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New ixigo Brand Campaign Targets Gimmicky Travel Cashback Schemes

Leading travel marketplace ixigo has launched their new brand campaign, with the slogan #FullPaisaVasool across media. The campaign empathizes with travellers who receive a lot of cashback money in their travel app wallets but then feel short-changed when they are not allowed to use most of it on their next transactions. On ixigo, travellers booking flights can not only earn ‘ixigo money’ on flight bookings but also spend 100% of their ixigo money balance on their next booking.

Travellers have become disillusioned with gimmicky offers being run by many travel apps. Though a lot of cashback money is promised, once credited, it cannot be used in totality on subsequent transactions. It also comes with several conditions attached to it. While many people now consider it as the new normal, ixigo’s campaign metaphorically highlights real life situations where the same behaviour would be totally unacceptable! The central theme of the ads is Indian weddings. One situation for instance shows a newly married couple receiving a loaded shagun envelope, only to have most of the cash taken away from them immediately after the on stage photo-shoot. The situations used, then ask viewers the pressing question “Bura Laga?” to reflect upon how people feel when they can only use a small amount of the money from their travel app wallets.

Announcing the campaign launch, Aloke Bajpai, CEO & Co-founder ixigo, said:  “Gimmicky travel cashback programs should not exist because they hurt the credibility of the entire industry. At ixigo, we believe in transparency as one of our core values, so it was natural for us to be disrupting how loyalty and cashback works in our industry! We want every traveller to get 100% value for their money by being able to use all the cashback that they earn on their next flight booking, irrespective of which travel seller they choose to book the ticket from, on our app.”

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