and slowly find creative uses for Snapchat and Instagram. Meerkat has the potential to be next.

For instance, if you are following Virgin Atlantic online you could see in real time what their new planes look like. Perhaps we’ll start to see some humorous promotional videos from companies like Avis. Maybe a hotel chain like EVEN Hotels will use Meerkat to give us a tour of what a wellness hotel provides. Through Meerkat, brands can partner with famous travel influencers – whether that’s Anthony Bourdain or Samantha Brown – by allowing people to live vicariously through them. Whatever the creative use is, Meerkat has the potential to connect brands with their customers and make them feel like they are part of the experience, unlike other social networking platforms where people often feel like they are watching from the outside looking in.

In the world of selfies and information overload, people are continuing to seek out better, more authentic ways to connect. At WorldMate, we believe that connecting is also a key to our success. One example is WorldMate enabling our customers to connect spontaneously through LinkedIn, giving business travelers the vantage point to see which of their colleagues are nearby.

We’re excited to see if the travel industry will adopt and use an app like Meerkat and we’re dreaming up potential ways we can add such advances to our products... stay tuned!

March 09, 2015

What Do You Need to Know Before Starting to Develop for Apple Watch?

During our first hackathon we decided to tackle the topic of wearable watches. The team divided into groups of 4 to develop prototypes for Android Wear or the highly anticipated Apple Watch using the first beta of WatchKit.

In today’s event, Apple is expected to finally shed some light over Apple Watch, its features, sensors, battery consumption and most importantly, the possibilities for 3rd party apps developers. We decided to give you a first look of what it is like to develop apps for Apple Watch before you start coding.


What Is a Watch App?

The mobile industry is built on engaging users by putting information that impacts their work, life and habits right when they need it. Wearables add a whole new layer to it, making everything accessible right from their wrist. The right Watch app should be focusing on the ability to seamlessly move from the watch to iPhone and back.


The Potential is amazing!

It is amazingly simple to add support for the Apple Watch as an extension of your main app. The transition is so intuitive it feels almost natural.

There are limitless options of what you can create based on what the Watch app can display and receive. A watch app can present actionable notifications and “Glances,” Apple’s quick-look feature meant to save time.

It is far easier to develop a watch app if you have iOS 8 Today Widget already in place as it uses the similar elements you used for developing the Widget.


What Can’t a Watch App Do?

The Apple Watch concept designed as an extension to the app, not the entire app crammed into your wrist. Heavy lifting features are left to the iPhone mobile app.

The WatchKit extension lives on the phone and contains all the watch app logic that controls what is displayed on the Watch and how the app responds to user input.

There are also some other battery-conserving limitations that need to be considered when building watch apps. Watch apps don’t have access to the watch hardware or sensors, including the heart rate monitor, audio, speaker or the vibrating engine.

We held out hackathon when only the first beta was out and only allow basic functionality. We believe as the Apple Watch become closer more abilities will be open in the future to developers to be ready to launch.


On your marks, get ready..

With the world counting down to the big launch, attention turns to the best Apple Watch apps that will make or break this landmark device. Join us to view today’s announcement.

WorldMate Wearable Hackathon - Innovation in Every Interaction

On Feb 1, 2015 WorldMate held its first internal Hackathon in the topic of wearable watches.

First question that comes to mind is why? Why would a company stop what it’s doing for 24 hours, ignore its product roadmap to develop new prototypes?

The answer is that it’s not about getting to market faster—it's about steering the whole company around obstacles that might otherwise be unavoidable. Hackathons completely opens the door to creativity and forces everyone to get out of their comfort zone, work on new technologies, spread their creative wings, interact with colleagues and be involved in an end-to-end process. The team is given the time, resources, caffeine, even alcohol – everything it needs to get stuff done for a day.

"It's not always just about technology. It's about how you can work as a team, how you can solve problems and how you can work with shifting environments," says WorldMate’s CEO Amir Kirshenboim. "It’s giving the team that burning platform and that inspiration that they need to be a little bit more innovative."

Why wearables?

We decided to focus the hackathon theme around wearables, specifically watches like the Android Wear watches and the very anticipated, Apple Watch.

Wearables in Travel open limitless possibilities to enhance the traveler experience. The options are endless - it can show directions to your next meeting or hotel, present you boarding passes at check-in, provide gate and flight time updates, and more. It’s simply one of the most personalized and easiest ways to be informed while on your travels.

What’s next?

We were amazed at what the team came up with and at the end of the day; it came down to how big of a risk you wanted to take. Ultimately, we found the bigger risk we wanted to would likely be the bigger reward.

This hackathon has helped our company get familiar with new products and know how to work together better, and in the coming months we are planning to put some of these innovations to life.

March 06, 2015

Around the World: Business Travel Tips for Women, from Women - Part 2

If you joined in on our last blog post, we offered business travel tips from women for women on planning and preparation, packing, safety, and health and wellness to ensure that your business travel experience goes smoothly. But preparing for the trip is just the first step. The whole experience will depend on how you actually make the most out of it while you’re at your destination. Here’s part two of our two-part blog series guiding women on the road to enhance the business travel experience. After all, it’s easy to stay in the comfort of your hotel room with all of the right amenities at the the tip of your fingertips

While your hotel might be the easy choice to hang out after hours, it’s likely not every day that you’re given the opportunity to explore outside of your desk, cubicle, or office. So whether it’s New York, Dallas, Portland or Los Angeles, here are some tips to help you master the local scene and meet new people, while maintaining your relationships at home.


Mastering the Local Scene

Mastering the Local Scene

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How can travelers blend in with the locals and find the hottest spots for food and drinks? Insert quotes from influencers on how savvy business women can avoid tourist traps.’s Samantha Shankman has an easy solution: talk to locals!

"I make it a point to take a few hours by myself and try to talk to as many locals as possible. This might just be the barista at a coffee shop, but gaining insights into a destination adds layers to what can otherwise be a strictly business endeavor."- Samantha Shankman, Reporter,


Maintaining Relationships

Maintaining Relationships

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One of the hardest parts of business travel is missing time with loved ones. However, from Skype/FaceTime to text messages, technology has made it much easier for people miles apart to connect. Here’s how you can make sure your business trips don’t turn into guilt trips.

"The best way to stay in touch with loved ones while traveling is through Skype, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime. Gone are the days of long distance phone calls. Just by logging in to your hotel's wifi, you're able to chat with family and friends face-to-face. All you need to do is coordinate a time and the best way to do that is to check your time zone. Thankfully, there's an app for that too." – Rachelle Lucas,

"Email is great for sending observations and notes from a foreign destination back home and to several people at once. I’m also a huge fan of photos so either just texting a photo or using an app like SnapChat makes me feel like my loved ones are experiencing a new place with me." - Samantha Shankman, Reporter,


Meeting New People and Networking


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Dinner and drinks during business travel doesn’t have to be such a lonely affair anymore. Well-known travel personality Debra Corbeil also advises to do your research beforehand.

"I often look to see who will be at the conference or destination and make a connection through LinkedIn or email. Introduce yourself and plan a meeting in advance. It's a great way to break the ice and be one step ahead of the game. Since you've already talked through social media or email, you already have one connection that you can sit with at lunch or say hello to in the morning." - Debra Corbeil, The Planet D

In addition, Invite For A Bite is a safe service that allows women to meet with other women in a safe environment.

WorldMate has also made it easier for its customers to connect with colleagues while traveling. After opting in, WorldMate will notify you if someone in your social network is also in town.

Lastly, Redbubble’s Nancy Page had a few words of advice to increase productivity and ensure the best business travel experience for everyone.

"While scheduling your time in advance is key to making the most of your trip, and you'll find that time books up fast with meeting after meeting after meeting, make sure to schedule some 'free' time too. Use this time for impromptu chats, getting some fresh air or getting to your colleagues better. I find the most fruitful discussions and creative ideas come about in relaxed, unplanned, settings. Ditch the office for a bit and go for a walk, grab a coffee, or view some street art with your work buddies. You might be surprised just how many ideas and solutions come about, and at the very least you'll get to soak up some vitamin D." - Nancy Page, Artist Relationship Manager, Redbubble

Business travel can sometimes be a daunting or lonely, but with the tips above and WorldMate at your side, your next business trip can be a much more enjoyable experience. Download WorldMate for your iPhone or Android.

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