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Co-Brand & Travel Rewards 2023

Date: 18-19 October 2023
Location: Wilmington, Delaware (Greater Philadelphia)
Delegates: 120+
Register: Register Now! Pricing: Merchants: $299 USD  / Vendors: $1599 USD
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Co-Brand & Travel Rewards 2023 will be back in Wilmington, Delaware, which is just outside Philadelphia. It will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 18th and 19th, 2023. Wilmington is the Co-Brand Capital of the USA, which brings many banks to this event, where we discuss the hot topics related to co-branding travel-related credit cards- the biggest drivers of ancillary revenue at airlines and hotels.

The 2023 agenda is now complete!  If you run a co-brand program we are looking for judges in our famous Lions’ Den product pitching competition. If you take part as a judge it comes with complimentary entry.

To get an idea of who you will meet by participating, click here to see the 2022 attending company list. Participants are the decision-makers managing co-brand card strategy and relationships at these companies.


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Coffee, Registration and Networking

2:30pm- 3.00pm

3.00pm – 3.30pm


Steve Sickel,  Chief Marketing Officer, The Mallett Group

Co-brands drive income for the loyalty program but can they drive sales for the core business?

Dr Chakravarthi Narasimhan,  Philip L. Siteman Professor Emeritus of Marketing, Washington University

3.30pm – 4.00pm

How technology delivers a second look at non standard customers

Pat Napoli, CEO, Appressa
Chris Mettler, Founder & Chairman, Sovereign Co

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Deep Dive:  Opportunities, challenges and issues in the second look approach for airline & travel co-brand cards

– Mike Isom, President, Cross Industry Marketing

Speakers & Panellists
Mike Zieg, VP Partnerships, Pagaya
– Steve Mathwig, Senior Marketing Manager, BWH Hotels
– Brett Whiton, President, Digital Card Choice

others to be announced

5.00pm – 7.00pm

Networking Reception Sponsored by Arrivia

Win a 7 day Mexico resort vacation at select Vidanta Resorts!

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Thursday 19th October 2023

8.00am – 8.50am

Registration, Check-In and Breakfast

8.50am – 9.00am

Welcome from the Chair – Opening Remarks

Tom Madden, EVP and Managing Partner, Phaedon (formerly ICF Next)

9.00am – 9.25am

State of the Industry:  Reimagining Loyalty and Co-brands

Chuck Christianson, Chief Revenue Officer, cXLoyalty

9.25am – 9.50am

Case Study:  How to drive co-brand transactions by making travel spend central to engagement

Bill Hanifin, CEO, Wise Marketer Group in conversation with:
Kenneth Purcell, CEO, iseatz 
Phil Rubin, Founder and Principal, Grey Space Matters 

9.50am – 10.15am

Case Study:  Travel is still the redemption of choice: how Citi built a market leading portal

Sarah Bock, VP Commercial, Rocket Travel by Agoda
Rob Crowe, Managing Director, Citi

10.15am – 10.45am

Networking and Coffee Break sponsored by iSeatz
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10.45am – 11.35am

Panel: Lessons from Regulated & Non-US Markets:  from innovations to managing regulated interchange, gift cards and impacts of the proposed Credit Card Competition Act

Michael Smith, Board Advisor, Airline Information

Paul Kelly, VP Business Development, Stored Value Solutions
Lance Blockley, Managing Director, The Initiatives Group 
Sinead Archer, Commercial Director, Head for Points
Andy Chalcroft, Head of Co-Brand & Partnership Development, Visa
Glenn Grossman, Director of Research, Cornerstone Advisors

11.35am – 12.00pm

We’ve All Heard Of AI, Big Data And ChatGPT.  But What Are They Really And How Will They Impact Co-Brands?

– Vanessa Horwell, Chief Strategy Officer, ThinkInk

12.00pm – 12.25pm

Using your call centre as a revenue driver

Tracy Murgash, Chief Operations Officer, Truelio

12.30pm – 2.00pm

Lunch and Networking

2.00pm – 2.30pm

Beyond Airline and Travel:  Lessons from new market entrants

Dave Canty, SVP Head of Loyalty & Partnerships, Bilt Rewards in conversation with:
Steve Arsenault, Technology & Sales Consultant, S J Arsenault Consulting

2.30pm – 3.00pm

How the US Market for Co-brands is seen by non US brands

Andy Chalcroft, Head of Co-brand & Partnership Development, Visa  in conversation with
Jay Sorensen, President, IdeaWorksCompany

3.00pm – 3.30pm

Thinking of changing issuer?  Ten key lessons in RFPing your portfolio

Kirsten Osland, Head of Card Partnerships Business Development, CapitalOne

3.30pm – 4.00pm

Coffee Break & Networking

4.00pm – 5.00pm

The Famous Ai Events Lions’ Den:  Innovative product pitches

For the first time ever at the Co-Brand & Travel Rewards conference we are staging the Lions’ Den pitching contest! Delegates at Ai’s other events tell us that this is one of their favourite sessions. For it, innovative start-ups will pitch for 5 minutes each, and then take 5 minutes of questions from our experienced judges. Judges will choose a Best Product, while the audience will choose Best Pitch.

This is a paid for pitching session and is now SOLD OUT! If you have a product that you would like to pitch, then we can add you to the standby list or place you as a pitching company at Mega Event 2024. Please email for more details.

Lions (Judges)
Chris Staab, Managing Partner, Ai Events
Jay Sorensen, President, IdeaWorksCompany

Do you run a co-brand card portfolio?  Would you like to be one of our judges?  Then please email

Product Pitching Companies
Andy Choi, Founder & CEO, Do Good Points
Jonathan Flynn, SVP Strategic Partnerships, Privacy Hawk
Sam King, Chief Commercial Officer, GigSky

5.00pm – 6.00pm

Juntos Podemos
Networking Reception Sponsored By Do Good Points

Charity Raffle benefiting Juntos Podemos Curundu.

Juntos Podemos Curundu is a Christian organization supporting impoverished communities in Panama through scholastic programs, children’s programs, a community kitchen, and a homeless program.

Prizes for the charity raffle have been donated by


Session Previews

Co-Brand 2023 Hot topics

  • Lessons from Regulated Markets: co-brand innovations from markets with regulated interchange
  • Sharing Card Profits
  • How to structure the co-brand partnership:
  • Best Cardholder Benefits – and managing the frontline impacts
  • Alliance Co-brands
  • Innovations for Driving Spend
  • RFP’ing my Program – how best to do it and move a portfolio

  • Crypto – threat or opportunity
  • Wallets – how to get my card top of those google pay/Apple Pay
  • Rising Interest Rates & Card Defaults – how to manage the impacts?
  • BNPL – a threat to traditional card products?
  • Political Lobbying
  • Lesson from non-Travel Co-brands
  • Thinking Beyond the Physical Card
  • Sustainability & Green Loyalty: it’s coming for travel rewards like it, or not

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