JPMorgan acquires vital bank card rewards enterprise with a guess whereas touring

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to buy one of the largest third-party credit card providers to bet that pleasure travel will rebound strongly after the coronavirus pandemic subsides, CNBC has learned.

The bank agreed on Monday to acquire the technology platforms, travel agent, gift card and points business from cxLoyalty Group, a privately held company based in Stamford, Connecticut, according to a person with direct knowledge of the business.

JPMorgan is adding approximately half of the company’s 3,100 employees to the deal and will be building a new business within its retail division, reporting to Marianne Lake, director of consumer credit for the bank. The transaction will close this week, but the person declined to say how much the bank paid.

“People around the world want to vacation and travel again, and hopefully this will become a reality for many in the near future,” Lake said in a statement. “By taking over the travel and rewards business of cxLoyalty, our millions of Chase customers will have a better experience once they are ready, comfortable and safe to travel.”

JPMorgan had partnered with cxLoyalty for its popular credit card rewards program until the bank switched to Expedia in 2018. Now, at some point, the bank will use cxLoyalty again as a technology platform for their travel program, with an emphasis on personalized recommendations based on users’ travel history.

The bonus company serves many of the largest US card companies, including Citigroup, Capital One, and Mastercard. According to its own statements, the cxLoyalty Group has a total of 3,000 customers and marketing partners who serve 70 million consumers.

The deal will make Todd Siegel, CEO of cxLoyalty Group Holdings since 2013, head of the new JPMorgan business, according to a separate statement. JPMorgan is not buying the company’s other main business, but rather the Global Customer Engagement Division.

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