FlightCaster, the California-based startup which predicts airline delays, was bought today by loyalty programme technology firm Next Jump.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Y Combinator-backed FlightCaster says the acquisition will help Next Jump, provider of loyalty and discount scheme web services to the likes of MasterCard Marketplace, move into travel in a bigger way.
"Next Jump is a platform for discounts built on great data, and we love tackling data problems. We've set out to make Next Jump the best place to purchase travel and will be working on innovative travel products that best serve our consumers."
So, no specific details as to what might happen, except that Next Jump features will be added to the existing FlightCaster apps in the coming months as the FlightCaster team starts work on Next Jump Travel.
The company says it has been working in the background on a engine for travel discounts over the past year.
In a post on the FlightCaster blog:
"We realized early in 2010 that helping travelers and businesses save on travel is as important as helping them get to their destination on-time. As we really dug into this space, we met the team at Next Jump and were blown away with their insights into discounts."
It turns out that FlightCaster staff started using the CorporatePerks site to save money on travel, a service also powered by Next Jump. Discussions about an acquisition started when FlightCaster contacted Next Jump to explore partnership opportunities.